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Professional Associations

A Directory of Professional Forestry Associations in America

Alabama Urban Forestry Association - Established in 1989, the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA) is a committed leader in the issues of urban forestry. AUFA promotes proper tree care, tree protection and other tree issues in the urban setting.

American Society Of Consulting Arborists is a professional society whose members possess a high level of accomplishment in the field of arboricultural consulting and closely related activities.

Arkansas Forestry Association Since 1947, the Arkansas Forestry Association has been the only private, nonprofit organization that speaks for the entire forestry community in Arkansas.

Association of Consulting Foresters of America is the only national association for consulting foresters. Currently, there are 607 members in 39 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

California Forestry Association California Forests Online is your guide to the truth about California's forests and the forestry profession. This extensive site presents the issues and challenges facing our forests.

California Licensed Foresters Association (CLFA) was formed by Registered Professional Foresters(RPFs) in 1980. The Association represents foresters- Industrial, Consulting or Public- working together for the common cause of enhancing the role of the Professional Forester in California. CLFA is committed to providing timely dissemination of information important to all RPFs, and to taking prompt, aggressive and positive action on issues whenever the need is demonstrated. With the challenges ahead to the professional forester, CLFA offers you the opportunity to be part of an organization that is a major voice in determining the future of forestry in California.

California Society of American Foresters - Cal SAF is a unit of the Society of American Foresters. 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

Ecological Society of America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; raise the public's level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers. Ecology is the scientific discipline that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their past, present, and future environments.

Florida Forestry Association is Florida's only statewide conservation organization uniquely positioned to bring together those who grow and those who use Florida's forests. Our mission is to promote the responsible use of Florida's forest resource.

Forest Products Society - The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry.

Georgia Forestry Association - The Georgia Forestry Association, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the United States, was founded in 1907. At that time, tree farming was a family tradition. Land was passed from generation to generation and with it, a love of the land that became our heritage. Through the years, GFA has worked with landowners in protecting their property rights and adopting sound land management practices to ensure that our forests continue to provide clean air, clean water, soil conservation, wildlife habitat, recreation and products that we all use everyday.

Illinois Consulting Foresters Association - Serving primarily private landowners in Illinois, members of the Illinois Consulting Foresters Association are professional foresters educated and experienced in marketing timber for increased income and managing forests to sustain health, production, and intangible benefits over decades and centuries.

International Society of Arboriculture has served the tree care industry for over seventy years as a scientific and educational organization. ISA was founded in 1924 when a group of forty individuals, each engaged in a phase of tree work or research, were called together by the Connecticut Tree Protection Examining Board to discuss shade tree problems and their possible solutions.

Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters - With a membership of over 400, the Kentucky-Tennessee Society is one of 33 State/Multi-State Societies representing the nearly 18,000 member Society of American Foresters. Our organizational structure includes a Chairman, Chair-elect, Treasurer, and Secretary which, along with 7 additional members, comprise the core of an Executive Committee for our Society. Within the two states we have 6 regional chapters and 3 student chapters, each with their own set of officers and committees. Currently, the K-T SAF has 14 committees that focus a variety of subject areas.

Louisiana Forestry Association was formed in 1947 to foster the practice of forestry, to rebuild the state's cut-over lands, and to build a healthy forest industry. The Louisiana Forestry Association today is a statewide, private, nonprofit association made up of more than 3,000 members, mostly foresters, large and small landowners, forest products industries, wood suppliers and loggers. All the information about forestry in Louisiana including training class schedules for foresters and loggers; information from Forests & People magazine; forests facts; teacher resurces and committee work.

Maryland Forests Association is a nonprofit, tax-exempt citizen's organization for forest landowners, foresters and other natural resource professionals, hunt clubs and recreational groups, logging and trucking companies, the forest products industry, related businesses and individuals concerned about the wise-use of our forest resources.

Michigan Forest Association - Landowners, professionals and other interested people working to promote education and wise management and use of our forests- since 1972

Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters - Professional private sector resource managers dedicated to meeting their clients' forestry objectives. Organized in 1981.

Mississippi Forestry Association was organized in 1938 as a private non-profit organization representing a broad range of members such as timberland owners, professional foresters, loggers, forest product companies, wood suppliers and vendors who serve our industry.

National Arborist Association Official site of the National Arborist Association (NAA), the leading trade association for commercial tree service companies. The NAA publishes Tree Care Industry (TCI) Magazine and hosts TCI EXPO. Our mission is to support the commercial arborist and promote the tree care profession. Established in 1938, the NAA is a trade association of over 2700 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies. NAA develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms around the world. We provide continuing education, training, conferences and publications to promote the safe and appropriate practice of tree care.

National Association of States Foresters is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of the State Forestry agencies from all fifty states, eight U.S. territories (American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the District of Columbia.

North Carolina Board of Registration for Foresters - Created to benefit and protect the public by improving the standards of the practice of professional forestry in North Carolina.

North Carolina Forestry Association's programs in legislative and regulatory affairs, communications and education support the long-term management of forest resources to meet the state's environmental and economic needs. The programs also promote and protect the ability of landowners to practice sound forestry and help assure the forest industry's ability to compete in domestic and world markets.

The Pennsylvania Forestry Association - The Pennsylvania Forestry Association is a broad-based citizens organization, provides leadership in sound forest management advice and education and promotes wise stewardship to private land owners, resulting in benefits for the residents of the Commonwealth.

Rhode Island Forest Conservator's Organization - RIFCO is Rhode Island's forest landowner association, and is dedicated to the protection and wise use of RI's woodland resources. Our site provides information on state current-use tax program, best management practices, articles from our quarterly newsletter, links to other organizations and an on-line forestry course, and upcoming association and Tree Farm events.

Society for Conservation Biology is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society's membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students make up the more than 10,000 members world-wide.

Society of Municipal Arborists Founded in 1964, the SMA is an organization of municipal arborists and urban foresters. Our membership also includes consultants, commercial firms and citizens who actively practice or support some facet of municipal forestry.

Society for Range Management is the professional scientific society and conservation organization whose members are concerned with studying, conserving, managing and sustaining the varied resources of the rangelands which comprise nearly half the land in the world. Established in 1948, SRM has over 4,000 members in 48 countries, including many developing nations.

Society of American Foresters (SAF) - SAF National Office: 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.

Appalachian Society of American Foresters - The Appalachian Society (ApSAF) is one of 33 multi-state / state societies that make up the national body know as the Society of American Foresters. ApSAF is composed of professional foresters and forest technicians from the three state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Indiana Society of American Foresters - A regional scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in Indiana.

Michigan Society of American Foresters - Forestry information for Michigan foresters, forest owners, and interested people

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. We have over 300 members in the National Capital SAF.

Northwest Region: Society of American Foresters - The SAF Northwest Office (NWO) was established in 1965 to provide services and support to SAF units and members in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The Northwest Office is committed to providing a high-quality communications link between members, chapters, state societies, the SAF National Office, and the public.

Society of Municipal Arborists Founded in 1964, the SMA is an organization of municipal arborists and urban foresters. Our membership also includes consultants, commercial firms and citizens who actively practice or support some facet of municipal forestry.

South Carolina Forestry Association Forests conserve our soil, replenish our air, clean our water, sustain our wildlife, and refresh the human spirit. They are also renewable sources of products vital to our society. Realizing that forests are much more than trees, the South Carolina Forestry Association, its member companies and individuals are committed to seeing that our forests are forever. Our vision is one of sustainable forests, managed to meet our nation's needs without sacrificing the birthright of future generations -- clean air and water, abundant wildlife, and renewable resources for recreation and the wood products upon which our future society will depend.

Tennessee Forestry Assocation - A trade organization representing the interests and education of landowners, loggers, foresters and the forest products industries. The purpose of this Association shall be to serve as "The Voice of Forestry" in Tennessee, and to conduct public relations, government affairs, communications and education programs that will promote a better understanding and appreciation of the forests of Tennessee.

Texas Forestry Association, still guided by a conservation philosophy, has become more than just an association of forest-minded landowners, businesses and professionals. It has reached far beyond the original concept of TFA in 1914, and today offers programs for almost every Texan interested in conservation, business, history, education, wildlife and more.

Vermont Woodlands Association strives to educate, train, and support private forest landowners in sound management practices concerning wildlife, water, wood, and recreation. We do this my managing and enhancing the American Tree Farm System® Program in Vermont.

West Virginia Forestry Association - is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is supported by nearly 1000 members. WVFA works to promote the State's entire forest industry - landowners, loggers, sawmill operators, wood manufacturers, and others, through a variety of educational programs and events.

Western Forest Genetics Association is an association of professionals, researchers, and students involved in forest genetics issues in the western US and Canada. Meetings are rotated throughout the region, and are often held jointly with other organizations.

The Wildlife Society , founded in 1937, is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society.