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Please Join us for the Annual NCSAF Intern Luncheon
With a special guest presentation by
Mark Rey, Executive in Residence, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability,
Michigan State University

Wednesday June 24, 2015, 11:30 1:00 PM
At the American Forest Foundation, 2000 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Once again, NCSAF is hosting the Annual Summer Intern Luncheon. This event brings together forestry, natural resources, conservation and environmental policy interns from across the region. The luncheon provides a chance for us to learn more about what this summer’s interns are engaging in, and in turn, for them to learn more about our work as professionals in the Nation’s Capital. This is a great opportunity to meet the next generation of natural resource professionals, and pass along advice along the way.
This year’s event is honored to offer Mark Rey, former under-secretary for natural resources and environment, as a guest speaker.


Mark is an Executive in Residence at Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. There he oversees the Demmer Scholars internship program run in conjunction with a natural resource policy class. The internships are with federal natural resources agency or non-governmental organization (both nonprofit and for profit) operating in the natural resources policy arena in Washington, D.C.

Rey is the former under-secretary for natural resources and environment. In that position, he oversaw the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rey served as a staff member with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He was the lead staff person for the committee's work on national forest policy and Forest Service administration.


Location:                     American Forest Foundation, 2000 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost:                            NCSAF will provide sandwiches for $10, Interns eat free.
Time:                            Arrive at 11:15; Mark’s presentation will be from 11:45-12:15 pm. Interns will then have a chance to introduce themselves and learn a bit more about SAF
RSVP and Questions: Please RSVP by June 19th (please also note if you want a sandwich or not)
NCSAF Program Co-Chair: Rocco Saracina,; (202) 596-3459


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NCSAF member Paul Ries shared information on an effort underway to recognize the importance of urban trees and woods to the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is a campaign underway to produce the license plate shown below, provided there are least 450 applications. Applications are being accepted and once the magic number is reached it will go into production. Click on the link above for more information and do your part to show that Virginia is for Tree Lovers.

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What is the National Capital SAF?

The National Capital SAF is one of thirty-two State Societies that make up the national organization of the SAF.  Our members generally live and work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  However, there are two other State Societies located in our metropolitan area - the Appalachian Society in northern Virginia and the Allegheny Society in Maryland.  We have over 300 members in the National Capital SAF. Members may join any state society they wish by paying the appropriate state society dues.

Our NCSAF members serve in positions with Federal and local governments, forest industry and affiliated organizations, non-governmental conservation and environmental organizations, colleges and universities, and small businesses, including consulting foresters.  In addition, some of our members are now retired.

L to R:
Ted Beauvais, Past Chair; David Gwaze, Fundraising; Jeanne Kavinski, Membership; Bryan Petit, Past Program; Tim Resch, Web Master, Darrel Pendris, Past Treasurer; Christine Cadigan, Treasurer; Jake Donnay, Secretary; Daina Apple, Science and Technology Coordinator; Chris Farley, Newsletter and Andy Mason, Chair.
Not pictured: Jeff Bradley, Chair-elect; Eric Norland, Program; Chinling Chen, Service; Terri Bates, Communications; Nadine Block, Nominations and Recognition; and Doug MacCleery, Historian

What is the Society of American Foresters (SAF)?

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States.  Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society in the world for foresters and other professions interested in forestry.

The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501 (c) (3). SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.

For more information on SAF, please explore the national SAF website

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