The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, also known as the “omnibus” bill, delivered a number of legislative victories for federal forest management. Notably, the bipartisan forestry package gives federal agencies additional funding and new policy tools to support fuels reduction work on public lands.
On May 9, 2018, Jim Peña announced his retirement as Regional Forester for Region 6, effective July 3 of this year. Region 6 is a linchpin of federal timber supply and has tremendous potential for active management. AFRC staff will work with the Forest Service to ensure that important Region initiatives continue uninterrupted. AFRC will also closely monitor the selection process for the next Regional Forester.
We thank Jim for his years of service and wish him and his family well.
Two Oregon State University students from Douglas County were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarships. The two recipients are Corrine Walters and Chad Bebeau. Corrine Walters is a graduate from Roseburg High School and Chad Bebeau is a graduate from Oakland High School.
The Northwest Community Forest Forum is taking place in Astoria from May 9-11. The full agenda can be found here. It is three days of events: an opening keynote by Katie Voelke of the North Coast Land Conservancy on the evening of Wednesday 9th, kicking off the Forum with a look at the landscape of the region and the history of Oregon community forests; Thursday features presentations, stories, breakout sessions and workshops by a host of panelists, including Dr.
The Emerald Chapter's Chair, Noelle Arena, put together a response to an opinion piece called “To address climate change, stop clear-cutting.” It was published on April 8, 2018 in The Register-Guard as "Sustainably Managed Forestry is Carbon-Neutral." The viewpoint explains how "sustainably managed forests can reduce greenhouse gas concentrations by sequestering atmospheric carbon in trees and soil, and by storing carbon in wood products made from the harvested trees." The article certainly got the attention of several Oregonians, including the Forum Editor for Hearld and News where it was
Blue Mountain Chapter Chair Richie Gardner and Member Jamie Knight submitted an Op-Ed to the East Oregonian about the life of a forester. They answered the question that many members of the public have; what does a forester do exactly? The article focuses on the attention to sustainablitiy and correcting some of the misconceptions. Read the Op-Ed in the East Oregonian here!
Hagenstein Lectures Seeking Emerging Voices in Forestry Speakers
The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters are accepting nominations for the 2018 Hagenstein Lectures, which will be held Sunday, October 14, at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Ore.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Details about the Society are available online at https://www.eforester.org/. The position is located at the national SAF office at 10100 Laureate Way, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. The salary is commensurate with experience. The CEO is selected by and works for the SAF Board of Directors (Board). SAF is committed to diversity and inclusion in our leadership, membership, programs, and activities; all qualified candidates are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The Hagenstein Lectures, a new community event presented by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters, will return to Portland on Sunday afternoon, October 15. Continuing the “Emerging Voices in Forestry” series started in 2016, ten young foresters under the age 45 who are working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change will be featured.
Two Oregon State University students from Douglas County were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial scholarships. The two recipients are Corrine Walters, a graduate from Roseburg High School, and Michael, a Douglas High School graduate.
Five Umpqua Chapter SAF members engaged with students at the Tenth Annual Umpqua Community College Explore Event (Explore Engineering, Surveying, Forestry, Computing and Computer Science) about career opportunities and pathways in Forestry and Forest Engineering.
The yellow cedar tree grows from northern California to Alaska and the wood has both commercial and cultural value. But yellow cedars are declining. Scientists say that's mostly due to the planet heating up.
The Hagenstein Lectures, an exciting community event presented by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters, debuts Sunday, October 9 at the World Forestry Center in Portland under the theme of “Emerging Voices in Forestry.” The lectures will introduce five young foresters that are all working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change. Urban professionals, college students, and other adults interested in creative thinking to advance sustainable forestry in the 21st century should attend.
Forestry and natural resource professionals are invited to participate in a conference that will bring the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) and Society of American Foresters (SAF) together to discuss the role of Tribal forestry in forest management in the region with the theme, Partnership Opportunities with Indian Forestry: A Tribal Perspective.
The conference will take place October 5-7 at the Northern Quest Casino near Spokane, Wash., and will include indoor sessions as well as an evening networking social that will feature a student posters session.
These are Oregon’s “zombie” trees. And according to an analysis commissioned by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, more than 350 million individual trees are standing dead in the 14 million acres of national forestland in Oregon. The bad news? The number of dead trees is expected to increase, providing more fuel for catastrophic wildfires.