Forestry Change Agents

May 2–4, 2018

Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 7th Ave, Longview, WA

The Washington State Society of American Foresters is proud to announce that it will hold its annual meeting on May 2-4 at the Cowlitz County Event Center in Longview, Wash. The Longview/Kelso area on the lower Columbia River was founded and continues to thrive on its forests, lumber and paper mills, and river ports providing access to the Pacific. Much change has occurred and more should be expected. This year’s meeting theme is “Forestry Change Agents.” We will review where we are today and look forward to where various change agents may take us.

Located in the shadow of Mount St. Helens along the Columbia River, Longview has been a hub of forestry activity for over a century. With a wide variety of private and public forestland, export facilities and some of the most advanced sawmills in the world, Longview is the perfect location for this year’s Washington State SAF Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting Flyer

Wednesday, May 2

1:00 – 5:00 pm      WSSAF Executive Committee Meeting 

3:30                      Early Registraton

6:00 – 9:00            Ice Breaker Social (Start of Raffles)

Thursday, May 3

7:00 a.m.  Registration, Continental breakfast

8:00       Welcome and Introductions

8:15        Mass Timber: Changes in Forest Products – Ethan Martin, PE, Woodworks

9:15          Changes in Forest Law & Environmental Policy – Diane Meyers, NW Resource Law PLLC

9:45          Forestry Higher Education Outlook – Dr. Anthony S. Davis, Acting Dean, College of Forestry, OSU

10:15        Break

10:45        Keynote Speaker – Hilary Franz, WA Commissioner of Public Lands

11:15        How Trees Respond to Weather and What that Could Mean for the Future – Dr. Connie Harrington, Research Forester, US Forest Service       

12:00      Lunch

1:00          Fires in Western WA – Dr. Daniel Donato, WDNR & University of Washington

1:30          Latest Uses of Drones in Porestry – Panel:

2:30          Break

3:00          Public Perception of Forestry and What We Can Do About It – Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry, Oregon Forest Research Institute

3:30          Changing Purchaser-Contractor Relations – Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager, CF, Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.

4:00         Changes in forester Demographics – Travis Ridgeway, Region Manager, Weyerhaeuser Co.

4:30          Changes in SAF – Mike Cloughesy, SAF District 2 (Oregon) Board Member

4:45          Wrap-up – Ellie Lathrop, General Chair

5:00          Student Poster Session

6:00           Pizza & Beer Party

7:00           Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl for all (not just students!)

Friday, May 4

7:30 am               Breakfast

8:00                     WSSAF Annual Business Meeting

8:30                     WSSAF Awards

9:00 – 4:00 pm     Field Tour (meet in parking lot of Cowlitz Conference Center to load into vans)

  • Field Tour to inlclude: cable assist; drone demonstration; Pacific Fiber Products operations; and PLS export yard

Early Bird (April 20): $200

After 4/20 and Onsite: $250

Field Tour: $50 (Capacity: 40)

Thursday only: $150

Guest: $125

Student Rate: $75

Nearby Lodging

A block of 20 rooms is being held until April 12 at the Quality Inn and Suites for $79 plus tax. 

Quality Inn & Suites – Longview

Best Western Alladin Inn

The following SAF CFE Credits will be available for attendees:

  • WSSAF State Meeting – May 3, 2018: 7 credits Cat 1
  • WSSAF Field Trip – May 4, 2018: 4.5 credits Cat 1

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