Landscape Restoration: Perspectives, Partnerships, Opportunities

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May 13-14, 2021, Virtual

The Blue Mountain Chapter of OSAF invites you to join us for two days of engaging programming, roundtable discussions, and recognition of colleagues. Come be a part of the conversations on May 13-14, 2021, from the comfort of your own home or office.

The annual meeting’s theme, Landscape Restoration: Perspectives, Partnerships, Opportunities, will open with a plenary session on “Climate, Restoration, and Management over Millennia.” Speakers Jessica Halofsky, Paul Hessburg, and Frank Lake will discuss climate change, landscape restoration, and current and historic Indigenous use of fire. The day’s General Sessions will focus on landscape restoration from the federal, private, and Tribal perspective.

The first day will conclude with an awards ceremony to honor our members and colleagues, followed by a student-led social and networking hour.

Day 2 will open with a panel that features restoration-focused research, followed by a General Session on partnerships involved in landscape restoration. The afternoon session will be devoted to breakout sessions on topics that include “Markets, Wood Products, and Biomass Utilization,” “Wildfire, Climate, and Perceptions,” and “Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management.” The day will then end with concluding remarks.

  • Program Flyer (PDF)
  • Annual Meeting Program (PDF)
  • Annual Meeting Recordings (YouTube)

Thursday, May 13

8:00 a.m. Welcome – Jacob Putney, General Chair, and Jeremy Felty, OSAF Chair

8:15 VIDEO – Granite Gulch Fire: The Right Place, The Right Conditions, Moderator, Jacob Putney, OSU Extension

8:25 OPENING PLENARY: Climate, Restoration, and Management over Millennia

8:30 Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest: Drought, Fire, and Bugs, Oh My!, Jessica Halofsky, USDA – Northwest Climate Hub

9:30 Interior Oregon Forests & Wildfire Regimes in the 20th & 21st Centuries: Landscape Resilience Options, Paul Hessburg, USFS – PNW Research Station

10:30 Break – Sponsor Announcements

10:45 Opportunities for Landscape restoration Approaches: Indigenous Perspectives and Tribal Partnerships, Frank Lake, USFS – PSW Research Station

11:45 Lunch – Sponsor Announcements

1:00 p.m. GENERAL SESSION – Part 1: Perspectives on Landscape Restoration, Moderator, Thomas McGinley, USFS – Wallow Whitman NF

  • Federal Forest Management in the Blue Mountains: Restoration Challenges and Opportunities, Bill Gamble, USFS District Ranger, La Grande RD
  • Perspectives of a Private Woodland Owner in NE Oregon, Chris Heffernan, Woodland Owner

2:00 General Session Q&A

2:15 Break – Sponsor Announcements

2:30 GENERAL SESSION – Part 2: Perspectives on Landscape Restoration Tribal Perspectives,

  • First Foods and Forest Management, Eric Quaempts, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Tribal Perspectives, Forestry and Prescribed Fire, Andrew Saralecos, Nez Perce Tribe

3:30 General Session Second Q&A

3:45 OSAF Awards Ceremony, Tim Keith and Norm Michaels

4:30 Concluding Remarks

5:30 Student-led Social and Networking Hour

Friday, May 14

8:00 a.m. OSAF Member Business Meeting and Chapters Update, Jeremy Felty, OSAF Chair

8:30 RESEARCH SESSION: What’s new on Restoration, Moderator, Jacob Putney, OSU Extension

  • Fine-Scale Fire Regime Heterogeneity in Moist, Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Northern Blue Mountains, Oregon, Cameron Naficy, Oregon State University
  • Too hot, too cold, or just right: Can wildfire restore Oregon dry mixed-conifer forest?, Skye Greenler, Oregon State University
  • Forest Restoration and Implications on Wildlife, Tavis Forrester, Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife

9:45 Research Q&A

10:00 Break – Sponsor Announcements

10:15 GENERAL SESSION: Partnerships on Landscape Restoration, Moderator, Andrew Addessi, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

  • Collaborative and Partnership-Based Approaches to Forest Restoration, Emily Jane Davis, Oregon State University
  • Blue Mountain Forest Partners and Southern Blues Restoration Coalition, Pam Hardy, Western Environmental Law Center
  • Partnerships in the Northern Blues, Nils Christofferson, Wallowa Resources
  • Agency Partnerships: Oregon Department of Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Jay Gibbs, Natural Resource Conservation Service

11:35 Partnership and Collaboration Q&A Session

12:00 p.m. Lunch – Sponsor Announcements

1:00 BREAKOUT SESSION: Opportunities for Landscape Restoration

ROOM 1: Markets, Wood Products, and Biomass Utilization

  • Opportunities for Oregon Wood Products and Biomass Utilization under Emerging Climate Initiatives, Nate Anderson, USFS – Rocky Mountain Research Station

ROOM 2: Wildfire, Climate, and Perceptions,

  • Perceptions of Wildfire, Wildlife, and Climate: Results from 10 years of surveys in Northeast Oregon, Joel Hartter and Larry Hamilton, Communities and Forests in Oregon

ROOM 3: Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management,

  • Oregon Smoke Management Review, Christina Clemons, Oregon Department of Forestry

2:00 Breakout Room Discussion

2:30 Concluding Remarks

3:00 General Meeting Concludes

SAF Member ($50), Non-Member ($75) and student ($0) registration fees include access to all meeting sessions, awards ceremony, social hour, 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 registering for the annual meeting – 2021 Virtual OSAF Annual Meeting ( 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.


Cancellations after May 3, 2021, 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 2021 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:

Thursday, May 13                               6.0 CFE

Friday, May 14                                    5.0 CFE

Total CFEs available                       11.0 CFE

Watching and participating in the online Annual Meeting is a requirement to earn the CFEs for a given day. To confirm attendance, an “Attendance Keyword” will be issued verbally during the meeting each day. It is very important that you note these keywords in order to receive credit.

Steps to receive credit:

  1. Download and save the CFE Request Form
  2. Fill in you name, SAF/CF #, email, and the attendance keyword for each day attended.
  3. Return the completed Request Form via email to Jacob Putney following the completion of the annual meeting.
  4. The deadline to return CFE Request Forms is May 19, 2021.

OSAF 2021 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors

Confederated Tribes of the Grand RondeOregon Department of Forestry
Guistina ResourcesOFRI
Hampton ResourcesRayonier
Northwest Farm Credit ServicesStarker Forests Inc.

OSAF 2021 Annual Meeting Silver Sponsors

Cascade Timber ConsultingSFI-SIC Admin
Idaho Forest GroupStarker Forests, Inc.
Mason, Bruce & GirardStuntzner Engineering & Forestry
Oregon Small Woodlands AssociationTimber Products, Co.
Oregon Tree Farm SystemRoseburg Forest Products

OSAF 2021 Annual Meeting Bronze Sponsors & Contributors

Collins CompaniesOregon Natural Forestry
Hancock Forest ManagementPort Blakely 
HFM-NEO RegionSDS Lumber Co.
Oregon Logging Conference

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