Allegheny SAF

Serving Forests and Foresters of PA WV NJ MD DE

The Allegheny SAF has a membership of 1,100 professional foresters in the five states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 

Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.

Allegheny SAF Summer Training 2019


The Western Gateway Chapter will be hosting the Allegheny Division Annual Summer Meeting on August 21 - 23, 2019. The theme is “Restoring Scarred Landscapes and Preserving a Hallow Site”.

Location: Holiday Inn, Johnstown, PA


Meeting Registration is due by August 9, 2019. A late fee of $15.00 will be added to all registrations postmarked after August 9, 2019.

Download: Agenda / Registration

USDA Forest Service Fernow Experimental Forest Celebrates 85 Years

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Fernow Experimental Forest on the Monongahela National Forest, the public is invited on a public tour. Please meet at the equipment sheds (see map below) on Forest Road 701 on Saturday May 4th at 1 pm to begin the tour. Stops will include visits to weir ponds to hear about watershed research conducted on the forest, a 1 mile walk along the Zero Grade trail to see the longest running forestry study on the forest, and hands-on demonstrations of forestry tools. The formal tour will end around 4 pm with cake to celebrate the anniversary.

Please contact Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy at 304-478-2000, extension 114, or for more details and to sign up.

Download: Fernow Background


Maryland/Delaware SAF Spring Training 2019


The Maryland/Delaware SAF Division will hold their 2019 Spring training event on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore MD 21209. The title of this training is: Urban Wood, Not Waste: Urban Wood Utilization in Baltimore.

Note: There will be an optional tour of a wood utilization deconstruction site immediately after the main session (3pm).

Agenda & Registration: click here

Meeting Registration

Federal Government Shutdown

Allegheny SAF Members

The federal government shutdown is now on Day 32 (as of 2019.01.22) and surely impacting some of our members. If they use their work emails to receive messages from SAF, they cannot access those emails at this time.

If you are a member or know of a member who needs assistance - food, heat, other assistance, please contact your chapter or division chair or Allegheny SAF Executive Committee.

If you know of a member who wants to attend the Winter Meeting, but is not receiving the emails about registration, please forward them through another channel. If there are furloughed members who want to attend the Winter Meeting and need help with registration, lodging or transportation - please reach out to your chapter or division chairs or the Executive Committee.

Thanks for your help and willingness to aid our colleagues.

Allegheny SAF Executive Committee

Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2019


The Allegheny SAF Winter Training will be hosted by the West Virginia Chapter on February 20-22, 2019. The theme is “Evolving Forestry”. Cheat Lake and Morgantown WV is an area with many recreational opportunities with the Lakeview Resort as a wonderful venue for the meeting. It provides easy access to the membership from all the member states as well as being central to many West Virginia attractions including Coopers Rock State Park, Cheat River, Cheat Lake and West Virginia University.

Meeting Information

Location: One Lakeview Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508

Info/Registration: Agenda & Registration - revised 2/13 (pdf)

Sponsorship info: Businesses and members can help support this training by becoming a sponsor. The Cover Letter (pdf) can provide an introduction to our organization and the event. The Meeting Sponsorship Form (pdf) should be completed and returned by February 1, so sponsors can be recognized in the pre-meeting publicity and at the training.

Allegheny SAF Awards 2018

Our members are doing great things. Let's nominate them for one of these awards and recognize their amazing accomplishments!

Nominations for the Robert Bauer Outstanding Service to Forestry Award, the Forester of the Year award and the Student Leadership are due to Jonathan Kays ( by December 15.

Nomination forms and award eligibility criteria can be found on the ASAF Awards webpage.

Allegheny SAF Summer Training 2018


The Allegheny SAF Summer Training 2018 will be hosted by The Northern Hardwood Chapter, August 8-10, 2018, in Bradford PA.

Theme: Restoration Forestry of Disturbed Forests on the Allegheny Plateau

LocationUniversity of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA — Frame-Westerburg Commons

Accommodations are available to stay on campus in 2 bedroom dorm suites with a full kitchen: $140/night, tax included, each bedroom has either 2 twin beds or one king bed, they will match up people in suites if desired. Other hotels in Bradford are available at a range of prices: Best Western Plus, Comfort Inn, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn Express.


Info/Registration: Agenda & Registration | online registration

Maryland Delaware SAF Spring Training


The Maryland/Delaware SAF Division will hold their 2018 Spring training event on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Holiday Inn Express Kent Narrows. The afternoon will feature a tour of the PRS Guitars factory tour. NOTE: Travel to PRS will be on your own.

Holiday Inn Express Kent Narrows
1020 Kent Narrows Road, Grasonville, MD 21638

PRS Factory
380 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, MD 21666

Agenda & Registrationclick here

You can register online by clicking the buttons below. 

Payment Options

Meeting Registration
MD/DE SAF T-Shirts
Kirk P. Rodgers Memorial Donation

Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2018

Please Join Us for the 2018 Winter Training!


The Keystone Chapter of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters invites you to the Allegheny Society of American Foresters – 2018 Winter Training on February 21-23 in Gettysburg, PA. The Program Committee has put together an impressive agenda of topics and speakers focused on the theme of “Trees and People.” 

Conference Facility: The Winter Training will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel just east of Gettysburg, PA. Check out the facility here.

Lodging and Room Reservations: A block of rooms is reserved at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel. Ask for the Allegheny SAF meeting rate at $99/night (plus taxes). Please note, the rooms will be held at the above rate until Monday, January 29, 2018. Rooms are not guaranteed after this date. For room reservations call the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel at (717) 339-0020  or register online

The February 21 ice-breaker will be at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor's Center just 10 minutes away and is open only to Allegheny SAF Attendees! Check out the Museum & Visitor's Center here.

Registration: and more info, visitPSU online

Announcement: download (pdf)

Agenda: download (pdf) preliminary

Continuing Education Credit: Receive credit for your efforts! While continuing to improve your knowledge and skills as a professional forester earn continuing education credits that apply toward Professional Certification!

Continuing Education credits: (applied for): SAF Certified Forester CFE, ISA Certified Arborist CEU, and State-specific pesticide applicator re-certification credits.

A Tree Farm Inspector Training Certification session will be held February 21 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and a Pesticide Certification Training from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. A $10 fee for each session will cover the break refreshments.

Reginald D. Forbes Art Show: Since 1974, the art show and competition has been a regular part of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters winter training with the objective of fostering and displaying the artistic abilities of foresters and their family members. All those interested are invited to submit entries. A display area for viewing artwork has been set aside convenient to the main meeting room and exhibitor area. There will be three categories for entries: photography, flat art and 3-dimensional artwork. Ribbons and certificates will be presented. Awards will be determined by the votes of the attendees. So please visit the Art Show and remember to drop your vote in the ballot box after enjoying the show. Contact Mike Kusko at:

Student Forum and Quiz Bowl: This year the student forum will include a mingle and munch at lunch with all attendees. The Thursday afternoon session will have a graduate student research presentation and a panel of public and private forestry professionals and an ISA certified arborist who will interact with students.

Each year college students from the region’s forestry schools compete in the Quiz Bowl. This event tests the forestry knowledge of students from baccalaureate and associate degree forestry programs. We have tried to keep costs as low as possible for students and hope we receive a good response to our “Sponsor a Student” request.

Exhibitors – Sponsors: We invite you to partner with us this year! The Exhibitor/Sponsor form is available in Word and pdf formats. Options have been designed to help you choose the right level for your budget and time. As a promotional partner or technical exhibitor, you will be a key contributor to the success of our Winter Training, providing added value and interest to the program. We also ask you to consider a Sponsorship and/or a donation to the Silent Auction. The sponsorship program has been designed to provide a wide range of options for you to consider. Your support will be appreciated!

Allegheny SAF Awards

A friendly reminder that now is the time to submit your nominations for Allegheny SAFawards. We have many members within Allegheny SAF that are deserving of these awards. Our Allegheny Chair has challenged each chapter and division to submit at least one nomination for one or more of these awards. Can you help us meet that challenge?

Jonathan Kays is accepting nominations for:

  • Forester of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to Forestry and
  • Student Leadership Award.

Award criteria and nomination forms may be found here.

The deadline has been extended until December 12.

Please forward your nominations to Jonathan Kays at

Allegheny SAF 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Draft Available for Review

The Allegheny SAF 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Draft is available for review and comments. The Vision statement reads, The Allegheny SAF – primarily working through its local divisions and chapters – will become the premier widely sought after and frequently accessed organization by those seeking information, knowledge, and recommendations on the sustainable management of our dynamic forests, waters, wildlife, and other natural forest resources, and their relationship to society.

Member comments can be shared by entering your review in the Comments box below or clicking the SEND COMMENTS VIA EMAIL button. This will open your email program with the proper email address already entered.

Download Strategic Plan Draft: Word (doc), PDF

Maryland Delaware SAF Fall Meeting

The Maryland/Delaware SAF Division will hold their 2017 Fall event on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Catonsville College Baltimore of County.

CCBC Center for the Arts
800 S Rolling Rd  
Catonsville MD 21228
Parking:  Lot#3 SW of Center for the Arts 

Agenda & Registration: click here

CCBC Campus Map: click here

You can register online by clicking the buttons below. 

Payment Options

Meeting Registration
MD/DE SAF T-Shirts
Kirk P. Rodgers Memorial Donation