Forestry: Leadership for the True Social Distancing Profession 

Forestry and natural resource managers, technicians, consultants, and students are invited to participate in the 2021 Society of American Foresters PNW Leadership Conference on February 12, through our virtual conference option. Participants will gain leadership skills to navigate these changing times and will learn tips on leading remotely, building community virtually, and managing through challenges. SAF members and nonmembers are welcome to attend.

2021 PNW SAF Leadership Conference Program (PDF)

AGENDA – February 12, 2021

8:00 a.m.*      Welcome, Jeremy Felty, Oregon SAF State Chair

8:15 – 9:30     Communication Skills for LeadersAnthony LaFauce, Clyde Group 

                      *Presented by Oregonians for Food and Shelter and CropLife

9:30                Break

9:45 – 10:45    Leadership Lessons from SAF PresidentHenry (Gene) Kodama, CF, SAF President

10:45              Sponsor Announcements

11:00 – 12:00  Leadership in a virtual setting – A Tech Industry PerspectiveShanku Niyogi, GitHub

12:00 p.m.      Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45      Ethics for LeadersDr. Tamara Cushing, past SAF President Oregon State University

1:50 – 2:30      Cultivating Leadership and DiversityDr. Zhu H. Ning, Southern University, chair of SAF Diversity & Inclusion Working Group; Jamie Dahl, Mollie Beattie Visiting Scholar in Forest Policy

2:35                Break

2:45- 4:00       Case Studies: Natural Resources Leadership in Action 

2:45 – 3:10     Tina Terrell, USDA Forest Service   

3:10 – 3:35     Forestry Academic Leadership: From the Bottom UpTom DeLuca, Oregon State University

3:35 – 4:00    Doug Grafe, Oregon Department of Forestry

4:00 – 4:15    Speaker Q/A and Discussion 

4:15 – 4:30    Wrap Up 

4:30 – 6:30    Student/Mentor Happy Hour

*All times are in PST.

This conference is hosted by Oregon Society of American Foresters, a state society that is part of the Society of American Foresters. The mission of SAF is to advance sustainable management of forest resources through science, education, and technology; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use our knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic to ensure the continued health, integrity, and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity. To learn more visit Society of American Foresters (

The registration fee for SAF members is $50/person, $75/person for non-members, and $25/person for students. Registration for the conference is currently closed.


This meeting has been approved for 6 CFE credits.

Steps to receive credit:
1. Complete the attendance form
2. Fill in the attendance keyword provided during the conference
3. Return the completed attendance form via email to Jacob Putney following the completion of the conference:

Program Chair: Jeremy Felty

Registration: Melinda Olson, 503-224-8046


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