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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Transportation


Airport Transportation Options

  1. Airport Shuttle Bus
    • Take airport shuttle bus Gong Zhu Fen Line, and get off at “Frendship Hotel” station, you’ll see the Friendship Hotel
    • Average time: About 45 minutes.
    • Fare: 24 yuan.
  2. Taxi
    • You can follow the signboard to the Taxi Station at the ground floor of the airport. The taxi driver can normally
      understand the English name of the Friendship Hotel.
    • Average time: 40 minutes
    • Fare: Around 100 yuan.
  3. Subway
    • Take Subway Airport Line for 2 stations to get off at “San Yuan Qiao” station, and switch to Subway Line No. 10 towards
      west for 11 stations to get off at “Hai Dian Huang Zhuang” station, and then switch to Subway Line No. 4 towards south for 1
      station to get off at “Ren Min Da Xue” station, and get out of station from exit D, you’ll see the Friendship Hotel nearby.
    • Average time: 80 minutes.
    • Total fare: 30 yuan.

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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Themes


Session 1. Forest Product Certification
Forest certification and forest sustainability are vital environmental and natural resource management matters. Forest certification is an eco-labeling scheme that recognizes forest products which originate from sustainably-managed forests but is not based on evaluating the end-product itself. There is a growing demand for a labeling program to identify wood produced under sustainable forestry principles. Life-cycle assessment (LCA) can be used for the evaluation of these principles for end products (e.g. wood as a building material). LCA can measure multiple environmental and social impacts ascribed to a product in support of a comprehensive and transparent labeling program. Workshop topic sessions include ecolabels such as environmental product declarations and environmental building declarations based on LCA and the role of LCA in forest certification in quantifying impacts.

China Garden Session 2. Ecosystem Services and Markets
Emerging markets for ecosystem services presents some new opportunities for forest landowners and managers. There is increasing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services markets and the values these services provide to landowners and managers. These emerging markets include carbon credits, water quality and quantity, wetland mitigation, species conservation banking and a number of habitats of value for forest landowners and managers. This session will assess emerging global themes for sustainable utilization of certified forest products including the process for bundling or combining markets to increase forestland value.

Session 3. Life Cycle Analysis
Life-cycle analysis assesses the potential impacts that resource extraction, production, distribution, use, and services have on the environment. This session covers the life-cycle assessment (LCA) on forest products and operations from cradle-to-grave, and links the carbon accounting metrics to LCA for sustainable design of wood systems including buildings and bridges and how green building standards and code incorporate LCA for accreditation and compliance. Topic sessions include, but not limited to, LCA for wood products, forest management, bioenergy, and emerging products from forest industry.

Session 4. Sustainable Forest Management and Certified Forestry
Sustainable forest management integrates ecological, economic and social considerations. These include managing, growing and harvesting forest products with the conservation of soil, water, wildlife habitat and socioeconomic benefits to meet society needs and the sustainability of forests to produce wood and other forest products. This session will broadly address emerging global themes for forest products and the role of forest certification to integrate wood production into forest management for multiple objectives. This session will specifically assess different aspects of forest certification including impacts on forest management and timber markets; quality of certification audits; governance and authority of certification schemes; partnerships between lands and public lands. The session provides a forum for researchers who study forest certification, economic and social benefits of certified forest products within the broad context of sustainable forest management.

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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Contact


Organizational and local questions contact:
Lu Wenming, Chinese Academy of Forestry, E-mail:

Program and science questions contact:
Robert Deal, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, Email:

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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Venue and Lodging

Venue & Lodging

All sessions and meetings for the International Workshop will be at the Friendship Hotel – Beijing
Address: No.1 Zhongguancun South Venue, Beijing 100086, China
Phone: 0086-10-68498888

All workshop participants are recommended to stay at the Friendship Hotel, with which the organizer has long-term partnership for discounts. Click here for additional information on discounted room rates.

Please refer to the International Workshop for Certified Forest Products to receive discounted room rates when they become available.

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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Registration


Registration information will be posted in May 2018.

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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Program


This is a brief summary of the tentative program for the International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry in Beijing, China. A detailed program will be provided later with individual presentations and schedule as it develops.

Tuesday, 30 October

Opening session- welcoming messages from local hosts and chair of organizing committee
Keynote speaker 1
Keynote speaker 2
Morning break
Concurrent session 1A
Concurrent session 1B
Lunch (provided)
Concurrent session 2A
Concurrent session 2B
Afternoon break
Concurrent session 3A
Concurrent session 3B
Poster Session
Welcome reception

Wednesday, 31 October

Keynote speaker 3
Keynote speaker 4
Concurrent session 4A
Concurrent session 4B
Morning break
Concurrent session 5A
Concurrent session 5B
Lunch (provided)
Concurrent session 6A
Concurrent session 6B
Afternoon break
Concurrent session 7A
Concurrent session 7B
Dinner on your own

Thursday, 1 November

Keynote speaker 5
Keynote speaker 6
Concurrent session 8A
Concurrent session 8B
Morning break
Concurrent session 9A
Concurrent session 9B
Lunch (provided)
Concurrent session 10A
Concurrent session 10B
Afternoon break
Concurrent session 11A
Concurrent session 11B
End of workshop dinner (provided)

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International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

This workshop will feature oral and poster presentations that focus on the broad role that certified forest products, life cycle assessment and sustainably managed forests play in improving the lives of people through economic, ecological and social benefits of forests. Oral presentations will provide a forum for researchers and forest owners and managers who are interested in forest certification, life cycle analysis (LCA), economic contribution of forest products, ecosystem services and markets and sustainable forestry. Presenters are encouraged to submit studies or examples of research on: 1) forest products certification, 2) ecosystem services and markets, 3) life cycle analysis, or 4) sustainable forest management and certified forestry. Please indicate which of the four sessions your paper would best align, either forest products certification, ecosystem services and markets, life cycle analysis, or sustainable forest management and certified forestry.

Instructions for submitting abstracts

  • Due date for submission of abstracts is 31 August 2018.
  • Final decisions on submitted abstracts (oral presentations or posters) will be informed to authors on 30 September 2018.
  • Prepare a one page, properly formatted abstract (see example for formatting details) and submit it to
  • Indicate if oral or poster presentation.
  • Indicate which of the four sessions your paper or poster would best align:
    1. forest products certification
    2. ecosystem services and markets
    3. life cycle analysis
    4. sustainable forest management and certified forestry

All presentations will be in English.

Presentations should be prepared using Microsoft Power Point versions 2010 or later. Presentations will be 15 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Presentations should be ready to upload to the site 24 hours before your presentation.

Note: Authors are encouraged to submit papers presented at the workshop for a special issue on Sustainable Forest Management in the journal Sustainability. Below is a link to this special issue.

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Fundamentals and Best Practices for Forest Inventories

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8:00Building Blocks of Sound Inventory Design

  1. What is a working forest inventory? The evolution over 30 years from strata averages and yield tables to individual stand structures within strata.
  2. Why you should be cursing for inventory versus harvest. Your cruising objective is to capture silvicultural growth capacity and setup the ability to re-merchandize as markets change.

8:30Sample Designs – Strata

  1. Stratifying the whole forest – What are the right classifications and levels of strata?
  2. Breaking the strata into unique stand polygons – Why we need unique stand identification.
  3. Sampling stands within each strata for cruising – Getting the right distribution, intensity and frequency of sampling and working with riparian buffers and setasides.


10:20Sample Design – Plots

  1. Distributing your plots across the entire stand – Why this makes a difference.
  2. Including small tree frequencies to define density.
  3. How large tree frequencies define silvicultural options and asset values.
  4. Defining clumpiness with systematic spatial plot patterns to quantify the impact on yield capacity.
  5. Determining the right plot frequency and distribution within each stand.


1:00Sample Design – Trees

  1. Sampling all trees of all species and sizes within each stand makes a difference.
  2. Applying a combination of prism-sweep and fixed area plot designs for sampling.
  3.  A. Tally frequencies by species and size class, never by species alone.
     B. When and why to record tree condition and vigor class in cruise design.
     C. Methods for selecting large trees height samples – why this makes a difference.
     D. Estimating live crown length and percent defect in large trees.
     E. When and how to measure taper.
     F. When and why to measure age.

  4. How to use a 1/20th acre fixed area circular plot for standing dead trees.
  5. Sampling down woody material using a minimum 100-foot transect line.


2:20Cruise Compilation Methods

  1. Compiling each stand cruise versus compiling by strata – within and between stands.
  2. Height estimation methods – why tree heights vary with silviculture.

3:30Expanding the Cruise to Un-sampled Stands

  1. Assigning a stand structure to un-sampled stands from an average tree list generated from sampled stands – when and why these methods are important to understand and use.
  2. Do’s and don’ts of cruise expansions – methods, timing, frequency and assumptions.

4:15Year-end Updates and Reporting – Getting the Sequence and Components Right

  1. Incorporating all new harvest units, deletions, acquisitions and boundary adjustments in a GIS stand polygon layer.
  2. Updating the GIS road network and road class buffer widths.
  3. Updating the GIS stream courses and riparian buffer widths.
  4. Updating all administrative, silvicultural and operational costs.
  5. Running reports for year-end harvest volume and value reports.
  6. Growing stands for one year from the previous year for annual growth reporting.
  7. Updating the inventory with all new cruises from all sampled stands within current year – identifying the actual impact of new information.
  8. Producing forest-wide reports of new current standing forest inventory.


Applied Forest Finance and Timber Forecasting

9:00 amKey Concepts of Forest Finance:

  • Time value of money;
  • Nominal vs. real rates;
  • Cash flows: common mistakes and how to correct them.

10:00Forest Economics:

  • Faustmann and Bare Land Value (BLV)


10:45Financial Criteria:

  • Ranking investment options
  • Case study: maximizing returns from existing stands

12:15 pmLunch

1:00Marginal Analysis and Discount Rates

  • When does forest management pay?
  • Estimating risk in discount rates for timberland investments


2:45Developing and Applying Timber Forecasts

  • Developing a macroeconomic view/framework and establishing relationships
  • Identifying and applying timber price drivers
  • Building scenarios: what happens when key drivers shift?


The course includes hard copies of all course materials and electronic copies of supplementary reference materials, Excel based examples and models for take-home application, plus the book: Forest Finance Simplified, 5th Edition.

2018 Western Mensurationists Meeting

All general sessions will be held in the 1899 Ballroom (Building 58 on the NAU Campus Map), directly south of the Drury Hotel and HCCC. Weather permitting, lunch will be served on the 1899 Patio.

Sunday June 17, 2018
7:00 am – 4:00 pm Optional Field Tour (Ft Valley Experimental Forest and Grand Canyon Nat. Park)
7:00 am – 7:30 am Travel to Ft Valley Experimental Forest
7:30 am – 9:30 am Tour Ft Valley Experimental Forest and USFS/NAU Research Site(s)
9:30 am – 11:00 am Travel to Grand Canyon Nat. Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Tour South Rim of Grand Canyon Nat. Park and Grand Canyon Village
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Return Travel to Flagstaff
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration Desk Open
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ice Breaker Reception – appetizers and refreshments (Agassiz Meeting Rooms & Foyer)

Monday June 18, 2018
7:00 am – 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast (Foyer of the HCCC)
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration Desk Open (Foyer of the HCCC)
8:30 am – 8:40 am Welcome – Andrew Sánchez Meador
8:40 am – 9:55 am Session 1 – Moderator TBA
9:55 am – 10:35 am Break – Refreshments and Snacks
10:35 am – 11:50 am Session 2 – Moderator TBA
11:50 am – 1:20 pm Buffet Lunch (1899 Patio)
1:20 pm – 3:00 pm Session 3 (Flash Talks) – Moderator TBA
2:35 pm – 3:00 pm Open Mic – share your questions, comments, updates, ideas, etc.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break – Refreshments and Snacks
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Session 4 – Moderator TBA
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner (Agassiz & Fremont Meeting Room HCCC)
 6:00 pm Cash Bar opens prior to dinner
 6:45 pm Dinner is served
 8:50 pm Last call at the bar

Tuesday June 19, 2018
7:00 am – 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast (Foyer of the HCCC)
8:30 am – 10:10 am Session 5 – Moderator TBA
10:10 am – 10:45 am Break – Refreshments and Snacks
10:45 am – 11:35 am Session 6 – Moderator TBA
11:35 am – 12:00 pm Business Meeting – Host Name(TBA) 2019 Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch (1899 Patio)