Ouachita Society Of American Foresters

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.



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

Newsletter correction — 04/08/2014

There is a correction to the OSAF newsletter. Joe Friend will not be stepping down from the Tellers Committee chair position. Joe will be retiring from the AFC but plans to remain active in OSAF.

Link: Newsletter correction

OSAF Newsletter — 04/07/2014

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

Link: OSAF April Newsletter

2014 Four-State Forestry on the Grow Conference — 03/24/2014

Ouachita Mountains RC&D is presenting the 2014 Four-State Forestry on the Grow Conference in Texarkana, TX. The dates are Wednesday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 26th. The schedule of events is for Wednesday, April 23rd to consist of Pro-Logger/Master Logger certification course and Thursday, April 24th will be tours of area mills, silviculture, and a spouse's tour. A wide range of speakers will present on Friday and Saturday with key topics targeted for timberland owners, investors, and managers in all 13 southeastern (pine belt) states. Information on registration and lodging can be found by clicking on the link below.

Link: 2014 Four-State Forestry on the Grow Conference

Refunds for cancelled OSAF Annual Meeting — 02/06/2014

For all those who registered for the OSAF Annual Meeting and the Shortleaf Pine Workshop on December 5-6, 2013 in Ft. Smith, AR. Refunds are being processed for the cancelled meeting. To receive a refund the following information is needed: 1)Name of registrant 2)Amount of refund requested (Some that donated to student travel fund are leaving their money with us) 3)Mailing address to send the check 4)To whom the check should be made out. If your employer sent the check or if multiple registrants were paid with a single check, please contact your accounting personnel and have them request the refund. Please send this information to: Matt Pelkki email: pelkki@uamont.edu

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.

Awards Nominations — 07/30/2013

Please consider nominating a worthy colleague for recognition by the Ouachita SAF. Click below to see criteria for nomination. The nomination deadline is November 1st. A list of award recipients since 2007 can be seen by clicking on the Documents 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) 744-5463

Link: 2013 Awards Program .......

Dr. Timothy Ku — 07/29/2013

Dr. Timothy Ku, age 87, died July 15, 2013 in Plano, Texas. He was born in Taochung, China in 1926 and came to the U.S. in 1948. He received his B.S. in Forestry from Nanking University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (now Michigan State University) in 1950 and 1954, respectively. He was hired to teach at Arkansas A&M College (now University of Arkansas-Monticello) in 1959 and was there for almost 40 years. He was a past chairman of the Ozark Section of the Society of American Foresters and was selected as a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters in 1985. He was inducted as a member in the Arkansas Forestry Hall of Fame in 1995. Funeral mass was held July 20 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Monticello with interment at Oakland Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, and his 2 sons and their spouses

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 (thomas.kuzmic@okstate.edu) 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 .......

OSAF Awards Outstanding Members — 01/11/2012

Several outstanding members received Ouachita Society of American Foresters recognition at the recent annual meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For a summary of the awards presented and a list of those recognized, please click on the link below.

Link: 2012 OSAF Awards .............

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

Link: Click here........

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 ....