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2018 Western Region COFE Seminar – Improving Forest Harvesting Operations


0815 – 0830Introduction to WR.COFE & SeminarJeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & Oregon State University FERM Department

SESSION 1: Forestry Drones

0830-0900Drones for Assistance in Cable Logging OperationsMark Standley (Invited), LogSafe Inc.

0900 – 0930Applications of UAV in Forest Monitoring: a Regeneration Survey Case and an Ice Damage CaseBogdan Strimbu, Oregon State University

SESSION 2: Tether Assist and Ground/Soil Impacts

0930 – 1000Mobility of Tethered Equipment on Steep Slopes: Soil-Machine InteractionsBen Leschinsky, Oregon State University

1000 – 1010Triad Machinery Update

1010 – 1040   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

1040 – 1050Pape’ Machinery Update

1050 – 1120CTL Thinning on Steep Ground with Ecoforst T-WinchTerry Mann, L&L Inc.

1120 – 1150Large Scale Integrated Management Experiment on the Olympic Experimental State Forest – Opportunities for Operational ResearchTedora Minkova, WA Dept. of Natural Resources

1150 – 1200Peterson Cat update

1200 – 1240   LUNCH (Provided)

1240 – 1310ANNOUNCEMENTS, Ticket Raffle, OSU Student Scholarship Awards – Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship

1310 – 1320Blount International update

SESSION 3: Road and Water

1320 – 1350Alternative Techniques for Stabilizing Legacy Roads with Access ChallengesJill Bell and Susan Shaw, Weyerhaeuser

1350 – 1400Modern Machinery Update

1400 – 1420   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

1420 – 1450Suspended Sediment and Turbidity After Road Construction/Improvement and Forest Harvest in Streams of the Trask River Watershed Study, OregonIvan Arismendi, Oregon State University

1450 – 1520Re-engineering/Reconstruction of Railcars for Forest OperationsKen Hoffine and Wes Addington, Lone Rock Timber

SESSION 4: Technological Innovation in Forestry

1520 – 1550Show me the MoneyDavid Smith, OSU Courtesy Faculty

1550 – 1620After the FireDon Persyn, Roseburg Forest

1620 – 1630Wrap-Up and EvaluationJeff Wimer

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

January 25, 2018

8:302018 Stressors and Opportunities for North American Forest Industry

Paul Quinn
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Paul Quinn has been a forest products analyst for over 13 years with the last nine years at Royal Bank of Canada. Based in Vancouver, he is responsible for both US and Canadian forest products coverage and has been cited for stock picking and estimates accuracy over the years.  

9:00Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands in 2018

Mike Mackelwich
Director of Timberland Operations
Pope Resources/Olympic Resource Management

Mike Mackelwich is Vice President of Timberland Operations for Olympic Resource Management and has been with the firm since 1998. As Vice President of Timberland Operations, he oversees all of ORM’s timberland management and mineral resources for Pope Resources’ properties and the Timber Fund properties, comprising over 200,000 acres.  

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


10:30BC Interior Log Supply Issues

Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett is a registered professional forester with over 30 years of experience in the British Columbia forest industry and has held a number of senior positions in wood products manufacturing, woodlands operations, and the bioenergy sector. He is currently Woodlands Manager for Interfor Corporation.  

11:00BC Coastal Log supply IssuesBrian Brown, Manager, Fibre & Log Supply, MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd  


1:00US PNW Sawmill Sector: Eastside and Westside Issues

Tim Atkinson
Vice President – Sales
Stimson Lumber Co.

Tim Atkinson – Vice President of Sales at Stimson Lumber Company, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. Tim also serves on The Green Building Initiative board of directors as well as The Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers board.  

1:30The US Northwest Pulp and Paper Sector: Issues ahead in 2018Tim Gammell, Wood Resources International  

2:00Will There be Enough Log Supply to Increase Lumber Production?

Rocky Goodnow
Forest Economic Advisors

Rocky Goodnow – Vice President of the North American Timber Service at Forest Economic Advisors LLC. In this role, Rocky is responsible for FEA’s outlook on the North American timber markets.  


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

Seth Walker

Seth Walker is Senior Economist and Director of Business Development for FutureMetrics. Seth recently authored FutureMetrics’ Japanese Biomass Outlook. Seth has extensive knowledge and experience in the bioenergy and forest products sectors. Prior to joining FutureMetrics, Seth spent seven years leading the bioenergy services team at RISI as their Senior Bioenergy Economist. He holds a B.S. in Resource Economics and Commerce and an M.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island.  

3:30Softwood Lumber Demand in North and South Asia and its Impact on the North American Lumber Market Through 2030

Robert Hagler
ForestEdge LLC


2018 Inland Empire Reforestation Council Meeting

0800 Welcome and Introduction – Jeff deGraan, 2018 IERC Chair and WA Dept of Natural Resources

0810 Reforestation for the Future: Future Concerns, Shaping your Reforestation Plans and the Seedlot Selection Tool – Brad St. Clair, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

0910 Planning Effective Herbicide Projects – Dan Miller, Precision Forestry LLC

1005 Break

1035 Forest Restoration: An Ecophysiological, or Seedling’s Perspective – Steve Grossnickle, NurseryToForest Solutions

1135 Seedling Handling for Successful Reforestation – Aram Eramian, USFS Coeur d’Alene Nursery

1210 Lunch and IERC Committee meeting

1315 Cleantraxx and Esplanade: Two New Herbicides for Forestry Site Prep and Release – Ed Fredrickson, Thunder Road Resources

1405 Nursery Crop Visits: What to Look for and the Questions to Ask Your Grower – Abbie Acuff, Potlatch Corp

1505 Break

1535 Impacts of Dwarf Mistletoe in Leave Trees on Understory Regeneration – Brennan Ferguson, USFS Wenatchee Service Center

1625 Nursery Production Timelines: Tips for Successful Grower and Buyer Partnerships – Don Regan, University of Idaho Nursery

1700 Meeting Adjourn and Social

Using your Mobile Device for High-Precision GPS Data Collection

8:30  Introduction and Overview
How did mobile technologies evolve? Looking at the legacy of devices and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iOS and Android).

8:45  BYOD – The Future of Field Data Collection

  • What is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?
  • Why BYOD makes sense.
  • When BYOD doesn’t make sense.

9:30  GPS/GNSS receivers: Basic operation and technology trends

  • How does GPS work?
  • How accurate is GPS?
  • Different categories and capabilities of GPS receivers. Recreational vs. Professional
  • GPS Advancements: What can you expect in the next couple of years

10:30 Break

10:45 A look at BYOD hardware and software:

  • iOS, Android, Windows smartphones, and tablets.
  • Screen readability, GPS accuracy, ruggedness, expandability, and flexibility.

  • Software
  • Open source (free) vs. paid. Esri, tMap, Avenza, GIS Cloud, etc.
    Cloud vs. on-device software. To download or not to download?

  • What combination works best for you?

12:00 Lunch

1:00   GPS mapping fundamentals and troubleshooting

  • Why doesn’t my data line up?
  • Map projections and datums.
  • GIS data collection structure. Points, lines and polygons.
  • Field data collection forms.
  • Linking photos to data.

2:30   Break

2:45   Using background map data. Sources and cost.

  • Imagery (aerial/satellite/UAV photos).
  • Vector (roads, parcels, contours, etc.).
  • Sources of free and paid data.

3:15   Wrap up and Q&A

4:00   Adjourn

Do-It-Yourself Accurate Drone Mapping in Natural Resources

8:30  Introduction and Overview
How did mobile technologies evolve? Looking at the legacy of devices and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iOS and Android)

8:45  Drone Rules

  • How to obtain a drone pilot certificate.
  • 20 hours of on-line study. Common test questions. Local test centers.
  • Drone flying rules. Where can you fly and not fly?
  • Flying by yourself, flying in the woods and around people.
  • Hobby vs. business flying.

10:30 Break

11:00 Drone Technology: Capabilities, cost and pros/cons

  • Airframes
    • Rotorcraft, fixed-wing, hybrid.
    • Flight controller (tablet/smartphone vs. proprietary).
    • Airframe pros/cons.
    • Batteries.
    • Operating differences.

12:00 Lunch

1:00   Drone Technology (continued)

  • Mission planning software
    • Third-party vs. manufacturer-supplied.
    • iOS vs. Android vs. Windows.
  • Sensors
    • RGB cameras (photogrammetry, Phodar point clouds).
    • Lidar, thermal, NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index).
  • Image processing software
    • Matching images effectively and accurately.
    • Using ground control points.
    • Cloud processing vs. Stand-alone processing.
    • Producing orthophotos, DEM (Digital Elevation Model)/DSM (Digital Surface Model), contours, volumes and 3D models.
    • Integrating into GIS (ESRI) systems.

2:30   Break

2:45   The Possibilities. What’s Possible with a $1,500 UAV?

  • Orthophoto example.
  • Elevation contour example.
  • 3D model example.
  • DEM/DSM example.
  • Volume example.

3:30   Wrap up and Q&A

4:00   Adjourn

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.

2017 Southern Mensurationists Conference

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

Sunday, October 22

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.
Great Plains Grassland Summit Steering Committee Members 

Summit Agenda

Click here for the summit program agenda
Draft List of Co-Leaders for Breakout Sessions 


Registration Pricing

Regular Registration: $100 by 3/15/18; $145 late
Student Registration: $50 by 3/15/18; $75 late
Exhibitor Registration (includes exhibit space + regular registration): $200 by 3/15/18; $245 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 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Society for Ecological Restoration
  Society for Ecological Restoration has preapproved 8 CEUs under their Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.

The Wildlife Society
  The Wildlife Society has preapproved 13.5 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program. 

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 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”).
Call for Posters (PDF) 

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.


  • 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 Centers:

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

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

Sponsors & Exhibitors

We invite you to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2018 Grassland Summit — gain exposure for your organization to conservation and management professionals, network, and exchange information and ideas! Your participation 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.

Exhibit space is available at $200 for either a table top or free standing booth area and includes regular registration. Click on the red “Register” button above and choose Exhibitor registration.

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


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.

Draft List of Co-Leaders for Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, April 10

8:30 amIntroduction and Welcome Address
  Opening Address 1:   Brian Ferebee, Regional Forester, Rocky Mountain Region, Lakewood, CO
  Opening Address 2:   Keith Sexson, First Vice-President, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Pratt, KS

9:30Review of Summit GoalsDeborah M. Finch, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station (Abstract PDF)
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 (Abstract PDF)
11:00Invasive PlantsJohn Gaskin, USDA Agricultural Research Service (Abstract PDF)
11:30Native Species & BiodiversityDavid Augustine, USDA Agricultural Research Service (Abstract PDF)

12:00 pm   Lunch

1:00Fire PresentationSam Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma State University (Abstract PDF)
1:30Climate, Weather and Water PresentationDennis Ojima, Colorado State Univ. (Abstract PDF)
2:00Energy DevelopmentJackie Ott, USDA Forest Service Research (Abstract PDF)
2:30Overview 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