Position Statements

SAF's national position statements are important components of our advocacy and outreach efforts. They serve as a foundation to guide our actions on particular issues and act as a catalyst to further dialogue and engagement with policymakers, the media, partner organizations, and SAF units.

Promoting Policies Informed by Science and Practice

Forest Management, Carbon, and Climate Change
Roads in Managed Forests
Wildland Fire Management 
Herbicide Use on Forestlands
State Policies Regarding Private Forest Practices
Clearcutting as a Silvicultural Practice
Timber Harvesting on State, Federal, and Other Public Forest Lands
Invasive Species and Forests
Regulation of Genetically Modified Trees
Forest Sector Research and Development
Use of Prescribed Fire in Forest Management
Advancing Shared Stewardship on Federal, State, Tribal, and Private Lands
Regenerating America's Forests

Keeping Forests as Forests

Federal, State, and Local Tax Treatment of Private Forestland and Products  
Parcelization, Fragmentation, and the Loss of Private Forestland in the United States
Forest Inventory and Analysis Program

Highlighting the Diverse Benefits of Managed Forests

Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems
Forest Offset Projects in a Carbon Trading System
Strengthening Urban and Community Forestry for Multiple Benefits
Utilization of Woody Biomass for Energy
Protecting Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land
Forest Water Resources
Recreation and Managed Forestlands
Forest Products Industries and Markets
Sustainability of American Forests
Carbon in the Built Environment: Managing for Carbon Across the Entire Forest Supply Chain
Forests and Wildlife

Advancing the Profession

Programs to Credential Foresters and Other Forestry Professionals
Professionals in Natural Resource Management

*Position statements are proposed and developed by the SAF Committee on Forest Policy, in consultation with relevant SAF Communities of Interest (formerly known as Working Groups), other subject-matter experts, and the SAF Board of Directors. They are reevaluated at least every five years and then revised and renewed or retired, accordingly. All posted statements have been approved by the SAF Board of Directors. The absence of a statement on a particular issue does not imply lack of interest, expertise, or involvement.