asked why he first joined SAF over 50 years ago, Director
Emeritus of Black Rock Forest and ESF alum Jack Karnig replied
"Why, it was the thing to do! There would be society
meetings, the annual convention -- I wanted to be a part of
Why you should be a student member today
As a forest management or natural resource professional,
you'll be making crucial decisions that can impact the future.
SAF programs and services help prepare you for the environmental
challenges that lie ahead. Your SAF membership and
eventual Certified Forester accreditation show perspective
employers and future clients that you take the forestry
profession very seriously. In addition, student members
get all the benefits of Professional Members, at a fraction of
Student members benefit from interaction with people who
represent the diversity of the profession; meet potential
employers; attend SAF annual state and national conventions,
meeting and learning from seasoned professionals; and often
participate in events at a fraction of the cost of the
Professional Member fee. Mr. Karnig is right-these
meetings are still the place to be.
Your membership includes affiliation with up
that focus on specific areas of scientific interest. Working
Group newsletters, education sessions, and networking
opportunities keep you in touch with the people and information
in your areas of interest. With 28 groups
(e.g. forest ecology, wilderness
management, economy and law, remote sensing and GIS, wildlife
and fish ecology, silviculture, fire management, urban forestry,
forest genetics, soil conservation, climatology, philosophy, and
recreation) to choose from, you are sure to find
some to meet your specific needs.
Membership provides subscriptions
to print copies of the
Journal of Forestry (a
the most widely read forestry periodical in the world,
The Forestry Source
($15 value). Members within New York will also receive the quarterly The New York Forester,
which regularly features news and opportunities around the
state, Forestry Foundations, and interviews with members.
Members also receive a subscription to the Roots of
Forestry, which provides
electronic access to Journal of Forestry,
Forest Science , and the Northern, Southern, and
Western Journals of Applied Forestry-from their first
issue through 1999
through Ingenta (visit
http://www.safnet.org/publications/roots/index.cfm for details, and
instructions for registering your free subscription). The
value of this service depends on how much it is used, as
access to titles, authors, abstracts, and search capabilities is
free, but viewing each full articles is $6 for nonmembers.
Convenient, yes, but that could add up for us student types that would use this for
classes and research papers! Just think--read on your own
time, even after the library closes, instead of waiting for the
one placed on reserve.
Forestry resources online
SAF's state of the art website includes the latest
forestry and policy news, recent
classified ads, a complete listing of all certified
foresters in the country and more.
"Talk amongst yourselves!"
"Student Exchange" listserv serves as a communications tool
for natural resource students from across the country. The
mailing list is free of charge, but is restricted to paid
student members. To subscribe, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and leave both the
subject and message area blank.
Members are also eligible for discounts on regional journals
(see Latest information for more details on free access to
articles through 1999),
books and merchandise from the
SAF Store. Many students
participate in regional, state, and national programs, often at
a discounted rate.
Participation in the student chapter can develop and hone the
vital people skills that employers are seeking.
Representation in your professional organization
Student members have a voice in SAF through the National Student
Assembly (NSA), which meets once a year during the national
convention. It's an opportunity for students to help determine
the future direction of Society programs and activities.
Throughout the year, the NSA chair represents student interests
to national leadership.