Oregon SAF

2020 Oregon SAF Annual Meeting


Oregon SAF has made the decision to postpone the annual meeting as a commitment to the health of participants and members.

The meeting is rescheduled for October 7-8, 2020, and will take place at the same location.

Registration for the event remains open.

Members are responsible for canceling any lodging reservations made.

Forestry: The Sustainable Solution

October 7-8, 2020

Keizer Community Center

930 Chemawa Rd. NE, Keizer, OR 97303

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The Capitol Chapter of OSAF invites you to join us for two days of field tours, dynamic program, exhibitors, posters, social time, and recognition of colleagues. The Oregon Society of American Foresters annual meeting will focus on Forestry: The Sustainable Solution. Come be a part of the conversations on October 7-8, 2020, at the Keizer Civic Center, easily accessible off I-5.

The Capitol Chapter is home to Oregon’s capital city and also a diverse landscape, stretching from the scenic Cascade foothills through the rivers and valleys to the highly productive Coast Range. The meeting will lead off with technical field tours to visit these dynamic Western Oregon forests – attendees will choose one tour to attend.

One tour will venture toward the Coast Range and highlight water research and active management of forested watersheds. A second tour will go east toward the Cascades and up the Santiam Canyon to explore landscape-level forest management across four ownerships in one drainage. The third tour option will venture to the valley’s edge to focus on fish and wildlife habitat research and demonstration sites in managed forests.

After the tours return, we will gather for a kick-off icebreaker that will feature a no host bar and food, time to mingle with exhibitors, a chance to purchase your raffle tickets, and time to bid on silent auction items. An exciting addition this year is a dessert and awards reception immediately following the icebreaker, where OSAF will present awards and honor our members and colleagues.

Forestry: The Sustainable Solution takes center stage for the full day on Thursday, October 8. The morning will start with an OSAF member’s breakfast and annual business meeting. The Plenary Session will open with SAF President Dr. Tamara Cushing providing thought-provoking ideas about sustainable forestry. The Plenary and General Sessions will continue to evolve conversations about forestry as the sustainable solution now and into the future.

In the afternoon, four concurrent sessions will feature Forest Health, Wildlife in the News, Drinking Water, and Certification. All four of these sessions will highlight numerous speakers bringing the latest research findings and current policy topics to our attendees.

We will be featuring a poster session, where students and professionals are invited to participate. The Annual Meeting concludes Thursday afternoon with a general session looking at the intersection of forestry and policy.


Wednesday, October 7

9:00 AM   Registration and tour check-in (lobby of Keizer CC)

10:00 AM   Technical field tours Begin (load/depart from Keizer CC): Choose one of three tours that will focus on water, wildlife, or forest management (descriptions below)

4:00 PM   Tours Return

5:00 PM   Kick-off Icebreaker (included with registration)

No host bar, food, exhibitors, posters, raffle and silent auction

6:30 PM   Awards reception (included with registration)

8:00 PM   Conclude


Thursday, October 8

7:00 AM   OSAF Member breakfast and business meeting

Plenary Session - Forestry: The Sustainable Solution

8:15 AM   Welcome, Julie Woodward, General Chair, and Jeff Grogan, OSAF Chair and Moderator

8:30 AM   Forestry as the Solution, Dr. Tamara Cushing, SAF President and Oregon State University

9:00 AM   Forestry Challenges and Opportunities, Joe Justice, Oregon Board of Forestry

9:30 AM   Oregonians’ Values and Beliefs of Forestry, Erin Isselmann, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

10:00 AM   Break

General Session - Moderator: Seth Barnes, Program Chair

10:30 AM   The Evolving Work Force, Rex Storm, Associated Oregon Loggers

11:00 AM   The Evolving Technology, Curt Rogers, Coastline Forestry Consultants and Matt Verley, TimberDrone

11:30 AM   Sustaining Forestry Education Panel

12:00 PM   Lunch (included with registration)

Visit exhibitors, poster, raffle and silent auction

Concurrent Session #1: Wildlife in the News

1:00 PM   Welcome and moderated by Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting, LL

     Collaboration and Wildlife, Paul Henson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

     Fisher, Marten and RTV, Katie Moriarty, NCASI

     Fish, Invertebrates and Watersheds, Ashley Coble, NCASI

Concurrent Session #2: Forest Health in Oregon

1:00 PM   Welcome and moderated by Kyle Abraham, Oregon Department of Forestry

      Forest Diseases in Oregon, Sarah Navarro, Oregon Department of Forestry

                 Detection and Mitigation of New Exotic Species, Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry

                Common Insect Pests in Oregon forests, Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry

2:30 PM   Break (Last call for raffle and auction)

Concurrent Session #3: Certification

3:00 PM   Welcome and moderated by Rex Storm, Oregon Tree Farm System Chair

                Perspectives of Forest Certification panel

                Cary Hart, Giustina Land and Timber

                John Tokarczyk, Oregon Department of Forestry

     Nadine Block, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Concurrent Session #4: Water, Research and Policy

3:00 PM   Welcome and moderated by Seth Barnes, Oregon Forest & Industries Council

                Trees to Tap: Forest Management and Community Drinking Water Supplies

                Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute and

                Jon Souder, Oregon State University

4:00 PM   Final General Session - Forestry: The Sustainable Solution

4:30 PM   Adjourn


Friday, October 9

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   OSAF Executive Committee Meeting 

Oregon Department of Forestry-Tillamook Room

2600 State St. Salem, Ore.

The Executive Committee Meeting will be on Friday, October 9. Committee members and guests do not need to register for the Annual Meeting if you ONLY plan to attend the Executive Meeting on Friday. The Committee will be having a social on the evening of Thursday, October 8, at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. More details will be sent to Committee members.

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM  Oregon Tree Farm System Inspector Training

*Details will be added as they become available. Agenda is subject to change.

Technical Field Tours

Wednesday, October 7

Depart at 10:00 a.m. from Keizer Civic Center and return at 4:00 p.m.

Transportation, lunch, and refreshments are provided for all technical field tours. Tours will require some walking on uneven terrain. Safety gear will be provided as needed, please wear appropriate closed-toed shoes/boots and outdoor weather gear. Tour availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up early to assure a spot on the tour of your choice!

Tour Chair, Anya Hall, Weyerhaeuser Company


1. Working Forest Watersheds in the Coast Range

Join local forest managers and watershed researchers for a closer look at forest practices and water resources in two managed forest watersheds at the crest of the Oregon Coast Range, on both sides of the divide. The first stop is to a 6,300-acre property owned by McMinnville Water and Light, on the upper Nestucca and the North Yamhill River watersheds. Observe forest practices and results of active management to protect water resources and water quality while providing a sustained yield of timber and revenue to support the water utility. Next, see the surprising results of the Trask River Watershed Study, part of a long‐term multidisciplinary study evaluating the effects of forest practices on stream processes, water quality, and food webs. Highlighting the upcoming “Trees to Tap” report, see how results from these Coast Range watersheds fit in the bigger picture of active forest management in watersheds across Oregon. Led by Glenn Ahrens, Oregon State University.


2. Landscape Level Forest Management across 4 Ownerships in 1 Drainage

This tour is designed to compare different landowner owner objectives and their varied forest management on the landscape, all in one drainage, Thomas Creek, part of the South Santiam watershed.  We will tour scattered BLM Cascades parcels, the Santiam State Forest, the Avery Family Forest, and Weyerhaeuser’s Snow Peak tree farm. These four owners represent a wide spectrum of the silviculture practices and values applied.  Weather permitting, we will be able to see the whole drainage and the “aerial” perspective while lunching below Tom Rock in the Santiam State Forest. This top-down view is designed to represent what the concerned public may see when they look at clearcuts on Google Earth Time view. Representatives from the four ownerships will discuss management objectives, silviculture, recreation policies, and anticipated challenges from a changing climate. Led by Edie Dooley, Mason, Bruce & Girard.


3. Wildlife in Managed Forest Tour

Join wildlife biologists and foresters on a visit to Port Blakely's tree farm, outside Molalla, to see a demonstration of conservation measures proposed within Port Blakely’s Habitat Conservation Plan and Stewardship Agreement. Here we will discuss opportunities to maintain or increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity with specific management actions. Additionally, we will discuss the preliminary results of a NCASI-led leave tree retention study that was designed to inform which strategies are most beneficial to wildlife. Our second stop will be to a family forestland owner who recently implemented a fish restoration project, including large woody debris placement. Learn about the techniques used for restoration and the importance of reporting this work to OWEB. Last, we will provide an update on the NCASI-led riparian gap analysis project that will assess the effects of alternative riparian management practices on aquatic food webs and water quality. Led by Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, and Bonny Glendenning, and Claudine Reynolds, Port Blakely.


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If you need assistance registering, please contact Melinda at the SAF Northwest Office, 503-224-8046.

Professional ($225 early-bird), Exhibitor ($325 early-bird) and student ($75) registration fees include attendance at all meeting sessions, refreshments, Kick-off Icebreaker, Awards Reception, Thursday breakfast and lunch, and one of the three tours (including tour transportation, lunch and beverages).

The early-bird deadline is September 23, After this date, an additional $50 fee is assessed. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Oregon Society of American Foresters.


If you registered for the annual meeting prior to the March 13 postponement announcement, your registration will be rolled forward to the new dates.

For registrations received after March 13, cancellations received by September 23 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after September 23 will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

In the event the annual meeting needs to be cancelled, registration fees will be refunded in full.

Contact Melinda with questions.

SAF Credits Available

By attending the annual meeting, participants will be eligible for CFE credits for the general meeting and technical field tours.


A block of rooms for the annual meeting has been reserved at Quality Suites and Conference Center at 5188 Wittenberg Ln NE, Keizer, Ore. The hotel is walking distance to the Keizer Civic Center. Please contact them directly at 503-390-4733 to make your reservations and reference “Oregon Society of American Foresters” or group code 4053292 to receive the group rate of $99/night plus tax. You can also make the reservation online by clicking here. Reservations need to be made prior to September 16, 2020, to secure the special rate. 

Students and Chapter Advisors

The OSAF Annual Meeting Committee encourages all natural resources community college and university students and student chapter advisors to attend. Registration rates have been reduced to $75 for students and advisors, and includes all the benefits of full registration. OSAF Executive Committee has reimbursement funds available, upon request, to assist student attendance and travel costs. Check with your OSAF student chapter advisor or contact Peter Matzka.

Sponsorships and Exhibitor Opportunity

OSAF depends on generous donors to make the Annual Meeting a success. Please consider being a sponsor and/or exhibitor. All sponsors and exhibitors will receive recognition.

Sponsor Levels:

Platinum: $2,500+: Includes 3 registrations, exhibitor table, optional 5-minute presentation and recognition

Gold: $1,200: includes 2 registrations, optional 5-minute presentation and recognition

Silver: $750: includes 1 registration and recognition

Bronze: $250: includes recognition

Contributor: $249 and below

If your organization would like to be a sponsor, contact Mike Cloughesy.


Exhibitor: $325: includes 1 registration and a display table

Exhibitors need to be set-up by 5 p.m. on October 7, for social event. Exhibitors are asked to stay through the conclusion of the program at 4:30 p.m. on October 8.

Call for Posters at Oregon SAF

The Oregon Society of American Foresters invites all undergraduate/graduate students, practicing foresters, research scientists, and natural resources student organizations to submit posters to the OSAF Annual Meeting. Posters submissions can be on any subject pertaining to forestry, forest resources management, and workforce innovations/development

Get your ideas and findings out there, get some preliminary feedback, practice presenting and discussing your current or developing research/technical topics!  We encourage you to share case studies, research proposals, thesis or dissertation projects, products, skills development, or unique and novel approaches to current forest management issues in Oregon and the Region.


Abstract Requirements:

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit an abstract detailing your work to be included in the meeting packet. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and in the following form:


Author(s) (Name and Affiliation)

Abstract (+/- 250 words)


Poster Requirements:

Posters may be portrait or landscape dimensions, with a maximum size of 36”x48”. Poster will be set-up prior to the start of the meeting, October 7, at 5:00 p.m. (Venue available from 9 a.m.- 5p.m.) and remain up until October 8 at 4:30 p.m.  Poster will be hung on a metallic wall by surface magnets or magnet clips (NO hook-and-loop fasteners, tape, or pushpins allowed).  We recommend bringing necessary mounting items and ensure your post can be secured by your magnetic devices.  Limited surface magnets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Abstract Submission Deadline:  September 21, 2020 (Monday)


How to Submit:

Email abstracts with Title and Author(s) to Peter Matzka as a document (.doc, .docx, .pdf).  Please include title and author information in the uploaded document as well.  Files should be label with the primary author’s last name followed by OSAF2020 (i.e. Matzka OSAF2020.doc).  We will provide a confirmation and further instructions via email upon receipt.

Submission of your abstract confers permission for SAF to publish this material, but copyright remains with the author.  Attendance at the meeting is strongly encouraged and registration fees are reduced for student and advisor attendees.  If you have questions, please contact Peter Matzka.

Oregon Tree Farm System Inspector Training -- Friday, October 9, 9am - 12:30pm

Location: ODF Office, Salem, OR

Help Oregon Tree Farm System get more sustainably managed private forestlands certified under American Tree Farm System, by becoming a volunteer inspector. There are many benefits to becoming an inspector:

  • Forestry consultants can reach new clients
  • Outreach to landowners who provide your company with a source of certified wood
  • SAF approved CFE Credits for trainings
  • Recognition programs for tree farms and inspectors
  • Subscription to Tree Farmer, magazine

Who is eligible to become an American Tree Farm Inspector?

All new inspectors must meet at least one of the four recognized requirements:

  1. A Forestry degree, or higher from a Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited program.
  2. Two-year forestry technician degree from an SAF recognized program.
  3. Anyone professionally practicing forestry having taken forestry classes in Forest ecology, measurement, management, and policy.

Inspection training is free and open to SAF members. OTFS training registration is included with conference registration. If not attending conference register with Lauren Grand. Questions contact Lauren Grand.



Melinda Olson, SAF NW Office



General questions:

Julie Woodward, General Chair



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