Dr. Ronald Boldenow, CF, new District 2 Director!

In 2023, Dr. Ronald (Ron) Boldenow, CF, will join the SAF Board of Directors, representing District 2.

A professor at Central Oregon Community College, Blodenow has been active in SAF, serving as SAF Education Policy Review Committee and the Central Oregon Chapter Chair.

Blodenow’s guidance as an SAF member: SAF has aided my career and is a positive influence on my adult life. My SAF service has varied with engagement at the chapter, state, or national level. The greatest challenge for SAF is to become more welcoming and inclusive while remaining a professional organization with a strong voice supporting forest management. I believe that various tasks and responsibilities are best accomplished at different levels of an organization. Also, as forestry students and young professionals are enthusiastic, we must continue to nurture and tap that enthusiasm to strengthen the profession and SAF.

2023 Tour of Washington Forestry Calendar Available for Preordering

Cover of 2023 A Tour of Washington Forestry calendar. The cover features a barred owl perched on a cut tree.

This year, the Washington State SAF (WSSAF) and the Washington Tree Farm Program (WTFP) again partnered to produce the 2023 Tour of Washington Forestry calendar! For this calendar, the members of WSSAF and WTFP outdid themselves in capturing what sustainable forestry looks like in Washington State.

We are asking for a $25 donation per calendar, and we recommend preordering your calendar to guarantee availability.

Calendars may be ordered online here. If you want to pay by check, please fill out this order form, and mail it and the check to Washington Tree Farm Program PO Box 1814 Olympia, WA 98507.

Thank you to the WSSAF volunteered their time to produce this calendar, including Marisa Bass, Don Hanley, Jenny Knoth, Josh Meek, Luke Semler, and Andrea Watts. WTFP volunteers included Margaret Ellis, Jon Matson, David New, Tammie Perreault, and Elizabeth Ide,

Seeking Nominations for Chair-elect and Delegate-at-large Positions

Nominations are now open for the OSAF Chair-elect and Delegate-at-large positions, and self-nominating is welcome. The nomination period will close on October 15, and candidate statements are due to wattsa@forestry.org before November 1. Voting will open Tuesday, November 1 and close November 15.

Questions? Please contact wattsa@forestry.org.

Catch the Premier of The Big Burn: American Experience on September 7, 2022

The Big Burn: American Experience will air on KCTS on September 7, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. This documentary is based upon Timothy Egan’s book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America.

To learn more about the documentary, visit https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/burn/#film_description.

Jeff Grogan, CF Selected as 2022 Presidential Field Forester

Congratulations to Jeff Grogan, CF for being honored as the 2022 Presidential Field Forester for District 2! This award recognizes members who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound scientific methods and adaptive management strategies.

Jeff is a forest planner for Weyerhaeuser’s Southern Oregon Region, and he specializes in forest inventory, GIS, and data systems. He is always looking for and supporting ways to make data accessible in the field and data collection more efficient, providing forest managers with the information needed to make the best possible decisions. Jeff was an important member of the team that planned and managed the salvage of tens of thousands of acres and hundreds in board feet following the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire.

To learn more about Jeff’s accomplishment’s, read The Forestry Source August 2022 issue.

Dan Rees, CF selected as 2022 Presidential Field Forester

Congratulations to Dan Rees, CF for being honored as the 2022 Presidential Field Forester for District 1! This award recognizes members who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound scientific methods and adaptive management strategies.

Much of Dan’s career and work has been carried out on military lands throughout interior Alaska, where the primary objective of land management is often tied to enhancing military training objectives. As a result, management intensity may range from very intensive applications to more extensive management regimes in combination with military training objectives and forest landscape sustainability and enhancement.

To learn more about Dan’s accomplishment’s, read The Forestry Source August 2022 issue.

It’s Time to Volunteer at the Washington State Fair!

For a number of years, the WSSAF has hosted a booth at the Washington State Fair. Most exhibitors at The Fair pay a substantial amount, but after many years of working with The Fair and the longtime dedication of many people such as John Bergvall, and the building superintendent who is a fellow SAFer, we have been invited back each year without a fee. Others in the building include Wash. State Trappers, Washingtonians for Wildlife, Tacoma Water, Rails to Trails, Boy Scouts, and others.

WSSAF needs volunteers to help staff the booth and provide outreach to the public for our profession. In return for your time, volunteers receive free admission to The Fair and access to free parking. To sign up for volunteer shifts, please fill out this form https://forms.gle/gHhrn87yksdYTfyAA.

Alaska SAF Honors Award Recipients at Annual Meeting

Alaska SAF held their annual meeting in Fairbanks on May 17-18 and presented three awards at the annual awards banquet.

Tom St. Clair (L) receiving his award from Ed Morgan (R), AKSAF Chair

Tom St. Clair is the 2022 recipient of the Forester of the Year award.  Tom currently serves as the Regional Fire Management Officer for the Alaska Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is the chair-elect for the SAF Yukon River Chapter. He played a key role in organizing this year’s annual meeting, and is active in chapter affairs, field trips, and educational programs. Within the Alaska fire community, he is an active member of the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG), an interagency organization that provides leadership, coordination, and implementation of policy, direction, and standards for incident management. He is also a well-respected trainer and presenter of forestry and fire management education. Tom’s leadership within SAF and the Alaska fire community is outstanding, and it is an honor to present Tom St. Clair with the Alaska Forester of the Year award.

The 2022 Service to Forestry award is presented to Tamara Boeve. She has been very supportive of the Cook Inlet chapter’s annual tree seedling sale, which was started in the early 1970’s. For many years, she has been instrumental in providing outreach in the Matanuska Valley to connect landowners with Cook Inlet chapter, which provides seedlings for properties that have been burned over or impacted by forest insects. Her plaque will be awarded at an upcoming Cook Inlet chapter meeting.

Dan Rees (2nd from L), Yukon River chapter chair, receives the Alaska chapter of the year award, flanked by CEO Terry Baker (L), President Chris Maisch (2nd from R), and AKSAF Chair Ed Morgan (R).

Alaska’s Yukon River chapter is the recipient of the 2022 Chapter of the Year award. Despite the challenges associated with the pandemic, Yukon River chapter has maintained an active continuing education program utilizing virtual meetings and field trips that continue to engage current members and attract new members. Congratulations to the Yukon River chapter!

Foresters’ Fund Supports Douglas County Forestry Tour

In 2020, OSAF member Alicia Christiansen was awarded a Foresters Fund grant for $2290 for the “Douglas County Reforestation Education for Fifth Grade Students” project. The project goal was to add in a reforestation activity to the Douglas County School Forestry Tour, an educational event offered to all Douglas County 5th grade students each year. The 2022 Tour was held May 4-6 at the Glide Education Forest near Glide, Oregon. Over 550 students attended the Tour this year, which is anticipated to grow as the pandemic gets farther out in our rearview mirror. Normal participation at the Tour is usually upwards of 800 students.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Christiansen

During the “Tour,” students spent the morning in the woods rotating between stations learning about different forestry and natural resource topics. After lunch, we gathered and played forest-themed games. The reforestation activity took the place of an old game.

For this activity, we built a 25-foot-long planter box (with pecky cedar donated by C&D Lumber) and filled it with soil. Private timber companies and the BLM donated 1000 Douglas-fir seedlings, which the students practiced planting in the box using garden trowels. Each teacher was sent home with a bundle of seedlings to hand out to their students. Each seedling was bagged individually and contained a planting instruction card that also provided details on our state tree. Oregon Women in Timber and SAF collaborated to lead the reforestation activity and work with the kids, so they understood how to properly plant and care for a tree.

Overall, this event was a huge hit! The local paper, the News Review, wrote a nice article about the Tour and it mentions this project and SAF: https://www.nrtoday.com/news/douglas-county-forestry-tour-returns-for-59th-time-after-two-year-hiatus-with-a-new/article_5557cb31-995f-514e-89fd-a062756d81d6.html.

Congratulations to the 2022 WSSAF Award Winners

A fixture of every annual meeting is recognizing the accomplishments of WSSAF members and chapters. At the 2022 WSSAF Annual Meeting, two deserving individuals and SAF chapter were recognized.

Forester of the Year – Andy Perleberg
Andy is an associate professor/regional extension specialist with Washington State University, a position he has held since 2008. He is also a certified instructor and trainer for the Washington Tree Farm Program. The nomination was primarily in recognition of his chairmanship of the 2021 WSSAF Annual Meeting. As the general chair, he was responsible for the entire program and all logistics that went into this educational effort.

Chapter of the Year – Mid-Columbia SAF Chapter

2021 Washington State Chair – Josh Meek

Again, congratulations on your accomplishments!

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