Annual NCSAF Intern Luncheon (Summer 2019)
The National Capitol Society of American Foresters (SAF) held its yearly intern luncheon on Tuesday, July 16. Speakers Terry Baker, CEO of SAF, and Mark Rey, former USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, spoke to nearly 40 interns and professionals at the American Forest Foundation offices in Washington, DC. The speakers gave the interns advice for their time in D.C. as well as in their future careers. The lunch also provided an opportunity to learn more about what this summer’s interns are engaged in, and in turn, for them to learn more about our work as professionals. Other organizations represented at the luncheon included the Sustainable Forest Initiative, the U.S. Senate, and the USDA Forest Service. The event was organized by Tom Schuler, NCSAF Program Chair; Rocco Saracina, Manager of Conservation Partnerships at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; and Lauren Whitmire, policy intern at the SAF national office. The National Capital Society of American Foresters is one of 32 state and multi-state societies that make up the Society of American Foresters, an organization of professional foresters dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of forestry.
District 7 Representative’s Remarks (June 9, 2019)
Committee on Professional Recognition (CPR)
CPR also reviewed the District Fellows Committee’s Reports. During my review I discovered that District 7 did not have any fellow nominations. I know we have many deserving individuals. I urge all District 7 SAF members to take time to nominate our fellow SAF members for the great work they have done and continue to do.
Committee on Forest Policy (CFP)
The Board approved them. The CFP recommended the SAF Board authorize the development of a Position Statement on Forest and Water Resources. Given the importance of forests to the production of clean drinking water for human consumption the Board endorsed development of the position statement.
Young professionals group
There are 26 members of the young professionals group. The Board is considering having a YP on the Board.
I urge all District SAF members to use the Forest Ed Platform. It is available for Continuing Forestry Education (CFE). CFE is automatically credited to a members account when acquiring them through the Forest Ed Page.
Leadership Development Foresters’ Fund Grant Program
District 7 Representative to the SAF Board of Directors
Please Join the National Capitol SAF for our Lunch Presentation
Current Forest Conservation Priorities in The Nature Conservancy and Moving Towards Shared Stewardship with the Forest Service
Dr. Christopher Topik, The Nature Conservancy
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12 – 1:00 PM
Roosevelt (2SE02), Yates Bldg., 201 14th Street SW, Washington DC
Chris will present a quick overview of current activities of the Nature Conservancy in the US on forest conservation with a focus on some actions aimed to help protect our lands and waters, to live with fire, and to enhance natural solutions to climate mitigation using forests. There will be commentary on cooperative work our staff does with the US Forest Service around the country, and how it relates to the new USDA emphasis on Shared Stewardship. We will all discuss how stakeholders can help this initiative, and how this initiative can hopefully help forest resilience and community engagement.
Chris is director of The Nature Conservancy’s North America forest conservation program and policy. This includes the “Restoring America’s Forests” project that helps restore forest health and improve ecological management of America’s public forests to sustainably provide water, wildlife, recreation and forest products nationwide.
Previously, Chris was professional staff for the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee for 15 years in the majority, for both parties, where he wrote appropriations law and provided oversight of several federal land management, fire, science, and cultural agencies, including the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and several others. He also worked for the USDA Forest Service for 16 years, including being the National Plant Ecologist, the National Botany Program Director, and he worked as an area ecologist for 10 years on national forests in Oregon and Washington. His undergraduate degree in marine biology is from the University of California, San Diego, and he earned his PhD in forest ecology from the University of Oregon.
RSVP and Questions: Contact NCSAF Acting Chair: Henry Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-329-7781
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What is the National Capital SAF (NCSAF)?
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.
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