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PACT 2015 Exhibitor and Additional Attendee Registration

This registration link is for exhibitors and additional booth staff only. If you’d like to register as a regular attendee, please go to the PACT 2015 website and register through their registration page.

Exhibitor registration includes:

– Registration for the primary attendee

– 10′ wide by 6′ deep exhibit space

– Table

– Electricity

– Pipe and Drape

Additional booth staff will need to register for the conference under the “additional staff registration” option through the registration link.

Forest Growth and Yield Models: What Makes Them Work and What Makes Them Fail?


April 13, 2015

1:00 PM

Understanding the types of forest growth and yield models with an emphasis on FVS, ORGANON and FPS.

5:00 PM



April 14, 2015

8:00 AM

Model Evaluation: Why are you using one particular model and does it give you the answers that you need? Where models succeed and where they are suspect.




12:00 PM


1:00 PM

How do I localize a model for my area? When is it necessary to do a calibration?

  • What is the difference between evaluation and calibration? Basic adjustments will be covered for FVS, FPS and ORGANON.

2:30 PM

Working through the process: Selecting the best model for
unfamiliar areas and little data.




Final Take-Home Message

4:30 PM


Analyzing Forest Products Markets and Forecasting Log Prices in the PNW


8:00     Instructor introduction and course overview

8:15     Timber Market Frameworks: What are We Trying to Answer? What are the Tools of the Trade?

8:45     Defining “Operable” and Analyzable” Markets: Group exercise on drafting geographic wood and timber markets. How do we account for size, location, operations, and data collection?

9:30    Break

9:45     Detailing Wood Demand and Competition: Assessing the location, size, type, status, and risk of existing wood-using facilities.

10:45     Screening Wood Bioenergy Projects: How do we screen bioenergy projects for analysis of local wood markets?

11:30     Lunch

12:15     Analyzing and Forecasting Stumpage and Delivered Prices: Identifying, organizing, and analyzing basin-specific stumpage and delivered prices. Group exercise on estimating future prices.

2:15     Break

2:30     Estimating Supply Chain Issues: Evaluation logging capacity, transportation and rail lines, and port access.

3:30     Compiling and Communicating Final Results: Confirming final results and recommendations, producing final deliverables, and communication technical information and results.

4:00     Session adjourns

The course includes two 15-minute breaks, lunch, hard copies of all course materials, and electronic copies of supplementary reference materials and copies of the book “Wood for Bioenergy” (Forest History Society).