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2018 PNW Reforestation Council Annual Meeting

8:30Nursery Crop Visits: What to Look for and the Questions to Ask Your GrowerAbbie Acuff, PotlatchDeltic, Lewiston, ID

9:30Forest Restoration: An Ecophysiological, or Seedling’s PerspectiveSteve Grossnickle, NurseryToForest Solutions, Saanich, BC

An understanding of the ecophysiological capability of the planted forest species in combination with desirable seedling quality attributes and proper silvicultural practices can ensure that planted seedlings have the best chance at rapid plantation establishment.

10:30  Break

11:00Responding to and Managing Environmental IncidentsElizabeth Howard, Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, Portland, OR

Noon  Lunch (included with registration)

1:00Operational Research HighlightsTim Harrington, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA

  1. 20 yrs. of thinning and fertilization on droughty sites.
  2. Preventing the development of recalcitrant plant communities.
  3. Methods for controlling Scotch Broom.
  4. Conifer regeneration performance versus opening size.
  5. Comparing stand growth with silvicultural systems.

1:45H-2B visas and Business Risk ManagementBrad Maier, Schwabe, Willamson and Wyatt, Portland, OR

2:45  Break

3:00Broadcast Burning in Western Oregon: Operational and Cost ConsiderationsDave Cramsey, Roseburg, Veneta, OR

3:45Moving Drones into Operational ForestryJake Thiemens, Hancock Forest Management, Independence, OR

  1. Securing the right permits/licenses.
  2. Finding the right equipment.
  3. Drone planting with pelleted seed.
  4. Drone ferrying of seedlings during operations.
  5. Broadcast and spot spray herbicide applications with drones.
  6. Using drone sensors for targeting herbicide applications and identifying moisture stress and fertilizer needs.
  7. Labor/cost analysis?

4:15  Adjourn

Westside Forest Health Issues: Identification and Management

8:30Steps of Diagnosis for Insect and Disease ProblemsBeth Willhite, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Westside Insect and Disease Service Center, Sandy, OR

9:00Black Stain Root DiseaseSarah Navarro, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, OR

9:30Armillaria Root Disease/ Laminated Root RotKristen Chadwick, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Westside Insect and Disease Service Center, Sandy, OR

10:00   Break

10:30Swiss Needle Cast: An Epic Tale of Complex Interactions Between Climate, Trees and a PathogenDave Shaw, Extension Forest Health, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

11:00Douglas-Fir BeetleGlenn Kohler, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA

11:30Managing for White Pine Blister Rust: Bringing Western White Pine into Westside SilvicultureHolly Kearns, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Westside Insect and Disease Service Center, Sandy, OR

12:00   Lunch

1:00Identifying Diseases on SeedlingsAnna Leon, Weyerhaeuser, Centralia, WA

1:30Drought Impacts on Forest Health and Flatheaded Wood Borer ManagementBill Schaupp, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Southwest Oregon Service Center, Central Point, OR (invited)

2:15Bark Beetles and Wood Borers in Drought-Stressed Douglas-FirGlenn Kohler, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA

2:45   Break

3:00Sudden Oak DeathSarah Navarro, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, OR

3:30Invasive Forest Insect and Disease Threats to Oregon and WashingtonWyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, OR

4:00   Adjourn

Mapping the Course: Timberland, Forest Products Processing, and Fiber Issues for 2019

January 24, 2019

8:302019 Stressors and Opportunities for North American Forest Industry

Kevin Mason

Kevin Mason is the Managing Director of ERA Forest Products Research, which provides economic and investment research on the forest-product industry to over 150 clients in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s clients are primarily institutional money managers, but also include leading forest-products companies and governments.

Starting his career in finance, Mr. Mason progressed through various banking and consulting positions, providing services to Canadian and U.S. companies involved in a variety of industries ranging from biotech to retail. In 1997, he joined ERA Forest Products Research and proceeded to attain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. His focus at ERA has been to enhance and expand the company’s analysis of global industry dynamics and to provide investment coverage on various Canadian, U.S. and European companies.

9:00Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Western Canada

Håkan Ekström
Wood Resources International

Håkan Ekström, a native Swede, is the principal of Wood Resources International LLC (WRI), an internationally recognized consulting firm providing forest market analysis and wood price reporting for the forest industry worldwide since 1987. WRI publishes two quarterly market reports North American Wood Fiber Review and Wood Resource Quarterly.

He has worked in various capacities relating to wood products utilization, international forest products marketing, global wood supply/demand and price forecasting for the past 30 years. His international experience is extensive, including visitation of more than 25 countries to study forest products industry and forest resource developments on-site.

9:30Comparing the Competitiveness of North America’s Softwood Log and Lumber OperationsBrooks Mendell, FORISK


10:30Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands in 2019

Court Stanley
Port Blakely

Court Stanley currently serves as the President of Port Blakely Companies Forestry Divisions. In his role he oversees the working forests in Washington, Oregon (US Forestry) and New Zealand (NZ Forestry). Court was promoted into the role of President in August 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Stanley served in multiple leadership roles within Port Blakely including Chief Forester, Senior Vice President, and Vice President of Port Blakely Tree Farms LP. Court has over thirty years of experience in the forestry industry. He brings significant expertise and leadership to the executive team at Port Blakely.

Prior to joining Port Blakely, he was a forest engineer for Goldbelt, a Native American corporation in Southeast Alaska. Court grew up in Bellevue, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Engineering from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Leadership Program (Class 21).

11:00US PNW Sawmill SectorAshlee Cribb, Structural Products, Roseburg

11:30US PNW Pulp Mill Sector

Larry Davis
Cosmo Specialty Fibers

With over 38 years of diverse experience in forest industry, Larry Davis is currently Director, Fiber Resources at Cosmo Specialty Fibers in Cosmopolis, Washington. Previously, Larry held leadership positons at Rayonier, International Paper, and Champion International. His roles included Region General Manager, Land Marketing and Sales, Business Development, Region Land Manager, Technical Services, and Strategic Planning. Larry has also served as Division Forester for Forest Resources Association and has worked on forest-related projects across the U.S., as well as internationally. Larry holds an MS in Forest Economics from Mississippi State University and a BS in Forestry from Louisiana Tech University.


1:00BC Interior Log and Lumber Issues Walter Matosevic, Residual Fiber, Canfor Pulp

1:30BC Coastal Log Supply Issues
Clint Parcher
Coastland Wood Industries

Clint Parcher is the Vice President of Fibre Supply for Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. based in Nanaimo. Coastland is one of the largest veneer and core producers in North America with a consumption of 850,000m3 annually. He is responsible for handling over 2.8 million m3 of logs through 3 custom sort yards and mill yard combined. With no tenure or guaranteed access to fibre, global log markets are an important topic for the company.

He is a third generation forestry worker who has worked in all phases of logging, log handling, timber valuation and marketing. Clint is currently a Board Member with the Truck Loggers Association, Timber Sale Advisory Council, and the Timber Export Advisory Committee (TEAC).

In May of 2012, he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University.

2:00Japanese Market for PelletsDon Steele, Pacific Bioenergy


3:00Public Lands Log Supply Contribution in Age of High Log and Housing Demand

Travis Joseph
American Forest Resource Council

Travis Joseph was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon but spent eight years in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a senior legislative aide to an Oregon congressman, a senior policy advisor on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Director of Northwest Policy for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Travis returned to Oregon to pursue his passion for healthy public forestlands and creating economic opportunities in rural communities. As President and CEO, Travis manages the budget, staff, communications, government relations, and overall strategy of the Association.

Travis earned his bachelor degree in history and international studies from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in environment and development.

3:30Changes in Lumber Flow and the Impact on Log Trade

Bob Flynn
International Timber for RISI

Robert (Bob) Flynn is Director, International Timber for RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. Bob has 40 years’ experience in the forest industry, including 9 years as a forester for Champion International in Oregon. He has spent the past 30 years as a consultant to the international forest industry, with a focus on analysis of timber supply and demand trends outside of North America; international trade of logs, woodchips, biomass and other forest products; and advising clients on international timberland investment. He joined RISI in April 2006, and has published six reports on China’s timber supply and demand; two global comparisons of planted forest economics and investment attractiveness for tree farm development; two profiles of India’s forest products industry; an analysis of the impact of Russia’s log export tax on Asian log markets; annual reports on international trade in woodchips and biomass; two reports on South American plantation forestry and bioenergy markets; and has co-authored an analysis of Southeast Asia’s timber supply trends and expected impacts on global forest products markets. In addition to authoring multi-client studies, he has reviewed timberland investment projects in Latin America, Oceania and Russia for investors, and he maintains RISI’s database of global forest ownership that includes 1,350 companies in 82 countries. He holds a BA degree in geography from the University of Texas, a BS degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University and an MS in economics from the University of Oregon.


Optional Workshop – Growth Rings: Professional Development and Communication Skills

Course offered by the Western Forestry & Conservation Association (WFCA) and the Forisk Continuing Education Program (FCEP)

9:00 AM

  • How to Deliver a Presentation in a Variety of Settings
    This session includes an overview of what forestry communicators have gotten right and wrong (“the good, the bad, the ugly”). Then we review how to deliver a talk (presentation) under a range of circumstances.
  • How to Answer Questions After a Presentation
    Encouraging and answering questions from the audience completes a presentation. This session includes a framework and approach for handling Q&A and includes a group activity to practice this key communication skill.
  • How to Make Comments in a Public Setting (and How to Make an Effective “Pitch”)
    This session provides a framework for organizing, supporting and delivering a key point in real time at a meeting or conference. We also discuss the components of delivering an effective pitch, of having a plan to maximize the success and receptiveness of what you might propose to executives or customers.

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 PM

  • How to Give (and Receive) Feedback
    In this session, we review the importance of clearly communicating and reinforcing expectations. Session includes examples from sports and forestry, and a hands-on small group activity, along with guidance for “both sides of the table.”
  • How to Take Notes at Work, Time Management and Setting Priorities
    Being effective is, in great part, a function of how we manage our time and focus our energy. This session is about time management, setting priorities and capturing information during meetings and conferences. The way we take notes and organize information either reinforces or confuses priorities and calendar management.
  • How to Stay Current and Informed Inside and Outside of the Forest Industry
    How do successful forest investors and managers stay current? This session reviews key forestry data sets along with recommendations and examples of what to read. The discussion reinforces the habit of reading to stay informed, current (and Interesting).

3:00 Adjourn

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 is now open. Click the red “Click here to register” button to begin your registration.

Registration Pricing by 8 October, 2018
Regular Registration: $300 USD
Student Registration: $150 USD

Registration Pricing after 8 October, 2018
Regular Registration: $375 USD
Student Registration: $150 USD

Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. If you need to make a payment by electronic funds transfer or if you have any registration questions, please use the contact form below or call (503) 226-4562.

Cancellations received by 8 October, 2018 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.


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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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