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.

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.

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.

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.

OSAF Member Shaun Harkins is 2021 Fellow Award winner

During the 2021 Society of American Foresters National Convention, OSAF member Shaun Harkins, CF, received the Fellow Award from the Society of American Foresters.

Shaun is a timber sale contract administrator forester with the Bureau of Land Management; he has also worked for Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek, and International Paper. He is chair of the Coos SAF Chapter and has served on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee.

Congratulations Shaun for outstanding contributions and service to the Society of American Foresters and the forestry profession!

WOWNET is featured in Western Forester

Did you know that WOWNet, the nationwide Women Owning Woodlands Network, began in Oregon? Check out the latest Western Forester to learn more.

Stephen Fitzgerald Recognized as District 2 Field Forester

Each year the Society of American Foresters honors one member from each of the 11 SAF voting districts with the Presidential Field Forester Award for 2021. This award recognizes foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry using sound scientific methods and adaptive management strategies. 
 
This year, OSAF member Stephen Fitzgerald was recognized for his achievements!

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