Coos Chapter Society of American Foresters Awards C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarship to two Oregon State University Students

Two Oregon State University students from Coos and Douglas Counties were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarships in February. The two recipients are Cooper Lynn and Carson Burris. Cooper Lynn is a graduate from North Bend High School and Carson Burris is a graduate from North Douglas High School. Both are majoring in Forest Management.

The C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarship was established in 1973 in memory of C. Wylie Smith III, who lost his life in an industrial accident at the age of 29. He was the son of C. Wylie Smith II, one of the founders of Coos Head Lumber Company, which had milling operations in Coos Bay, Oregon. He was a 1966 Oregon State University graduate from the College of Forestry in Forest Engineering.

This scholarship fund is administered by the Oregon State University Foundation and the Coos Chapter Society of American Foresters. Recipients of this scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Forestry with majors in Forest Engineering, Forest Management, or Wood Science and Engineering. First preference is given to students from Coos, Curry, or Douglas counties. Selection is based on proven scholarship performance, potential for success in the profession, and financial need. Congratulations to Cooper Lynn and Carson Burris on their outstanding accomplishment.

**Sponsored** Women of Forestry Capstone Workshop

Keynote speaker Nalini M. Nadkarni, Professor of Biology, University of Utah

Join us for the capstone experience to this year’s Starker Lecture Series. Throughout the day, we will explore all aspects of forestry with a focus on women’s leadership and the future of women in the forestry and wood products industry. Activities include:

  • A series of panels hosted by women in the forestry and wood products industries will delve into forest foundations, management, community integration, and what the future looks like.
  • Time to explore resource booths from vendors.
  • A mentor-mentee coffee that will allow space for participants to get together and chat and form new relationships.
  • A lunch and keynote from Nalini M. Nadkarni, professor of biology at the University of Utah, canopy study pioneer and creator of TreeTop Barbie.


  • Regular Registration: $25
  • Student registration: Free

Standard Registration includes morning refreshments, lunch, AM/PM breaks, and all conference-related materials. Scholarships are available if needed, please contact

This lecture is part of the 2022 Starker Lecture Series  “Women of Forestry: inspiring leadership. This year the focuse is on women who act as agents of change within the forestry and forest products sector as well as within their communities. The College of Forestry graduated its first woman student, Pauline Barto Sandoz over 75 years ago. Today, the college celebrates the accomplishments of all women who are students, faculty, and alumni in our community as it strives to become a more inclusive space for all. This series will educate explore the triumphs of women as well as the myriad of challenges they face in forests, mills, research labs and beyond.

The Starker Lectures Series is sponsored by the Starker Family in honor of TJ and Bruce Starker, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and the Oregon State University College of Forestry.

**Sponsored** The Road Less Traveled: How Women will Save the World

Edie Sonne Hall, Founder and Principal of Three Trees Consulting, will weave together a series of personal stories and lessons learned that demonstrate the importance of women having courage, confidence, collaboration, and compassion to harness the power of trees to create a world with global population living well within the limits of the planet.

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**Sponsored** Pyrocultural Forestry

Amanda Rau, Regional Wildland Fire Specialist, OSU Extension

Cultural use of fire has long influenced natural landscapes throughout the world, providing humans with important resources and connecting them with nature, in addition to moderating wildfire risk. In many places, such as the Willamette Valley, pre-contact biodiversity of prairies, savannas, and woodlands wholly depended upon frequent indigenous burning as often as every year. The burning practices of the indigenous peoples of southern Oregon and northern California met natural ignitions to maintain some of the most resilient and biodiverse forests in North America.  Forests and rangelands alike have long been shaped by the coalescence of natural ignitions and indigenous burning practices.

Colonialism is largely to blame for the cessation of anthropogenic fire in North America. Fire exclusion, including suppression of forest and rangeland fires caused by lightening as well as the cessation of indigenous burning, was mandated in the US after the fires of 1910. The dire consequences of fuel accumulation that resulted from this approach became apparent before the century was over.  As a response to the wildfire problem that we all face today, prescribed fire offers the direct benefit of wildfire hazard mitigation, as well as opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect with nature and how it is affected by different kinds of fire.

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**Sponsored** Beyond the Land Ethic: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Forest Management and Conversation, A Native American Perspective

Dr. Eisenberg will share her personal journey and lessons learned as a Native American woman in science, from her early academic work with mentor Nina Leopold Bradley, to her work with Indigenous people globally as Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, to the work she is doing today in North America, building respectful collaboration between Tribal Nations and US and Canadian federal governments to restore degraded ecosystems and empower Indigenous communities. She will explore the concept of forest resiliency, what it meant to Aldo Leopold and his family, and how this concept was strongly inspired by the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) held by Indigenous people globally about living rightly and sustainably on the earth. She will discuss how TEK that supports Tribal Nations’ treaty and sovereignty rights can be applied to conserve the forests of the future in our rapidly changing world.

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