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 2022 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.

Selection Process

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.

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 to Chris Schnepf. Nominations for District 2 (Oregon SAF) should be sent to Mark Buckbee.

Recognition

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.

Timeline for Selection

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.

2000 Steve Cafferata

2001 Tom Scoggins

2002 Tom Parke

2003 Gary Blanchard

2004 Steve Armitage

2005 Dan Newton

2006 Brian Schlaefli

2007 Tom Ortman

2008 Tash Shaheed

2009 Stu Otto

2010 Mark Gourley

2011 Bruno Meyer

2012 Blair Moody

2013 Dale Claassen

2014 Marc Vomocil

2015 David Cramsey

2016 Trixy Moser

2017 Jacob Gibbs 

2018 Jennifer E. Beathe

2019 Stephen J. Pilkerton

2020 Mark Morgans

2021 Stephen Fitzgerald

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. 

2019 District 1 Fellow Committee

Steve Ricketts, Member (2015-2019) and chair for 2019

Roger Burnside, Member (2016-2020)

Bill Berrigan, Member (2017-2021)

Nancy Peckman, Member (2018-2022)

Theresa Jain, Member (2019-2023)

Tom Hanson, ex-officio, District Board Member (2018-2020)

2022 District 2 Fellow Committee

Timothy R. Keith, Chair (2023) 

John Prendergast (2025) 

Susan W. Bowers (2022) 

Steve Pilkerton (2026) 

David W. Wells (2023) 

Mark Buckbee (2022) 

John Blackwell
1987

Michael Kerrick
1987

Robert Alverts, CF
1987

James Brown
1988

George Brown
1988

Michael Newton
1988

Gary Blanchard
1988

William Emmingham
1989

Raymond Craig
1989

John Walstad
1990

Kent Connaughton
1991

Malcom Sears, CF
1992

Roy Pettey, Jr
1993

Robert Devlin
1993

Stephen Hobbs
1994

Stephen Fitzgerald
1999

Daniel Green
1999

B. Bond Starker
1999

James Phillips
2000

Thomas Parke
2001

Richard Courter, ACF, CF
2002

Susan Bowers
2002

Nick Dennis
2003

James Culbert
2003

Stephen Cafferata, CF
2003

Norman Michaels
2004

Blair Moody
2005

Edward Shepard, CF
2006

Paul Adams, CF
2006

Abigail Kimbell
2007

Rick Barnes, CF
2007

George Ice, CF
2008

Robert Deal, CF
2009

John Prendergrast
2009

Richard Fletcher
2010

Walter Mark
2010

John Garland
2011

Mark Buckbee
2012

Lori Rasor
2013

Richard Powell
2014

Marc Vomocil, CF
2015

Bruno Meyer
2016

Robert Thomas, CF
2016

Robin Tucker, CF
2017

David Wells
2017

Timothy Keith
2017

Stephen Pilkerton, CF
2018

John Sessions
2019

John Bailey
2019

Ronald Boldenow, CF
2020

Shaun Harkins
2021

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Oregon
Washington

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