Silviculture Matters – 2013 SAF Convention in Charleston, South Carolina

Call for Presentations

In 1903 at the first National Convention of the Society of American Foresters in Washington, DC, President Theodore Roosevelt challenged our young profession to implement a vast program of practical forestry on a large scale, to ensure sustainable forests and the values they provide for a growing nation.

Over the ensuing century, the actions of a committed profession have enabled exactly that to occur by applying the art and science of silviculture – through enviable scientific advances in high-yield plantation silviculture, as well as the growing sophistication and complexity of silvicultural systems for natural forest ecosystems.

These advances have not been without controversy, as the profession and the public have debated both the objectives and the tactics of modern forestry. As we highlight silviculture as the central focus of contemporary forest management for diverse stewardship values, we recognize that its practice depends on all forest sciences, ranging from basic biology to human dimensions.

We invite you to offer a paper or poster at the 2013 Convention to inform the conversation and to ensure that our profession and its practitioners continue to live up to Roosevelt’s challenge to the profession. Individual presentations, panels, and posters will be accepted in the following natural resources topic areas:

  • Recreation
  • Education & Communication
  • Forest Ecology
  • Social Sciences
  • International Forestry
  • Urban & Community Forestry
  • Silviculture
  • Entomology & Pathology
  • Soils & Hydrology
  • Utilization & Engineering
  • Economics
  • History
  • Policy
  • Fire
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Wildlife Management
  • Inventory & Biometrics

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