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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)

10:30Break

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

2:30Break

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?

4:15Adjourn

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.

2017 Southern Mensurationists Conference

General Meeting Agenda (to be updated with more details later):

Sunday, October 22

Arrival
Opening reception – 6:00pm – midnight
Billiard Suite and Baby Grand Suite (Rooms 501 & 502)
Light snacks, beer, wine, water, soft drinks

Monday, October 23

7:00-8:00am Breakfast (provided)
8:00-8:15am Introductions and Welcome
8:15-9:45am Research presentations
9:45-10:15am Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
10:15-noon Research presentations
noon-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:45pm Research presentations
2:45-3:15pm Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
3:15-5:00pm Research presentations
6:00pm Dinner downtown (provided)

Tuesday, October 24

7:00-8:00am Breakfast (provided)
8:00-9:45am Research presentations
9:45-10:15am Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
10:15-noon Research presentations
noon-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:45pm Research presentations
2:45-3:15pm Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
3:15-4:30pm Research presentations
4:30-5:00pm Awards, Closing Remarks, Short Business Meeting

Wednesday, October 25

Field Trip
Depart 8:00am, Return to hotel by 4:00pm
Join us for a day in the field looking at current research plots in southern pine management.
Stops: Loblolly pine research trials.
Stops include visits to:

  • Culture-Density research trial with planting densities ranging from 300 – 1800 trees per acre.
  • Accelerated Pine Productivity research trial nearing rotation age with a 2×2 factorial with fertilization and competition control.
  • Mid-Rotation Treatment study looking at the impacts of thinning intensity combined with a 2×2 factorial with fertilization and competition control, along with an non-thinned counterpart as a thinning control.
  • Other stops as time permits.

Field Trip Cost: $30 per person, includes lunch

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.  

Summit Agenda


Click here for the summit program agenda 

Registration

Registration Pricing

Regular Registration: $100 by 3/15/18; $145 late
Student Registration: $50 by 3/15/18; $75 late

Remember to select your top two breakout session theme choices:

  1. Working Lands
  2. Native Species and Biodiversity
  3. Invasive Species
  4. Fire
  5. Climate, Weather and Water
  6. Energy Development

Cancellations
Cancellations received by March 15, 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.

Call for Posters

A poster session will take place on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The theme of the session will be “Science and Management for Great Plains Grasslands”. Please email your poster abstract submission to Nehalem Clark ncclark@fs.fed.us by March 1, 2018, with “GPGS 2018 Poster” in the email subject line and the following information:
North Dakota Badlands

  1. Presenter name, institution, and email address
  2. List of co-author names and institutions
  3. Title
  4. Abstract/summary

Those that submit poster abstracts will be contacted in follow-up communications.
Posters should be no larger than 4’ wide by 3’ high (48” x 36”). 

Venue and Lodging

Grand Hyatt
The Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver, CO is the venue for the summit.
1750 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado, 80202, USA
Tel: +1 303 295 1234.

A reduced rate room block has been set aside at the Grand Hyatt. Click here to book a Grand Hyatt room.
Both per diem and non per-diem lodging is available at the headquarters hotel: The Grand Hyatt Denver. Per diem is at the prevailing rate of $180 plus tax and non per diem is available at $269 plus tax. After March 12, 2018, reduced rate lodging will be offered on space available basis. The Hyatt can be reached at 303-295-1234 with rooms under the group name: Grassland Summit.

Parking:

  • The Grand Hyatt offers Valet Parking for a fee in their covered garage adjoining the hotel.
  • Self-parking is available for a fee at several parking lots located near the hotel.

Click here for a list of alternate lodging options. 

Transportation

Transportation Centers:

  • Denver International Airport: 25 miles
  • Union Station: 1 mile

Transportation:
Denver offers several modes of transportation for getting around the area.

  • 16th Street Shuttle – Runs throughout the central business and entertainment district of downtown Denver
  • Light Rail Service/RTD – Stops at most corners in the city, including Invesco Field, Pepsi Center/Six Flags/Elitch Gardens, Union Station – Lower downtown (LODO)/Coors Field/16th Street Mall.
  • Denver Airport Rail– Travelers can now use A Line, the new rail service from Denver International Airport to LoDo’s (lower downtown) Union Station and back, courtesy of Regional Transportation District (RTD). The Denver airport rail has six stops along the way and takes approximately 37 minutes at a cost of $9 each way.

For more information about transportation to and from the airport, contact Ground Transportation at (303) 342-4059 or by e-mail

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to participate as a sponsor at the 2018 Grassland Summit — gain exposure for your organization to conservation and management professionals, network, and exchange information and ideas! Your sponsorship will assist us in hosting a world-class event and demonstrate your organization’s commitment to conservation and land management. In exchange, your organization will have the valuable opportunity to make face-to-face connections with managers, conservationists, and private landowners in the Great Plains; you’ll have access to people who value your products and services; and the exposure will reinforce your brand awareness and maximize visibility in the grassland community.

Sponsors will be listed on the website and those who sponsor at the Bronze Level and above will have additional advertising made available to them. Tables will be provided for educational materials if requested.


Sponsorship levels

  • Diamond Level $10,000
  • Platinum Level $7,500
  • Gold Level $5,000
  • Silver Level $3,000
  • Bronze Level $1,500
  • Friends Level $1000
  • Affiliates Level $100-$500


To sponsor the Great Plains Grassland Summit, contact Richard Zabel or Deborah Finch

Contacts

For information about logistics, contact: Richard Zabel, 503-226-4562.
For information about the program, contact: Deborah Finch, 505-724-3671.

Great Plains Grassland Summit Agenda

Back to Registration and Lodging Page

**Click on the speaker names below to see their presentation title and biosketch.

Tuesday, April 10

8:30 am   Introduction and Welcome Address
9:30Review of Summit Goals. Join us to learn more about challenges and opportunities facing land managers of Great Plains grasslands. Take part in our discussion by providing input on ideas for future actions and research needed to sustain and restore the grasslands you care about.

10:00   Break

Science-Management Syntheses – What Do We Know and What Can We do About the Following Key Issues and Drivers in the Great Plains?
10:30Working Lands PresentationKen Tate, Univ. California, Davis
11:00Invasive Species Northern PlainsJohn Gaskin, USDA Agricultural Research Service
11:30Native Species & BiodiversityDavid Augustine, USDA Agricultural Research Service

12:00 pm   Lunch

1:00Fire PresentationSam Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma State University
1:30Climate, Weather and Water PresentationDennis Ojima, Colorado State Univ.
2:00Energy DevelopmentJackie Ott, USDA Forest Service Research
2:30   Overview of Objectives for Break-out Sessions

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

3:00 pm   Break and Move to Breakout Groups

3:30   Continue in Breakout Groups
5:30   Adjourn

6:00 pm   Poster Session and Social

Wednesday, April 11

8:00 am   General Session: Review of Day 1 Session
8:30   Break into Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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

12:00 pm   Lunch

1:00   General Session: Report-out of Breakout Groups
1:00   Working Lands
1:15   Invasive Species
1:30   Native Species
1:45   Fire
2:00   Climate, Weather and Water
2:15   Energy Development

2:30   Break

3:00   Full Group Discussion of Action Plan
4:30   Review of Follow-up Plans

5:00   Close

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

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

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.