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.
Accreditation for the two professional forestry programs, under the SAF Forestry Standard, is for 10 years, and the provisional accreditation of the Natural Resource and Environmental Management option-under the SAF Natural Resources and Ecosystem Management Standard-extends through 2019. These options are now the only SAF accredited B.S. programs in Washington State.
Gaining accreditation is great news for prospective and currently enrolled students, their families, UW alumni, and employers, and it further strengthens the School's ability to recruit and train the next generation of forestry and natural resource leaders. It also allows the University of Washington to strengthen its long-time association with SAF, which began its accreditation of forestry programs more than 80 years ago.