ABOUT THE OREGON SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS

With over 800 members in 14 chapters throughout the state, the Oregon Society of American Foresters is the largest state affiliate of the national Society. Foresters play a major role in managing Oregon’s 30 million acres of forestland. These forests provide a variety of benefits for Oregonians and the nation in the form of wildlife, water, recreation, timber, and other forest products.

Through their management of the 19.4 million acres of Oregon’s forest capable of growing commercial crops of timber, foresters help contribute to a significant proportion of Oregon’s rural economic base. Fifty-one percent of Oregon’s timberland is owned by the federal government and 49 percent by non-federal owners. Most federal timberland is now managed primarily for non-timber benefits with limited timber harvesting. Seventy-five percent of the state’s timber harvest for the foreseeable future is expected to come from non-federal lands owned by wood products firms (29 percent), other private landowners (14 percent), and state and local governments (7 percent).

The forestry profession has adapted to changing priorities for Oregon’s forests. During the early days of economic and community development, the emphasis was on timber production. Today, foresters manage for a rich diversity of forest resources to achieve landowner objectives and meet society’s needs and the needs of future generations.

There are 14 chapters and student chapters within OSAF: Blue Mountain, Capitol, Central Oregon, Central Oregon Community College, Columbia Gorge, Coos, Emerald, Marys Peak, Mount Hood Community College, Portland, Shasta/Cascade, Siskiyou, Tillamook/Clatsop, and Umpqua.

We govern in accordance to our society’s bylaws (PDF) and are a registered 501(c)3. The executive committee meets approximately five times per year to discuss SAF business at the state level. A listing of our past chairs is available here (PDF).

LEADERSHIP

Jeremy Felty

JEREMY FLETY

Chair/Acting Marys Peak Chapter Chair

David Wells

DAVID WELLS

Chair Elect

Jeff Grogan

JEFFREY GROGAN

Past Chair/Acting Emerald Chapter Chair

Jacob Putney

JACOB PUTNEY

Member-at-Large/Blue Mountain Chapter Chair

AMANDA ASTOR

Member-at-Large

STEVE CAFFERATA

Treasurer


MARC VOMOCIL

Secretary

STEPHEN FITZGERALD

Science-Tech Chair

MARK BUCKBEE

Board Member, District 2 Representative

ANYA HALL


Capitol Chapter Chair


RON BOLDENOW


Central Oregon Chapter Chair

OPEN


Central Oregon Community College Chapter Chair

JEREMY GROSE

Columbia Gorge Chapter Chair

SHAUN HAWKINS

Coos Chapter Chair


OPEN

Mt. Hood Community College


KENNY SCHMIDGALL

Portland Chair

OPEN

Shasta/Cascade Chair


BLAIR MOODY

Siskiyou Chair

JED ARNOLD

Tillamook/Clatsop Chair

CHAD GILBRETH

Umpqua Chair


Alaska
Oregon
Washington

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