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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

Co-sponsored by:

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
Optional Field Tour (Ft Valley Experimental Forest and Grand Canyon Nat. Park)

  • 7:00 am – 7:30 am Travel to Ft Valley Experimental Forest (depart from the curb between the Drury and HCCC at 7:00am)
  • 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 – 2:30 pm Tour South Rim of Grand Canyon Nat. Park and Grand Canyon Village
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Return Travel to Flagstaff

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration Desk Open (HCCC Lobby/Fireplace)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ice Breaker Reception – appetizers and refreshments (Agassiz Meeting Room, HCCC)

Monday June 18, 2018
7:00 am – 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast (Foyer of 1899 Ballroom)
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration Desk Open (HCCC Lobby/Fireplace)
8:30 am – 8:40 amWelcomeJames Allen, Director, School of Forestry, No. Arizona University
Session 1 – Moderator: John Kershaw, Univ. of New Brunswick

  • 8:40 am – 9:05 am  Reginald T. Fay; Principal, Mason Bruce & Girard, Inc.: ¿Donde esta Pachaco? – An Accuracy Assessment of a Species Cover Map to Support Due Diligence.
  • 9:05 am – 9:30 am Jacob Strunk; Statistician, USDA Forest Service: FIA Inventory with Stereo DSMs
  • 9:30 am – 9:55 am Yung-Han Hsu; MSc Student, Univ. of New Brunswick: Sampling to Correct LiDAR Assisted Forest Inventory

9:55 am – 10:35 am Break – Refreshments and Snacks
Session 2 – Moderator: Phil Radtke, Virginia Tech

  • 10:35 am – 11:00 am Andrew Sánchez Meador; Assoc. Prof., No. Arizona Univ.: Using Remote Sensing and R to Reveal the Secrets of Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon Nat. Park
  • 11:00 am – 11:50 am Zack Parisa/James Arney; President, SilviaTerra/President, For. Biometrics Res. Institute: On the Evolution of the Stand and Strata

11:50 am – 1:20 pm Buffet Lunch (1899 Patio)
Session 3 (Flash Talks and Open Mic) – Moderator: A. Sánchez Meador, No. Arizona Univ.

  • 1:20 pm – 1:30 pm Dan Opalach; Biometrician, For. Biometrics Res. Institute: The Maximum Stand Density Index for Coast Redwood
  • 1:30 pm – 1:40 pm Martin Ritchie; Research Forester, USDA Forest Service: The standview R-Package for Generating Density Management Diagrams
  • 1:40 pm – 1:50 pm Sushil Nepal; Ph.D. Student, Univ. of British Columbia : Spatial Clustering to Depict Historical Stand Structure of Ponderosa Pine Stands in the Black Mountain Experimental Forest, California, USA
  • 1:50 pm – 2:00 pm Jeff Ricklefs; Forest Inventory Lead, Washington State DNR: Using LiDAR to Evaluate the Effects of Edges on the Growth of Young Forests
  • 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm Karin Kralicek; Ph.D. Student, Oregon State Univ.: On Differences in Double Sampling Estimators
  • 2:10 pm – 2:20 pm Mark Kimsey; Res. Asst. Prof., Univ. of Idaho: InventoryEDU: Bringing Forest Inventory Technology into the Classroom
  • 2:20 pm – 3:00 pm Open Mic – share your questions, comments, updates, ideas, etc.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break – Refreshments and Snacks
Session 4 – Moderator: David Auty, No. Arizona Univ.

  • 3:30 pm – 3:55 pm John A. Kershaw; Prof., Univ. of New Brunswick : The Use of Mixture Distributions for Describing Stand Structure using Terrestrial LiDAR
  • 3:55 pm – 4:20 pm Ting-Ru, Yang; Ph.D. Student, Univ. of New Brunswick : Approaches to Estimating Diameter Distributions from Terrestrial and Airborne LiDAR via Copulas
  • 4:20 pm – 4:45 pm Bogdan Strimbu; Asst. Prof., Oregon State Univ.: Modeling in the Age of Big-Data and AI: The Loss of Beauty

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 1899 Ballroom)
Session 5 – Moderator: Bogdan Strimbu, Oregon State Univ.

  • 8:30 am – 8:55 am John Paul McTague; Mgr. G&Y Research, Rayonier: Effect of Seasonality on the Conversion Ratio of Green Weight to Scribner Board Foot Volume in the Pacific Northwest
  • 8:55 am – 9:20 am Mahadev Sharma; Research Scientist, Ontario For. Res. Institute: Modelling Site Productivity of Jack Pine and Black Spruce Natural Stands
  • 9:20 am – 9:45 am Damon Vaughan; Ph.D. Student, No. Arizona Univ.: Effect of Stand Basal Area on ponderosa Pine Wood Quality: Findings from a Replicated Density Experiment at Taylor Woods
  • 9:45 am – 10:10 am Wade Tinkham; Asst. Prof. Colorado State Univ.: Systematic Planting Trials for Assessing Growth and Resilience

10:10 am – 10:45 am Break – Refreshments and Snacks
Session 6 – Moderator: Peter Gould, Washington State DNR

  • 10:45 am – 11:10 am Dehai Zhao; Sr. Research Scientist, Univ. of Georgia: Strategies for Developing Additive Biomass Equations
  • 11:10 am -11:35 am Al Pancoast; MSc Student, Oregon State Univ.: Evaluation of Segmented Polynomial and Variable Exponent Taper Equations for Ponderosa Pine in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington

11:35 am – 12:00 pm Business Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch (1899 Patio)
1:00 pm Adjourn

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 Worsley, 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 Intertribal Nursery Council Meeting

NOTE: To view a PDF of available presentations click on the blue underlined titles below.

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Thursday, July 26

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
Optional one-day field tour ($25 per person) to see pine plantation and/or hardwood silviculture and growth and yield.

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.