Oregon SAF Annual Meeting - Canyonville, OR


Defining the Future of Northwest Forestry

Oregon Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting

Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville, Oregon

April 30-May 2, 2014

Date / Time

Start Time: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:00 AM

End Time: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:00 AM


Name: Seven Feathers Casino Resort

City: Canyonville

State: OR

Registration Flyer

     Forests in Southern Oregon are in a constant state of change due to management, environment, and regulations. The Umpqua Chapter of the Society of American Foresters invites you to attend the 2014 Oregon Society of American Foresters annual meeting at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon. This year’s theme is Defining the Future of Northwest Forestry. We have assembled leading Pacific Northwest forestry experts to provide presentations and field trips that are both practical and cutting edge.

     The convention commences Wednesday afternoon with a welcome from a leader of the Cow Creek Band ofUmpqua Tribe of Indians, followed by the keynote address from John Gordon, Pinchot Professor Emeritus at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From there our first plenary session will delve into the future of Economics of the Forest Sector with speakers including Allyn Ford, CEO of Roseburg Forest Products, and Thomas Maness, Dean of OSU’s College of Forestry. The evening will conclude with the icebreaker, vendor visitations, and poster presentations.

    Thursday morning starts with the alumni breakfast. The first morning plenary session is titled Silviculture for Wood Production and Habitat Development and is followed by a session on Riparian Forest Management-Implications and Opportunities. These feature a diverse group of Northwest foresters and biologists from government, academia, industry, and consulting. The closing session titled The Federal Forests in Oregon: The Path Forward includes a panel discussion featuring Tom Tuchman (invited), forestry advisor to Governor Kitzhaber, Bob Ragon of Douglas Timber Operators, and Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson. Former OSU Forestry Dean Hal Salwasser will bring it all together in a final wrap up. The day concludes with the OSAF Awards Banquet and an entertaining presentation on the 2013 Douglas Complex fire.

     The final day begins with the Pep-Up Breakfast and OSAF business meeting before launching attendees on one of four diverse field trip options: Application of Franklin and Johnson Forestry Concepts in the Roseburg BLM Secretarial Pilot Project; Restoration Forestry and Fire in the Upper South Umpqua;  Restoration and Recovery of the Douglas Complex Fire; and Manufacturing Facilities in Douglas County.

     This year’s annual meeting is a great opportunity to learn, reconnect, enjoy the Umpqua, and see Southwest Oregon forestry at work.

Annual Meeting Program


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

9:30-12:30 OSAF Executive Committee Meeting


1:30         Welcome and Introductions—Mark Buckbee, General Chair, and Speaker  -TBA, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

1:50         Keynote Address—Defining the future of Northwest forestry from the perspective of an individual who was instrumental in framing the past 20 yearsJohn Gordon, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies Emeritus, Yale University

Session 1Economics of the Forest Sector: What Does the Forecast Look Like?

2:30         The forecast of the forest products economic sector in OregonAllyn Ford, CEO, Roseburg Forest Products

3:00         Break

3:30         Future work force trends and opportunitiesJim Geisinger, Executive Director, Associated Oregon Loggers

4:00        The role of innovation in the forest products industryEric Hansen, Professor of Forest Products Marketing, OSU College of Forestry

4:30        Wrap-Up: Bringing the economic and social future of Northwest forestry together to define a brighter futureThomas Maness, Dean, OSU College of Forestry

5:30-7:00  Icebreaker, Poster Session, and Vendor visitation


Thursday, May 1, 2014

7:00am     Alumni Breakfast

Session 2Silviculture for Wood Production and Habitat Development

8:00          New technology and techniques; the promising future for baby treesDiane Haase, USDA Forest Service Western Nursery specialist and editor of Tree Planters Notes

8:30         Financial implications/Return of tree improvementSpeaker TBA

9:00        Managing debris and disturbance to benefit the regenerating standTim Harrington, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service

9:30       Managing production land for the bottom line in conjunction with habitat developmentCary Hart, Chief Forester, Giustina Land and Timber Co., and Fran Cafferata Coe, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Cafferata Consulting

10:00     Break

Session 3Riparian Forest Management: Implications and Opportunities

10:30     Fish population trends in Oregon: What doethe past tell us about the future?Dave Loomis, Umpqua Watershed District Manager, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (ret.)

11:00     How have the fish responded to riparian management? What are the implications for future management?Doug Bateman, Researcher, Watershed Research Cooperative, OSU College of Forestry

11:30    Water quality results from the research co-op studies: What does this say about management regimes?Arne Skaugset, Professor of Forest Hydrology, OSU College of Forestry

12:00    Lunch

1:00pm  Proposal for federal forest riparian management zonesGordon Reeves, Research Fish Biologist, PNW Research Station

1:30     Wrap-up for practioners: What does all this science mean for riparian management and silvicultureDan Newton, Chief Forester, Weyerhaeuser Western Timberlands

2:00     Break

Session 4The Federal Forests in Oregon: The Path Forward

3:00    Public perception of forest management: Private and federal. What are we doing well and where can we improve?Paul Barnum, Executive Director, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

3:25    Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) and stewardship: Outcomes and opportunitiesJohn Allen Forest Supervisor, Deschutes National Forest

3:45     Panel—Breaking the Federal Forest Gridlock

  • Will proposed legislation fix the county payment problems and why certainty must be part of the fixDoug Robertson, President, Association of O&C Counties
  • The path forward from the Governor’s perspectiveTom Tuchman, forestry advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber (invited)
  • Why management of our federal forests is important to all Oregonians and especially to private timberland ownersBob Ragon, Executive Director, Douglas Timber Operators

5:00    Wrap-up: How does the federal forest “fix” help all of western Oregon? What happens to the markets if the fed production comes online?Hal Salwasser, Past Dean, OSU College of Forestry

6:30    OSAF Awards Banquet and Entertainment: The 2013 Douglas Complex FireMelvin Thornton, District Manager, Douglas Forest Protective Association


Friday, May 2, 2014

7:00am     Pep-Up Breakfast and OSAF Business Meeting

8:30-3:00  Technical Field Trips depart at 8:30 from Seven Feathers Casino Resort parking lot.

Restoration Forestry and Fire in the Upper South Umpqua: Tour a recently completed commercial thinning of 50-year-old+ plantations to see the Tiller Ranger District’s techniques for restoring native forest diversity. Stops along the way will showcase sugar pine silviculture (individual tree selection), group selection for creating openings, overstory removal for removing off-site ponderosa pine, and thinning and underburning of a mature mixed-conifer stand. Our return route will pass through the 2013 Whiskey Fire and include a stop to see the tallest of all sugar pines.

Application of Franklin and Johnson Forestry Concepts in the Roseburg BLM Secretarial Pilot Project:Tour recently completed portions of Roseburg District BLM’s Secretarial Pilot Project in the Myrtle Creek watershed. The tour will showcase a moist forest variable retention regeneration harvest and the application of “ecological forestry” principles advocated by Jerry Franklin and Norm Johnson. Stops along the tour route will include both landscape and in-stand views of the harvest units.

Manufacturing Tour: Harvest from southwest Oregon’s private, US Forest Service, and BLM’s timberlands creates opportunities for investment and innovation in the concentration of manufacturing facilities within a single county. Several mills representing Douglas County’s diverse forest products industry will be toured.

Restoration and Recovery of the Douglas Complex Fire: Explore the checkerboard landscape of private and BLM lands after 48,000 acres burned in 2013. The fire damaged and destroyed stands of all ages on low and moderate site class land, presenting difficult silvicultural and economic challenges. Learn about the immediate post fire actions taken and silvicultural/salvage activities implemented and proposed on BLM and private ownerships.


Tour buses are provided for all of the tours. All field trips will require some walking on uneven terrain. Wear appropriate closed-toe shoes or boots, and bring rain gear and a jacket. Tour availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up by April 15 to assure a spot on the tour of your choice.


Reduced rate lodging is available at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort, located at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville, OR; www.sevenfeathers.com/. The rates are $75 per night plus tax for one king or two queen beds. Up to four persons may occupy a room at this rate. Reservations must be made by April 15 to receive the reduced group rate. Attendees should refer to Oregon Society of American Foresters or OSAF when making reservations at 888-677-7771.

Spouse/Guest Opportunities:

Information on things to do in Douglas County will be available at a concierge desk at the registration table. There will not be organized spouse/guest activities. Registered spouses and guests can participate in a Friday field tour. Please be sure to check “Yes” for spouse/guest field trip attendance.

 Registration and Cancellation Policy: 

The early-bird deadline for registration is April 15. After this date, a late fee will be assessed. Tax id #23-7065108. No refunds after April 15, but substitutions are always welcome. 


Companies, organizations, agencies, and individuals are invited to be a conference Sponsor. Three levels of sponsorship are available ranging from $800-$2,500+ and all include recognition at the meeting and a varying number of free registrations. Financial support at any level would be appreciated. Those contributing below the $800 level will be recognized during the conference as Supporters. For additional information, contact Jake Gibbs at 541-673-0141 or jgibbs@lrtco.com.

Poster Session Opportunity:

Get your ideas and findings out there: Undergraduate and graduate students, practicing foresters, and researchers are invited to submit posters on any subject pertaining to forestry and forest resources. The formal poster session will be 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, but posters will be up for the full indoor part of the convention. Submissions should include title, authors, abstract, poster size (usually 3’x4’ or 4’x4’) and email contact. Submit poster abstracts to Dave Russel at 541-643-0245 or drussel@charter.net by April 15.

Poster Session Registration

Vendor Opportunity:

If your organization would like to be a vendor, please contact Dave Russel at 541-643-0245 ordrussel@charter.netCost to exhibit is $380 ($405 after April 15) and includes vendor booth and complimentary registration to all events.

Vendor Registration

Foresters’ Fund

Any contributions to support the Foresters’ Fund are greatly appreciated. A silent auction and raffle will also be held. These events will be ongoing through Thursday. Please support these efforts by bringing an item to the meeting. For additional information, contact Trixy Moser at 541-464-3394 or trixymoser@yahoo.com.

SAF CFE Credits

This program is approved for 14 Category 1 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.


Contact Info

Mark Buckbee

Email: buckbeefamily@msn.com

Phone: 541-580-2227

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