The California Society of American Foresters provides recognition for outstanding service to the Society, and to the forestry profession. Every member of SAF has the opportunity to initiate the nomination of a peer, mentor or professional whom they admire for their knowledge of forestry, ability to promote the profession, and/or their commitment and leadership.
Nominations are due to the Awards Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 31 of each year; the winners are then recognized at the annual Winter Meeting held in January/February. The award categories and criterium are listed below:
|Award Categories||General Criteria||Recognition|
|Forestry Achievement||Contributions to the Society of American Foresters and broad contributions to the forestry profession. Criteria period is considered over several years.||Award to be given annually, subject to suitable nominations. Plaque given in recognition|
|CA SAF Volunteer Award||Contributions to the California State Society of American Foresters in recognition of leadership and effort to implement a specific project or program. Criteria period is generally 1 – 3 years that addresses a project at the State Society or Chapter level.||Award to be given annually, subject to suitable nominations. Plaque given in recognition|
|Mentor Award||Recognizes contributions of an individual to mentor students and young professionals that supports them in becoming an active member of SAF. 1) Serves as a formal mentor at state or national meetings, 2) Volunteers as a mentor outside of organized SAF activities, 3) Provides opportunities to get involved in forestry activities, 4) Supports “Welcome” activities, organizes ice breaker activities, introductions with other SAF members, and engages with Student Chapters at their meetings or activities. Criteria period considered would be one year to several years.||Award to be given subject to suitable nominations. Monetary award given. Amount to be determined at time of selection by the CA SAF Board.|
|CA SAF Outreach and Recruiter Award||Recognizes contributions that result in new members to CA SAF. Activities could include inviting young professionals to SAF activities, encourages greater participation in SAF of employees from government agencies, nonprofits, colleges/ universities and private forestry and natural resources related companies. Criteria period is considered over several years.||Award to be given annually, subject to suitable nominations. Monetary award given. Amount to determined at time of selection by the CA SAF Board|
|Communications Award||Recognizes excellence in communicating positive aspects of forestry and forestry professionalism to public audiences. Activities could include speaking to groups at a local or regional level, writing OP-Eds in local, regional or state level publications, or communicating with elected officials.||A CA SAF member may self nominate or be nominated by another member. Nomination should provide examples that meet the criteria over a minimum of 1 year or up-to 5 years. Plaque given in recognition|