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The Society of American Foresters: An Historical Summary--Part I: The First Half Century (1900-1950)

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The year 1960 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Society of American Foresters. It also rounds out the first sixty years of the profession of forestry in the United States. For it may be said that American forestry, as a recognized profession, began with the establishment of the Society in 1900. Only a handful of men who had been trained for professional forestry was on hand in the United States in that year. Nearly all were early members of the organization that was to set the standards for a new American profession, and to play a leading part in the development of its practice in this country. On the occasion of the golden anniversary of the Society of American Foresters in 1950, Ralph S. Hosmer, Charter Member, Past President, and Fellow, wrote a comprehensive and definitive account of the Society's first fifty years. His paper was publishing in the November, 1950 issue of the Journal of Forestry. The following passages, comprising Part I of this article, are condensed from that paper and give some of the highlights of the Society's establishment and its first five decades of accomplishment.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Charter Member, Past President, and Fellow of the Society of American Foresters

Publication date: 1960-10-01

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