Journal of Forestry
The Journal of Forestry is the primary scholarly journal of the Society of American Foresters
Society of American Foresters
The Society of American Foresters is a scientific and educational 501 non-profit organization, representing the forestry profession in the United States of America...

 that aims to advance the forestry
Forestry is the interdisciplinary profession embracing the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, and conserving forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner to meet desired goals, needs, and values for human benefit. Forestry is practiced in plantations and natural stands...

 profession, keeping professional foresters informed about developments and ideas related to the practice of forestry. The journal publishes editorial and technical content related to topics of general interest to natural resource and forest management. Articles are generally written for an audience of non-specialists, with topics spanning the many facets or disciplines of forestry.


The journal was first published as the Forestry Quarterly in October, 1902, under the editorial advisement of a board of faculty and alumni of the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell
New York State College of Forestry at Cornell
The New York State College of Forestry at Cornell was a statutory college established in 1898 at Cornell University to teach scientific forestry. The first four-year college of forestry in the country, it was defunded by the State of New York in 1903, over controversies involving the college's...

 University in Ithaca, New York
Ithaca, New York
The city of Ithaca, is a city in upstate New York and the county seat of Tompkins County, as well as the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area...

. The affiliation lasted only through the first volume, as the College was closed suddenly following a veto of the school's appropriation by governor Benjamin Barker Odell, Jr. in 1903. The Quarterly was published independently with a board of editors composed of many prominent figures in American forestry in the early part of the 20th century, including Editor-in-Chief Bernhard E. Fernow. With the publication of the 15th volume in 1917, the publication became the Journal of Forestry, an amalgamation of the Quarterly and the Proceedings of the Society of American Foresters. Editorial responsibilities were assumed by the editorial board of the Society of American Foresters, for which the journal became the official publication.
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