AUG 5, WEBINAR – Considering the Fall Planting Option: A Biological Perspective to Support A Successful Outcome – Steve Grossnickle, NurseryToForest Solutions and Joanne E. MacDonald, Natural Resources Canada
AUG 12, WEBINAR – Expert Panel Discussion: Strategies for Nursery Operations During the Pandemic
AUG 19, WEBINAR – Water wise: efficient nursery water use – Sarah White, Clean Water3, Clemson University
AUG 26, WEBINAR – Climate Change and Variability Impacts on Nurseries – Steve McNulty, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub
SEP 2, WEBINAR – The Potential for Improving Nursery Practices through the Application of Plant Hydraulic Physiology Research – Rebecca Sheridan, Oregon State University
SEP 9, WEBINAR – Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the Southwestern US: From Seed to Nursery to Outplanting – Owen Burney, New Mexico State University
SEP 16, WEBINAR – Seed Preparation Techniques to Maximize Germination in the Nursery – Nabil Khadduri, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Webster Nursery
SEP 23, WEBINAR – Back to Nursery Basics(topic area will be determined based on participant feedback and requests) – Jeremy Pinto, USDA Forest Service
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductions – Diane Haase, Western Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
9:10 Growing Wild Plants: Philosophy and Practice – Ned McGinely, Sound Native Plants, Olympia, WA
9:45 Climate Influences Range and Phenology of Northwest Shrub Species – Connie Harrington, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA
10:50 Long-Term Management Impacts on Plant Communities in Upland Prairies in the Willamette Valley – Matt Bahm, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
11:25 If You Build It, Will They Come? The Effects of Plant Restoration on Pollinator Diversity in Willamette Valley/Puget Trough Prairies – Susan Waters, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
12:00 Lunch (included with registration)
1:15 Seed Propagation Using an Oxygenated Water Bath – Derek Tilley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aberdeen, ID
1:50 Outcomes of Post-Fire Seeding Experiments Using Native Seed Mixes in the Great Basin – Jeff Ott, USDA Forest Service, Boise, ID
2:25 Expanding the Conservation Portfolio: Reintroducing Native Plants to Working Lands in Western Washington – Sarah Hamman, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
3:30 Native Plant Curriculum for Middle and High School Students – Tyler Knapp, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
4:05 Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Seed Technology for Direct Seeding In Forests and Rangelands – Tiffani Manteuffel-Ross, DroneSeed, Seattle, WA
Thursday, November 14, 2019
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15 What’s Luck Got to Do with It? Rollin’ on the Restoration River – Lee Riley, USDA Forest Service, Cottage Grove, OR
8:50 Role of the Plot-Sized Farmer in Native Seed Production – Sierra Smith, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
9:25 Establishing Habitat for Honeybee Health and Conservation – Ashley Baird, Beecoming Project, Portland, OR
10:30 Determining the Scale of Local Adaptation: What Can We Learn From A Large-Scale Reciprocal Transplant Study of an Important Restoration Grass Species? – Francis Kilkenny, USDA Forest Service, Boise, ID
11:05 ‘Restoring’ for Future Climates: Plant Population Dynamics Across a Latitudinal Gradient in a Climate Manipulation Experiment – Paul Reed, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
11:40 Combining Nitrogen and Rhizobia to Improve Nursery Growth of Nitrogen-Fixing Plants – Kas Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID
12:15 Lunch (included with registration)
1:30 Teaching, Growing, Restoring: Developing Vocational Curricula for Adults in Custody Involved in Sagebrush Production – Dionné Mejia, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
2:05 Grasses as Invasive Species – Clay Antieau, City of Seattle
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
8:15 Opening Remarks – Julie Woodward, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
8:30 Personal Protective Equipment for Dermal Protection in Forestry – Carol Black, Washington State University
10:15 Sustaining Site Productivity: Lessons Learned From 25 years of the North American Long-Term Soil Productivity Experiment – Debbie Dumroese, USDA Forest Service
10:45 Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Using Mastication for Site Prep – Terrie Jain, USDA Forest Service
11:15 The State of Fear and How it Affects your Ability to Grow Trees – Heather Hansen, WA Friends of Farm and Forests
1:30 One Landowner is Thinning While the Adjoining Landowner is not: Which One is Losing Money? – Greg Latta, University of Idaho
2:00 Does a Liability Jury Decision Change the Toxicology of Roundup? – Alan Felsot, Washington State University
3:15 Red Alder Growth Model – Andrew Bluhm, Hardwood Silvicultural Coop., Oregon State University
3:45 Herbicide Applications in Lincoln County, OR With an Aerial Spray Ban – Joe Steere & Luke Bergey, Miami Corp
4:15 Managing Troublesome Weeds North of the 45th Parallel – Branden Sirguy, Merrill & Ring
4:45 Political Issues in Oregon – Katie Fast, Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Thursday, December 5, 2019
9:00 Forest Vegetation Management Mixes Without Glyphosate in the Inland Empire – Joel Fields, Wilbur-Ellis
9:30 Forest Vegetation Management Mixes Without Glyphosate in the West Side of the Cascades – Eric Hippler, Wilbur-Ellis
10:30 Beyond Aerial Applications: Alternative Herbicide Application Methods – Bonnie Covell, Weyerhaeuser
11:00 Beyond Averages: Transforming Your Regeneration Plots into Useful Information – Bruce Ripley, Hancock Forest Management
1:00 Noxious and Invasive Weeds: Identifying and Reporting – Wyatt Williams, OR Dept of Forestry
2:00 Results of a PNW Reforestation Cost Survey – Dan Opalach, Forest Biometrics Research Institute
3:00 Labels, Handling, and PPE Use Rule Updates – Andrea Sonnen, OR Dept. of Agriculture
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8:15 am Introduction to WR.COFE & Seminar – Jeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & OSU FERM Department
8:30 am Utility Poles – Greg Roberson, McFarland Cascade
9:00 am Drones for Road Change – A Users Perspective – Greg Schmitz, Schmitz Timber Management
9:30 am 50 years in the Logging Business – A Logger’s Perspective – Bobby King, RR King Logging
10:00 am Peterson Cat Update
10:10 am BREAK (Refreshments Provided)
10:40 am Pape’ Machinery Update
10:50 am Logging Safely Around High Voltage Facilities – Walter Bashor (BPA), TFEF-ALVEY – Bonneville Power
11:20 am Continuous Bridle Multi-stump Anchors and Live Tethers Interacting with Rub Trees; Some Unexpected Results – Kevin Lyons, Oregon State University
11:50 am Modern Machinery Update
12:00 pm LUNCH (Provided)
12:50 pm ANNOUNCEMENTS – Ticket Raffle and OSU Student Scholarship Awards – Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship
1:20 pm Blount International update
1:30 pm OSO Landslide – Gunnar Schlieder, GeoScience
2:25 pm BREAK (Refreshments Provided)
2:45 pm Decommissioning Roads Overall strategy – Amanda Warnerthorpe, USDA Forest Service
3:15 pm Waste Area – Water Impacts – Gunnar Schlieder, GeoScience
3:45 pm Wrap-Up and Evaluation — Jeff Wimer
4:00 pm Adjourn
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Thursday, January 23, 2020
8:30 Opportunities and Stressors for the North American Forest Industry in 2020 – Hamir Patel, CIBC World Markets
9:00 Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Western Canada – Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International
9:30 Federal Forest Lands Issues in 2020 – Tom Schultz, Idaho Forest Group
10:30 Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands in 2020 – Jason Spadaro, SDS Lumber
11:00 US PNW Sawmill Sector – Steve Courtney, Roseburg Forest Products Co.
11:30 US PNW Pulp Mill Sector – Jeff Walton, Cascade Pacific
1:00 BC Interior Log Supply Issues – Brad Bennett, Interfor
1:30 BC Coastal Log Supply Issues – Albert Nussbaum, Forest Analysis and Inventory Department, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural, Resource Operations
2:00 Hog Fuel Supply and Power Generation Trends for 2020 – Greg Frohn, Avista
3:00 BC, PNW and Idaho Transportation Issues – Dale Lemmons, Signature Transport
3:30 Why and Where to Invest in Timberlands in North America – A Focus on the US Northwest – Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting
Monday, February 10, 2020
8:00 Workshop Introductions and Overview
8:15 Unit Layout – How to layout a unit
- Different levels of harvest planning
- What is successful skyline harvesting?
- Review of cable systems and skyline carriages
- Logging around streams
- Laying out a unit with unstable steep slopes
10:15 Payload, Productivity and Efficiency
- Skyline deflection – Safe working Loads
- Factors that influence productivity
- Understanding wire rope characteristics
- Variables affecting skyline deflection
11:45 Lunch (included with registration)
12:45 Skyline Logging Landings
- How landing layout affects productivity
- Managing wood flow through the landing
- Deploying yarder guylines
- Placement of stump anchors
- Multi-stump Anchors
- Machine anchors
2:30 Rigging Tail and Intermediate Trees
- When and where to use
- Design and layout of tail trees
- Model demonstration for plotting trees
- Field cards for unit layout
3:15 SkylineXL software
- Introduction to SkylineXL
- Determining skyline payloads
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
8:00 Logging Safety
- What unit layout can do for unit safety
- Review of major watch-out situations
10:00 Tethered Assist
- A game changer for logging safety?
12:00 Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 Cut-to-length Logging
- Economic viability: Higher upfront costs with improved safety and decreased stand and soil damage.
- Steep slope harvesting
2:00 Workshop review and summary
2:30 Workshop adjourns
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8:30 Growth and Yield of a Hybridized Interior and Coastal Douglas-Fir in the Pacific Northwest: A Management Opportunity – Marcus Warwell and Russ Graham, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
9:00 Reconsidering Stocktype Sizes: Long-Term Results From a Stocktype Comparison Study in Northern Idaho – Andrew Nelson, University of Idaho
9:45 21 Years of Successful Seedling Stories – Mark Boardman, PRT
10:45 Forest Vegetation Management Mixes Without Glyphosate in the Inland Empire – Joel Fields, Wilbur-Ellis
11:30 The Volcano Fire: The Bad, The Ugly, and The Good. Reforestation and Stand Management Results 57 Years After the Volcano Fire on the Tahoe National Forest – Phil Aune, Retired forester
1:00 Does a Liability Jury Decision Change the Toxicology of Roundup? – Alan Felsot, Washington State University
2:00 Seedling Performance Metrics: A Standardized Monitoring Approach – Abbie Acuff, PotlatchDeltic
2:50 Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology: Processing Internal Combustion Emissions into Plant Stimulants – Gary Lewis, N/CQuest
8:05 Douglas-fir Tree Improvement Program in British Columbia – Trevor Doerksen
9:05 White Pine Blister Rust Resistance in Western White Pine: Durability, Stability, and Usability of Genetic Resistance – Richard Sniezko
10:35 The Quest for Resistance to Butternut Canker: this Ain’t Blister Rust! – Carolyn (Carrie) Pike
11:35 Western Larch Species Group Report – David Foushee
11:50 Western White Pine Species Group Report – Don Patterson
1:05 What’s Eating your Seed: New Developments in Seed Orchard Pest Management – Steve Cook
2:05 Long-term Productivity of Improved Western White Pine: A Management Opportunity – Marcus Warwell & Russ Graham
3:25 Turning Testing Data into Seed: Seed Orchard Management Techniques to Produce High-gain Seed – Jeff DeBell
4:25 Seed Supply Working Group Reports – Marc L. Rust
5:00 Wrap-up & Adjourn
March 24th, All Day (Technical Meeting)
“40th Anniversary of the Intermountain Forestry Cooperative”
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7:30 – 8:00 Registration – Check-in
8:00 – 8:10 Welcome and Housekeeping Items
8:10 – 8:50 James A. Moore Keynote Address: The History and Importance of Integrating “Innovation” in to Forging Successful Forestry Businesses – David New, Growing Excellence Inc., Biosketch-New
8:50 – 9:20 Regional Spotlight Series: It’s Not All About Research: Mechanics of a Successful Applied Biometrics Program – Nathaniel Osborne, Rayonier, Biosketch-Osborne
9:20 – 9:40 Break
9:40 – 10:10 Harvesting and chemical site-prep effects on site productivity – 5 & 10 Year results from the Nutrient Management Study – Terry Shaw, IFC
10:10 – 10:40 Machine learning to optimize stand density as a function of management objectives and site resources – Ryan Heiderman, IFC
10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Paired Plot Density Management: DF/PP 4 & 6 Yr growth & mortality – Mark Kimsey, IFC
11:30 – 12:00 Assessing tree vigor and stand health following thinning treatments in dry pine forests – Nancy Grulke, USDA FS PNW Research Station
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 2:00 Assessing airborne laser scanning for support of forestry applications (remote) – Matthew Sumnall, Senior Researcher, Forest Resources & Envi. Cons., Virginia Tech
2:00 – 2:30 A nonparametric approach for estimating forest productivity – Halli Hemingway, FBRI Scholar, Bennett Lumber Products, Inc.
2:30 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 Identification and modeling of key variables to reforestation success – Cen Chen, CAFS Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Maine-PotlatchDeltic
3:30 – 4:00 Nonparametric modeling of site preparation effects on early stand growth rates – Patrick Whalen, FBRI Scholar, Inland Empire Paper Company
4:00 Meeting wrap-up
March 25th (Steering Committee Meeting)
8:00 – 2:00 (for Steering Committee Members Only)
Meeting was CANCELED due to COVID-19. No future date has been set.
8:00 Building Blocks of Sound Inventory Design
- What is a working forest inventory? The evolution over 30 years from strata averages and yield tables to individual stand structures within strata.
- Why you should be cruising for inventory versus harvest. Your cruising objective is to capture silvicultural growth capacity and setup the ability to re-merchandize as markets change.
8:30 Sample Designs – Strata
- Stratifying the whole forest – What are the right classifications and levels of strata?
- Breaking the strata into unique stand polygons –Why we need unique stand identification.
- Sampling stands within each strata for cruising – Getting the right distribution, intensity and frequency of sampling and working with riparian buffers and setasides.
10:20 Sample Design – Plots
- Distributing your plots across the entire stand –Why this makes a difference.
- Including small tree frequencies to define density.
- How large tree frequencies define silvicultural options and asset values.
- Defining clumpiness with systematic spatial plot patterns to quantify the impact on yield capacity.
- Determining the right plot frequency and distribution within each stand.
1:00 Sample Design – Trees
- Sampling all trees of all species and sizes within each stand makes a difference.
- Applying a combination of prism-sweep and fixed area plot designs for sampling.
- Tally frequencies by species and size class, never by species alone.
- When and why to record tree condition and vigor class in cruise design.
- Methods for selecting large trees height samples – why this makes a difference.
- Estimating live crown length and percent defect in large trees.
- When and how to measure taper.
- When and why to measure age
- How to use a 1/20th acre fixed area circular plot for standing dead trees.
- Sampling down woody material using a minimum 100-foot transect line.
2:20 Cruise Compilation Methods
- Compiling each stand cruise versus compiling by strata – within and between stands.
- Height estimation methods – why tree heights vary with silviculture.
3:30 Expanding the Cruise to Un-sampled Stands
- 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.
- Do’s and don’ts of cruise expansions–methods, timing, frequency and assumptions.
4:15 Year-end Updates and Reporting – Getting the Sequence and Components Right
- Incorporating all new harvest units, deletions,acquisitions and boundary adjustments in a GIS stand polygon layer.
- Updating the GIS road network and road class buffer widths.
- Updating the GIS stream courses and riparian buffer widths.
- Updating all administrative, silvicultural and operational costs.
- Running reports for year-end harvest volume and value reports.
- Growing stands for one year from the previous year for annual growth reporting.
- Updating the inventory with all new cruises from all sampled stands within current year – identifying the actual impact of new information.
- Producing forest-wide reports of new current standing forest inventory.
7:45 Instructor Introduction and Course Overview
8:00 Key Concepts of Forest Finance: Introduction to the unique attributes of forest finance to include time value of money, nominal vs. real rates, cash flows and common mistakes and how to correct them.
9:00 Using Faustmann’s Formula and the Bare Land Value Equation: How to calculate the present value of the income stream from forest rotation and measuring the net present value of bare timberland used in perpetual timber production.
10:15 Using Financial Criteria to Make Investment Decisions: How to rank investment options and a case study of maximizing returns from existing stands.
Noon Lunch (provided with registration)
1:00 Marginal Analysis: When does forest management pay? Group exercise: Harvest investment decisions.
2:30 Discount Rates: Estimating risk and understanding the language of business
3:30 Question and answer session
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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
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
Special requests: Using procedures in addition to the NW Log Scaling Rules – Tom St. Laurent
Noon Lunch (included with registration)
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?
2:15 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
- Scaler cost and value