All posts by Melinda Olson

Integrated Pest Management for Nursery, Reforestation, and Restoration Programs

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

8:00       Continental breakfast

8:30       Welcome and IntroductionsDiane Haase, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR

8:40       Integrated Pest Management at Lucky Peak NurseryJames Danielson, USDA Forest Service, Boise, ID

9:15       Any New Herbicides for Forestry Nurseries?Tim Miller, Washington State University, Mount Vernon, WA

9:50       Break

10:15     New Chemistries for Forest Weed ControlEd Fredrickson, Thunder Road Resources, Redding, CA

10:50     Emerging Insect Pest Threats to SeedlingsRobin Rosetta, Oregon State University, Aurora, OR

11:30     Load buses / Lunch (in transit)

1:00       Field Tour – Lava Nursery

Lava Nursery, Inc. began operations in October 1976. The nursery currently farms 50 acres of bareroot seedlings (4 million annual seedling production) and 22,000 ft2 of greenhouses (1.0 to 1.5 million annual seedling production depending on container sizes). Lava also has a subsidiary nursery in Woodland, WA (Lewis River Reforestation) which produces about 6 million seedlings annually.

3:00       Visit nearby orchard harvest operation

4:00       Return to hotel

6:00       Evening Social at Edgefield


Thursday, September 15, 2016

8:00       Continental breakfast

8:30       Water Management and Pest Control Kas Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID

9:05       Load-Scale Weight Monitoring for Irrigation ManagementJean Kysar, Lewis River Nursery, Woodland, WA

9:40       Open Discussion: Current Pest Issues – Anthony Davis, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

10:15     Break

10:50     Pathology Smorgasbord: Biocontrol, Pathogen Movement, and Recent Fumigation ResultsJerry Weiland, USDA Agriculture Research Service, Corvallis, OR

11:25     Preparing Seeds to Minimize Damping-Off RisksVictor Vankus, USDA Forest Service, Dry Branch, GA

12:00     Lunch

1:00       Evaluating Dominus® Soil Biofumigation as an Alternative to Methyl BromideNabil Khadduri, WA DNR Webster Nursery, Olympia, WA

1:35       Meaningful Pathogen Assay Results in a Confusing WorldMelodie Putnam, Oregon State University Plant Clinic, Corvallis, OR

2:10       Soil Solarization for Management of Pathogens and WeedsJennifer Parke, Oregon State University Dept. of Crop and Soil Science & Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, Corvallis, OR

2:45       adjourn

Managing Visual Quality and Operational Considerations for Harvesting in the Doug-fir Region

Sponsored by: Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Western Forestry and Conservation Association, Washington Forest Protection Association, and Oregon Forest Industries Council.

Same agenda in both locations:

April 13, 2016, Springfield, OR or April 19, 2016, Grand Mound, WA


The Theory and Design of Managing for Visual Quality in PNW Working Forests – Gordon Bradley, University of Washington, (emeritus)

1. Why concern ourselves with visual resources?

  • Focus group findings and public concern
  • 2. The Basics of Visual Resources Management
  • Sources of visual resource management information
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Objectives, Measures and Indicators
  • Principles of visual resource management
  • Landscape design techniques
  • Applications to various landscape situations

10:00 Break


3. Visual Preference Research Findings

  • Clearcutting and visual quality
  • Partial cutting and visual quality
  • Green-up and visual quality
  • Visual preference for alternative harvest practices

4. Case Study Examples and Review of Visual Resource Management Concepts

Noon Lunch


Safety Regulations, Unit Layout Considerations, Logging Systems and Working With Loggers – Loren Kellogg, Oregon State University, (emeritus)

2:15 Break


Oregon Public Perceptions of Forestry – Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resource Institute, Portland, OR


Washington Case History: Managing Visual Quality on Hancock Timber Resource Group Timberlands – Robert Bass, Hancock Timber Resource Group, Orting, WA

Oregon Case History: Speaker TBA


Blending Silvicultural Systems with Visual Management – Doug Maguire, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

4:30 Adjourn

Scaling for Non-Scalers

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


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

4:15     Adjourn

2016 Inland Empire Reforestation Council

Matching Site Conditions and Crop Trees

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

8:00  Welcome & Opening – Julie Donohoe, Idaho Department of Lands and 2016 Chair, Inland Empire ReforestationCouncil

8:15  Reclaiming N. Idaho Mine Disturbed Sites Through Reforestation Ed Pommerening, Consulting Forester, Pinehurst, ID

9:45  Break

10:15  Matching White Pine to Inland Sites: History, Blister Rust and Yields Don Patterson, Stimson Lumber, Newport, WA

11:00  Species Selection GuidelinesDan Miller, Precision Forestry, Moscow, ID

11:45  Lunch

12:30  IERC Business Meeting

1:00  Communicating a Positive Forestry Message to the Public Koshare Eagle, Koshare Eagle Consulting, Olympia, WA

2:00  Break

2:30  Insect Concerns in Regenerated Stands: Not Just the Usual SuspectsTom Eckberg, Idaho Department of Lands, Coeur d’Alene, ID

3:15  Updates on New Surfactants: Changing Familiar Products into Better Formulations Carl Sostrom , Wilbur-Ellis, Spokane, WA

3:45  Vendor Recognition & Closing

4:00  Adjourn & Social

US Forest Carbon Projects

March 10, 2016

10:00  Background on Carbon Projects – Dave Walters, Landvest, Eugene, OR
• What are the various types of carbon projects? What are the options when selecting a carbon project?

• How are carbon projects structured and what are the protocol requirements? What is necessary to bring a project to the marketplace?

• Overview of the US carbon marketplace. Where are existing carbon projects, what is their scale and sale price?

• Opportunities and tradeoffs in managing private timberlands for carbon.

11:00   Carbon Project Development Timeline and Key Steps – Dave Walters
• Scoping: Is the project worth spending money on?

• Information Gathering: What kinds of information are required by the project protocols?

• Analysis: What type of analysis is needed to validate the project?

• Submission and Processing: How to prepare a project for the marketplace.

Noon  Lunch

1:15  The Carbon Inventory: What does your inventory need to look like? – Dave Walters

• Project Requirements: Building an inventory system to match project protocol requirements. Measuring biomass instead of board feet.

• Design Considerations: What type of plots, how many and where, what do you need to measure, and what information needs to be collected.

• Processing: Calculating biomass using project protocol requisites.

• Documentation: Doing what you say you will do and recording every step.

3:00  Break

3:15  Growth and Yield Modelling: Modelling your forest out 100 years – Dave Walters

• Project Requirements: Modeling and projection conditions for submitting your project.

• Which model to use: Review of approved models and alternatives.

4:30  Adjourn

March 11, 2016

8:30  Growth and Yield Modelling, Continued
• What do you need the model to do? It is not your typical analysis.

• Pros and cons of approved models.

• Documentation for verification

10:00  Break

10:15  Harvest Scheduling – Dave Walters
• Merging your regular business model with long planning horizons.

• Approaches and tools for scheduling

Noon  Lunch

1:15  Forest Carbon Verification: Lessons Learned From the Verification of Over 50 million Tonnes – Zane Haxtema, Senior Verification Forester, SCS Global Services, Seattle, WA

2:00  Legal Considerations and Potential Pitfalls When Developing a Carbon Project – Greg Fullem, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland, OR

3:00  Break

3:15  Recap and Take Home Messages

3:45  Adjourn

Financial and Business Management Skills for Forestry and Natural Resource Leaders

March 15, 2016

8:00  Course welcome and introductions

Priority skills for career development and profitable business management

  • Six skills for “getting smart” in forestry and forest business
  • A day in the forestry life: land management vs. wood procurement vs. analyst

1: Conducting basic financial analysis in forestry

  • Key tools and metrics for forest finance and economics
  • How evaluate the economics of forest management (marginal analysis)
  • Case example: identify the forest rotation that maximizes value
  • Case example: assess the returns of forest management activities (i.e. fertilization)

2: Understanding basic tax rules and ownership structures

  • Key terms and tax rules critical to forest managers and owners
  • Explaining and comparing REITs, C-corps, TIMOs, LLCs and MLPs

3: Understanding the language of business

  • o Defining and reviewing financial statements (includes forestry case example)

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 Session continues

4: Putting forestry risks in perspective

  • Reviewing the data on forestry risks
  • Developing a plan to communicate risks to clients and managers

5: understanding market and forestry data

  • Overview of key forestry data sets and key things to know
  • How do successful forest investors and managers stay current?
  • Discussion: includes recommendations and examples of what to read

4:00 Adjourn for Day 1

March 16, 2016

8:00 Session continues

6: communicating with a range of individuals, executives and organizations

  • The good, the bad, the ugly: what forestry gets right and wrong
  • How to give a talk
  • How to conduct an interview
  • How to make a recommendation to managers or clients
  • Group exercise with facilitated feedback

12:00 Adjourn

Forest Health: Identification and Management of Forest Insects and Diseases

Title: Forest Health: Identification and Management of Forest Insects and Diseases

Location: Spokane, WA

Start Date: 2013-03-13

End Date: 2013-03-14

Link to PDF version of conference materials

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
9:00 The Whole Picture: Tree Vigor, Forest Ecology and Stand Dynamics — Karen Ripley, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA
9:30 Current Assessment of Western US Forest Health — Iral Ragenovich, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
10:00 Aerial Surveys: Techniques and Products — Keith Sprengel, USDA Forest Service, Westside Forest Insect and Disease Service Center, Sandy, OR
10:30 Break
11:00 Assessing Fire Damaged Trees — Karen Ripley (invited)
11:30 Why are My Trees Dying?  Diagnostic Tools and Methods for Forest Managers—Elizabeth Willhite, USDA Forest Service, Sandy, OR
Noon Lunch (included with registration)
Defoliating Insects: Hosts, Habitats, and Management Strategies
1:00 Western Spruce Budworm — Connie Mehmel, USDA Forest Service, Wenatchee, WA
1:30 Douglas-fir Tussock Moth — Connie Mehmel, USDA Forest Service, Wenatchee, WA
2:00 Black Pine Leaf Scale on Ponderosa Pine — Mike Johnson, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Colville, WA
2:30 Break
Stem Problems: Recognition, Importance and Management
3:00 Dwarf Mistletoe in Oregon and Washington — Angel Luis Saavedra, USDA Forest Service, Wenatchee, WA
3:30 White Pine Blister Rust — Holly Kearns, USDA Forest Service, Sandy, OR
4:00 Stem Decays — Greg Filip, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
4:30 Insects and Pruning Wounds — Mike Johnson, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Colville, WA
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Root Diseases: Identification, Importance and Management
8:00 Laminated Root Rot— Kris Chadwick, USDA Forest Service, Sandy, OR
8:30 Armillaria Root Disease — Amy Ramsey-Kroll, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA
9:00 Annosus Root and Butt Rot — Kris Chadwick, USDA Forest Service, Sandy, OR
Bark Beetles: Identification, Hazard Assessment and Management
9:30 Douglas-fir Beetle — Beth Willhite, USDA Forest Service, Sandy, OR
10:00 Break
10:30 Protecting Douglas-fir with the Antiaggregation Pheromone MCH — Connie Mehmel, USDA Forest Service, Wenatchee, WA
11:00 Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in Ponderosa Pine — Tom Eckberg , Idaho Department of Lands, Coeur d’Alene, ID
11:30 Mountain Pine Beetle in Lodgepole — Andy Eglitis, USDA Forest Service, Bend, OR
Noon Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 Western Pine Beetle – Andy Eglitis
1:30 Fir Engraver and Pine Engraver Beetle — Sandy Kegley, USDA Forest Service, Coeur d’Alene, ID
2:00 Climate Change and Insect and Disease Interactions — Nancy Grulke, Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, USDA Forest Service, Prineville, OR
2:30 Assessing Forest Health Risk — Greg Filip, USDA Forest Service, Portland,
3:00 Managing Your Forests for Forest Health — Dave Shaw, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 
3:30 Adjourn

Forest Export Markets: Opportunities in Japan and China

Link to PDF version of conference materialsPortland, OR USA
December 18, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
9:00 Conference Welcome
9:10 Overview of Asian Markets and Fiber Supply ― Hank Ekstrom, Wood Resources International LLC, Seattle, WA. This presentation will cover the demand for imports of logs, woodchips, wood products and pulp in the key Asian markets of China, Japan, South Korea and India. Market share of US exporters will be discussed relative to supplies from competing regions such as Russia, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
9:40 The Impact of Russian Log Exports on Asian Markets ― Paul Owen, Vanport International, Boring, ORWhat are the implications of Russia being accepted into the World Trade Organization? Will Russia slash or eliminate log export tariffs making their logs more affordable to China? Theoretically, that action could undercut North American log exports and China could lean less on the US and Canada for logs.
10:10 Break
10:40 Logs Exports Under an Uncertain Chinese Economy: Understanding Key Economic IndicatorsJohn Perez-Garcia, Center for International Trade in Forest Products, University of Washington, Seattle, WAThis presentation will address two strategic business questions: Under what conditions will China continue to import US softwood logs?  What is the likelihood that these conditions will continue into the future?  The answer lies in an examination of the important factors in log trading and a focus on key economic indicators to discern possible future trends . . . all with a focus on China.
11:15 Moving Logs to Asia: Shipping Logistics, Options and Port Capabilities – Tom Leeds, Pacific Lumber & Shipping, Seattle, WA
Noon Lunch
1:00 The US as a Brand Name in Chinese Forest Products Markets ― Xu Fang, American Softwoods China Office, Shanghai, China.  In-person Interview by Eric Hansen, Wood Science and Engineering Department, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1:30 How to Finance Your Exports and Mitigate Risk: Tools for Both Pre-shipment and Post-shipment Finance ― Bryan Hicks and Tony Liebo, Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank, Seattle, WA
2:00 Break
2:20 Managing Phytosanitary Issues in Log Exports– Cindy Cooper, aPlant Services, WA Dept. of Agriculture, Olympia, WA. Each year Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) trade measures play an increasingly critical role in shaping the flow of U.S. global trade. China has previously acted to suspend log shipments from S. Carolina and Virginia due to the presence of pests. PNW log exporters will need to stay ahead of this curve.
2:45 Timber in an Uncertain Global Economy – Dr. Bill Conerly, Conerly Consulting, Lake Oswego, ORDr. Bill Conerly will address the demand for Northwest timber, including domestic uses and the export markets in Asia. Along the way he’ll explain the best practices for handling the tremendous uncertainty about the global economic outlook.
3:15 Adjourn