SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington State University Extension forester Don Hanley has been named a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit professional forestry organization. The honor is bestowed on only about five percent of the society’s members to recognize outstanding contributions to the society and the forestry profession. SAF Fellows are elected by the society’s membership.
In the letter acknowledging Hanley’s selection SAF president Tom Thompson wrote, “As you know, this is an exceptional recognition bestowed upon you by your peers for outstanding service to the Society and to the profession. It is an honor that few receive and one that you deserve entirely.”
“Obviously, I’m very pleased to receive this honor,” Hanley said. “It is especially meaningful because the choice is made by the other professional foresters in the organization.”
Hanley is a faculty member in the WSU Department of Natural Resource Sciences and based at the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources in Seattle.
The Society of American Foresters was established in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, who is widely acknowledged as being America’s first forester and the father of the conservation movement in North America. It is the largest professional association for foresters in the world with more than 15,000 members. Its mission is to promote forest stewardship through science and education.