SAF donors make an incredible impact on SAF programs, allowing us to advance sustainable forestry, and be the voice for forestry professionals across the country. When you give to SAF, you support grants for forestry research and public forest management education, scholarship and internship opportunities, advocacy for sustainable forestry in front of policy makers and stakeholders, and so much more. Read on to see how your generosity makes a difference. 

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Foresters Fund Projects

The Foresters Fund provides grants to SAF local units to support projects that promote forestry education and enhance public understanding of forest management and the profession. Highlighted below are a few of the projects supported by Foresters Fund dollars. 

The Forest Overstory Podcast 

Inland Empire SAF, in conjunction with Washington State University Extension Forestry, created 16 episodes of The Forest Overstory Podcast to educate family forest landowners and other using  interviews with forest land managers, researchers, and fellow private forest owners around Washington state. Episode topics range from the story of a local tree farm to national concerns like emerald ash borer. 

Listen to episodes here

Maryland and Delaware Legislative Events 

The Maryland/Delaware Division of Allegheny SAF, sponsored the first Forestry Day in Annapolis, an educational event connecting forestry professionals with decision makers to educate and exchange ideas. The audience included representatives from US Congress, Maryland State Legislature, local elected officials, and economic development staff. The event included a tour of private landowner sites and two saw mills in the area, showcasing the importance of forest markets along with forest management.

APSAF Explore Park Forestry Education Area 

The Blue Ridge Chapter of Appalachian SAF worked with Roanoke County to build 1,083 linear feet of trail and recondition 1,963 linear feet of trail in the Explore Park. The project expanded the Forestry Education Area and also updated tree ID signs, numbered posts, and an SAF trailhead sign. SAF members will continue to lead guided hikes through the project area to teach the public about forest management. Visitors can also utilize the project’s new brochures for self-guided hikes. 

General Fund Impacts

The General Fund supports National SAF programs, services, and operations. Donations are targeted to the immediate needs of the Society and its members and supports a range of annual programming. 

Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship 

Every year the Society of American Foresters hosts an intern that works closely with Policy and Public Affairs team as part of the Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship program. The 2023 Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship is Mariah Choiniere.

Mariah has joined SAF staff for the summer in Washington, DC, learning from and contributing to the organization. A graduate of the University of Vermont this past May with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Mariah looks forward to exploring the intersection of policy and forestry as the Henry Clepper Policy Intern. You can read more about Mariah and her background here