Oregon SAF

October Conference to Focus on Tribal Perspectives

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.


“To fully engage and serve society, the forestry community must aspire to transforming itself to better reflect the diversity of the population at large.” (Sharik et al. 2015, Berkley Summit on Forest Education) 


These words will be transformed into action during the conference with topics that include:

  • An overview of the Indian Forest Management Assessment Team III Report.
  • A panel discussion by SAF and tribal leaders on developing partnerships for forest management.
  • Collaborative case study presentations from Alaska, Washington, and Montana.
  • A Broader Look at Natural Resource Management that includes presentations on First Foods and Tribal Fisheries Programs.


Workforce Development subtheme to include presentations from: 

  • Terry Sharik, Michigan Tech University 
  • Adrian Leighton, Salish Kootenai College
  • Keith Blatner, Washington State University
  • Randall Rosenberger, Oregon State University


Expanding Skills and Technology session on the following topics:

  • Identifying Niche Markets, Ivan Eastin, University of Washington
  • Uses of Culturally Significant Forest Products, Shirod Younker, Coquille Tribe
  • Warm Springs Unmanned Aerial Systems FAA-approved Test Range, Aurolyn Stwyer, Warm Springs Venture
  • Android Forestry Apps, Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho


The conference is presented by the ITC, SAF Northwest Office, and the Oregon, Washington State, Inland Empire, and Alaska Societies. The cost for the conference is $250 if signed up by September 26. For additional information, including full agenda and registration, visit www.forestry.org/iesaf/Workshops/TribalForestry2016/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.