Silviculture Instructors Website

Silviculture is the art and science of tending a forest - agriculture but with trees.

The Silviculture Instructors Sub-Working Group of the Society of American Foresters’ Silviculture Working Group (D2) is a loosely-associated but committed collection of instructors, researchers, and Extension foresters.

The Sub-Working Group meets annually for a three-day field tour near the location of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention. The tour examines how silvicultural systems are implemented in each region, and instructors bring those experiences, stories, and photos back to the classroom to better educate forestry students and other constituencies on the breadth and complexity of silviculture across the United States.

This sub-working group has functioned well since 1965 with no dues, no by-laws, and with a primary goal of sharing silvicultural information with colleagues. Special projects are developed and completed as the need arises. For example, the Sub-Working Group has developed a glossary of silviculture terms and has produced a series of slide shows depicting silvicultural practices in most of the forest regions in the U.S.

Current Chair

  • John Bailey (2017-present)
    • College of Forestry
    • 346 Peavy Forest Science Center
    • Oregon State University
    • Corvallis, OR 97331
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Past Chairs

  • Clair Merritt (Ret.) (1965-1983), Purdue University
  • John Helms (Ret.) (1984-1987), University of California-Berkeley
  • James Long (Ret.) (1988-2005), Utah State University
  • Andrew W. Ezell (Ret.) (2006-2016), Mississippi State University, (Co-Chair)
  • Brian Lockhart (Ret.) (2006-2016), USDA Forest Service, (Co-Chair)

Past Websites

Dave Larsen (University of Missouri) built the first instructors tour website following the 1999 tour. After scanning all the previous photos, Dave kept the site updated until 2018. Most of the files on this site were generously provided by Dave. This current site would not be possible without all Dave's hard work.

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