We are a charity devoted to the advancement of forestry in all its branches
Members come from a wide spectrum. Some are involved in forestry or the timber industry, others in conservation and woodland management. There are academics, enthusiastic amateurs and representatives from almost every aspect of Scottish life. The important and all inclusive point is that we love trees and care for the environment.
The society is divided into 5 regions, each of which organises visits and talks within their area. We also run a four day Annual Excursion for all members and for you wherever you are based. The society produces a journal “Scottish Forestry” which is free to members. The journal is internationally recognised and is distributed to academic institutions from China to Canada and all destinations between.
Best practice is shared through these two mediums and influence is brought to bear on the relevant organisations. We have many members sitting on various committees, from local to Goverment.
The ruling body for the society is the Board. This consists of the five Office Bearers and three members elected from Council. A ninth member may be co-opted. The Board is advised by Council which comprises 22 elected members. Council meets 2 times a year and guides the continuing progression of the society; we have been going since 1854. We very much hope that you will enjoy browsing our site and that you will join us to safeguard the future for your children and our Nation’s trees.
“Thigibh còmhla rinn gus an t-àm ri teachd a dhìon airson ur cloinn agus craobhan ar Nàisean.”
Dr Jenny Johnson vacates the post after five years
During this year's Annual Lecture the President presented Jenny with her farewell presentation. Sir Patrick thanked Jenny for her dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism and being a stalwart member of the Society who had broadcast our credentials throughout the world of forestry and beyond. She would be sorely missed.
In reply Jenny said:
"I would like to thank the Society for choosing me to be their Editor for the last five years. In fact this is my second shot at the editorship - the first time was in the late 80's and 90's. I am humbled that the Society has placed it's trust in me on two occasions. It's a responsibility that I was a little concerned about taking on again (it's a big job), but trees, woodland and forestry (which of course mean very different thingsto different people) have always been a passion; and it was, for me, a way of retaining a foothold in the area.
The Royal Scottish Forestry Society has been around for many years (as some wil be aware - indeed more than 160 years) the journal is slightly younger (not longer after the turn of the 20th Century) and it is a huge credit to the Society that it has continued to publish a journal year in, year out and even during the war years. The journal, in present form, reaches its 70th birthday this year in 2016. That makes the next edition the platinum edition and I hope you will enjoy reading the contents as much as I have had enjoyment in preparing, editing and publishing the contents of the 16 editions that went before.
I would like to thank the Presidents, Council and the Publications Committee and, in particular His Honour William Crawford, Drs David Rook and Bill Mason, James Olgilvie and Gavin Strachan. Thank you too to our energetic and forthright Director Alastair Harding, for support and those Friday evening - I'm just sitting down with a gin and tonic - catch up phone calls. Most of all thank you members for being with me and I hope that there will be many more events where our paths will cross again"
Thank you Jenny and we look forward to welcoming another former Editor back into the chair - a hearty wecome to Gavin Strachan
Scottish Forestry Journal
The journals from 2006 to 2015 have now been digitised and added to the journal database. You can search the archive by subject in the search box at the top right hand corner of this page. Journals from 1854 to 2015 are available.
The Society is most grateful for the financial assistance, provided by The Scottish Forestry Trust, which enabled this project to be completed.
Society Programme 2016
Field Trips and other RSFS activities are now posted in the Calendar. Members will also have received the Annual Programme and other news with their Winter Journal. A copy of the Annual Programme is also available in the Members' Area.
Scottish Forestry: call for papers for 2016 editions of the journal
Read the full updated details here
Guidelines for Authors and Peer Review can be found under Journal.