Start Date: November 18, 2015
End Date: November 19, 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Conference Agenda
Wednesday – Nov. 18, 2015
7:30 Check-in/Registration  
8:30 General Session: Looking Down the Road  
  Eric Gakstatter, contributing Editor to GPS World and Editor of Geospatial Solutions, will lead a discussion on technological trends for mapping/surveying hardware, GPS development, UAVs, and mobile applications.  
10:00 Break  
  A B C  
 10:30 How in the World does GPS Work?Steve Wilent, Forestry Source, Society of American Foresters Snorkel App  Chris Harrington and Evan Brown, Idaho Fish and Game UAVs in Fish and Wildlife SurveysDan Avery, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife – StreamNet (invited)  
 11:15 Mobile GIS 
Craig Greenwald,GeoMobile Innovations
Using Open Data Kit to Manage Mobile Data Collection  Are Strom and James Losee, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) Tag TechnologyHeiden Bliss, Biomark – PNAMP (invited)

Hands-on Demo 1

Good GPS Protocol


Jon Aschenbach

Hands-on Demo 2
Noon Lunch (Included with registration)  
  D E F  
1:00 Using iFormBuilder to Design Your Own Field App


Jake Shapley, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Conducting a Cost/Benefit Analysis to Determine if Technology Can Benefit YouDave Colpo, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (invited) Open Topic  
1:45 GEOPDF and Orux Maps
Jim Reed, The Hydrologic Group
Big Data Gets Wet: How Stream Geostatistics, eDNA, and Crowd-Sourcing Massive Datasets is Revolutionizing Aquatic Science
Dan Isaak,USDA Forest Service
Using High Technology
to Improve
Timber Cruise AccuracyJon Aschenbach, Resource Solutions
Hands-on Demo 3
Small group demonstrations with time to try
out the equipment and ask questions.

Fisheries field trip to Columbia slough

2:30 Break  
  G H I  
3:00 Using Dual Frequency GPS Under Tree Canopy
Jon Aschenbach, Resource Solutions
Results of Tablet Computer Field Entry Pilot TestsMichael Banach and Greg Wilke, StreamNet / Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Montana’s Fish Distribution Editing Tool: Web-based Tools for Complex Spatial DataBill Daigle,Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks  
3:45 iOS Data Collection Apps
Matt Alexander, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Open Topic The Impact of Big Data: Challenges and OpportunitiesJack Phillips, International Institute for Analytics  
4:30 Adjourn  
Thursday – Nov. 19, 2015
8:00 General session: Panel on Data Security  
  J K L  
9:00 Current Research on UAVs and Forestry ApplicationsMike Wing, Oregon State University Open Topic Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) regional meeting(open to all attendees)CGSIC is the only public venue where civilian GPS users have an opportunity to interface directly with US federal GPS authorities.
Hands-on Demo 4
Hands-on Demo 5
Small group demonstrations with time to try
out the equipment and ask questions.
Al Martin
10:00 Break  
  M N O  
 10:30 Precision LiDAR and Terrain Mapping with UAVs Chris McMurtry, Aerial Inspection Resources Ground Truthing Remote SensingPhil Roni, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (invited)
  • GPS Operational Status and Modernization: US Air Force
  • US Space-Based PNT Policy: US National Coordination Office
  • International GNSS Activities: US Dept. of State
Hands-on Demo 6
Hands-on Demo 7
Small group demonstrations with time to try
out the equipment and ask questions.
Text Text
11:15 BLM and Drone Use in Forestry
Jeff Safren, BLM
Using eDNA to Discover Presence or Absence of Endangered SpeciesMatthew Laramie, USGS
  • Geodetic Activities:National Geodetic Survey
  • Connected Vehicles of the Future: US Dept. of Transportation
Noon Lunch (Included with registration)  
  P Q R  
1:00 Open Topic A Test of 3 Remote Sensing Approaches to InventoryZack Parisa, SilviaTerra Open Topic  
1:45 Conference wrap-up and door prizes  
3:00 Adjourn  

Questions about this conference?

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Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

The registration fee is $250 if received by November 5, 2015 or $295 if received after November 5. State and Federal employees are $195 if received by November 5, 2015 or $245 if received after November 5.The registration fees include 2 lunches and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712.

Cancellations received by November 6, 2015 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome. To cancel your registration or make a substitution, please contact Amanda at 503-226-4562 or

Lodging Information:

Reduced rate lodging is available at the Holiday Inn by calling 503-256-5000 and by mentioning Field Technology Forestry Conference. The rate for a single room or double room is $99 plus tax. After October 27, 2015 the reduced rate will be subject to availability.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel. The Holiday Inn is located at 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., 2 miles from the Portland International Airport and 10 miles east of downtown Portland. Driving instructions are available at or by calling 503-256-5000.

Attendees will be eligible for credits through the Society of American Foresters.

Registration Questions?
Call Amanda at (888) 722-9416 or (503) 226-4562 or