2017 Joint Washington State SAF and the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting - Yakima, WA


Forests and Wildlife:

Responding to Change

March 28 - 31, 2017








For details contact: John Walkowiak, jewalkowiak@harbornet.com

Date / Time

Start Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00 AM

End Time: Friday, March 31, 2017 12:00 AM


Name: Yakima Convention Center Yakima, WA

City: Yakima

State: WA


2017 Joint  Washington State SAF and the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting

March 28-31, 2017

Yakima Convention Center

Register Here

The Washington State Society of American Foresters is proud to announce that it will hold its annual meeting on March 28-31, 2017, at the Yakima Convention Center and neighboring Red Lion Inn.

With 300 days of sun and a recent $9 million revitalization in downtowm, Yakima charms visitors with new sidewalks, flower baskets, vintage-style light posts, and new wineries, spas, restaurants, and shopping.

Call for Papers: The meeting offers WSSAF and TWS members the opportunity to share presentations and posters. Selected papers and invited speakers will be used to develop the meeting program. Please consider submitting an abstract on any applied or formal research or work that you believe would be worth sharing. Click here for details.

IGNITE Presentations: Want to present at the conference, but do  not want to prepare a full presentation or poster? Then consider presenting at the IGNITE session on Thursday, March 30. These short and to-the-point talks provide a great platform for people to quickly share project updates, notes from the field, or other important topics that don't require a full 20-minute presentation. IGNITE presentations are exactly five minutes and contain exactly 20 slides. The slides advance automatically after each slide is displayed for 15 seconds. To participate, submit your name, talk title, and 2-3 sentence abstract to kozj@yakamafish-nsn.gov with the subject line IGNITE.

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
Participants:        10-100

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
Cost:                     $25.00
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
  •               IGNITE

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

Vendor Opportunity

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.

Art Contest

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 danielle.munzing@dnr.wa.gov by January 1.


John Walkowiak

Wendy Sammarco

Annual Meeting Documents

Third Call for Papers

Sponsor Pledge Card and Sponsor Levels

Sponsor FAQ

Exhibitor Information 




Contact Info

John Walkowiak or Wendy Sammarco

Email: jewalkowiak@harbornet.com (John), wpsam39@gmail.com (Wendy)