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Event Feature: Golden Member Appreciation Luncheon

Join us to honor WSSAF Golden Members at the traditional Golden Member Appreciation Luncheon! 

All Washington State SAF members are invited to honor our 50-year Golden Members.  The Golden Member Appreciation Luncheon is open to all Washington State SAF members, friends, and guests, and is a great opportunity to socialize with your forestry colleagues. 

New 2019 Golden Members to be honored and presented are:

Forester of the Year: Don Hanley

Don Hanley has been named WSSAF 2019 Forester of The Year!  Don has been a member of Society of American Foresters for 51 years.  He is currently the chairman of WSSAF's Golden Members Appreciation Luncheon and a very active member of the South Puget Sound chapter.  Don is Emeritus Extension Forester and Extension Professor with the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, at Washington State University.  His expertise is in the area of silviculture for non-industrial private forests.  Don is also an expert in windbreak applications for use in the arid regions of the Pacific Northwest.  He

WSSAF Foundation Board Scholarship Recipients for 2019-2020

The Washington State Society of American Foresters (WSSAF) Foundation is continuing to award scholarships to community college and university students excited about pursuing careers in forestry.  Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 to 21 bright and worthy students.

Scholarships for the upcoming academic year of 2019 – 2020 are being awarded to Colleen Purefoy ($2,000), and Gustavo Segura ($1,000).  

Franz Names Geissler as State Forester and Supervisor of Wildfire Operations

Experienced wildfire manager to oversee state’s largest on-call fire agency, community preparedness, and community forestry outreach

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Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire. Geissler, who joined the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 29, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the state’s largest on-call fire department.

   “George brings experienced leadership to our efforts to protect 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestland.” Franz said. “And as our new Washington State Forester, George will play a key role with all our communities across Washington.”

Geissler comes to DNR from Oklahoma where he served as the director of forestry services and state forester with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture where his duties included coordinating the department’s Forest Stewardship program, forest management planning, prescribed fire planning, financial analysis and technical assistance. He previously worked in private forest management and as a wildland firefighter and forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.

SAF Accredits Three University of Washington Degree Programs

As of January 1, 2017, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the UW has been accredited by SAF for the Masters of Forest Resources and two undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) options within the Environmental Science and Resource Management degree. The Sustainable Forest Management option has been granted initial accreditation and the Natural Resource and Environmental Management option has been granted provisional accreditation.