This site is maintained for the 300 members of the Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters. You can use the menu (the bars near the top right on the mobile version) to access information about the structure and activities of the Florida Division.
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.
SAF Core Values are:
- Forests are a fundamental source of global health and human welfare
- Forests must be sustained through simultaneously meeting environmental, economic, and community aspirations and needs
- Foresters are dedicated to sound forest management and conservation
- Foresters serve landowners and society by providing sound knowledge and professional management skills
For more information, visit the Society of American Foresters national website.
Three inductees to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame were announced at the Southeastern SAF Annual Meeting on January 30, 2017. Charles Maynard and Alan Long were both on hand to receive recognition at the awards banquet held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Inman Eldridge, the third inductee, receives the honor posthumously.
Charles Maynard received his B.S. in Forestry from the University of Georgia in 1965. He began his career in 1965 with the Kentucky Division of Forestry as a Service Forester and then a District Forester in Bell County, Kentucky. In 1970 he moved to Florida and started with the Florida Division of Forestry as a Fire Management Specialist. Charles completed his career as the Chief of Forest Resource Planning and Support in 2005. After his retirement, Charles’ volunteer service to educating our youths about forestry and the outdoors was a key to the success of the Bear Creek Education Center. His involvement in SAF includes serving as Florida Chair, 1992; Southeastern SAF Chair, 2004; and Big Bend Chapter Chair, 2007. His honors include the FL SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award, 1996; SAF Fellow, 2007; and SAF Golden Member, 2015.
Alan Long earned B.S. and M.S. drgrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. His career began as a Research Scientist with Weyerhaeuser Company in Washington, Oregon, and Indonesia. He joined the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) in 1986, teaching forest operations and wood utilization, fire ecology and management, and dendrology. He was awarded Teacher of the Year by SFRC in 1999, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and by the College of Agriculture in 1992 and 2004. Professional honors include the Herbert Stoddard, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Fire Ecology in 2008 and the Teaching Fellow Award by the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture in 2009. In 2009, Dr. Long became Administrative Director for the Southern Fire Exchange. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2010. Alan served SAF as Chairman, Suwannee Chapter, 1989; SAF Secretary-Treasurer, Florida Division, 1991, 1993; SAF Chair, Florida Division, 1999; Continuing Education Coordinator, Florida, 1995 – 2010; and Chair, SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium for 14 years. SAF honors include C. Hux Coulter Award, Florida Division, 2001; SAF Fellow, 2004; Southeastern SAF Public Education & Technology Transfer Award, 2006.
Inman “Cap” Eldridge received a B.S. in Forestry from the Biltmore Forest School in 1905. Eldredge began his career with the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1905 and was appointed Supervisor of the newly created Choctawhatchee and Ocala national forests in Florida in 1909. He was commissioned and served as captain in the 10th Engineers (forestry) in southern France during World War I. After the war, he returned to the USFS and served as Chief of the Division of Timber Management in the Eastern region, and subsequently became Forest Inspector of Management and Timber Sales on all national forests under Chief Forester W. B. Greeley. He interrupted his USFS career in 1926 to become Manager of the Suwanee Forest in southeastern Georgia for Superior Pine Products Company. In 1932, he returned to the USFS as Regional Director of the Forest Survey of the South, at the Southern Forest Experiment Station in New Orleans where he served until his retirement in 1944. He served SAF as Southeastern Section Chair, 1930; Gulf States Section Chair, 1935; and SAF Council Member 1940-1943. He became an SAF Fellow in 1942 and received the SAF Gifford Pinchot Medal for Distinguished Service to Forestry in 1956.