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Please Join the National Capitol SAF for our Lunch Presentation

Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief US Forest Service, presenting
Forest Service: Challenges and Opportunities

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Leopold Training Conference Room, Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW, Washington DC

New District 7 Representative to the SAF Board of Directors

On January 1, 2018 David Gwaze started his three-year duties as the District 7
Representative to the SAF Board of Directors.

"I am honored and excited to be District 7 representative. I want to thank Rachel Reyna,
the outgoing Representative, for her leadership and efforts to further the profession.
Under Rachel's leadership Allegheny SAF and NCSAF signed a Memorandum of
Understanding, which makes it easier for NCSAF members to represent the District.
Also, under her leadership, diversity and inclusion issues are being addressed at the
national level. I look forward to playing a part in addressing District and National issues.
I welcome any ideas members might have to improve our society", said David.

"There are many national issues that the board is currently addressing, including search for the CEO. I will summarize these in my next communication that will be posted on our National Capital SAF webpage. Please stay tuned."

Gwaze was previously Chair for the NCSAF, Fund raising Chair for NCSAF, and SAF communications committee member. He grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, and earned a PhD degree in forest genetics from University of Edinburgh, UK. He is currently employed by the Forest Service as the National Silviculturist.

The Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund grant proposals are being accepted. Fund supports projects that conduct and/or support forestry research, conduct and/or support continuing education activities and the transfer of knowledge, and promote collaboration and relationships with other SAF entities and external groups. Proposals are due February 15 and August 15. For details please visit:

Members should start searching for nominees for SAF National awards.  Nominations are due by March 15, 2018. For details please visit:

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What is the National Capital SAF (NCSAF)?

The National Capital SAF is one of thirty-two State Societies that make up the national organization of the SAF.  Our members generally live and work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  However, there are two other State Societies located in our metropolitan area - the Appalachian Society in northern Virginia and the Allegheny Society in Maryland.  We have over 300 members in the National Capital SAF. Members may join any state society they wish by paying the appropriate state society dues.

Our NCSAF members serve in positions with Federal and local governments, forest industry and affiliated organizations, non-governmental conservation and environmental organizations, colleges and universities, and small businesses, including consulting foresters.  In addition, some of our members are now retired.


What is the Society of American Foresters (SAF)?

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 in the world for foresters and other professions interested in forestry.

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.

For more information on SAF, please explore the national SAF website


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