The Ouachita Society of American Foresters sets the standard in forest management, 
bringing science, best practice, and the best people together to actively shape the future of the profession.


  • The OSAF will hold its annual meeting on November 21st & 22nd at Mt. Magazine Lodge near Paris, AR. The meeting theme is "Forestry in a Changing Climate" and the presentations will provide information on current forest issues. The general sessions will be Thursday afternoon with a Banquet & Awards presentations Thursday evening. Friday morning will consist of breakfast with State Foresters followed by AR & OK Division meetings then the OSAF Business meeting. The highly anticipated Silent Auction will be held again this year. Something new for this year's meeting is a Poster Contest offering cash prizes for 1st & 2nd place. There is a block of rooms reserved for OSAF but don't wait too long to reserve your room. For a registration form and tentative agenda please download the brochure listed under this announcement or for more information on the Poster contest download the form listed below. For more conference information contact Pete Prutzman at


    2019 Poster Presentation.docx 2019 Poster Presentations
    Brochure_2019.docx 2019 Annual Meeting brochure

  • Many of the documents which show the activities of the OSAF since it was formed are now stored in the Arkansas Archives. These documents may be searched at Archives.Arkansas.Gov. Searching this site will not allow you to see the actual documents, it will only let you know what is available. Actual documents may only be viewed in person. Thanks go to Bob Levins and Robert McFarland as chairmen of the OSAF History Committee for preserving those documents which describe the history of our society. Any questions regarding historical documents of the OSAF should be directed to Robert McFarland.

  • The 2018 annual meeting of the Ouachita SAF was held December 6-7, 2018 at the Courtyard Marriott in Hot Springs, AR. The theme of the meeting was "Forest Threats" and several speakers gave excellent presentations on a variety of current forest threats. The annual meeting also included the annual awards dinner, a Friday breakfast program that had news from the Arkansas Forestry Commission and Oklahoma Forestry Services as well as the OSU and UAM Forestry programs. Following a successful silent auction that provides money for the OSAF Forestry Enhancement Fund and national Foresters Fund, there were Arkansas and Oklahoma division business meetings. The annual meeting concluded with the OSAF business meeting. Special thanks to Casey Meek and the program committee for putting together an excellent meeting.
    2018 annual meeting

  • The OSAF annual awards dinner was held on Thursday night December 6th as part of the 2018 annual meeting. Several individuals were recognized as award recipients. George Rheinhardt was honored as being the most recent OSAF Fellow. David Samuel was recognized for being a member of SAF for 50 years. Dr. Matt Pelkki was awarded the OSAF Forest Educator Award and Randy Holeman was awarded the OSAF Forestry Science Research Award. From the Arkansas Division, Dr. Matt Olson was named as the "Dr. Tim Ku - Young Forester" for 2018 and Karl Hansen was named as the "Ted Chancey - Career Forester" for 2018. From the Oklahoma Division, Alex Schwartz received the Ted Silker Award for 2018 for a forester with less than 15 years of experience.
    George Rheinhardt receiving his Fellow certificate from Dr. Vic Ford
    David Samuel receives his 50 year SAF certificate from Steve Burgess
    Randy Holeman receives the OSAF Forestry Science Research award from Dr. Vic Ford
    Karl Hansen receives the Ted Chancey Career Forester from Dr. Vic Ford
    Alex Schwartz receives the Ted Silker Award from Carri Abner

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