2016 Washington State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting - LaConner, WA


"A Walk In The Woods"

2016 Washington State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting

May 12-14, 2016

Maple Hall, LaConner, WA

Hosted by the North Puget Sound Chapter

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The Washington State Society of American Foresters is proud to announce that it will hold its Annual Convention on May 12-14, 2016, at Maple Hall in La Conner, Washington.  The historic waterfront village of La Conner is in Skagit County on the Swinomish Channel, close by the internationally known tulip and daffodil flower fields on the Skagit Flats. The theme of this year’s conference is “A Walk Through The Woods.” 

Date / Time

Start Time: Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:00 AM

End Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016 12:00 AM


Name: Maple Hall

City: LaConner

State: WA


Draft Program  as of 03/11/16

All Thursday and Friday events will be held in Maple Hall.

Saturday breakfast and field trip departure will be from the Channel Lodge.


Thursday, May 12

1:00 pm               WSSAF Executive Committee Meeting

3:30                     Early Registration

6:00 – 9:00         Icebreaker Social              


Friday, May 13

7:00 am                Breakfast

8:00                      Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 8:45           Keynote Speaker—Tom DeLuca, University of Washington Director,                                                                          School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

8:45 – 10:15         Wood Use is Good

  • Cross Laminated Timber UseSusan Jones, Atelierjones, LLC, FAIA, LEED AP (architect)
  • Wood Pellet MarketsDavid Sjoding, WSU Extension
  • Wood Is Good For CrittersKen Bevis, DNR, Landowner Assistance Wildlife Biologist, DNR SFLO

10:15 – 10:30      Break                                     

10:30 – 12:15      Wood Supply

  • Public Timber SupplyAnn Forest Burns, AFRC
  • Sustained Yield WA Trust LandsDavid Bergvall, DNR
  • Long Term Marbled MurreletKristen Ohlson-Kiehn, DNR
  • Forest Practices Regulatory EnvironmentSteve Bernath, DNR Deputy Sup. for Forest Practices

12:15 – 1:00 pm  LunchMeasurement Speaker: Scribner board feet and cubic feet—Neal Hart

1:00 – 2:30         Collaborative Groups

  • AFRC Overview and moderator: Ann Forest Burns, AFRC
  • USFS Working Experiences and Stewardship Projects—Jim Peña, USFS Regional Forester
  • Historical Perspective, Quincy Library GroupTom Nelson, SPI
  • Pinchot Partners—Matt Comisky
  • Olympic CollaborativeDerek Churchill
  • Darrington CollaborativeJon Owen, Tom Uniak

2:30 – 2:45           Break

2:45 – 3:15           Restoration

Forest Restoration: The Evolving Practice and Science of Restoring Ecological Functons—Rolf Gersonde, Seattle Public Utilities, silviculturist           

3:15 – 3:45           Growing More and Better

Forest Genetics, State of the Art—Dr. Keith Jayawickrama, Director, NW Tree Improvement Cooperative

3:45 – 4:45           Measurement Technology

  • UAV Applications—Dr. Monika Moskal, Remote Sensing, Precision Forestry Coop, SEFS, UW 
  • Stockpile MeasurementJason Martin, Atterbury Consultants               

5:30 – 6:30           Social Hour and UW/WSU Update

6:30 - 9:00            Awards Banquet -  Speaker: Aaron Everett, WA DNR State Forester


Saturday, May 14

8:00 am.             Breakfast at Channel Lodge

9:00 – 2:00          Field Trip—Pilchuck Tree Farm operations: Allen Staringer, manager


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Regular ($195 early-bird by April 23) and student ($75 early-bird) registration fee includes attendance at the full meeting, refreshments, Thursday icebreaker, and Friday breakfast, lunch, and Awards Banquet. The cost for the Saturday breakfast is $10/person and the Saturday field trip is $35/person, which includes lunch, beverage, and transportation.

Spouse registration is $100 and includes the same items as a regular registration. The Saturday breakfast and field trip are separate ticketed items.

The early-bird deadline is April 23. After this date, an additional $30 fee is assessed. Purchase orders, checks, and VISA/MasterCard accepted. Checks should be made payable to North Puget Sound SAF Chapter and mailed to: WSSAF Annual Meeting, c/o SAF Northwest Office, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221. Tax id # 23-7065210.

For additional pricing information, please click here.

Parking Pass

Click here for parking passes for the May 12 and 13 events at Maple Hall. The passes are only good for the town-owned parking lot on Second Street. The parking lot along the channel is privately owned and visitors will need to pay if they park there. Print and copy as many as you need.


Cancellations received by April 23, 2016, are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after April 23 will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.


A block of eight rooms have been reserved at the Channel Lodge, 205 N. First St., La Conner, for $149 plus tax.

A block of 22 rooms have been reserved at the Country Inn, 107 S. Second St., La Conner, for $119 plus tax.

To book either facility, make your reservations directly by calling 360-466-1500 or 866-466-4133 by April 1. Mention WSSAF when making your reservations.

For other lodging options, visit this page.

Field Trip

Transportation and lunch/beverage is provided for the Saturday tour. The tour will require some walking on uneven terrain. Wear appropriate closed-toe shoes or boots, and bring rain gear and a jacket. The tour leaves promptly at 9:00 a.m. from the Channel Lodge and will return by 2:00 p.m. 


Companies, organizations, agencies, and individuals are invited to be conference sponsors. Five levels of sponsorship are available and all include recognition at the meeting. Financial support at any level is appreciated.  For additional information, contact Tom Westergreen at 360-966-3605 (h) or 360-961-0312 (cell) or tomwestergreen@hotmail.com.

Click here to view the sponsorship letter

SAF CFE Credits Available

By attending this meeting participants will be eligible for 15.5 Category 1 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.

Vendor Opportunity

If your organization would like to be a vendor, please fill out this vendor registration form. Registration is due by May 2. For questions, contact Tom Westergreen at 360-966-3605 (h) or 360-961-0312 (cell) or tomwestergreen@hotmail.com

Cost to exhibit is $250 and includes the following:

  • Vendor booth and one complimentary registration that includes Thursday's icebreaker, and Friday breakfast, lunch, and Awards Banquet. 
  • A 6-foot display table with tablecloth (if needed)
  • An electrical supply; numerous plug-ins are available along the room perimeter.
  • Additional attendees can be added at a cost of $100/person. 


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.  

Please let Tom Westergreen know of your plans to bring an item for planning purposes. Contact Tom at 360-966-3605 (h) or 360-961-0312 cell or tomwestergreen@hotmail.com.


Registration: Amanda Mattern, 503-224-8046, amanda@forestry.org

General Chair and Program: Program Chair Paul Wagner, 206-499-0080, pwagner@atterbury.com

Sponsorships, Vendors, and WSSAF Foundation Raffle: Tom Westergreen, 360-966-3605 (h) or 360-961-0312 (cell), tomwestergreen@hotmail.com.

Annual Meeting Documents


Vendor Registration Form and Information

Sponsorship Form and Information

Contact Info

Registration - Amanda Mattern, Program Chair Paul Wagner

Email: amanda@forestry.org / Paul - pwagner@atterbury.com

Phone: Amanda - 503-224-8046 / Paul 206-499-0080