Building Common Ground!

Forestry, natural resource managers and students from the Northwest are invited to participate in the 2019 Leadership Conference on February 1-2, at the McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. Participants will gain insights from the conference with the theme “Building Common Ground.”

Day 1 – Friday, February 1

9:00 a.m.     Registration and Networking (Coffee and pastries provided)

9:15             Introductions and opening remarksMeghan Tuttle, OSAF State Chair

9:30             Keynote Address “Building Each Other Up in Leadership”Jessica Homyack, Weyerhaeuser Company

10:15           Collaborative Strategies: Breakout Session on Building Teams & Leadership CapacityFran Cafferata Coe,Cafferata Consulting & Julie Woodward, OFRI

11:00           NETWORKING BREAK

11:15           Next Generation Leadership Panel: Hearing from Emerging Natural Resource Leaders

Moderator: Lauren Grand, OSU Extension


  • Anjel Tomayko, Washington State DNR
  • Charles Gale, Doug Fir Consulting
  • Trevor Sartnurak, OSU SAF Chapter Chair
  • Brittany Church, SAF District 1 Student Rep

12:00 p.m.     LUNCH (provided)

1:00             Leadership Lessons – John McNulty, SAF President

1:45             Developing Leaders: Local Leadership Breakout Session – Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting & Julie Woodward, OFRI

2:30             NETWORKING BREAK

Case Studies: Natural Resources Leadership in Action

3:00            Washington State Forester, George Geissler, Washington State DNR

3:45            Interim Dean, Anthony S. Davis, College of Forestry, Oregon State University

4:30            Leadership Icebreaker—Edgefield Scavenger Hunt 

6:00            Dinner (provided) and No Host Bar

Day 2 – Saturday, February 2

8:30 a.m.     Coffee and Pastries (breakfast on own)

Skills for Forestry Leaders

9:00      Skills for Forestry Leaders – Communications

  • Top 5 communication skills required for any leadership role
  • Breakout Session: How to have difficult conversations—Sara Duncan, OFIC

9:45      Advocating for forestry through SAF Policy Panel

Moderator: Tammy Cushing, SAF/OSU

Policy Panel:

  • Mark Buckbee Ed Shepard OSAF Policy Co-Chairs
  • John Bailey, SAF National Policy Committee/OSU
  • Seth Barnes OSAF Capitol Chapter Chair/OFIC

10:30      Mentoring – Mike Cloughesy, OFRI/SAF District 2 Board Rep

11:30      Closing Comments: Leadership Action Items for 2019 and 2019 SAF calendar

Noon       Lunch (provided) and closing icebreaker

1:00-4:00pm       Concurrent State Executive Committee Meetings


McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdate, OR 97060, is a unique facility featuring 114 overnight rooms. Some rooms are equipped with private baths; the majority are European style lodging with bathrooms located in the hall. Group rates are discounted, but prices vary greatly based on room selection. Call 503-669-8610 by Nov. 30 and mention the Group name “OSAF-Leadership Conference” to receive the group rate for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2019. Their online registration does not recognize group rates.

Best Western Plus-Cascades Inn and Suites, 23525 NE Halsey St., Troutdale, Ore., located .7 miles from McMenamins. Call 503-491-9700 for rates and availability. Includes complimentary breakfast.


The registration fee for professional members is $160/person and $50/person for students. A late fee of $25 will be charged after January 24.

Registration is closed for this conference.


Participants are eligible for 8 Category 2 SAF CFE Credit Hours.


Program: Meghan Tuttle,

Registration: Melinda Olson, 503-224-8046,


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