Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, the Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the US. SAF’s mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
The Nicholas School of the Environment, then the School of Forestry, was founded by Dean Clarence F. Korstian in 1938 and has been accredited by the Society of American Foresters since 1939. Dr. Korstian joined the Duke University faculty in 1931 as the first Duke Forest Manager and set out to create the demonstration and research forest that is now known as the Duke Forest.
The student chapter facilitates student involvement at the local and national levels by encouraging attendance at SAF conferences and meetings, promoting the forestry program at the Nicholas School, and organizing campus activities including community service and cookouts in Duke Forest.