The Society of American Foresters has a responsibility to anticipate, identify and define opportunities, problems and issues related to forest resources. The Society’s forestry-related policies, approved by referendum, guide positions the Society takes in contributing its professional knowledge to public deliberations on forestry issues.

SAF promotes policies that:

  • Encourage conservation of, or investment in, forest resources to satisfy future expectations,
  • Resolve conflicts about forest uses and forestland allocations to make future investments more secure,
  • Promote the equitable distribution of forest benefits to strengthen public support for forest resource conservation, and
  • Increase cooperation between and among foresters and forestry institutions throughout the world who are developing mutually beneficial approaches to these challenges.

The Society’s position-taking procedure assures analytical, objective and democratic analysis of forestry issues. Interdisciplinary task forces study and prepare reports on resource issues. Task force members represent the various disciplinary and philosophical segments of the forestry profession and are selected for their knowledge about the issues. Position statements draw from task force reports and are reviewed by forest policy and science experts and the Society’s governing council before being adopted.

Oregon Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (OSAF) stands able and willing to represent the professional forestry perspective when stakeholder input is sought in Oregon. OSAF has about 1,000 members and includes field foresters, researchers, administrators and educators who work for federal, state or local governments; for universities; for small and large landowners; and for small businesses and large corporations.

The value that OSAF brings to forestry-related policy discussions.

Although we come from “all walks of forestry,” we pledge that our professional views and other input will be consistent with the SAF mission to:

  • advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry;
  • enhance the competency of its members; establish professional excellence;
  • 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.

To share with stakeholders what OSAF is and the expertise we bring to policy discussions, we have created a helpful overview of our organization. (PDF)

In 2020, the Oregon SAF Policy Committee created a policy booklet, Important Forestry Issues in Oregon (PDF). This booklet communicates important forestry issues from the Society of American Foresters’ perspective.

Submitted Policy Letters

  • OSAF Comments on Senate Bill 192 – River Democracy Act of 2021 (PDF)
  • OSAF Comments on Eastside 21 inch Rule (Letter to Ochoco National Forest) (PDF)
  • Sustainably Managed Forestry is Carbon-Neutral (RG Op-ed)
  • Good Forestry Helps Keep Lane County Water Quality High (RG Op-ed)
  • Letter to Oregon Commissioners on Reclassifying the Marbled Murrelet (PDF)
  • The policy letters that are older than 2017 are available here.

Position Statements

These are the position statements of Oregon SAF and National SAF. Position statements written by Oregon SAF address how how forestry is conducted in the state of Oregon and are meant to complement the position statements produced by National SAF.


  • Forest Management, Carbon, and Climate Change – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forest Offset Projects in a Carbon Trading System – National SAF (PDF)


  • Use of Prescribed Fire in Forest Management – National SAF (PDF)
  • Wildland Fire Management – National SAF (PDF)


  • Biological Diversity in Forest Ecosystems – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forest Water Resources – National SAF (PDF)
  • Nonnative Invasive Forest Species – National SAF (PDF)
  • Protecting Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land – National SAF (PDF)
  • Regulation of Genetically Modified Trees – National SAF (PDF)

Photo of San Francisco. California


  • Recreation and Managed Forestlands – National SAF (PDF)
  • Strengthening Community Forestry and Urban Tree Management for Multiple Benefits – National SAF (PDF)
  • Utilization of Woody Biomass for Energy – National SAF (PDF)


  • Active Management to Achieve and Maintain Healthy Forests – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Herbicide Use on Forestlands – National SAF (PDF)
  • Landslides on Forest Lands – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Managing Mature & Old-Growth Forests – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Managing Riparian Forests – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • State Policies Regarding Private Forest Practices – National SAF (PDF)
  • Using Herbicides on Forest Lands – Oregon SAF (PDF)


  • Federal and State Tax Treatment of Private Forestland – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forest Inventory and Analysis Program – National SAF (PDF)
  • Parcelization, Fragmentation, and the Loss of Private Forestland in the United States – National SAF (PDF)


  • Clearcutting – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Clearcutting as a Silvicultural Practice – National SAF (PDF)
  • Commercial Harvest on Public Lands in Oregon – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Roads in Managed Forests – National SAF (PDF)
  • Thinning on Public Lands in Oregon – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Timber Harvesting on State, Federal, and Other Public Forest Lands – National SAF (PDF)

A field tour during the annual meeting

Advancing the Profession

  • Forest Sector Research and Development – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forestry Professionals as Stakeholders – Oregon SAF (PDF)
  • Professionals in Natural Resource Management – National SAF (PDF)
  • State Programs to Credential Foresters – National SAF (PDF)


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