Paul W. Adams, Ph.D., C.F., is a Professor Emeritus of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU), where he served as Forest Watershed Extension Specialist in the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department from 1980 through 2014. As an OSU faculty member Adams was active in extension, research, and teaching programs emphasizing forest practices, policies, and watershed resources. He received his B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Vermont, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources (forest soils research emphasis) from the University of Michigan. Adams is co-author of the 2nd edition of Wildland Watershed Management (textbook), published by John Wiley & Sons, New York.
Adams is a member of the Soil Science Society of America and the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He is an SAF Certified Forester (C.F. #2064) and his SAF membership extends for well over 40 years. In 1989-94 Adams served as secretary, chair-elect, and chair of the SAF Water Resources (C3) national Working Group. He served as chair of the Oregon SAF Policy and Legislation Committee for nearly 20 years (1999-2017) and in 2005-07 he served as a member of the national SAF Committee on Forest Policy (CFP). In 2002, the Oregon SAF recognized Adams as its “Forester of the Year,” in 2006 he was elected as an SAF Fellow, and in 2018 he received a Lifetime Achievement award from Oregon SAF. Adams continues his support for SAF and the forestry profession as an active member of the Oregon SAF Policy Committee.