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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

PNW Forest Vegetation Management Conference: Evolution of Science and Emerging Technology of Herbicide Application

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 Registration Opens
8:30 Opening Remarks – Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
8:45 History & Current Practices of Herbicide ApplicationDan Newton, Weyerhaeuser
9:15 The Future of Herbicide ApplicationJoe Newton, Lone Rock Timber Management
9:45 Break
10:15 An Overview of the History of Aerial Forestry Applications in the Pacific NorthwestJohn Mateski, Retired Chief Pilot, Western Helicopter
10:45 New Technologies of Aerial ApplicationsRick Krohn, Western Helicopter
11:15 Maximizing Efficacy and Safety with Droplet TechnologyRobert Wolf, Wolf Consulting & Research
12:00 Lunch
1:15 Comparative Responses of Planted Douglas-fir and Associated Vegetation to Logging Debris Retention and Site Preparation Herbicide TreatmentsTimothy Harrington, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA
2:00 Spray Adjuvants: The Rest of the StoryRichard Zollinger, North Dakota State University
2:45 Break
3:15 Investigation of Oregon Pesticide Application ComplaintsMike Odenthal, Oregon Department of Agriculture
4:00 Understanding Pesticide Fate for the Protection of Water ResourcesJeffrey Jenkins, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
4:45 Suppliers Update – Eric Hippler (Moderator), Weyerhaeuser
5:15 Vegetation Management Reception – Hosted Beer, Wine and Appetizers

Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:00 New Chemistry in ForestryEd Fredrickson, Thunder Road Resources
8:45 Understanding Pesticide LabelsBruce Alber, Wilbur-Ellis Co.
9:15 Who is my Neighbor? Minimizing Conflicts through CommunicationJim Carr, Barnes & Associates
9:45 Break
10:15 Worker Protection Standards for ForestryKaci Buhl, Pesticide Education Resources Collaborative, Statewide PSEP Coordinator, Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
11:15 Choline Formulation TechnologyBob Stewart, Dow AgroSciences
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Lunch Speaker: Policy IssuesKristina McNitt, Oregon Forest and Industries Council
1:30 Break
1:45 Esplanade F Herbicide – A New Tool for Pre-Emergent Control of Grasses and Broadleaf Weeds in Western Conifer Production AreasKent Pittard, Bayer
2:15 Human Health Risk Assessment and GlyphosateJeffrey Jenkins, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
2:45 Break
3:00 Facilitated Discussion – Mark Gourley, Starker Forests

  • Southern Oregon: Mark Wall, Roseburg Resource Co.
  • Cascade Mtn: Eric Hippler, Weyerhaeuser
  • Coastal: Jim Carr, Barnes & Associates
  • Interior: Bryan Nelson, Lone Rock Timber
  • Agency: George McFadden, BLM

4:30 Adjourn

Sawmilling 101: Introduction to Softwood Sawmill Operations and Financial Performance

Sawmilling 101: Introduction to Softwood Sawmill Operations and Financial Performance

January 24, 2018

9:00 Sawmilling Overview

A.  What are the Basic Manufacturing Processes?
Follow a log along the manufacturing processes from delivery to the mill, through sawmilling and kiln drying, and on to the planer and shipping.

B.  What does a Sawmill Manager Need to Pay Attention to Have a Successful Business?
An overview of sawmill performance metrics and a sample income statement to illustrate how costs are allocated.
10:15 Break

10:30 Markets & Manufacturing in North America

C.  Where Does the Lumber End Up?
A review of the primary end users of lumber to include residential building, remodeling and repair and industrial distribution channels. Consumer preferences and green labeling round out the picture of market forces.
D.  What are the Characteristics of Markets and Manufacturing in the Regions of Western US, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, and South Eastern US?
An overview of each region is provided to cover population trends, characteristics of mills, regional market drivers and species mix.
Noon: Lunch

1:00 Key Sawmilling Metrics in Detail

E.  A Close-up of Key Metrics.
The instructors will draw upon actual sawmill operating statistics from 20 years of data.

  1. Log Supply and Pricing:
    Measuring log size and quality, the impact on value and pricing and operating in competing log markets.
  2. Lumber Recovery:
    How much volume is produced for every unit of logs going in. Balancing the size of logs, products produced and machinery
  3. Productivity and Manufacturing Costs:
    Measuring the non- log costs of labor, energy, maintenance and supplies.
  4. Lumber Products and Sales Values:
    What are the mill’s main product categories and relative values associated with log sizes and grades. Review of lumber grades, grading agencies, certification standards and specific grades for unique markets.
  5. Sawmill Byproducts:
    Measuring value from chips, shavings, sawdust, bark, and hog fuel and a review of their end uses.
3:00 Break

3:30 Characteristics of Top Performers

F.  What are the Characteristics of Top Performing Sawmill Operations?
Drawing on 20 years of benchmarking, the instructors will cover different mill business strategies and the various combinations of profitable or competing key metrics.
4:30 Adjourn

2017 NW Seed Orchard Managers Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1:00 PM Welcome and introductions
1:30 Laminated Root Rot Resistance in Douglas-fir Progeny Sites – Ronald Rhatigan
2:15 Update on the Reproductive Phenology Project – Janet Prevey, USDA Forest Service
2:45 Break and load bus
3:00 Depart for tour
3:30 Tour Pacific Forest Seed processing and extraction facility in Eagle Point, OR
5:30 Return to Medford
6:00 – 8:00 Evening social at Porters restaurant: Dinner from selected menu

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8:00 AM Introductions
8:15 Round Table/audience discussion – Efficiencies made to seed operations and other topics
10:00 Break
10:15 Using PICOL: Pesticide Information Center Online – Lenora Jones, WA State Pesticide Management Resource Service, WA State University
11:00 ODA Pesticide Regulations for Seed Orchards – Rose Kachadoorian, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
12:00 Depart for field tour
12:30 Weyerhaeuser Orchard – Managing a dry-site seed orchard
2:00 Elite Pear Orchard – Management techniques comparison of a fruit orchard with tree seed orchards.
3:30 Return to Medford and adjourn

2017 Joint Annual Nursery Meeting: Southern, Northeastern, and Intertribal Nursery Council

Monday • July 31

6:00 – 8:00 pm Ice Breaker

Tuesday • Aug 1

7:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 Welcome – Forrest Boe, Director, Minnesota Dept. Of Natural Resources (invited)
Forest Health Challenges for Forest Tree Nurseries
8:15 Forest Regeneration in Minnesota – Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
8:45 Blatant and Latent: A Tale of Two Diseases and Their Management in Seedling Nurseries – Glen Stanocz, University of Wisconsin – Madison
9:30 Dominus® Soil Biofumigation as an Alternative to Methyl Bromide: Results From Two Trials – Nabil Khadduri, Webster Nursery, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources
10:00 Break
Expanding Markets
10:30 Gary Michael, Minnesota Conservation Reserve program
11:00 Alternative Tree Species Following Black Ash Loss Associated With Emerald Ash Borer: Early Survival, Growth, and Implications for Seedling Demand – Rob Slesak, University of Minnesota
11:30 Visit vendors
12:00 Lunch – NE and Southern Forest Nursery Associations and Intertribal Nursery Council
The Urban Interface
1:00 Urban Uses of Trees – Gary Johnson, U of Minnesota
1:45 What is the fate of seedlings destined for small private landowners? The answer might surprise you! – Mike Reichenbach, U of Minnesota Extension
2:15 Discussion
2:30 Break
Opportunities in Native Plants and Seeds
3:00 Seed Mixes Heads-Up – Vic Vankus, USFS National Seed Lab
3:30 Pollinator and Seed Research – Dan Carriveau, University of Minnesota
4:00 Business meetings
4:30 Adjourn and dinner on your own.

Wednesday • August 2: Field Trip

6:30 Breakfast buffet
7:45 Board buses for field trip
8:00 Travel to Red Lake Forest Development Center greenhouse
9:30 Tour Red Lake greenhouse
11:00 Drive to Badoura State Forest
12:30 Lunch at Badoura State Forest
1:30 Tour Badoura State Forest
3:30 Depart for Itasca St Park
6:00 Evening banquet and boat tour
9:00 Arrive at conference hotel

Thursday • August 3

7:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 Housekeeping and Introductions
Seed Zones & Capsaicin Effectiveness
8:15 Browse prevention in the Central Hardwoods Forest Region – Joshua Sloan
8:45 MN forest tree seed zones in an era of climate change – Julie Etterson, UM-Duluth
9:15 Eastern Seed Zone Forum – Carrie Pike, USDA Forest Service
9:45 Panel
10:00 Conference adjourns/ INC Break
10:15 INC Presentations
11:30 INC Lunch
12:30 INC adjourns

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