map of georgia
southeastern society
black line
black line
black line
black line
chattahoochee chapter

2017 Chapter Officers

Chair: Scott Reaves ()
Secretary/Treasurer: Garrett Mack ()

2013 Chapter Officers

Chair: Roger Bryant ()
Chair-elect: vacant
Past Chair (2012): Roger Bryant ()
Secretary: Ryan Reddish ()
Treasurer: Chad Lincoln ()

2010 Review

2010 Chapter Officers

Chair: Susan Reisch ()
Chair-elect: vacant
Past Chair (2009): David Shostak ()
Secretary: Chung-Hong Fu ()
Treasurer: Chad Lincoln ()

2010 Meetings

January 27, Wednesday, 11:30am - 1:00pm Chapter Meeting, Forest Inventory Associates (FIA), 15 Piedmont Center, Conference Room. Recap of the 2009 Walk in the Forest for Metro Atlanta Scouts. If you are interested in being a part of the 2010 Walk in the Forest Committee, please attend.

February 6, Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Statewide Arbor Day Celebration at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell hosted by Georgia Forestry Commission in partnership with the Georgia Urban Forest Council. It would be a great opportunity for your business to exhibit to more than 1,000 people. Bring your children for a Trail of Trees presentation by Tim Womick, the modern-day Johnny Appleseed. Free admission to Chattahoochee Nature Center, tree planting demonstrations, nature walks and more. Contact DeAnn Fordham, Chattahoochee Nature Center for more information, 770.992.2055.

February 18, Thursday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Chapter Happy Hour - Hudson Grille, Brookhaven - Come network among foresters and others interested in the forestry community. Please feel free to invite co-workers and friends, members and non-members. Very informal, no agenda. Door Prizes! Beverages are on your own.

March 18, Thursday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Chapter Happy Hour - Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead

April 15, Thursday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Chapter Happy Hour - Treehouse Restaurant and Pub, Peachtree Hills (Buckhead)

April 27, Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Georgia Urban Forest Council and Georgia Arborist Association's first annual "ArborJam" event featuring local bands at Sweetwater Brewing Company. Tickets are $35 and include food and beer tasting. More info to come!

May 11, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chapter Meeting, Forest Landowner's Association, 900 Circle 75 Parkway, Atlanta, Lobby Conference Room. Legislative Update with Steve McWilliams of the Georgia Forestry Association.

June 17, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Chapter Happy Hour, Manuel's Tavern - North Ave and North Highland

August 10, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Chapter Meeting at the US Forest Service, Atlanta, 7th Floor Conference Room, Regional Updates on Forest Fire and Green Infrastructure and the Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation.

September 16 Chapter Happy Hour - Location TBD

October 21 Chapter Happy Hour - Location TBD

November 6, Saturday - (Tentative Date) A Walk in the Forest for Scouts at Stone Mountain Park

2009 Review

2009 Chapter Officers

Chair: David Shostak ()
Chair-elect: vacant
Past Chair: Jon Sokol ()
Secretary: Scott P. Jones ()
Treasurer: Susan Reisch ()

2009 News

A Walk in the Forest
On Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Chattahoochee Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Stone Mountain Memorial Association are hosting A Walk in the Forest for Metro-Atlanta Scouts to help Boy and Girl Scouts earn the Forestry Merit Badge, Webelos Forester Activity Pin, Earth Connections Badge or Wildlife Interest Project Award. Scouts will work with local and Georgia Forestry Commission foresters to learn about the benefits of trees and forests and the forestry profession. A Walk in the Forest will include nature walks and 30-minute educational stations on Tree Identification, Trees and Wildlife, Watersheds, Forest Fire and Safety, Forest Products and Wood Samples, Forest Health - Insects and Diseases, Urban Forestry and How to Plant a Tree. Download the flyer here (pdf).

This event is free. Field notebooks, lunch and patches are included. Registration is required. Scouts can RSVP to Alina Ruiz () at 770.498.5629 by October 1, 2009. The event will take place at the Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Education Center. Vehicles without an annual park pass will be required to pay the entrance fee at the Park Gate.

If you are interested in teaching at one of the educational stations, donating a tree for the tree planting station, serving lunch or helping with registration, please contact Susan Reisch (), Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, Georgia Forestry Commission at 678.476.6227.

This event was funded by a grant from The SAF Foresters' Fund, Wells Real Estate Funds, Timberland Investment Resources, Forest Investment Associates, Georgia Forestry Association, Trees Plus, Ltd., Trees to Forest Consulting, Barneycastle Forestry Services, 404-CUT-TREE, International Forest Co., Georgia Urban Forest Council, and several Chapter members.

Date: March 31. UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources Alumni meeting with 15-30 minute Chapter business meeting after
Location: Lenox Financial Center in Buckhead
Speaker and Topic: Dr. Dale Greene, Biomass research
Meal: provided at no cost

Date: second week of June (tentative)
Location: TBD
Speaker and Topic: Steve McWilliams (GFA), GA Legislative Update, Scott Jones (FLA), Federal Legislative Update
Meal: Dutch-style afterwards

Date: July 16. Oconee Chapter meeting
Location: Frank Riley's property in Hiawassee, GA
Speaker and Topic: Scott Griffin (Georgia Forestry Commission), forest health
Meal: fish fry, approximately $6
Notes: Fly-fishing starts at 2pm, with meal at 6pm

Date: Early August (tentative)
Location: Georgia Tech campus
Speaker and Topic: Roger Reisert (C2Biofuels), pine to ethanol
Meal: Dutch-style afterwards

Date: Late October (tentative)
Location: TBD
Speaker and Topic: Jason Watson (CellFor), clonal seedlings
Meal: Dutch-style afterwards

Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Speaker and Topic: Urban forestry
Meal: Dutch-style afterwards

2008 Review

2008 Chapter Officers

Chair: Jon Sokol ()
Chair-elect: Susan Reisch ()
Past Chair: Jon Sokol ()
Secretary: Chung-Hong Fu ()
Treasurer: Susan Reisch ()

2008 News

Chapter Elections
It is that time of year when we all start thinking about politics and elections. This upcoming election may be the most important in recent history. I know that you all can't wait to cast your ballots soon. I am of course talking about the much anticipated Chattahoochee Chapter elections. This year we will be electing a Chair-elect and a Secretary. Below are brief descriptions of the two positions. Please feel free to nominate or volunteer to be nominated.

Officially, the Chair-elect, in the absence of the Chair, presides at Chapter meetings and acts for and assist the Chair in conducting Chapter affairs, as requested. The term is actually a two-year commitment: Year 1 - Chair-elect (1/1/09 - 12/31/09); Year 2 - Chair (1/1/10-12/31/10).

The position is not terribly time-demanding, but nevertheless fulfills an important functionality of the Chapter. All Chapter members are welcome to submit nominations and/or serve in this position.

The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes during the meetings and sending the minutes to the Chapter members. This office requires only a one-year commitment.

Immediately: Floor is open for nominations. Submit to Jon Sokol ()
November 17: Deadline to submit nominations
November 24: Ballots submitted to Chapter members
December 8: Deadline to submit ballots
December 12: Official election results submitted to SESAF

2008 Meeting Dates

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 11:00am
Location: Forest Landowners Association office (Atlanta, GA)
Speaker and Topic: Tim Lowrimore (GFA), GA Legislative Update
Scott Jones (FLA), Federal Legislative Update

Date: Mid-May, May 15, 11:00am
Location: Gail Lutowski (UGA), Walk in the Woods discussion
Speaker and Topic:Dale Higdon (GFC), Drought Implications on the GA Forest Industry

Date: August 15, 11:00am
Location: Wells REIT office (Norcorss, GA)
Speaker and Topic: Troy Harris (Wells), Update on Timberland Investments

Date: November 5, 11:30am
Location: Forest Landowners Association Office, lobby conference room (Atlanta)
Speaker and Topic: Member roundtable forum, featuring new SAF member Wade Camp
Meal: dutch-style lunch afterwards

Happy Hour Meetings

We have two objectives for these "happy hour" meetings. The first is to encourage networking among foresters as well as others interested in the forestry community. Please feel free to invite co-workers, attorneys, financial institutions, journalists, etc. Anyone who wants to meet a forester is welcome to join us. The other objective is to recruit new members into the SAF. If you know of any forestry professionals who are not members of SAF, please invite them as well.

These meetings will be very informal, with no agenda. Also, because of insurance requirements, drinks will be on your own. Meetings are tentatively scheduled every 4-8 weeks, with an advanced notice delivered directly to Chapter members by the Chair. Those interested should contact Jon Sokol ().

Scheduled Meetings: April 24, May 29, June 19, July 31, October 30, and November 20. All meetings will take place at 5:00 pm at Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant in Buckhead.

Community Service Event

The Chattahoochee Chapter is currently organizing a Walk in the Woods event for sometime in the Fall. Those with ideas or who are interested should contact Jon Sokol () or David Shostak ().

2007 Review

2007 Chapter Officers

Chair: Scot Teverino ()
Chair-elect: Jon Sokol ()
Past Chair: Joshua Harrell ()
Secretary: Charles A. Bradley, CF ()
Treasurer: Marie D. Pritchett ()
Communications Committee: Troy Harris, Chair ()

2007 Meeting Dates

Date: Thursday, February 1, 11:30am
Location: GP building - 51st floor (Pritchett)
Speaker and Topic: Steve McWilliams, GA Legislative Update
Scott Jones, Federal Legislative Update

Date: Monday, May 21, 11:00am (Meeting announcement)
Location: Forest Investment Associates' office
Speaker and Topic: Michael Kelly - Update on Timberland Investments
Notes: Lunch will be Dutch-style afterwards at Tin Lizzy's next to FIA office.

Date: Monday, August 20 (tentative)
Location: near Newnan, Georgia
Speaker and Topic: Tour of Scofield operation
Notes: Joint meeting with Pine Mountain Chapter

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 11:00am (tentative)
Location: Turner Foundation or Biltmore Hotel
Speaker and Topic: Turner Foundation Or Jim Stokes - Georgia Conservancy Or Earl Barrs - DNR Board Member
Notes: This meeting will have a conservation organization focus