The Texas Society of American Foresters (TSAF) is
one of 33 state and multi-state societies that make up the Society of
American Foresters, an organization of professional foresters dedicated
to the advancement of the science and practice of forestry.
Texas is a large and diverse state. It encompasses 267
thousand square miles...that's more than 171 million acres. Texas
stretches 773 miles from east to west and 860 miles from north to
south. Most imagine nostalgic images of cowboys on the open range when
they speak of Texas. Many might be surprised to discover that the
eastern most region of Texas (24 million acres or so) contains nearly
12 million acres of timberland affectionately called the Pineywoods.
Wood from the Pineywoods has helped to build the nation and,
in fact, is exported throughout the world. The forest of Texas are now
looked upon to help meet the nation's demand for energy, transportation
fuels and bio-based products.
In 1925. The Gulf States Section of the Society of American
Foresters was formed which include Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
In 1980, with the dissolution of the Gulf States Section, the Texas
Society of Foresters was chartered.
The Texas SAF is divided into six chapters:
- Dallas At-Large
- Hill Country
Over 35 professionals from a variety of disciplines and
business sectors, academia, industry, public agencies, NGOs, and
private consulting firms are members of TxSAF.
With the increasing numerous demands placed on traditional and
nontraditional forest in Texas, it is TSAF's goal to ensure that
science-based, sustainable forestry, urban forestry, WUI, and woodlands
management options are practiced to ensure that future generations will
benefit as much or more than the current generation.
2012 TSAF Annual
Meeting: Texas Forests in a Changing Climate
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