On Thursday, May 13, during the Blue Mountain Chapter-hosted 2021 OSAF Annual Meeting, OSAF celebrated the accomplishments of some of their members and partners. In this virtual setting, we brought up each of the award winners, and in two cases, their family joined them on camera. To learn more about the award winners, the annual meeting program has a writeup of each award winner.
By Julie Woodward and Andrea Watts
Wildfire Information Sites
Hub of wildfire resources within Oregon state government. Oregonians: Stay informed and stay safe. As we find out more information about wildfires, this will be a hub to access resources within Oregon state government.
I’m often asked, “Why do people cut down trees?”
The short answer is to address societal demands. Whether for fire safety, habitat management, or supply wood products, the question goes far beyond an economic explanation. Why do we cut down trees is a powerful question in an era where we speak daily of our quest for sustainability. We’ve seen bans on plastic bags or straws, developed electric cars, and certified buildings based on environmental standards. However, collectively, we haven’t carefully considered the role forestry can play in creating a sustainable society.
Oregon SAF Policy Committee finished their Policy Booklet. It was designed to communicate important forestry issues from a Society of American Foresters' perspective. The intent of this brochure is for it to be distributed to your State Legislators. Though, it could be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about forestry in Oregon. Mark Buckbee successfully lead this project from start to finish.
On January 1, 2020, Tamara Cushing, PhD, began her one-year term as president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, SAF is a national organization that represents and serves 11,000 forestry professionals in the United States. Dr. Cushing will continue serving on SAF’s Board of Directors for the next two years, including as immediate past president in 2021.