Meet the Fund Series: The Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund

SAF's Meet the Fund Series highlights the powerful impact SAF funds have on people, SAF units, and communities. Giving to SAF ensures that we can maintain and develop new programming for all served by our organization.  

October 13, 2023

The Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund provides grant funding for projects that transfer information and science-informed management practices to foresters and other natural resource professionals. It also supports recognition of research being conducted by graduate students in forestry and natural resources, as well as continuing education activities for professionals and the public that further facilitate science-informed management.

In 2023 $10,780 in Kurt Gottschalk Science fund dollars were awarded. The Science Fund supported the following:

  • Reduced student registration costs and provided travel scholarships for the 14th North American Forests Soils Conference: Managing Forest Soils Systems.
  • Supported the SC Young Professionals Summit, a professional development and continuing education opportunity for leaders in the south working the forestry industry.
  • Funded student research assessing plant biodiversity and migration in the Hobcaw Barony coastal forest area of South Carolina and examining the impacts of urban tree canopy structure and condition on adult depression in Georgia.

The Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund allows SAF to forward our mission by supporting science, technology, and education to advance sustainable forest management.  Don’t forget, you can support the Kurt Gottschalk Fund at SAF23 Convention by donating to or participating in the Silent Auction. All funds raised from the annual Silent Auction are equally split between the Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund and Foresters’ Fund. Learn more about the Silent Auction here.    

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