Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.

SAF Core Values are:

     Forests are a fundamental source of global health and human welfare,

     Forests must be sustained through simultaneously meeting environmental, economic, and community aspirations
     and needs,

     Foresters are dedicated to sound forest management and conservation, and

     Foresters serve landowners and society by providing sound knowledge and professional management skills.

Mission Statement

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry
profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the
world. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of
forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills,
and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and
future availability of forest resources to benefit society. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501(c)3.

SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.



2015 Multi-State Conference of the Society of American Foresters — 12/01/2014

The Ouachita, Louisiana, and Texas societies will host a joint meeting titled "Reflections on Water". The meeting will be held January 27-29, 2015 at the Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana, Texas. Registration information and the meeting agenda are in the link below this message. This meeting will also serve as the Ouachita SAF annual meeting. There will be an opportunity to receive as many as 12 category 1 CFEs if tours/training and both days of speaker sessions are attended.

Link: 2015 Multi-State Conference

2014 Awards Nominations — 08/28/2014

Please consider nominating a worthy colleague for recognition by the Ouachita SAF. Click below to see the criteria for nomination. The nomination deadline is November 1st. A list of award recipients since 2007 can be seen by clicking on the Awards tab on this website.

Please send all award nominations by regular mail or e-mail to:
Tom Kuzmic, OSAF Awards Chair
Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
Okla. State University
08-C Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-54563

Link: 2014 Awards Program

OK Division hosts "Walk in the Forest" — 08/21/2014

Foresters and natural resource professional from the SAF, OK Forestry Services, OSU, and the City of Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Dept. will host a "Walk in the Forest" at the Keystone Ancient Forest west of Sand Springs, OK. The 3 mile trail will allow participants to learn about the unique ecoregion and forest type called the Cross Timbers. There will be educational stations and interpretive signs where you can learn about trees, the history and uniqueness of the Cross Timbers, and how professional foresters care for the forest. The walk will take about 1 1/2 hours and gates will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There will be water, snacks, and other giveaways along with a special PLT station for kids. For more information contact Erin Johnson, OK Division Chair at 405-640-9492 or

Link: Walk in the Forest

Ted Chancey — 07/02/2014

Ted Chancey, age 91, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away on June 28, 2014. Ted was born June 15, 1923 in Bryant, OK. He received his BS degree in forestry from the University of California, Berkley in 1949. He became a life-long forester and was a Senior Timber Agent for Weyerhaeuser. Ted was noted for his strong contribution to the ethical fiber of the Timber industry by his work on fair market valuation and his personal character. He was a consistent leader in the SAF throughout his entire professional career and was elected SAF Fellow in 1984 and was inducted into the Arkansas Foresters Hall of Fame in 2006. He also received many awards for his life time of service and achievements with both the Lion's Club and American Legion and was an active member of the Grand Avenue Methodist Church. Ted was preceded in death by his wife Donna Jean. He is survived by his daughter Karen Sutterfield (John) of Houston, TX and his son Gary Chancey of Hot Springs as well as 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. on July 3, 2014 at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Rev. George Rook officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may by made to The American Legion or the Lion's Club in his honor.

Quintus H. Herron — 07/02/2014

Quintus H. Herron, age 91, passed away on June 24th, 2014. He was born in McCurtain County, OK on May 24, 1923. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M (OSU) and also served in the Army Air Corp. Quintus, along with his father Leonard G. and his brother Joseph, started Herron Industries in 1944. Prior to its inception no one had planted and grown trees for crops in SE Oklahoma, but over decades of dedication Quintus and his family grew the venture to be one of the most productive in the South and a long term economic contributor for McCurtain County. Additionally, he and his brother built several sawmills and a retail lumber yard. Quintus was also co-founder of the Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park and the Museum of the Red River. Quintus was elected as a Fellow in the SAF in 2003 and received numerous other awards including the 2001 Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture, 2002 Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus from OSU, and 2013 Lifetime Service Award from the Forest Heritage Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary. He is survived by his son Don Herron (Mary) of Idabel, OK and his daughter Jan Herron (Gama Leyva) of Patagonia, AZ as well as 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The family will host a memorial service at the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center on July 26, 2014 at 2 pm.

OSAF Shortleaf Pine Webinar recordings — 06/30/2014

The cancellation of the December 2013 meeting due to the ice storm was very disappointing to many of us. Thanks to the efforts of Rod Will and his committee, the speakers scheduled to present at the shortleaf pine meeting made those presentations through a series of webinars earlier this spring. For those of you whose schedule would not allow you to listen to the live presentations, the recorded shortleaf pine webinars are now available for viewing using the link below. You can receive 1.5 hours Cat 1 CFE for SAF for watching each date (7.5 hours total). Please follow directions provided on the link. They will be available until 9/30/14.

OSAF Shortleaf Pine Webinar Series — 04/30/2014

Given the cancellation of our 2013 annual meeting, we missed a great learning opportunity. Fortunately, the speakers from the meeting have agreed to deliver the content in webinar form. The webinars will be every Monday at 3 pm CDT April 21st through May 19th. Each webinar will feature 2 speakers for 30-45 minutes each. To participate, you need to log on a few minutes before 3 pm using the directions provided in the link listed below. Should you not be able to attend the webinars on Mondays, they will be recorded and made available on the OSAF website. Each webinar will provide 1.5 hours of Category 1 CFE. To receive the credits, you will need to log onto the webinar using your name and afterwards email John Stewart ( with your SAF ID number. The link listed below also provides the schedule of speakers and the specific topic they will address.

Link: Shortleaf Pine Webinar

OSAF Foresters Fund helps sponsor Forestry Awareness Day program for students — 04/17/2014

In September 2013, 251 5th graders and 23 teachers participated in a Forestry Awareness Day program at Lake Wedington near Fayetteville, AR. The program was hosted by the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation. Take home materials for each of the students was purchased with Foresters Fund grant money provided by the Ouachita Society of American Foresters. More details can be seen by clicking on the link below.

Link: Forestry Awareness Day-Foresters Fund

OSAF Newsletter — 04/07/2014

The OSAF newsletter for April 2014 is available online by clicking on the link below.

Link: OSAF April Newsletter

Hurliman receives Landowner award — 11/14/2013

Ed Hurliman was recently awarded the Landowner of the Year Award by the Okla. Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. His 11,000 acre Lone Rock Ranch in Pushmataha County has about 3,500 acres dedicated to wildlife habitat improvement. Hurliman participates in various habitat improvement programs offered through state and federal agencies. He is a DMAP (deer management assistance program) and WHIP (wildlife habitat improvement program) participant through which he has performed brush management on 350 acres and prescribed burning on at least 4,000 acres as well as constructing ponds for wildlife. Ed runs a successful forestry consulting and timber management business out of Broken Bow, OK and was named the 2011 SAF District IX Presidential Field Forester.

Ouachita SAF Fellows — 12/12/2012

The highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the Society of American Foresters is that of Fellow.

Please consider nominating a worthy OSAF colleague for SAF Fellow. The attachment provides information regarding the OSAF nomination procedure. Completed nominations are due to Tom Kuzmic by January 7.

We encourage nominators and prospective nominees to go to the SAF national website to learn more about the Fellow nomination and selection process. Please contact Tom Kuzmic ( with any questions.

From 1983 to date, the Ouachita SAF has had 32 of its members recognized as Fellows. For a complete list of Ouachita SAF Fellows, please click on the link below.

Link: OSAF Fellows List .......

Ouachita SAF Strategic Plan — 03/05/2012

With leadership provided by Caroll Guffey at UAM, the Ouachita SAF has completed a strategic plan to guide the Society in future years.

The plan was approved by the OSAF Executive Committee at their last meeting and is now available for review and comment by the membership. The plan can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Should you have any comments, please send those to Rob Ficklin, Chair-Ouachita SAF.

Link: OSAF Strategic Plan .......

Ouachita SAF Forestry Enhancement Award — 10/12/2010

Do you know of an SAF Chapter, civic group, school, youth organization, etc. that is interested in developing a forestry education project? If so, please let them know abut the Ouachita SAF Forestry Enhancement Award. This award provides up to $500 for selected projects over a two-year period.

The OSAF Executive Committee established this award in an effort to promote forestry education in the Oklahoma-Arkansas region, and encourages applications from interested indviduals and groups.

Link: For award guidelines and application form - Click Here

Want to join the only organization that represents the entire forestry profession at the local, state
and national levels?
— 03/12/2010

Read more about being a member of the Society of American Foresters

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Ouachita SAF Bylaws and Committee Charters Posted — 03/10/2010

To view the OSAF Bylaws and Committee Charters, follow the link below.

Link: Bylaws and Charters ....