Foresters: Connecting Forests, Products, People

April 26-28, 2017

Embassy Suites, Washington Square, Tigard, Oregon

2017 OSAF Annual Meeting Log

Northwest Oregon is home to arguably the foundation of modern forestry in Oregon – caste by the Tillamook Burn and forged in the aftermath by foresters and citizens of Oregon that struggled to prevent the destructive fire cycle and replant the Burn. Northwest Oregon is also incredibly diverse – ranging west to east from the magnificent and productive coast range forests to the beautiful and structurally diverse forests of the western Cascades. Nestled between these forests is Oregon’s largest metropolitan area with its unquenchable desire for the use of, and products from these surrounding forests. This is the backdrop for this year’s Oregon SAF annual meeting on April 26-28 at Washington Square’s Embassy Suites Hotel – co-hosted by members of Portland and Tillamook-Clatsop Chapters.

Foresters: Connecting Forests, Products, People kicks off with a plenary session that is highlighted by a keynote address from Oregon’s own Clark Seely, SAF’s immediate past-president. The session includes presentations surrounding our major themes: wood products, wildlife, research, and public perception of forestry. The day’s activities conclude with an icebreaker, giving you an opportunity to network with fellow professionals and visit with the meeting’s vendors. New during the icebreaker will be a student/mentor social.

Day two starts with the traditional Alumni Breakfast, followed by concurrent sessions. All presentations are scheduled on the half-hour, allowing attendees to bounce between sessions throughout the day. During the morning, session #1 is titled Communication/Leadership – showcasing several powerful presentations on the topic and highlighted by a presentation summarizing SAF’s implementation of the North American Forest Partnership by Matt Menashes, our CEO of SAF. Session #2 explores Forest Management and features a variety of forest management-related presentations.

After a lunch break, session #3 focuses on Timber Harvesting and includes an introduction into tethered logging and other relevant topics. Concurrent session #4 is titled Technology and covers a host of topics including FIA, drones, remote sensors, Phodar, FVS, and new GPS technology. The day concludes with OSAF’s traditional Awards Banquet, where we honor the contributions of our peers to the Society.

Friday begins with the Pep-up Breakfast, followed by OSAF’s business meeting where OSAF leaders highlight current activities and accomplishments of state SAF leadership. At 9:00 am members adjourn to one of three outstanding field tours: Horning Seed Orchard and Hopkins Demonstration Forest; Tillamook State Forest Revisited; or Portland, City of Wood. The first tour takes you east into the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the second west to the coastal forests, and the third focusing on innovative wood technology including cross-laminated buildings in the City of Portland.

Annual Meeting Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, April 26

9:00 am OSAF Executive Committee meeting

Plenary Session – Forest Benefits

1:00 p.m. WelcomeBob Deal, USFS PNW Research Station, General Chair & Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Program Chair and Moderator

1:15 Keynote: Forestry: It’s All About the PeopleClark Seely, Immediate Past President, SAF

2:00 Wood Products – Mass Timber Buildings and CLT – Timm Locke, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

2:30 Wildlife in Managed ForestsFran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting

3:00 Break

3:30 Research Update from OSU College of Forestry Anthony Davis, OSU College of Forestry

4:00 Public Perception of ForestryJohn Horvick, DHM Research

4:30 Wrap-up and AnnouncementsMike Cloughesy, moderator

5:00 Student/Mentor Social (5:00 to 6:00, part of the Icebreaker)

5:30 Icebreaker Reception – hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar, and exhibitors (included in registration fee)

Thursday, April 27

7:00 a.m. Alumni Breakfast (included in registration fee)

Concurrent Session #1 – Communication/Leadership

8:00 WelcomeGlenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forester, Moderator

8:15 Written Communication: Science and Policy on Natural Resource IssuesAndrea Watts, Associate Editor, The Forestry Source

8:45 Top 10 Tips for Effective MeetingsTiffany Fegel, OSU Extension

9:15 Using Social Media in Forestry CommunicationSara Duncan, Oregon Forest and Industries Council

9:45 Break

10:15 REAL Oregon: Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership ProgramJake Gibbs, Lone Rock Timber

10:45 Communicating Forestry Messages to the Public: the North American Forest PartnershipPaul Barnum, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

11:15 SAF Implementation of the North American Forest PartnershipMatt Menashes, CEO, SAF

11:45 Wrap-up and AnnouncementsGlenn Ahrens, Moderator

Concurrent Session #2 – Forest Management

8:00 a.m. WelcomeKat Olson, Greenwood Resources, Moderator

8:15 Measuring, Influencing, and Modeling Forest Productivity and Wood Quality in Westside Douglas-fir ForestsDoug Maguire, OSU College of Forestry

8:45 Forest Vegetation Management BenefitsBruce Alber, Wilbur-Ellis Company

9:15 Forest Nutrition and Long-term Sustainability in Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir ForestsJeff Hatten, OSU College of Forestry

9:45 am Break

10:15 am Forest Harvest Residue Moisture Management in the Pacific NorthwestFrancisca Belart, OSU College of Forestry

10:45 am Forest Management and Water Quality: the Current State of the Science – Maryanne Reiter, Weyerhaeuser Company

11:15 am Tree Growth and Biological Diversity Trade-offs in the Oregon Coast RangeAJ Kroll, Weyerhaeuser Company

11:45 am Wrap-up and AnnouncementsKat Olson, moderator

12:00 p.m. Lunch (included in registration fee)

Concurrent Session #3 – Timber Harvesting

1:00 WelcomePeter Ninteman, Weyerhaeuser Company, Moderator

1:15 Introduction into Tethered LoggingFrank Chandler, Chandler & Chandler

2:00 Tailhold and Guyline Stump SelectionBrian Tuor, Cable Logging Specialist Consulting

2:45 Break

3:15 Safety RegulationsLarry Fipps, Oregon OSHA

3:45 Cut to LengthMatt Mattioda, Miller Timber Services

4:15 Road Design and BMPsAndrew Siegmund, Siegmund Excavation & Construction

4:45 Wrap-up and Announcements – Peter Ninteman, Moderator

Concurrent Session #4 – Technology

1:00 p.m. Welcome – Gretchen Nicholas, USFS PNW Research Station, Moderator

1:15 Oregon FIA Database – Sharon Stanton, USFS PNW Research Station

1:45 Using Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) to Detect Forest Health ThreatsMichael Wing, OSU College of Forestry

2:15 Remote Sensing Applications – Hans Andersen, USFS PNW Research Station

2:45 Break

3:15 Using “Phodar” in Integrated Inventory – Peter Gould, WA Department of Natural Resources

3:45 What’s New with FVS? – Erin Smith-Mateja, USFS W.O. Forest Management

4:15 New GPS Capability Can Make Your Job Easier – Jon Aschenbach, Summerlake Enterprises

4:45 Wrap-up and Announcements – Gretchen Nicholas, Moderator

6:30 Awards Banquet (included in registration fee)

Friday, April 28

7:00 a.m. Pep-up Breakfast and OSAF Business Meeting (included in registration fee)

Field Tours – Dave Wells, Chair

Three field tours are planned. They will be first come first seated, with a bus going to each of the three locations. Sign-up early to assure a spot on the tour of your choice – and indicate a second choice during registration in the event your preferred tour has been fully booked. All three tours will depart Embassy Suites at 9:00 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m.

  1. Horning Seed Orchard and Hopkins Demonstration Forest

Tour the BLM Horning Seed Orchard near Colton. In operation since 1964, Horning provides genetically tested and improved seed sources for Douglas-fir, noble fir, western hemlock, and western redcedar. Ongoing tree breeding programs produce seed to ensure progeny is genetically diverse and well adapted for reforesting sites in Western Oregon. Participants will see work in progress including controlled pollination to develop faster growing Douglas-fir trees (in height and diameter) and healthier, more disease-resistant western white pine, and sugar pine.

Tour Hopkins Demonstration Forest, 140 acres of working nonindustrial private woodlands with the mission to promote science-based education to enhance understanding of and appreciation for the complexities and benefits of woodland management. Hopkins features the variety of non-industrial woodland management practices, demonstrating both evenaged and unevenaged silviculture at various stages in the management cycle. Participants will also see Oregon’s new Future Natural Resource Leaders organization in action: High school forestry programs from across Oregon will be at Hopkins for their annual state convention during our visit.

  1. Tillamook State Forest Revisited

Seventy years after planting of “The Burn,” see how the Tillamook State Forest has grown. Take a walk through the forest, visit a recreation site and adjacent timber harvest, and view old railroad trestle remnants and new forest management techniques. Cap off the day with a visit to the acclaimed Tillamook Forest Center.

  1. Portland, City of Wood

Cross laminated timbers are on display at the Building Museum in Washington, DC, and are now shaping Portland’s skyline. Join Timm Locke of Oregon Forest Resources Institute to see how this relatively new building material is being used to create multi-story buildings with some unique properties. Building is a dynamic process and Timm may adjust the route to see the best examples of ongoing construction and use of this material.

Registration questions can be directed to Melinda at the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046 or

Professional ($340 early-bird) and student ($210) registration fees include attendance at all meeting sessions, refreshments, icebreaker, both breakfasts, Thursday lunch and awards banquet, and one of the three tours (all tours include transportation, lunch, and beverages).

The early-bird deadline is April 14. After this date, an additional fee is assessed. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard/American Express are accepted. Checks should be made payable to 2017 OSAF Meeting. Tax ID #23-7065108.


Cancellations received by April 14 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after April 14 will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Field Trips

Transportation, lunch, and refreshments are provided for all field trips. Technical field trips will require some walking on uneven terrain. Wear appropriate closed-toe shoes or boots, and bring a jacket and consider rain gear if weather dictates. Tour availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up early to assure a spot on the tour of your choice!

Sponsoring organizations will receive special recognition during the meeting and on the printed meeting program. There are four levels of sponsorship listed below with the accompanying benefits.

  • Platinum sponsor — $1,000 & up: two registrations, meal sponsor, placement on the conference banner, and recognition in the program with organization/company logo
  • Gold sponsor — $500-$999: one registration, meal sponsor, placement on the conference banner, and recognition in the program brochure with organization/company logo
  • Silver sponsor — $100-$499: speaker sponsor, recognition in the program brochure with organization/company logo
  • Bronze sponsor — <$100: recognition in the program brochure with organization/company logo

If your organization would like to be a vendor, please contact Bill Lecture. Cost to exhibit is $400 ($425 after April 14) and includes vendor booth, meeting attendance, icebreaker, breaks, Thursday breakfast, and Thursday lunch. Banquet and field tour are sold separately.

A block of rooms for the annual meeting has been reserved at the Embassy Suites Hotel – please contact them at 503-644-4000 to make your reservation(s) directly and refer to Oregon Society of American Foresters. The room rates are $149 plus tax, which includes complimentary breakfast. Reservations need to be made prior to March 25, 2017 to secure the annual meeting rate.

By attending the annual meeting, participants will be eligible for up to 9.5 Category 1 CFE credits for the general meeting portion. SAF CFE credits for the tours will vary. 

New this year for OSAF! Please join us at the beginning of the icebreaker social for the student/mentor social. Cost is free and it’s a great opportunity to network with the next generation of forestry professionals. Also, there’s a rumor that beer will be provided for the mentors! If you’re willing to be a mentor and will attend the social, please indicate such when registering.

Annual meeting organizers are SEEKING DONATIONS for the Foresters’ Fund and OSAF Special Projects’ Fund raffle. Any contributions are greatly appreciated. These funds provide monetary grants to SAF units for projects that promote forestry education and enhance public understanding of the forestry profession. In addition to the ticket raffle, there will also be a silent auction. Your donation of items such as artwork, forestry tools, books, hand crafted items, specialty foods, gift baskets, lodging packages, and more will help support these important programs. For additional information, contact ­Jeannette Griese.

Registration:  Melinda Olson – 503-224-8046     

Program:  Program Chair Mike Cloughesy   

General questions:  General Chair Bob Deal  


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