Forest Management: Emerging Challenges, New Solutions, and Telling Our Story

April 17-19, 2019

Best Western Premier, Boulder Falls Inn

505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355; 541-451-1000

The 2019 OSAF Annual Meeting is built around the progression of emerging challenges in today’s forestry profession, new and innovative solutions to those challenges, and how to tell that story as a profession and as professionals. Our future as a profession will be just like our past – we have to face the challenges and engage them head on. For 2019, we are adding that important step of getting out the message that we understand the new world and will lead the way with sustainable forest management to provide forests and forest products for our children and grandchildren.

Wednesday, April 17

9:00 a.m. OSAF Executive Committee meeting

12:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. WelcomeMeghan Tuttle, OSAF Chair 

1:15 Keynote Speaker: Telling the sustainability story in changing timesPaul Hessburg, PNW Research Station

Afternoon Session – Emerging Challenges, Moderator: John Bailey, OSAF Annual Meeting Program Chair

2:00     Climate Change ImpactsMeghan Dalton, Oregon State University/Climate Research Institute

2:30     Wildfire ImpactsJames Johnston, OSU/Blue Mountain Forest Partners

3:00     Break: Sponsored by – Seneca Jones Timber Co. & Thompson Timber & Weyerhaeuser Co. & Fibre Marketing Inc.

3:30     Carbon Market Issues: Speaker TBA

4:00     Social License to ManageMike Cloughesy, OFRI

4:30     Wrap-up, summary call for action and announcements

5:00    Student/Mentor Social 

5:30   Icebreaker Receptionhors d’oeuvres, no-host bar, and interaction with exhibitors (included in registration fee)

Thursday, April 18

7:00am Alumni Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:00      Exhibits Open – Rivers Event Center, west end

Morning Session – New Solutions

Moderator: Tammy Cushing, SAF Vice President

8:00     Adapting to Climate ChangeGlenn Howe, OSU

8:30     Adapting to Future WildfireChris Dunn, OSU

9:00     Selling Carbon from ForestsBrian Kittler, Pinchot Institute for Conservation 

9:30     Break: Sponsored by – Roseburg Forest Products & Giustina Resources & Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. & Miller Timber Service

10:00   Precision ForestryCarlos Gonzalez Beneke, OSU/VMRC

10:30   Going PublicPaul Hessburg, PNW Research Station

11:00   Panel – “We’ve got this!

11:45   Wrap-up, summary and announcements

12:00pm Luncheon (included in registration fee) and OSAF Business Meeting: Meghan Tuttle, OSAF State Chair

Afternoon Session – Telling Our Story

Moderator: Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

1:40     Words MatterMichael Collins, OSU-COF

2:10     Fear of FireJohn Bailey, Oregon State University

2:40     Break: Sponsored by – Northwest Farm Credit Services & Oregon Forest Resources Institute & Oregon Forest & Industries Council & Oregon Department of Forestry

3:00     Using Social MediaSara Duncan, Oregon Forest & Industries Council

3:30     Workshop: Adding Your Voice 

4:45     Wrap-up and close-outErin Isselmann, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

6:00     No-host social

6:30     Awards Banquet: Meghan Tuttle, OSAF Chair, Tim Keith & Norm Michaels, Awards Committee Co-Chairs

Friday, April 19

7:00am     Breakfast  – on your own (Complimentary full breakfast included with hotel stay.)

8:30am     Check-out

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Field Tours: Three tour options are available — you will be asked to provide your first, second, and third tour choice during the registration process. Buses load outside of Boulder Creek Hotel

Tour 1: Mills and Manufacturing Tour

This tour will include stops at the Palm Harbor Homes Factory in Millersburg, Freres Mass Plywood Plant in Lyons, and Weyerhaeuser Sawmill in Lebanon. You will see cutting edge technology in action on this tour!

Tour 2: Private Forest Management and History in the South Santiam

Cascade Timber Consultants (CTC), in Sweet Home will host this tour. This company manages 145,000 acres in Linn County, much of which is Hill Family Lands, which has been in continuous forest management since 1917. This tour will combine a rich history lesson with current practices on a very scenic landscape.

Tour 3: Oregon Forest Science Complex & OSU Research Forests Tour

The tour begins at the new George W. Peavy Forest Science Center and the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Projects Laboratory. Visitors will see innovative uses of advanced wood products including cross-laminated timber made in Oregon. The look and atmosphere of the complex with reinforce Oregon State’s international status as a premier forestry, natural resources, and wood science institution devoted to improving the sustainability of forest landscapes and ecosystems. The next tour stop is at OSU Research Forests where the College of Forestry owns and manages 10 tracts of forestland across the state that total nearly 15,000 acres. The largest tracts are the McDonald and Dunn Forests (11,200 acres) located adjacent to the city of Corvallis. The Research Forests are used for teaching, research, and public engagement and are also used heavily for forest recreation (155,000 user visits per year). The Research Forests are managed as sustainable working forests. Timber harvests are conducted in full view of the public. Come learn about the rich history of the McDonald and Dunn Forests, how we manage high levels of recreational use, harvesting up against neighbors, recent insect issues, fire and fuel reduction, and showcasing some of our short and long-term research projects.


Regular registration is $245 if paid by April 8 and includes icebreaker, alumni breakfast, breaks, lunch, and banquet. An optional field tour is available for $30/person. There is an additional $50 charge for late registrations received after April 8.

Student registration is $115 if paid by April 8 and includes icebreaker, alumni breakfast, breaks, lunch, and banquet. An optional field tour is available for $30/person. There is an additional $25 charge for late registrations received after April 8.

Guest/spouse tickets may be purchased for the banquet ($32) or the field tour ($30).

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by April 8 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after April 8 will be charged the full registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.


A block of rooms for the annual meeting has been reserved at the Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn and Conference Center. Each individual guest should make their own reservations by calling 541-451-1000 by March 29. Please reference “Oregon Society of American Foresters” to receive the group rate of $114 per night (plus lodging tax of 10.8%) for Deluxe King or Double Queen. After March 29, the reduced rate is subject to availability. 

SAF CFE Credits Available

By attending the annual meeting, participants will be eligible for up to 14.0 Category 1 CFE credits. SAF CFE credits will be available for the general program and each field trip. 

Call for Posters

Working on an interesting project? Need feedback on your current research direction? We want to showcase current on-the-ground projects and research happenings now, from OSU and beyond, to forestry practitioners from across the State. We encourage you to share case studies, research proposals, thesis or dissertation projects, products, skills development, or unique and novel approaches to current land management issues.

Abstract Requirements:

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit an abstract detailing your work to be included in the meeting program. Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and in the following form:


Author(s) (Name and Affiliation)

Abstract (+/- 250 words)

Poster Requirements:

Posters may be portrait or landscape dimensions, with a maximum size of 36”x48”. Poster boards will be setup prior to the start of the meeting, April 17th. Hook-and-loop fasteners or push pins are required for poster mounting. We recommend bringing necessary mounting items. Limited push pins may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Abstract Submission Deadline:       March 29th 2019

How to Submit:

Email abstracts to Jacob Putney ( or Audrey Maclennan ( as a document (.doc, .docx, .pdf). Please include title and author information in the uploaded document. We will provide a confirmation and further instructions via email upon receipt.

Submission of your abstract confers permission for SAF to publish this material, but copyright remains with the author. Attendance at the meeting is encouraged; registration fees are reduced for students and Lebanon is an easy commuting/carpooling distance.

If you have questions, please contact Jacob Putney or Audrey Maclennan.

Foresters’ Fund and Oregon Special Projects Fund

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. Contribute something you would want to win! Please contact for questions and submissions.  


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