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|About||Check out what's going on with the North Carolina State University (NCSU) student chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF).|
|Mission||The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance sustainable management of forest resources through science, education, and technology; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use our knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic to ensure the continued health, integrity, and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity.|
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the largest professional society representing foresters and natural resource professionals. The Society has advanced research, education, and connections between professionals and students for over a century. One function of SAF is to accredit universities and colleges curricula in forestry. Each university with an accredited degree has the opportunity to establish a student chapter. NC State's SAF student chapter is a strong group with both undergraduate and graduate student involvement.
The NC State student chapter brings together students from all stages of the program. Student members are engaged with coordinated meetings with the professional Triangle SAF Chapter. Our cooperative activities include the spring dinner, hosted and supported by the student chapter, and representation at the Arbor Day celebration at the Raleigh farmers market. The student chapter organizes two major trips for students. Each fall the chapter travels to attend the SAF national convention. Preceding the convention, the student members, accompanied by the faculty advisor, engage in a wilderness expedition. The final day of the wilderness excursion leads into travel to the convention and participation in the intercollegiate quiz bowl to review forestry science and to kick off the national convention. The second trip is to the regional Appalachian Society of American Foresters meeting.