Society of American Foresters

We are the Oregon State University student chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), a professional organization dedicated to education and scientific pursuit in the field of natural resources. As a student chapter, we help student members stay connected with the larger organization and provide a setting for networking and discussion with your peers. Newcomers and graduates alike are always welcome to attend our meetings although we strongly encourage interested students to become official SAF members. 

In addition to bi-weekly meetings and College of Forestry events, OSU SAF participates in the national and regional SAF conferences, runs a Christmas tree farm at Peavy Arboretum, and organizes an annual job fair.

"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."


Membership information

Participation in the OSU Chapter of SAF is open to any OSU student, but full membership requires yearly dues paid to SAF. Contact Miles Schack for more information, or visit the SAF membership page.

Club Information

Tristen GuzaitisChair

Sam Zamudio, Vice-Chair

Miles SchackTreasurer

Hannah Olivadoti, Secretary

Emily DisburyCouncil Representative

Mike DominguezTree Farm Manager 

Connor GoweyTree Farm Assistant 

Austin FinsterGraduate Student Representative 

Cyra SteenkolkCommunications

Trevor SartnurakSAF District 2 Representative

Tammara CushingFaculty Advisor

Doug MaguireFaculty Advisor

Dr. John BaileyFaculty Advisor 

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See the National SAF website for more information. 


Service to society is the cornerstone of any profession. The profession of forestry serves society by fostering stewardship of the world's forests. Because forests provide valuable resources and perform critical ecological functions, they are vital to the wellbeing of both society and the biosphere.

Members of the Society of American Foresters have a deep and enduring love for the land, and are inspired by the profession's historic traditions, such as Gifford Pinchot's utilitarianism and Aldo Leopold's ecological conscience. In their various roles as practitioners, teachers, researchers, advisers, and administrators, foresters seek to sustain and protect a variety of forest uses and attributes, such as aesthetic values, air and water quality, biodiversity, recreation, timber production, and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to protect and serve society by inspiring, guiding, and governing members in the conduct of their professional lives. Compliance with the code demonstrates members' respect for the land and their commitment to the long-term management of ecosystems, and ensures just and honorable professional and human relationships, mutual confidence and respect, and competent service to society.

On joining the Society of American Foresters, members assume a special responsibility to the profession and to society by promising to uphold and abide by the following: 

Principles and Pledges

  1. Foresters have a responsibility to manage land for both current and future generations. We pledge to practice and advocate management that will maintain the long-term capacity of the land to provide the variety of materials, uses, and values desired by landowners and society.
  2. Society must respect forest landowners' rights and correspondingly, landowners have a land stewardship responsibility to society. We pledge to practice and advocate forest management in accordance with landowner objectives and professional standards, and to advise landowners of the consequences of deviating from such standards.
  3. Sound science is the foundation of the forestry profession. We pledge to strive for continuous improvement of our methods and our personal knowledge and skills; to perform only those services for which we are qualified; and in the biological, physical, and social sciences to use the most appropriate data, methods, and technology.
  4. Public policy related to forests must be based on both scientific principles and societal values. We pledge to use our knowledge and skills to help formulate sound forest policies and laws; to challenge and correct untrue statements about forestry; and to foster dialogue among foresters, other professionals, landowners, and the public regarding forest policies.
  5. Honest and open communication, coupled with respect for information given in confidence, is essential to good service. We pledge to always present, to the best of our ability, accurate and complete information; to indicate on whose behalf any public statements are made; to fully disclose and resolve any existing or potential conflicts of interest; and to keep proprietary information confidential unless the appropriate person authorizes its disclosure.
  6. Professional and civic behavior must be based on honesty, fairness, good will, and respect for the law. We pledge to conduct ourselves in a civil and dignified manner; to respect the needs, contributions, and viewpoints of others; and to give due credit to others for their methods, ideas, or assistance.

Adopted November 3, 2000

See the club calendar for a comprehensive overview of meetings and events.

All-Members Meeting

Date: Every-other Monday starting in Week 2: October 7th, October 21st, November 4th, November 18th, and December 2nd

** Guest Speakers on October 21st and November 18th!

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: STAG263

Details: Free pizza!

Contact: Tristen Guzaitis at

CoF Career Fair, Sponsored by OSU SAF

Date: Thursday, November 14th

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom

Details: The CoF Career Fair is an opportunity for students from all CoF programs to connect with employers who want to fill full-time, part-time, seasonal, and internship positions from all sectors of forestry, natural resources, outdoor recreation, and forest products.

Sign up to VOLUNTEER! OSU SAF members are requested to volunteer at the Career Fair this year. Volunteering is (of course) open to anyone and everyone who would like to help out. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Please fill out the Google Form or contact Sam to sign up for a shift.

Contact: Sam Zamudio at or Brooke Harrington at

PNW Leadership Conference

Date: January 31st - February 1st

Time: All day, each day (itinerary TBA)

Location: Vancouver, WA

Details: This year's PNW Leadership Conference will be held in Vancouver, WA. Current OSU SAF members, officers, and prospective future officers are encouraged to attend. Please talk to Tristen before registering.

Contact: Tristen Guzaitis at