Draft Program Format (as of 11/21/16)
Tuesday, March 28
Half-day optional workshops (two in the morning and two in the afternoon)
Title: Developing Forest Stewardship Plans
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Organizers: Ken Bevis, WDNR
Cost: at least $25.00
This workshop will cover the essentials of preparing a forest stewardship plan. It will address the necessary baseline information, consideration of landowner desires and constraints, and opportunities to address healthy forests and wildlife. It will describe the basic process including templates and agency guidance, including recent updates in guidance.
Title: Timber Harvest Contracts and Compliance
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Organizers: Tom Hanson, ArborInfo LLC, Loren Hiner, City of Montesano and John Walkowiak, Tacoma Power
Participants: 10 to 25
This workshop will cover the basics of written contracts regarding timber stand improvement (TSI), timber harvest and sale. It will also cover mechanisms for ensuring that operations are conducted according to plans, state and local regulations and provide enforcement options.
Title: Forested Wetlands: Identification and Management
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Organizers: Bill Vogel, USFWS; Sabra Hull, WDNR; Dave Parks, WDNR; Leah Beckett, NWIFC; and Marty Mauney, WDNR
Cost: at least $25.00
Participants: 10 to 50
This workshop will cover the basics of using hydrology, vegetation, and soils to identify wetlands. It will focus on practical identification for forest practices purposes in the field. It will also discuss the need for special management as well as how certain entities are managing forested wetlands. Common challenges and opportunities will be discussed.
Title: Alternatives to Lead bullets for Big Game Hunting
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Classroom; 11:00 AM – TBD, Gun Range
Organizers: Leland Brown, Oregon Zoo; Bill Vogel, USFWS
Cost: $25.00 for classroom attendees; TBD for range
Participants: 10 to 100 for classroom; TBD for range
This workshop will briefly cover issues surrounding lead bullets including fragmentation and health and wildlife concerns. It will also talk about ballistics and performance of alternatives such as copper bullets. In the classroom, we will cover basics and discuss possible approaches to educating and reaching out to hunters. At the range, participants will have an opportunity to bring their own firearms for testing. They will be able to shoot copper bullets and see how they perform through their own firearms. We will also do demonstrations of fragmentation and performance in ballistic gel.
Wednesday, March 29
Morning WSSAF executive committee meeting
1:00 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions:
- Forest Health and Ecological Integrity
- Global Markets and Trends
- Predator/Prey Relationships
5:00 Student Mentor Session
7:00 Welcome Reception and Mixer
Thursday, March 30
8:00 a.m. Plenary Session
Noon Lunch with speaker
1:00 p.m. Technical Concurrent Sessions:
- Forest/Wildlife Research
- Thinning and Early Seral Habitats
5:00 Social Mixer
6:00 Awards Banquet and Auction; photo contest; and quiz bowl
Friday, March 31
8:00 am. WSSAF Breakfast Member Meeting
9:00 Field Trip
Online registration is available here.
WSSAF Member ($190 early-bird) and student ($40) registration fee includes attendance at all meeting sessions, refreshments, icebreaker, Thursday lunch and Friday breakfast. One-day registration fees are available for either Wednesday, 3/29 or Thursday, 3/30 ($90 early-bird). Additionally, four pre-conference workshops are offered on Tuesday, 3/28 ($25 each). The Thursday night banquet ($40) and a Friday field trip ($40) are both separate ticketed items, please sign up on online registration system. A full array of options is available for spouses/guests.
The early-bird deadline is March 14. After this date, an additional fee is assessed. Purchase orders, Visa/MasterCard/American Express are accepted. Checks should be made payable to WSSAF. Tax id# is 23-7065210.
Cancellations received by March 14 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after March 14 will be charged the full registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.
A limited number of rooms (occupancy up to four persons) are available at the Red Lion Inn for the nights of March 28, 29, and 30, at $89/night plus tax. Lodging includes free parking and Wi-Fi. The special room rate expires on March 14. After this date rooms will be made available to other visitors at the prevailing rate. For reservations, go to the Red Lion site here or call 844-248-7467 and mention "American Forestry and Wildlife Meeting."
Student lodging support is available for the annual meeting and is available to both forestry and wildlife students. Click here for the application form.
Companies, organizations, agencies, and individuals are invited to be conference sponsors. Financial support at any level is appreciated. For additional information, contact Tom Hanson.
Click here for the sponsor Pledge Form
Click here for Sponsor FAQ
If your organization would like to exhibit at the annual meeting, information is available here. The exhibitor fee is $250 and includes vendor booth and complimentary registration that includes the Wednesday evening reception and Thursday lunch. If you would like to attend the Thursday evening Banquet or the Friday field trip, the cost is an additional $40/person each.
Raffle to Support the WSSAF Foundation
This year’s annual meeting will feature a raffle to support the WSSAF Foundation. This Foundation was created to provide scholarships for forestry students and support other forestry education projects. If you can bring a donation for the raffle (e.g., clothing, product, etc.) it would be greatly appreciated.
For additional information, contact Hannah Morrison.
If you would like your artwork to be featured on the Conference Program Cover, please in your artwork (8.5x11). Judging will be based on theme and message, so please consider this year's theme. Email your work to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1.
Annual Meeting Documents
Third Call for Papers
Sponsor Pledge Card and Sponsor Levels