“A very inclusive history of forestry in the Southeast.”

- Steve McWilliams
President, Georgia Forestry Association

How Forestry Came to the Southeast

The Role of the Society of American Foresters

About the Book

The first section of the book covers the beginning of forestry in the United States and presents the growth of the forest products industry and the development of plantation silviculture. The last section presents the last forty years of forestry in the Southeast in the era of regulation, mergers, the rise of TIMOs and REITs, the change in forestland ownership and the burgeoning biomass industry.

Finally the book documents the history of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters. Listings are provided of those foresters from the Southeast who have been recognized as SAF Fellows, Hall of Fame foresters, and of those honored as SESAF and national SAF award winners.

About the Authors

Earl Porter

Bill Consoletti

For forestry to be practiced in the Southeast, landowners had to believe that planting and growing trees would be profitable and that fire would be controlled.

Earl Porter, Historian of the Southeastern Section from 1967 – 1980, had been part of the establishment of forest industry in the Southeast from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

He wanted to tell the story of how forestry was established in the Southeastern Section of the Society of American Foresters. He gathered information from sixty of his colleagues and prepared a “History of the Southeastern Section of SAF”.

It went unpublished from 1980 until 2008 when Bill Consoletti, the current Historian, enlisted the aid of six SESAF foresters to bring the story up to date.



“A good review of the people and events that made forestry a major part of the economy in the Southeast.”

Michael Kelly

President of Forest Investment Associates and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Forest History Society

“The history of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters from 1928 to the present is well documented in this very enjoyable book.”

Tim Lowrimore

2014 Chairman of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters

“The efforts of the authors to include information and images pertaining to the state forestry associations and commisions makes this a very inclusive history of forestry in the Southeast.”

Steve McWilliams

President of the Georgia Forestery Association

“The role the universities played in training foresters for industry and agencies as well as leading the research efforts to productively grow trees is thoroughly presented.”

Michael Clutter

Former Dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources of the University of Georgia

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