2018 Washington State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting - Longview, WA


May 2-4 Longview, WA

Date / Time

Start Time: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:00 AM

End Time: Friday, May 4, 2018 12:00 AM


City: Longview

State: WA

2018 WSSAF Annual Meeting

Washington State SAF Annual Meeting

May 2–4, 2018

Cowlitz County Event Center

1900 7th Ave, Longview, WA

Click here to register.

The Washington State Society of American Foresters is proud to announce that it will hold its annual meeting on May 2-4 at the Cowlitz County Event Center in Longview, Wash. The Longview/Kelso area on the lower Columbia River was founded and continues to thrive on its forests, lumber and paper mills, and river ports providing access to the Pacific. Much change has occurred and more should be expected. This year’s meeting theme is “Forestry Change Agents.” We will review where we are today and look forward to where various change agents may take us.


Located in the shadow of Mount St. Helens along the Columbia River, Longview has been a hub of forestry activity for over a century. With a wide variety of private and public forestland, export facilities and some of the most advanced sawmills in the world, Longview is the perfect location for this year’s Washington State SAF Annual Meeting.


  • Local Field Tour to include: tethered cutting; drone demonstration; Pacific Fiber Products; PLS export yard.                   
  • Pizza & Beer - Meet & Greet                             
  • Student Poster Session                  
  • Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl - Put your team together! Up to four on a team.                            
  • Awards Breakfast              
  • Silent Auction & Raffles

Draft Program:

All events will be held in the Cowlitz County Event Center. The field trip will depart from the parking lot.

Wednesday, May 2

1:00 - 5:00 pm      WSSAF Executive Committee Meeting

3:30                      Early Registraton

6:00 - 9:00            Ice Breaker Social (Start of Raffles)


Thursday, May 3

7:00 am               Registration, Continental breakfast

8:00                     Welcome and Introductions

8:15                     Mass Timber (TBD)

9:00                     Forest Law & Environmental Policy (TBD)

9:30                     Forestry Higher Education Outlook Anthony Davis, Acting Dean, College of Forestry, OSU

10:00                   Break

10:30                   Keynote Speaker - Hilary Franz, WA Lands Commissioner

11:15                   How Trees Respond to Weather Connie Harrington, Research Forester, USFS, Olympia                

12:00                   Lunch

1:00                     Technology Panel (TBD)

  • Technology Panel Topics: Forest Inventory using Phodar; UAV Primer; UAV Aerial spraying; UAV Stand Surveys

2:30                     Break

3:00                     Public Perception of Forestry and What We Can Do About It Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry, Oregon Forest Research Institute

3:30                     Changing Purchaser-Contractor Relations Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager, CF, Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.

4:45                     Conclude speaker presentations/announcements

5:00                     Student Poster Session

6:00                     Pizza & Beer Party

7:00                     Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl for all (not just students!)


Friday, May 4

7:30 am               Breakfast

8:00                     WSSAF Annual Business Meeting

8:30                     WSSAF Awards

9:00 - 4:00 pm     Field Tour (meet in parking lot)

  • Field Tour to inlclude: tethered cutting; drone demonstration; Pacific Fiber Products; PSL export yard



Early Bird (April 20th): $200

After 4/20 and Onsite: $250

Field Tour: $50 (Capacity: 40)

Thursday only: $150

Guest: $125

Student Rate: $75

Click here to register.

Nearby Lodging:

A block of 20 rooms is being held until April 12 at the Quality Inn and Suites for $79 plus tax. 

Quality Inn & Suites - Longview

Best Western Alladin Inn


Contact Info

Ellie Lathrop

Email: eslathrop@comcast.com