All posts by Melinda Olson

Forest Carbon Offsets Workshop: A Viable Market Opportunity For Timberlands Owners

8:15 Welcome

8:30 Carbon Trading: Markets, Drivers, Business Climate and California Cap and Trade ProgramArjun Patney, American Carbon Registry, Arlington, VA

9:15 How Does the California Air Resources Board Compliance Offset Protocol Work and Is It the Right Fit for my Business? Steps in the ARB Process And Strategic Considerations in developing a Carbon ProjectDylan Jenkins, Finite Carbon, Wayne, PA

10:15 Break

10:45 Designing and Implementing a Forest Carbon InventoryDave Walters, LandVest, Eugene, OR

11:30 Selling Offsets: How the Market Operates and the Various Products for SalePatrick Pfeifer, Statkraft, San Francisco, CA

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Maintaining Compliance With a Carbon Plan: What are you Signing Up for and What do You Have to do to Prove It? – Jim Clark, North Coast Resource Management, Ukiah, CA

1:30 Preparing for Verification SuccessZane Haxtema, SCS Global Services

1:50 Break

2:10 Risk Management 101: Managing Risk Across the Carbon Value ChainErika Anderson, Anderson Law Firm, Berkeley, CA

3:00 Landowner Case Histories: Presentations covering their first-hand experience from putting a carbon project on their property, evaluating feasibility, and building an inventory to verification, selling offsets and living with the plan.Kaarsten Turner Dalby, The Forestland Group

4:00 Adjourn

Advanced Insect and Disease Field Session: Identification, Life Cycles, Control Measures and Silvicultural Regimes

Monday, June 19, 2017

11:00 Field Session orientation and registration – Hood River Inn parking lot, Hood River, OR
11:30 Group departs for the field from Hood River Inn. Transportation and lunch provided.
Lunch (included with registration)
Afternoon topics:
1. Steps of diagnosis
2. Ips beetles
3. Red turpentine beetles
4. Woodborers
5. SOD and other invasive pathogens
6. Aerial survey overview
5:00 Arrive back at Hood River Inn

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7:30 Depart from Hood River Inn
Morning Topics:
1. Overview of root diseases
2. Armillaria root disease
3. Mountain Pine Beetle
4. Thinning to prevent mt. pine beetle
5. Western spruce budworm
6. Douglas-fir tussock moth
Lunch (included with registration)
Afternoon topics and activities:
7. Indian paint fungus
8. Annosus root disease
9. Fir engraver
10. Dwarf Mistletoes
11. Group Exercise- Eastside Prescription
5:30 Arrive back at Hood River Inn

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

8:00 Depart from Hood River Inn
Morning topics:
1. Pine needle diseases
2. White pine blister rust
3. Stem decays
Lunch (included with registration)
Afternoon topics and activities:
4. Laminated Root Rot
5. Schweinitzii root and butt rot
6. Douglas-fir beetle
7. Team Exercise- Westside Prescription
5:30 Arrive back at Hood River Inn

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7:30 Depart from Hood River Inn
Morning topics and activities:
1. Team Exercise – Pruning Western White Pine
2. Larch casebearer
3. Larch needle diseases
4. Balsam woolly adelgid
5. Tree survival after fire
Lunch (included with registration)
Afternoon topics and activities:
6. Class Exercise – Identify Me!
7. Western pine beetle
8. Dwarf mistletoe recap – ponderosa pine
9. Class Exercise – Rating Dwarf mistletoe
10. Team Exercise – Dry Ponderosa pine Prescription
11. Session wrap – up
5:00 Arrive back at Hood River Inn and session adjourns.

Scaling for Non-Scalers: Understanding the Scaling Process, Log Rules, Sorts, Grades and Accountability

9:00     Scaling Bureaus: How they operate and their role in log markets – Tom St. Laurent

  • How bureaus fit into the log buying and selling process
  • Represent both the log buyers and sellers
  • Apply log scaling rules
  • Provide qualified scalers
  • Serve as independent third parties

9:30     What does a log scaler do? Mike Belfry

  • How scalers fit into the log transaction process (only measure volume, not value)
  • What is their relationship to log buyers and sellers
  • Different points in log transport where scaling can occur
  • What is log volume and how is it calculated?
  • What are the specific measurements and data collected on a typical log?
  • Log documentation
  • Understanding gross and net volume
  • Why did my load scale out at a lesser volume? Reasons for volume deductions

10:30     Break

11:00     Northwest Log Scaling Rules: Applying uniformity and standardization within the Doug-fir processing area – Tom St. Laurent

  • Function and role of the rules
  • What they cover
  • How they are maintained and revised

11:30     Special requests: Using procedures in addition to the NW Log Scaling Rules – Tom St. Laurent

  • Why special requests are made
  • Common examples
  • Documenting special requests

Noon     Lunch

1:00     Understanding log grades and sorts – Mike Belfry

  • What is the difference between grades and sorts?
  • Why do sorts vary from company to company?
  • What is the difference between a good #2 sawlog and a rough #2 sawlog
  • What is the pulp sort?
  • What is a cull?

2:00     Break

2:15     Log accountability: Tracking the log load from landing to mill – Mike Belfry

  • How is data collected? Load receipts, weight reports, sample scales, sample expansion, log tags, scale tickets and certificates
  • Understanding the paperwork: Examples will be provided of load receipts, scale tickets and certificates and each form will be reviewed in detail.
  • What are the standard procedures for documentation and changes?
  • How is the data stored, disseminated and then accessed by clients?

3:45     Catch-all short topics – Mike Belfry and Tom St. Laurent

  • Difference between westside and eastside scaling
  • Understanding cubic measurements
  • Deciphering overrun and underrun
  • Volume conversion factors
  • Using taper factors and actual taper
  • Scaler cost and value

4:15     Adjourn

Access, Easements, Rights-of-Way and Timber Trespass: What Every Forest Manager Needs to Know

8:30 am

• Basics of Easement Law
• Duties and Liabilities Grantors and Grantees
• Crafting a Solid Easement Agreement; Pitfalls To Avoid
• Easements of a Different Feather: Licenses, Permits and Profits a Prendre

10:00 – 10:30 Break

• Prescriptive Easements: Avoiding Rights Arising in Others
• Easements By Necessity: Dealing with Landlocked Parcels
• Minerals Issues: Surface and Subsurface Rights
• Conservation Easements

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 pm

• Road Maintenance Cost Sharing
• Recreational Users and Trespassers: A Primer on Liability
• Timber Trespass Overview

2:30 – 2:45 Break

• Timber Trespass Damages and Insurance
• How to Avoid Timber Trespass
• Forest Dwellings: Permitting and Access

4:00 Adjourn

Seedling Success in the Field: Linking Nursery and Outplanting Practices

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8:00 Continental breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Introductions
8:40 Monitoring and Maintaining Seedling Quality to Optimize Outplanting PerformanceDiane Haase, Western Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
9:15 Using Side x Side Trials to Evaluate Outplanted Nursery StockRobbie Lefebvre, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, OR
9:50 Forest Regeneration and Density Management Issues Associated with Droughty, Glacial-Origin Soils in Western Washington – Tim Harrington, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, Olympia, WA
10:25 Break
10:50 Assisted Migration Planting Efforts for Pinus ponderosa on a Post-Fire Environment in Northern New MexicoOwen Burney, New Mexico State University, Mora, NM
11:25 Remote Monitoring of Outplanting Sites Using Cameras and Environmental Sensors to Identify Planting WindowsEd Messerlie, USDA Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program, Missoula, MT
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Nursery Soil Fumigation and Outplant PerformanceNabil Khadduri, Washington Department of Natural Resources Webster Nursery, Olympia, WA
1:35 Two Years Post-Wildfire Reforestation with Ponderosa Pine and Mycorrhizae: Did it Work?Florian Deisenhofer, Hancock Forest Management, Vancouver, WA
2:10 Responses of PNW Conifer Plantations to Chemical Vegetation Management TreatmentsMaxwell Wightman, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2:45 Break
3:10 Contracting, Communication, and Pricing Trends for Forest SeedlingsJohn Trobaugh, Washington DNR Webster Nursery, Olympia, WA
3:45 Where Does Backpack Spraying Fit Into Your Vegetation Management Program? The Costs, Benefits, Efficacy, and Practicality Comparisons between Aerial Spraying and Ground Herbicide ApplicationsBruce Alber, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Wilsonville, OR
4:20 Adjourn
6:00 Evening Social at McMenamins (included with registration)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Optional Field Trip (see registration form)
8:00 – 4:00 Field tour with stops hosted by Oregon State University, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Starker Forests. Stops will focus on established field trials for evaluation of short- and long-term nursery and site-prep effects on seedling growth and survival.

Mapping the Course: Timberland, Forest Products Processing, and Fiber Issues for 2018

January 25, 2018

8:30 2018 Stressors and Opportunities for North American Forest IndustryPaul Quinn, Analyst, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

9:00 Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands in 2018Mike Mackelwich, Director of Timberland Operations, Pope Resources/Olympic Resource Management

9:30 Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Western CanadaHakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International

10:00 Break

10:30 US PNW Sawmill Sector: Eastside and Westside IssuesTim Atkinson, Vice President – Sales, Stimson Lumber Co.

11:00 US PNW Pulp Mill Sector: Entering the Golden Age of Plentiful Fiber?Jeff Marthaller, KapStone Paper and Packaging

11:45 Lunch

1:00 BC Interior Log Supply IssuesBrad Bennett, Interfor

1:30 BC Coastal Log supply IssuesBrian Brown, Manager, Fibre & Log Supply, MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd

2:00 Will There be Enough Log Supply to Increase Lumber Production?Rocky Goodnow, Forest Economic Advisors

2:30 Break

3:00 Why Build an Export Pellet Plant in the US Pacific Northwest? Why Not?William Strauss, FutureMetrics

3:30 Outlook for International Wood Markets – Speaker TBA

4:00 Reception

Sawmilling 101: Introduction to Softwood Sawmill Operations and Financial Performance

Sawmilling 101: Introduction to Softwood Sawmill Operations and Financial Performance

January 24, 2017

9:00

A. Overview of softwood sawmilling: What are the Basic Manufacturing Processes? Follow a log along the manufacturing processes from delivery to the mill, through sawmilling and kiln drying, and on to the planer and shipping.

B. Where Does the Lumber End Up? A review of the primary end users of lumber to include residential building, remodeling and repair and industrial distribution channels. Consumer preferences and green labeling round out the picture of market forces.
10:15 Break

10:30

C. What does a Sawmill Manager Need to Pay Attention to Have a Successful Business? An overview of sawmill performance metrics and a sample income statement to illustrate how costs are allocated.
D. What are the Characteristics of Markets and Manufacturing in the Regions of Western US, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, and South Eastern US? An overview of each region is provided to cover population trends, characteristics of mills, regional market drivers and species mix.
Noon: Lunch

1:00

E. Measuring Sawmill Performance: A Close-up of Key Metrics. The instructors will draw upon actual sawmill operating statistics from 20 years of data.

  1. Log Supply and Pricing: Measuring log size and quality, the impact on value and pricing and operating in competing log markets.
  2. Lumber Recovery: How much volume is produced for every unit of logs going in. Balancing the size of logs, products produced and machinery
    capabilities.
  3. Productivity and Manufacturing Costs: Measuring the non- log costs of labor, energy, maintenance and supplies.
  4. Lumber Products and Sales Values: What are the mill’s main product categories and relative values associated with log sizes and grades. Review of lumber grades, grading agencies, certification standards and specific grades for unique markets.
  5. Sawmill Byproducts: Measuring value from chips, shavings, sawdust, bark, and hog fuel and a review of their end uses.
2:30 Break

3:00

F. What are the Characteristics of Top Performing Sawmill Operations? Drawing on 20 years of benchmarking, the instructors will cover different mill business strategies and the various combinations of profitable or competing key metrics.
4:30 Adjourn

2017 Field Technology Conference: Data Collection in Forestry, Fisheries and Natural Resources

The Field Technology Conference is at the center of technologies that are developing and converging at a rapid pace. Satellite imagery is enjoying its most exciting time in the last 40 years. GPS, already a staple in our everyday lives, is poised to make a huge advancement in accuracy and availability. Mobile devices (PDAs, handhelds and mobile phones) are, arguably, advancing at a pace as fast as any technology has in history. Terrestrial LiDAR (3D scanning) is becoming more affordable now and allows users to collect a massive amount of data in a matter of a minutes.

Location

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel. The Holiday Inn is located at 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., 2 miles from the Portland International Airport and 10 miles east of downtown Portland. The hotel can be reached at 503-256-5000.

Call for papers

The conference organizers are always looking for interested presenters to cover practical, and applied field hardware, software and apps within fisheries and forestry areas. If you have a great project or application that you would be willing to share with this audience, send a note to richard@westernforestry.org.

Agenda

Conference Agenda

 

Lodging information

Reduced rate lodging is available at the Holiday Inn by calling 855-642-6271 and by mentioning Field Technology Conference. The rate for a single room or double room is $115 plus tax. After October 23, 2017 the reduced rate will be subject to availability.

Registration

The registration fee is $225 if received by October 30, 2017 or $295 if received after October 30. The registration fees include 2 lunches and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after October 30, but substitutions are always welcome. Registration is available on line at www.westernforestry.org

 

Registration Questions?

Call Melinda at 503-226-4562 or melinda@westernforestry.org
Western Forestry and Conservation Association
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
503-226-4562 ● westernforestry.org

 

SAF CFE credits

Attendees will be eligible for CFE credits thru the Society of American Foresters.

 

Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities

A variety of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available at this event. This technology-focused conference brings the forestry and aquatic monitoring communities together to share best practices, learn about the newest in field technologies, and share field-tested expertise in collecting and using data in the field. By combining these communities, we expect an audience of 150+ at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport in Portland, Oregon on November 7 – 8, 2017. Historically, this conference has attracted forestry and fisheries field managers from the public and private sectors, tribes, non-profits and municipalities.

Summary of Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

2017 NW Seed Orchard Managers Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1:00 PM Welcome and introductions
1:30 Laminated Root Rot Resistance in Douglas-fir Progeny Sites – Ronald Rhatigan
2:15 Update on the Reproductive Phenology Project – Janet Prevey, USDA Forest Service
2:45 Break and load bus
3:00 Depart for tour
3:30 Tour Pacific Forest Seed processing and extraction facility in Eagle Point, OR
5:30 Return to Medford
6:00 – 8:00 Evening social at Porters restaurant: Dinner from selected menu

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8:00 AM Introductions
8:15 Round Table/audience discussion – Efficiencies made to seed operations and other topics
10:00 Break
10:15 Using PICOL: Pesticide Information Center Online – Lenora Jones, WA State Pesticide Management Resource Service, WA State University
11:00 ODA Pesticide Regulations for Seed Orchards – Rose Kachadoorian, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
12:00 Depart for field tour
12:30 Weyerhaeuser Orchard – Managing a dry-site seed orchard
2:00 Elite Pear Orchard – Management techniques comparison of a fruit orchard with tree seed orchards.
3:30 Return to Medford and adjourn

2017 Joint Annual Nursery Meeting: Southern, Northeastern, and Intertribal Nursery Council

Monday • July 31

6:00 – 8:00 pm Ice Breaker

Tuesday • Aug 1

7:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 Welcome – Forrest Boe, Director, Minnesota Dept. Of Natural Resources (invited)
Forest Health Challenges for Forest Tree Nurseries
8:15 Forest Regeneration in Minnesota – Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
8:45 Blatant and Latent: A Tale of Two Diseases and Their Management in Seedling Nurseries – Glen Stanocz, University of Wisconsin – Madison
9:30 Dominus® Soil Biofumigation as an Alternative to Methyl Bromide: Results From Two Trials – Nabil Khadduri, Webster Nursery, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources
10:00 Break
Expanding Markets
10:30 Gary Michael, Minnesota Conservation Reserve program
11:00 Alternative Tree Species Following Black Ash Loss Associated With Emerald Ash Borer: Early Survival, Growth, and Implications for Seedling Demand – Rob Slesak, University of Minnesota
11:30 Visit vendors
12:00 Lunch – NE and Southern Forest Nursery Associations and Intertribal Nursery Council
The Urban Interface
1:00 Urban Uses of Trees – Gary Johnson, U of Minnesota
1:45 What is the fate of seedlings destined for small private landowners? The answer might surprise you! – Mike Reichenbach, U of Minnesota Extension
2:15 Discussion
2:30 Break
Opportunities in Native Plants and Seeds
3:00 Seed Mixes Heads-Up – Vic Vankus, USFS National Seed Lab
3:30 Pollinator and Seed Research – Dan Carriveau, University of Minnesota
4:00 Business meetings
4:30 Adjourn and dinner on your own.

Wednesday • August 2: Field Trip

6:30 Breakfast buffet
7:45 Board buses for field trip
8:00 Travel to Red Lake Forest Development Center greenhouse
9:30 Tour Red Lake greenhouse
11:00 Drive to Badoura State Forest
12:30 Lunch at Badoura State Forest
1:30 Tour Badoura State Forest
3:30 Depart for Itasca St Park
6:00 Evening banquet and boat tour
9:00 Arrive at conference hotel

Thursday • August 3

7:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 Housekeeping and Introductions
Seed Zones & Capsaicin Effectiveness
8:15 Browse prevention in the Central Hardwoods Forest Region – Joshua Sloan
8:45 MN forest tree seed zones in an era of climate change – Julie Etterson, UM-Duluth
9:15 Eastern Seed Zone Forum – Carrie Pike, USDA Forest Service
9:45 Panel
10:00 Conference adjourns/ INC Break
10:15 INC Presentations
11:30 INC Lunch
12:30 INC adjourns