Oregon SAF

2019 PNW SAF Leadership Conference

2019 PNW Leadership Conference – February 1 & 2, 2019

Pacific Northwest Forestry Leadership: Building Common Ground!

Forestry, natural resource managers and students from the Northwest are invited to participate in the 2019 Leadership Conference on February 1-2, at the McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. Participants will gain insights from the conference with the theme “Building Common Ground.”

Register online by clicking here.

Download the one-page program and registration form here


Draft Agenda

Day 1 – Friday, February 1

9:00 a.m.     Registration and Networking (Coffee and pastries provided)

9:15             Introductions and opening remarks—Meghan Tuttle, OSAF State Chair

9:30             Keynote Address “Building Each Other Up in Leadership”—Jessica Homyack, Weyerhaeuser Company

10:15           Next Generation Leadership Panel: Hearing from emerging natural resource leaders

11:00           Collaborative Strategies: Breakout Session on building teams and leadership capabilities

Noon           Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.     Leadership Lessons from the SAF President—John McNulty, SAF President

1:30             Developing Leaders: Local Leadership Breakout Session

2:30             Networking Break

Case Studies: Natural Resources Leadership in Action

3:00            Deputy Chief Forester, Nancy Hirsch, Oregon Department of Forestry

3:30            Washington State Forester, George Geissler, Washington State DNR

4:00            Willamette Forest Supervisor, Tracy Beck, U.S. Forest Service

4:30-5:30    Leadership Icebreaker—Edgefield Scavenger Hunt led by students

6:00            Dinner (provided)


Day 2 – Saturday, February 2

8:30 a.m.     Coffee and Pastries (breakfast on own)

Skills for Forestry Leaders



  • Top 5 communication skills required for any leadership role
  • Breakout Session: How to have difficult conversations—Sara Duncan (OFIC)

Advocacy in SAF

  • Advocating for forestry through SAF
  • Policy Panel—Mark Buckbee and Ed Shepard OSAF Policy Co-Chairs, John Bailey, SAF National Policy Committee/OSU, and Seth Barnes OSAF Capitol Chapter Chair/OFIC


  • Essential strategies for effective mentoring
  • Mentoring across generational differences

11:30            Closing Comments: Leadership Action Items for 2019 and 2019 SAF calendar

Noon            Lunch (provided) and closing icebreaker

1:00             Concurrent State Executive Committee Meetings


McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdate, OR 97060, is a unique facility featuring 114 overnight rooms. Some rooms are equipped with private baths; the majority are European style lodging with bathrooms located in the hall. Group rates are discounted, but prices vary greatly based on room selection. Call 503-669-8610 by Nov. 30 and mention the Group name “OSAF-Leadership Conference” to receive the group rate for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2019. Their online registration does not recognize group rates.

Best Western Plus-Cascades Inn and Suites, 23525 NE Halsey St., Troutdale, Ore., located .7 miles from McMenamins. Call 503-491-9700 for rates and availability. Includes complimentary breakfast.


The registration fee for professional members is $160/person and $50/person for students. A late fee of $25 will be charged after January 24. Click here to register.


Participants are eligible for 8 Category 2 SAF CFE Credit Hours.


Program: Meghan Tuttle, meghan.tuttle@weyerhaeuser.com

Registration: Melinda Olson, 503-224-8046, melinda@forestry.org