SAF has 15 national awards, and Presidential Field Forester and Fellow awards that honors scientists, researchers, educators, innovators, leaders, communicators, field foresters, employers, local SAF units, and others who have made significant impact on forestry in the United States and internationally.

To learn more about these awards, visit https://www.eforester.org/awards. Nominations for the 2023 awards cycle will open in January and are due March 15.

Presidential Field Forester Award

It is appropriate that SAF recognize those members of our profession who actively practice professional forestry in the field.  Practitioners are the true foundation of our profession. Practitioners often operate in nearly complete anonymity, yet their actions are the single most important contribution to the viability and understanding of our profession. This is where forestry truly happens and it is important that we recognize those who perform the art and science of forestry each and every day.

There are a large number of field foresters in District 1 (Alaska, Inland Empire and Washington State SAF) who should be recognized for their talent and accomplishments. These deserving individuals can be found in all regions of the U.S. Using SAF presidential prerogative, 11 members-one from each of the eleven SAF districts-will be selected by the District Board Representative to receive an outstanding field forester achievement award each year.

Due to regional differences in both application intensity and regulations affecting forestry operations, the award recipients will be selected on a regional basis. Using the existing organizational structure, each Council member will be asked to select and/or endorse an outstanding field forester from the District they represent. The Council person can use the state society chairs to nominate candidates and from those nominations select a nominee for recognition or use any other process that would select a worthy candidate based on the selection criteria.

  • Must be a member of SAF
  • Must have practiced forestry for at least 15 years (I would consider 10 years)
  • Major portion of career must be in field application of forestry
  • Must be recognized locally or regionally by peers for excellence in field application of forestry
  • Understands the forest and uses science along with the adaptive management process to achieve landowner objectives and insure forest sustainability
  • Management intensity may range from very intensive applications to more extensive management regimes
  • May be from any employment sector

Nominations for District 1 (Alaska, Inland Empire and Washington State SAF) should be sent to Chris Schnepf. Nominations for District 2 (Oregon SAF) should be sent to Mark Buckbee.

Individuals recognized for the Field Forester Achievement Award will be announced and recognized at the SAF National Convention during the awards ceremony. Recognition will consist of a plaque. There will be no support for the recipients to attend the convention to receive their award, but each would be encouraged to attend.

A short biographical sketch (with picture) along with the reasons for each recipient’s selection will accompany the award.

Selection will be finalized and forwarded to the national office by June 15 along with each recipient’s biographical information and the nomination letter with reasons for selection. Recipients will be notified by July 1 to have adequate time to make plans to attend the convention for the ceremony.

2019
Robert A. Obedzinski, CF

2020
Richard A. Hopkins

2021
Samantha K. Chang

2022
Dan C. Rees, CF

2013
Paul W. Wagner

2014
Gene C. McCaul

2016
Thomas M. Hanson, CF

2018
Derek Churchill

2003
Joseph F. Murray

2006
Brian A. Schlaefli

2008
Alan W. Kelso

2018
Jennifer E. Beathe

2019
Stephen J. Pilkerton

2020
Mark Morgans

2021
Stephen Fitzgerald

2014
Marc Vomocil

2015
David Cramsey

2016
Trixy Moser

2017
Jacob Gibbs 

2010
Mark Gourley

2011
Bruno Meyer

2012
Blair Moody

2013
Dale Claassen

2006
Brian Schlaefli

2007
Tom Ortman

2008
Tash Shaheed

2009
Stu Otto

2001
Tom Scoggins

2002
Tom Parke

2004
Steve Armitage

2005
Dan Newton

2000
Steve Cafferata

Fellow Award

The Fellow Award recognizes extraordinary contribution to forestry through 1) a strong continuing commitment through direct SAF volunteer activities; and 2) exemplary action and sustained leadership, and 3) advancement of the forestry profession in at least one of the following areas: a) application of forestry b) education c) public policy d) research or e) technology transfer. 

2022 District 1 Fellow Committee

G. Kirk David
Dr. Theresa Jain, Chair
David Malsed
Dennis LeMaster
Susanne Rodman
Chris Schnepf

2022 District 2 Fellow Committee

Timothy R. Keith, Chair 
John Prendergast 
Susan W. Bowers  
Steve Pilkerton 
David W. Wells 
Mark Buckbee 

This document provides a summary of the Fellow award and nominating criteria (PDF). For instructions on how to submit, visit the National SAF Fellow Award page.

Kathryn T. Pyne
2016

Susanne Rodman
2018

Jeremy Douse
2019

Richard N. Hauver
2005

Dennis E. Bschor
2006

Roger E. Burnside
2010

Austin E. Helmers
2002

John D. Fox, Jr.
2002

Richard L. Coose
2004

Paul W. Maki
1999

John L. Hall
2000

John C. Sherrod
2001

Keene R. Kohrt
1997

James H. Richardson
1998

Lester H. Fortune, Jr.
1998

Wayne R. Nicolls
1991

Maynard E. Nuss
1994

Richard A. Madden
1995

John A. Sandor
1984

Vernon J. LaBau
1986

Anthony F. Gasbarro
1990

Walter J. Begalka
1983

John Bailey
2019

Ronald Boldenow, CF
2020

Shaun Harkins
2021

Timothy Keith
2017

Stephen Pilkerton, CF
2018

John Sessions
2019

Robert Thomas, CF
2016

Robin Tucker, CF
2017

David Wells
2017

Richard Powell
2014

Marc Vomocil, CF
2015

Bruno Meyer
2016

John Garland
2011

Mark Buckbee
2012

Lori Rasor
2013

John Prendergrast
2009

Richard Fletcher
2010

Walter Mark
2010

Rick Barnes, CF
2007

George Ice, CF
2008

Robert Deal, CF
2009

Edward Shepard, CF
2006

Paul Adams, CF
2006

Abigail Kimbell
2007

Stephen Cafferata, CF
2003

Norman Michaels
2004

Blair Moody
2005

Susan Bowers
2002

Nick Dennis
2003

James Culbert
2003

James Phillips
2000

Thomas Parke
2001

Richard Courter, ACF, CF
2002

Stephen Fitzgerald
1999

Daniel Green
1999

B. Bond Starker
1999

Roy Pettey, Jr
1993

Robert Devlin
1993

Stephen Hobbs
1994

John Walstad
1990

Kent Connaughton
1991

Malcom Sears, CF
1992

Gary Blanchard
1988

William Emmingham
1989

Raymond Craig
1989

James Brown
1988

George Brown
1988

Michael Newton
1988

John Blackwell
1987

Michael Kerrick
1987

Robert Alverts, CF
1987

Alaska
Oregon
Washington

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