Non-profit

Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Website:

www.eforester.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

53-0204630

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $3,855,385
Expenses: $3,121,265
Assets: $29,953,536

Type:

Membership Association

Formation:

1900

CEO:

Terry Baker

CEO's Compensation:

$206,893 1

References

  1. “Society of American Foresters – IRS Form 990.” Nonprofit Explorer. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/530204630.
Membership:

Approx. 10,000

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $4,187,644

Assets: $21,526,853  1

References

  1. “Society of American Foresters – IRS Form 990.” Nonprofit Explorer. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/530204630.

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The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is a membership association for professional foresters. 1 It promotes sustainable commercial use of public and private forests, including lumbering on public lands, and advocates for federal and state tax codes that encourage long-term private investment in forests for commercial use and the growth of markets for forest products. 2

The SAF’s support for use of technological advancements such as genetically modified (GMO) trees and common pesticides and herbicides on private and public lands put it at odds with many environmentalist organizations. 3 4 5 6

History and Leadership

The Society of American Foresters was founded in 1900 by forestry pioneer Gifford Pinchot, who had planned the first professionally managed forest in the United States at George Vanderbilt III’s Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. 7 8 Pinchot later became the first head of the U.S. Forest Service in 1905 when it was established under President William McKinley. 9 10 11

The current CEO of SAF is Terry Baker, who had previously been a forester and district supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service. 12

Programs

Publications

The Society of American Foresters produces two peer-reviewed academic journals, Journal of Forestry and Forest Science. 13 Both journals are published by Oxford University Press. 14

SAF also publishes the Dictionary of Forestry, now in its second edition. 15

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

In 1935, the Society of American Foresters began accrediting educational programs for foresters. 16 Today, SAF manages accreditation for postsecondary degree-granting programs in forestry, urban forestry, natural resources and ecosystem management, and forest technology. 17

SAF publishes an annual guide for prospective students to accredited college and university forestry programs. 18

SAF also manages a Certified Forester certification program, which includes Candidate Certified Forester, Urban and Community Forester, and Forest Technician certifications. 19 Some states accept SAF’s certifications for licensure as professional foresters. 20

Advocacy

The Society of American Foresters advocates for public policies related to forestry, using a working group process to arrive at position statements on issues. 21

Its positions tend to reflect its membership’s interests, which include increasing the commercial use of forest products. 22 SAF supports the harvesting of lumber in forests on public lands and increasing the size and scope of markets for wood-based products. 23 SAF also advocates for private forests to be taxed under regimes that treat the property and products as long-term investments and capital gains profits, rather than using standard commercial or agricultural property tax codes. 24

Unlike many environmental organizations, SAF also supports the use of technological advancements such as herbicides and genetically modified (GMO) trees in forest management. 25 26 SAF’s support for the cautious use of herbicides, GMO trees, and other scientific advancements frequently places it at odds with environmentalists who support outright bans on such technologies. 27 28 29

References

  1. “History.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/About/History/Main/About/History.aspx?hkey=f112ee86-0f07-4cca-b342-b9d4bca0f535.
  2. “Position Statements.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Position_Statements/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Position-Statements.aspx?hkey=7462747e-74fb-4ecd-8542-e089fdae5b8f.
  3. “Position Statements.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Position_Statements/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Position-Statements.aspx?hkey=7462747e-74fb-4ecd-8542-e089fdae5b8f.
  4. Austin, Phyllis. “‘Use Emotions’ to Support Pesticides, Foresters Told.” PESTICIDE-FREE FORESTS CAMPAIGN, March 28, 2001. http://www.forestecologynetwork.org/pesticide%20free%20forests/austin.htm.
  5. Clarren, Rebecca. “Timberland Herbicide Spraying Sickens a Community.” High Country News, January 26, 2024. https://www.hcn.org/issues/46-19/timberland-herbicide-spraying-sickens-a-community/.
  6. Gewin, Virginia. “Foresters Cautious over Transgenics.” Nature, April 4, 2002. https://www.nature.com/articles/416463b.
  7. Angel, Heather. “The Birthplace of American Forestry.” Biltmore, September 27, 2019. http://www.biltmore.com/blog/biltmore-the-birthplace-of-american-forestry/.
  8. “History.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/About/History/Main/About/History.aspx?hkey=f112ee86-0f07-4cca-b342-b9d4bca0f535.
  9. Moore, Jason W. “The Fear and the Fix.” The Baffler, May 14, 2024. https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-fear-and-the-fix-moore.
  10. Angel, Heather. “The Birthplace of American Forestry.” Biltmore, September 27, 2019. http://www.biltmore.com/blog/biltmore-the-birthplace-of-american-forestry/.
  11. “History.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/About/History/Main/About/History.aspx?hkey=f112ee86-0f07-4cca-b342-b9d4bca0f535.
  12. “Terry Baker.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/About/Terry_Baker.aspx.
  13. “Scientific Journals .” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Publications/Scientific_Journals/Journals.aspx?hkey=3ef428ee-2769-4b27-aaad-764d991993c7.
  14. “Scientific Journals .” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Publications/Scientific_Journals/Journals.aspx?hkey=3ef428ee-2769-4b27-aaad-764d991993c7.
  15. “Dictionary of Forestry.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Store/Bookstore/DictionaryofForestry.aspx.
  16. “History.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/About/History/Main/About/History.aspx?hkey=f112ee86-0f07-4cca-b342-b9d4bca0f535.
  17. “Accreditation.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Certification_Education/Accreditation/Main/Accreditation/Accreditation_Home.aspx?hkey=acede682-0ce7-4202-85e6-e3371eb38cdc.
  18. “SAF College Guide.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Publications/College-Guide/Main/Library/SAF-College-Guide.aspx?hkey=b31d60ba-297f-4693-b9a8-68d79101cec7.
  19. “Accreditation.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Certification_Education/Accreditation/Main/Accreditation/Accreditation_Home.aspx?hkey=acede682-0ce7-4202-85e6-e3371eb38cdc.
  20. “State Licensure.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://eforester.org/Main/Professional_Dev/Licensure/Main/Certification/Licensure.aspx.
  21. “Position Statements.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Position_Statements/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Position-Statements.aspx?hkey=7462747e-74fb-4ecd-8542-e089fdae5b8f.
  22. “Our Priorities.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Our_Priorities/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Policy_Priorities.aspx?hkey=caa4fe23-2dd5-4e24-b68b-6dd36601eb51.
  23. “Our Priorities.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Our_Priorities/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Policy_Priorities.aspx?hkey=caa4fe23-2dd5-4e24-b68b-6dd36601eb51.
  24. “Federal and State Tax Treatment of Private Forest Land.” Society of American Foresters, October 2021. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Statements/Federal_and_State_Tax_Treatment_of_Private_Forest_Land.aspx.
  25. “Our Priorities.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Our_Priorities/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Policy_Priorities.aspx?hkey=caa4fe23-2dd5-4e24-b68b-6dd36601eb51.
  26. “Position Statements.” Society of American Foresters. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.eforester.org/Main/Advocacy_and_Outreach/Position_Statements/Main/Issues_and_Advocacy/Position-Statements.aspx?hkey=7462747e-74fb-4ecd-8542-e089fdae5b8f.
  27. Austin, Phyllis. “‘Use Emotions’ to Support Pesticides, Foresters Told.” PESTICIDE-FREE FORESTS CAMPAIGN, March 28, 2001. http://www.forestecologynetwork.org/pesticide%20free%20forests/austin.htm.
  28. Clarren, Rebecca. “Timberland Herbicide Spraying Sickens a Community.” High Country News, January 26, 2024. https://www.hcn.org/issues/46-19/timberland-herbicide-spraying-sickens-a-community/.
  29. Gewin, Virginia. “Foresters Cautious over Transgenics.” Nature, April 4, 2002. https://www.nature.com/articles/416463b.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 1972

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $3,855,385 $3,121,265 $29,953,536 $2,706,726 Y $429,893 $2,130,808 $575,689 $338,653
    2020 Dec Form 990 $4,690,025 $2,767,495 $27,472,841 $2,590,257 Y $55,083 $1,883,558 $350,821 $278,855
    2019 Dec Form 990 $3,097,374 $3,133,058 $21,426,831 $897,496 Y $55,978 $2,365,585 $471,194 $297,880 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $3,968,671 $3,884,840 $20,775,416 $2,172,664 Y $1,382,543 $1,677,711 $406,549 $850,517 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,248,647 $4,224,014 $18,977,550 $2,476,462 Y $1,266,189 $1,534,999 $364,449 $310,778 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,325,700 $4,060,412 $19,938,705 $3,227,270 Y $2,229,638 $1,570,482 $366,586 $295,498 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $17,419,287 $3,462,948 $19,743,736 $1,549,773 Y $2,207,476 $892,302 $103,204 $169,587 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $4,827,596 $3,544,701 $5,906,200 $1,660,434 Y $3,177,238 $1,547,641 $67,291 $159,760 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $3,984,535 $3,473,849 $4,266,233 $1,501,148 Y $2,315,480 $1,594,389 $70,746 $152,818 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $2,880,875 $3,246,257 $4,331,341 $2,229,341 Y $1,347,035 $1,400,413 $58,228 $237,118 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Society of American Foresters (SAF)


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