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2018 Southern and Northeastern Forest Nursery Association Joint Meeting

Monday, July 16th

1:00 P.M Auburn University Forest Nursery Management Cooperative Meeting
1:00 Registration

6:00 – 8:00 Social (Sponsored by Harrell’s Fertilizer)

Tuesday, July 17th

6:00 A.M Breakfast Buffet
7:00 Registration
8:00 WelcomeJim Karels, Director, Florida Forest Service
8:30 Recruiting for the FutureShelby Pyatt, Rayonier
9:00 Developing and Supporting Quality Nursery Facilities and StaffDiane Haase, National Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources Program, USDA Forest Service
9:30 Vendor Introductions
9:45 Break
10:00 Nursery Fertility Trials for the Next Generation of ResearchersDavid South, Auburn University, Emeritus
10:30 Biofumigation with Dominus®: Latest Results from Arkansas, Oregon and WashingtonAnna Leon, Weyerhaeuser
11:00 Trends in Production of Hardwood Seedlings in the Northeast US (2008-2016)Carrie Pike, National Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources Program, USDA Forest Service
11:30 Genetic Integrity of Longleaf and Shortleaf Pine Seed Orchards and SeedBarbara Crane, USDA Forest Service
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Evaluation of Sowing Methods to Detect Sonderegger Pine SeedlingsPaul Jackson, Louisiana Tech University
1:30 Growing Containerized Southern Pines in a Biochar-amended SubstrateKas Dumroese, National Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources Program, USDA Forest Service
2:00 Effect of Pisolithus tinctorius Nursery Treatment on Long-term Loblolly and Longleaf Survival and Growth in South Carolina Sand HillsMichelle Cram, USDA Forest Service
2:30 Vendor Introductions
2:40 Break
3:00 Seedling Storage and SurvivalRyan Nadel, Auburn University
3:30 Using Seedling Root Length to Determine Seed Vigor of Longleaf PineVictor Vankus, USDA Forest Service
4:00 Fumigation updateJohn Washington, Triest Ag Group
4:30 Adjourn
6:00 Dinner and Entertainment at the Grand Hotel (Included with registration)

Wednesday, July 18th

6:00 A.M. Breakfast Buffet
7:00 Field Trip and visit to Rayonier bareroot nursery in Elberta, AL
   Visit to PRT Atmore container nursery in Atmore, AL
   Lunch provided
5:00 P.M. Return to Hotel, Dinner on Your Own

Thursday, July 19th

6:00 A.M. Breakfast Buffet
8:00 The Response of Loblolly Pine Families to Root-feeding Bark Beetle-vectored FungiPratima Devkota, Michigan State University
8:30 Longleaf Accomplishments and Future ChallengesTim Albritton, Natural Resources Conservation Service
9:00 Bringing Innovation to RealityJim Fischer, Fischell Machinery
9:30 Break
10:00 Precision Agriculture and GPS Guidance SystemsRuss Worley, Sunsouth
10:30 Seeder Technology and Precision AgricultureSteve Spooner, S&S Marketing
11:00 Panel Discussion: Future Technology Requirements of Forest Tree Nurseries
11:30 Business Meeting
Noon Adjourn

2018 Joint Southern and Northeastern Mensurationists and IUFRO 4.01 Conference

The research presentations will be 15 minutes in length with 5 minutes of Q and A. There will be a room setup for posters for those wishing to present research results in that format.

Sunday, October 28
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Introductions and Welcome
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Research presentations
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Research presentations
Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, snacks

Monday, October 29
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Introductions and Welcome
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Keynote Address – Dr. Harold Burkhart
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Research presentations
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – noon Research presentations
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Research presentations
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 5:00 p.m. Research Presentation
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Banquet and recognition of Harold Burkhart
(included with full registration)

Tuesday, October 30
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Introductions
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Plenary Session or Panel Discussion
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Research presentations
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – noon Research presentations
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Research presentations
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Break / Awards
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Business Meeting
4:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, October 31
If you would be interested in an optional one-day field tour at a modest cost to see pine plantation and/or hardwood silviculture and growth and yield please contact one of the conference organizers listed below.

International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry

International Workshop Overview

International Workshop for Certified Forest Products and Sustainable Forestry
Co-sponsored by IUFRO Division 5.12, Chinese Academy of Forestry, and USDA Forest Service

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Division 5.12 Sustainable Utilization of Forest Products Research Group is sponsoring an international workshop on certified forest products, life cycle assessment, ecosystem services markets and sustainable forest management. This workshop will discuss the positive roles that certified forest products, life cycle assessment and sustainably managed forests play in improving the lives of people through economic, environmental, ecological and social benefits of forests. Individual sessions will provide a forum for researchers and forest owners and managers who are interested in forest certification, life cycle assessment, economic contribution of forest products, ecosystem services and markets and sustainable forestry.

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Great Plains Grassland Summit: Challenges and Opportunities from North to South


Summit Objectives

The objectives of the 2018 Great Plains Grassland Summit are to have participants learn more about and contribute science needs, ideas, and plans for managing, conserving and restoring grasslands at landscape scales and across boundaries in the Great Plains. Managers, researchers, and practitioners from all regions of the Great Plains and beyond are encouraged to attend.

Invited plenary experts will establish the context for the Summit by identifying challenges and opportunities focused around six themes:

  • Working Lands
  • Native Species and Biodiversity
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildland and Prescribed Fire
  • Energy Development
  • Climate, Weather and Water

Subsequent thematic breakout sessions will allow workshop participants to contribute ideas, issues, needs and steps towards an action plan to conserve, manage and restore Great Plains grasslands. A poster session will allow participants to contribute information on their own projects. A Summit report will be produced, based in large measure on feedback received during the breakout sessions, and additional synthesis papers will be published.
Great Plains Grassland Summit Steering Committee Members 

Summit Presentations

Click here to view the Summit Agenda, Speaker Biosketches, and Speaker Abstracts.

Speaker Name
Augustine, David
Fuhlendorf, Sam
Ferebee, Brian
Finch, Deorah
Gaskin, John
Ojima, Dennis
Ott, Jackie
Tate, Ken

Summit Posters

Poster PDFs will be posted as they become available. Posters are listed alphabetically by lead author.

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
As of Oct. 4, 2017 the Optional Field Trip registration is at capacity and CLOSED to further registrations.
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. See top right-hand column for field tour schedule.

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.


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.


Conference Agenda
Conference Materials for Attendees (password protected)


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 Questions?

Western Forestry and Conservation Association
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
503-226-4562 ●

SAF CFE credits

Attendees will be eligible for CFE credits through 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