Forestry: The Sustainable Solution

October 7-8, 2020, Virtual

The Capitol Chapter of OSAF invites you to join us for two days of virtual field tours, dynamic programming, poster session and recognition of colleagues. Come be a part of the conversations on October 7-8, 2020, from the comfort of your own home or office.

The annual meeting’s theme, Forestry: The Sustainable Solution, takes center stage during the plenary session with SAF President Dr. Tamara Cushing. She will share thought-provoking ideas about sustainable forestry.

General Sessions will continue the discussions of how forestry is a sustainable solution now and into the future. Sessions will feature numerous speakers on the latest research findings and current policy topics regarding forestry and sustainability. The Opening Session will highlight Wildlife in the News and the final session will feature new drinking water research and actively managing forested watersheds. A panel will discuss the current issues affecting the sector. Time will be given to live question-and-answer sessions. Even in a virtual setting, we are offering technical tours that will be brought to you via video and followed by a live panel of land managers, biologists and researchers.

An awards ceremony will honor our members and colleagues. We will also feature a poster session open to students and professionals.

The Oregon SAF Executive Committee will meet on Friday, October 9, via Zoom.

  • 2020 OSAF Annual Meeting Brochure (PDF)
  • 2020 OSAF Annual Meeting Program (PDF)
  • Annual Meeting Recordings (YouTube)

Bonus Content Links

  • Click here to view Forest Diseases in Oregon by Sarah Navarro, U.S. Forest Service (YouTube)
  • Click here to view Common Insect Pests in Oregon Forests by Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry (YouTube)

Wednesday, October 7

12:00 p.m. Welcome, Julie Woodward, General Chair, and Jeff Grogan, OSAF Chair

12:15 OPENING SESSION: WILDLIFE IN THE NEWS, Welcome and moderated by Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting, LLC

  • Forest Species Conservation and Collaboration, Dr. Paul Henson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
  • Dave Bugni, Owner Bugni Family Farm
  • Fish Habitat Restoration Considerations for the Forestland Owner, Dave Stewart, Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
  • Evaluating the effects of forest stand age distribution on aquatic ecosystem, Dr. Ashley A. Coble, NCASI
  • Wildlife use of structural retention patches, Dr. Jake Verschuyl, NCASI
  • Species synopsis and state of science—red tree voles, Humboldt martens, and Pacific fishers, Dr. Katie Moriarty, NCASI,
  • A New Kind of Forestry: Port Blakely’s Habitat Conservation Plan, Claudine Reynolds, Port Blakely

Question/Answers Session

2:45 Sponsor Announcements

3:00 Student and Poster Session

3:30 OSAF Chapter Update

4:00 Concluding remarks

Thursday, October 8

8:00 a.m. OSAF Member business meeting, Jeff Grogan, OSAF Chair


  • Forestry as the Solution, Dr. Tamara Cushing, SAF President and Oregon State University

8:30 Welcome, Julie Woodward, moderator

9:45 Forestry Issues: a board members perspective, Joe Justice, Oregon Board of Forestry

10:15 Sponsor Announcements

10:30 GENERAL SESSION Forest Sector and Wildlife Panel, a conversation about current issues, moderated by Seth Barnes, OFIC

  • Doug Grafe, Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Rick Barnes, Barnes and Associates
  • Kyle Williams, Oregon Forest & Industries Council

11:30 Break

12:00 p.m. OSAF Awards Ceremony, hosted by Tim Keith and Norm Michaels

1:00 Break

1:30 GENERAL SESSION: WATER, RESEARCH, AND POLICY, Welcome and introduction by Rex Storm, Associated Oregon Loggers

  • McMinnville Watershed Virtual TourGlenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension and Brent Keller, Mason Bruce & Girard

2:20 Post-fire Assessment and Management Impacts on Water ResourcesDr. Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University

3:00 Trees to Tap: Forest Management and Community Drinking Water SuppliesDr. Jon Souder, Oregon State University and Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

4:00 FINAL GENERAL SESSION:TECHNOLOGY, TimberDrone, Drones and the Evolving Technology, Curt Rogers, Coastline Forestry Consultants and Matt Verley, TimberDrone

4:45 Meeting Concludes

Friday, October 9

9:00 a.m. OSAF Executive Committee Meeting – Link TBA

  • Committee members and guests do not need to register for the Annual Meeting if you ONLY plan to attend the Executive Meeting on Friday.
  1. Wildlife in Managed Forest Tour

Join wildlife biologists and foresters on a virtual visit to Port Blakely’s tree farm, outside Molalla, to see a demonstration of conservation measures proposed within Port Blakely’s Habitat Conservation Plan and Stewardship Agreement. We will discuss opportunities to maintain or increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity with specific management actions. Additionally, we will discuss the preliminary results of a NCASI-led leave tree retention
study that was designed to inform which strategies are most beneficial to wildlife. Another feature will be a family forestland owner who recently implemented a fish restoration project, that includes large woody debris placement. Learn about the techniques used for restoration and the importance of reporting this work to OWEB.

Led by Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, and Bonny Glendenning, and Claudine Reynolds, Port Blakely.

  1. Working Forest Watersheds in the Coast Range

Take a virtual tour to explore the forest practices and water resources in two managed forest watersheds at the crest of the Oregon Coast Range, on both sides of the divide.

Virtually venture to a 6,300-acre property owned by McMinnville Water and Light, on the upper Nestucca and the North Yamhill River watersheds. Observe forest practices and results of active management to protect water resources and water quality while providing a sustained yield of timber and revenue to support the water utility. Then see the surprising results of the Trask River Watershed Study, which is part of a long-term multidisciplinary study evaluating the effects of forest practices on stream processes, water quality, and food webs.

Led by Glenn Ahrens, Oregon State University.

SAF Member ($50 early-bird), Non-Member ($75 early-bird) and student/golden members ($0) registration fees include access to all meeting sessions, awards ceremony, tours, poster sessions and business meeting.

Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Oregon Society of American Foresters.

Please note there are two steps to the registration process. Step 1 can be completed by clicking the button below to pay for registration. Step 2 will be sent to you by email after you complete step 1, then you will receive the Zoom link needed to attend the meeting.

If you have any registration questions, please contact Melinda at the SAF Northwest Office, 503-224-8046.

Students and Chapter Advisors

The OSAF Annual Meeting Committee encourages all natural resources community college and university students and student chapter advisors to attend. Registration rates have been reduced to $0, for students and advisors, and includes all the benefits of full registration. Made possible by our generous sponsors.


If you registered for the annual meeting prior to the March 13 postponement announcement, your registration will be rolled forward to the new dates.

Cancellations received by October 1, 2020, are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after October 1, will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Contact Melinda with questions.


Attendees are solely responsible for the integrity of their internet connection and electronic equipment function, including use of the Zoom platform. No refunds will be given. Registrants are strictly prohibited from sharing their individual login information.

The OSAF 2020 Annual Meeting will be presented in a virtual format, CFEs will be available, we understand the importance of providing continuing education credits for SAF members.

The following is the protocol agreed upon by Oregon CFE Coordinator Mick Sears and the organizing committee.

CFEs available:

Wednesday, October 7 2.5 CFE

Thursday, October 8 7.0 CFE

Bonus content -2 webinars 1.0 CFE

Total CFEs available 10.5 CFE

Watching and participating in the online webinar is a requirement to earn the CFEs for a given day. To confirm that attendees fulfill these requirements, an “attendance keyword” will be issued verbally at the end of each day or shared at the end of the prerecorded webinar.

Steps to receive credit:

  • Participants will complete the attendance sheet/form provided by Mick and posted on the Annual Meeting website. Click here to view/download the attendance form (fillable PDF).
  • Participants will fill in the keyword for each session attended.
  • Participants will return the completed attendance form via email/mail to Mick following the completion of the annual meeting, .
  • CFE participants will have until October 14, 2020, to watch bonus content (3 webinars) for CFE credit. Please note: pending date availability of content
  • Mick will compile a list on the standard sign-in sheet for submission to SAF National.
  • Lodging
  • Don’t forget to cancel any hotel and travel reservations.

OSAF depends on generous donors to make the Annual Meeting a success. Please consider being a sponsor and/or exhibitor. All sponsors and exhibitors will receive recognition.

Sponsor Levels:

  • Platinum: $2,500+: Includes 3 registrations, exhibitor table, optional 5-minute presentation and recognition
  • Gold: $1,200: includes 2 registrations, optional 5-minute presentation and recognition
  • Silver: $750: includes 1 registration and recognition
  • Bronze: $250: includes recognition
  • Contributor: $249 and below

If your organization would like to be a sponsor, contact Mike Cloughesy.

OSAF 2020 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors

Giustina ResourcesOregon Forest Resources Institute
Lone Rock ResourcesRayonier
Northwest Farm Credit ServicesRoseburg
Oregon Department of ForestrySeneca Jones Timber Company, LLC
Oregon Forest & Industries CouncilStarker Forests, Inc.

OSAF 2020 Annual Meeting Silver Sponsors

Barnes & Associates Inc.Oregon Tree Farm Systems
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua IndiansPort Blakely Tree Farms LLP
Giustina Land & Timber CoStimson Lumber Company
Hampton LumberSustainable Forestry Initiative–SIC Oregon
Hancock Forest ManagementTimber Products Company
Mason Bruce & Girard Inc.Weyerhaeuser
Oregon Small Woodlands Association

OSAF 2020 Annual Meeting Bronze Sponsors & Contributors

Biomass OneBob Deal
Cafferata ConsultingBrennan Garrelts
Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc.George Ice
Douglas Timber OperatorsBrian Murray
Freres Lumber Co.Stuart Otto
Lewis & Clark Timberlands Managed by Greenwood ResourcesJeremy Sapp
Ochoco Lumber CompanyMick Sears
Oregon Natural Forestry, LLCBob Thomas
PRTAlan Tocchini
Rombach PartnersChad Washington
Rough & Ready Lumber LLCMike Wheeler
South Coast Lumber CompanyRick Zenn
Springer Tree FarmThompson Timber
Voice Directed Tally Systems Inc. (Exhibitor)

The OSAF Annual Meeting will support the National SAF Convention’s Virtual Foresters’ Fund Auction being held October 29-31, 2020. You can bid in the auction or make a monetary donation without even registering for the Convention. Oregon will put together a few donation items to be featured during the Convention. For additional information or donations, contact Al Tocchini.

Abstract submission due: Monday, September 21, 2020
Virtual poster submission due: Monday, October 5, 2020

The Oregon Society of American Foresters invites all undergraduate/graduate students, practicing foresters, and research scientists to submit posters to the OSAF Annual Meeting held virtually October 7-8, 2020. Posters submissions can be on any subject pertaining to forestry, forest resources management, and workforce innovations/development.

Get your ideas and findings out there, get some preliminary feedback, practice presenting and discussing your current or developing research/technical topics! We encourage you to share case studies, research proposals, thesis or dissertation projects, products, skills development, or unique and novel approaches to current forest management issues in Oregon and the region.

In addition, Annual Meeting student registration is FREE!

Abstract Requirements

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit an abstract by Monday, September 21, 2020, detailing your work that will be included in the meeting packet. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and in the following form and Microsoft Word compatible file:
Author(s) (Name and Affiliation)
Abstract (+/- 250 words)

Virtual Poster Requirements

You need to submit posters in a Microsoft PowerPoint compatible format. Posters are limited to FIVE slides with no animation on a BLACK background. The first slide should contain the poster title and authors. The next three slides should outline/highlight a significant aspect of the results or research/project progress identified in the submitted abstract. The last slide should provide a summary or impact of the specific aspect identified or project as a whole.

The virtual Poster session is Wednesday, October 7, 2:00-3:00pm. A single PowerPoint presentation will be compiled and screen shared for all to view. Authors will be allotted a few minutes (time depending on number of submissions) to provide comments for each of their slides. Poster must be submitted by October 5th, 2020.

How to Submit

Email abstracts/posters with Title and Author(s) to Peter Matzka as a document (MS Word/PowerPoint compatible). Please include title and author information in the uploaded document as well. Files should be label with the primary author’s last name followed by OSAF2020Poster (i.e. Matzka OSAF2020poster.doc). 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 strongly encouraged and registration fees are free for students. If you have questions, please contact Peter Matzka.

Registration: Melinda Olson, SAF NW Office

General questions: Julie Woodward, General Chair


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