WASHINGTON — The Society of American Foresters (SAF) hires longtime SAF member and forestry advocate Terry Baker to be the first African American to lead the 118-year-old organization. Baker most recently served as the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“We are excited to have someone with Terry Baker’s breadth of experience in leading large organizations, as well as his intimate knowledge and expertise in forestry and the larger community of natural resource management,” said SAFPresident David S. Lewis. “Terry has a reputation for being a leader who values relationships, a leader who listens, and a leader who takes action.”
During his 17 years with the US Forest Service, Baker worked to build extensive relationships with industry, state forestry departments, conservation groups, recreation interests, and others to achieve land management goals. He plans to broaden SAF’s reach and influence by working with key organizations and stakeholders to form partnerships and strategic alliances to advance the profession and SAF’s members.
“SAF has the opportunity to engage and educate the public and our communities more effectively about the value of forestry and forestry professionals,” says Baker. “Forestry is the centerpiece to effective land management. Forestry professionals play a valuable role in the sustainability of our nation’s forests, our local communities, and state’s economies.”
Baker holds a Master of Forestry from Yale University (2007), a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida (2004), and a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Sciences from Florida A&M University (2004).
Baker will join nearly 2,000 forestry and natural resource professionals at one of the largest forest management events in the country: the 2018 SAF National Convention in Portland, Oregon October 3-7, 2018.
See Baker’s full biography at www.eforester.org/Main/About/Terry_Baker.aspx.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, SAF’s mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, SAF’s 11,000 members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students. Visit www.eforester.org.
–Society of American Foresters
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