Seeing Our Forest Beyond the Trees

April 28-29, and May 7, 2022

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to rethink how we can deliver educational content and opportunities for members to connect in a safe environment. This has meant pivoting to virtual annual meetings in 2020 and 2021. The benefits–more people could participate; the drawbacks–no in-person socializing and networking, a fixture of annual meetings.

Due to the uncertainly of how safe in-person meetings will be in late April, the planning committee decided the annual meeting will again be virtual. The annual meeting is a little different this year, hosted by the OSAF executive committee instead of a chapter, which motivated a different approach to the meeting theme. Instead of taking a deep dive into one specific topic or region, the theme of the annual meeting will feature the full breadth of forestry and natural resources, from recreation, fire, urban forestry, to carbon, non-timber forest products, and social dimensions.

And there will be a field trip component!

The meeting will span multiple days.

  • April 28:  Business meeting/awards ceremony; Open to all OSAF members
  • April 29: All-day annual meeting program
  • May 7: Field tours – one in Clackamas and one in the Eugene area, addressing topics such as post-fire recovery

The virtual components of the annual meeting will be held in Zoom.

  • 2022 OSAF Annual Meeting Flyer |PDF
  • 2022 OSAF Annual Meeting Program |PDF

Registration pricing

2022 OSAF Business Meeting (Open to OSAF Members) – April 28, 2022

  • Free, but please register to receive the Zoom access information

2022 Virtual OSAF Annual Meeting – April 29, 2022

  • SAF Member: $50
  • Non-member: $75
  • Student: $25

Optional in-person Field Tour – May 7, 2022 – each location is limited to 30 registrants

  • Clackamas: $40
  • Eugene: $40

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by April 18 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

This year, the OSAF business meeting will be held prior to the annual meeting. All members are welcome to attend the business meeting, even if they will not attend the annual meeting, but registration is required.

The business meeting agenda includes:

  • Words from the Chair | Dave Wells, 2022 OSAF Chair
  • Note from SAF CEO | Terry Baker, SAF CEO
  • Note from SAF President | John “Chris” Maisch, SAF President
  • OSAF Committee Reports
  • Northwest Office Update | Andrea Watts, NWO Manager
  • Awards Ceremony | Awards Committee Chairs, Tim Keith & Norm Michaels

Dave Wells, General Chair & OSAF Chair

Opening & Moderator, Jacob Putney, Oregon State University Extension

  • “What We Truly Value & Why” – Michael Nelson, Oregon State University      
  • “Forest Therapy/Immersion: A Gateway to Healing the Forests & People” – Tamberly Conway, PhD, Conservation Conexions       

Moderator, Lauren Grand, OSU Extension

  • “Benefits of Ecosystem Services Provided by Private & Public Forests, Robert Deal” – CF, USDA Forest Service, retired
  • “Kalapuyan Stewardship of the Willamette Valley” – David Lewis, Oregon State University
  • “Managing for Truffles in Westside Douglas-fir Plantations” – Charles Lefevre, New World Truffieres, Inc.
  • “Leave it or Use it – The Wood Carbon Story” – Maureen Puettmann, Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)
  • “Reframing Trees: Leveraging the Lesser-Understood Benefits of Urban Trees” – Paul Ries, Oregon State University
  • “How Trees Save Lives” – Geoffrey H. Donovan, PhD, USDA Forest Service
  • “How Recreation Ecology Can Help Us Understand, and Manage, Human and Nature Interactions” – Ashley D’Antonio, Oregon State University

Moderator, Stephen Fitzgerald, OSU Extension

  • “Workforce Program Development and Opportunities” – Sara Nelson and Amanda Sullivan-Astor, Association of Oregon Loggers
  • “Understanding the Labor-Intensive Forest Workforce in Oregon” – EJ Davis, Oregon State University
  • “Wood Innovations and the Connection to Forests” – Brian Brashaw, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory

Dave Wells, General Chair & OSAF Chair

On both field tours, restrooms and handwashing stations will be provided. Directions to the meeting locations will be provided prior to the field trip.

  • Each field trip has been approved for 4 Cat 1 CFEs.

McKenzie River Holiday Farm Field Trip
Field trip is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meet at Thurston Station Park and Ride at 8:45 a.m.
5606 Main St Springfield, OR 97478
https://goo.gl/maps/kZMBe3HC6PBRFeAr6

Shadie Nimer, USDA Forest Service

Norm Michaels, small private landowner

Cary Hart, Giustina Land and Timber

Clackamas Riverside Fire Field Trip
Field trip is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet at BLM Horning Seed Orchard at
27004 S Sheckly Rd, Colton, Oregon

This field tour will loop through forest lands burned in the Riverside fire, which covered 131,900 acres including over 40,000 acres of private land in Clackamas County.

It will feature areas managed by Port Blakely’s US Forestry Division, small private landowners, the USDI Bureau of Land Management, and the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Participants will learn about fire progression and suppression, fire behavior and fire severity, impacts on people and forests, and fire-recovery efforts. See the progress of ongoing timber salvage and reforestation efforts along with the challenges involved.

Port Blakely will host key stops overlooking a large part of the burn across both public and private land.

We will form a carpool in vans and trucks through the burned area, with a lunch stop at an awesome overlook at the top, returning to Horning Seed Orchard by 3:00.

The 2022 OSAF Annual Meeting will be presented in a virtual format. CFEs will be available, because 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:

  • April 29                               6.5 CFEs
  • May 7                                  4.0 CFEs

Total CFEs available            10.5 CFEs

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

Steps to receive credit

Annual Meeting

1.     Download and save the CFE Request Form

2.     Fill in your name, SAF/CF #, email, and the attendance keyword.

3.     Return the completed CFE Request Form via email to Jacob Putney following the completion of the annual meeting.

4.     The deadline to return CFE Request Forms is May 4, 2022.

Field Trip

Credits for the field tours will be earned by signing the attendance form at each field tour.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors!

Campbell Global

Oregon Logging Conference

Thompson Tree Farm

Hampton Lumber

Timber Products

Giustina Land and Timber

Oregon Department of Forestry

The virtual silent auction is now over. Thank you to all the SAF members who donated items and bid!

Based upon the success of last year’s silent auction, the Oregon State Society is hosting another virtual silent auction to coincide with this year’s annual meeting. Funds raised from the silent auction will support the Foresters Fund and OSAF special projects fund. We are accepting donations that are easy to ship: artwork, clothing, hand-craft items, specialty foods, gift baskets, gift cards–anything that will entice an online bid is welcome and encouraged.

No alcohol please, as we cannot guarantee the age of the purchaser.  

One change from last year is that OSAF will reimburse the postage costs.  If you or your chapter has an item to donate, please email Melinda Olson (melinda(at)forestry.org) the following items:

  • one or two high-quality photos since the buyers will be unable to see your item in person and good pictures that provide a striking visual of the item;
  • a one- or two-sentence description to tell the bidder about the item; and 
  • the estimated value or suggested minimum bid and shipping method. 

 After the auction, you will be notified of who won your item and where the item can be shipped. To receive postage reimbursement, email Steve Cafferata (cafferata(at)msn.com) a scan of the receipt.

Questions about the silent auction? Email Mick Sears (micksears621(at)yahoo.com). 

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