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Building Sustainable Tribal Foodscapes In the Time of COVID Webinar Recording

Rebuilding a More Resilient Food System through Regenerative Agriculture & Community Engagement

Nov. 17, 2020 • 6 – 8 pm • U.S. Mountain Standard Time
Speaker: Kelsey Ducheneaux
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Join Kelsey to learn how you as a food consumer or an agricultural products producer can contribute to the effort for a more localized and resilient food system. Kelsey Ducheneaux, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is committed to re-localizing local food systems. In her work as a Natural Resource Director, she’s privileged to work with Tribal land stewards across the country as they care for mother earth; deploying thoughtful, regenerative agriculture practices that exercise an evolution of our traditional ecological knowledge that we’ve inherited from our ancestors. Kelsey practices food sovereignty within her own community through DX Beef, LLC, a direct-to-consumer grass-fed beef business. In light of COVID, she’s been able to maintain a consistent, quality product to her local community. Similarly, she’s been able to share her successful business model and platform with other native ag producers that want to feed their community.

2020 Virtual PNW Forest Vegetation Management Conference

Session 1: Wednesday, 12/2/20.

Oregon has approved 1 Core Credit and 1 Regular Credit for this session. Credits have been applied for. Anticipating 1 credit from each: Idaho and Washington State per Session 1.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Human and Environmental Toxicology of Pesticide Formulations and Spray AdjuvantsAllan Felsot, Professor, Department of Entomology, Washington State University

What is the physical chemistry of adjuvants such as surfactants and why they are needed for biological activity? This presentation will provide a review of the regulatory aspect of pesticide formulations and spray adjuvants under State and Federal laws. Dr. Felsot will answer the questions: What are the environmental hazards and human health hazards with adjuvants? and How PPE such as gloves can mitigate most of the health risk.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Elk Hoof Disease Research at WSU On Treponema and Forest Vegetation Needs for Large Forest UngulatesMargaret Wild, DVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University and Kyle Garrison, Ungulate Specialist, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

In 2018 the Washington Legislature allotted funds for the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine to study the problem of elk hoof disease. Dr. Wild directs this project and will provide an update on the findings to date. Project studies include pathogen research around treponema, controlled experiments with captive elk, disease surveillance, and investigating the risk factors in wild elk.

Kyle Garrison will review the research on the forage values of vegetation for elk and the changes made in those plant communities after timber harvest. Comparisons of forage with or without herbicide treatment will be described. In this presentation, Kyle will discuss the relationships among silviculture, elk habitat, nutrition, and disease informed by recent research in the Pacific Northwest.

Session 2: Thursday, 12/3/20.

Oregon has approved 2 Regular Credits. Credits have been applied for. Anticipating 2 credits from each: Idaho and Washington State per Session 2.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Water Use and Competitiveness of Senecio sylvaticus in Young Pseudotsuga menziesii Plantations in Western OregonCarlos Gonzalas-Berecke, Vegetation Management Research Cooperative, Oregon State University

Senecio species are a nemesis for reforestation projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and this research shows the species impact on seedling survival and growth. Senecio densities varied across the research sites and comparisons were made for soil moisture depletion and competition with the Douglas fir seedlings.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interactive Effects of Stock Size and Vegetation Management Treatments on Douglas-fir Plantation ProductivityMaxwell Wightman, Vegetation Management Research Cooperative, Oregon State University

This presentation will cover the 10-year results of comparing the interaction of seedling stock size and forest vegetation management treatments in Western Oregon. Three seedling stock types and three vegetation management regimes were studied. The tree seedling growth and volumes were measured as were the long-term effect of the cover of shrubs on these sites.

Session 3: Tuesday, 12/8/20.

Oregon has approved 1 Core Credit and 1 Regular Credit. Credits have been applied for. Anticipating 2 credits from Idaho and Washington State per Session 3.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Noxious Weed Control: Identification, IVM Control Methods, Communicating with a Skeptical PublicDana Coggon, Program Manager, Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board

Dana will discuss the control of weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, Tansy Ragwort, Giant Hogweed, Scotch Broom and other species. Kitsap County is across Puget Sound from Seattle and includes Bainbridge Island, a rather wealthy bedroom community where many people commute to Seattle via ferry. Dana maintains her program plans and funding by communication with governmental leaders and other agencies, plus manages the field work crew. She employs the use of weed hand pulling, stem injections, spot foliar backpack spray, and broadcast treatments in a suburban environment.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Herbicide Tank Mixtures and ToxicologyVickie Tatum, Forest Chemical Program Manager, National Council of Air and Stream Improvement

While resource managers understand the toxicology and envirotoxicology of many of the herbicides used in forestry, there are often questions about tank mixes. Do tank mixes of different chemicals change the toxicity of the combinations? Vickie will share information on this subject so foresters can better understand and communicate tank mixes with the public as well as applicators.

Session 4: Wednesday, 12/9/20.

Oregon had approved 1 Core Credit and 1 Regular Credit. Credits have been applied for. Anticipating 2 credits from Idaho and Washington State per Session 4.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Noxious and Invasive Weed Identification and MappingWyatt Williams, Invasive Species Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry

Wyatt will outline the Oregon Department of Forestry system for the surveillance, mapping, and monitoring of noxious and invasive weed species in forest settings. Planning for control and eradication is important element in any vegetation management project. Integrated vegetation control will be stressed along with control options.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Art of Measuring Pesticides and an Update on PPE RequirementsCarol Black, Pesticide Education Specialist, Washington State University

The accuracy of measuring is important for efficacy, preventing unwanted damage, and saving the investment in the cost of chemicals. Most products have wiggle room, but some measuring devices can lead applicators astray. A review of formulations types and measuring devices will be given. An update on Personal Protective Equipment label changes will be reviewed for some of the common forest herbicides.

2021 Virtual Western Region COFE Seminar – Improving Forest Harvesting Operations

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8:15 Introduction and AnnouncementsJeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & OSU FERM Department

8:30  Timber Faller, Rigging Crew and Operator Safety and Health with Tethered Logging Systems and OROSHA Variance DataJohn Garland, PE. Consulting Forest Engineer, Professor Emeritus, FERM, Oregon State University, Affiliate Professor, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, University of Washington (abstract)

9:15  Slope stability and Forest Practices in Washington: regulations, guidance, FPAs, and roles of the geologist and forest engineer  – Ted Turner, Weyerhaeuser (abstract)

10:00  Energy Absorbing Cab GuardsKevin Lyons, Oregon State University

10:45 Machine Vision SystemsLisa Ball, USDA Forest Service

11:30 Break

Tethered Logging Update

Start Time Roads Breakout Logging Breakout
12:30 Idaho Steep Slope Harvesting: Tracks, Tires, and TetheringAustin Finster,  Oregon State University Managing Cable TensionsBruce Skurdahl, Summit Equipment
1:15 Surfacing Forest Roads When Aggregate is ExpensiveKevin Lyons, Oregon State University Deadman Anchoring Design for Cable Logging: A New ApproachFrancisca Belart, Oregon State University (abstract)
2:00 Towed GraderSteve Pilkerton, Oregon State University Survey of Harvesting Systems in New ZealandHunter Harrill, Cable Logging Specialist (abstract)
2:45 Break Break
3:00 Are battery Electric Log Trucks the Future in Mountainous Terrains in the Pacific NorthwestJohn Sessions, Oregon State University Splicing and Cable DesignBrian Tuor, Cable Logging Specialist
3:45 Softree: Forest Engineering SoftwareKen Hoffine, Lone Rock Timber Mgmt. Co. NZ Logger MagazineBrain Spindler
4:30 Adjourn

2020 Empowering Tribal Culture, Ecology, and Food Systems Recorded Webinar Series: FREE

Duration of each webinar episode: 75 minutes, 12-1:15PM US Mountain Daylight time

The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems in North AmericaChef Sean Sherman, founder of the The Sioux Chef company, author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook, Minneapolis, MN
Click here to view the Sept. 30 recorded webinar, episode 1.

Restoring Seed Relatives: Collection and Storage Techniques

Agroforestry: Indigenous Knowledge and Central American Perspectives

  • Topic 1: Defining Agroforestry within Traditional Ecological Knowledge – It has Always Been a Practice!” Kate MacFarland, USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) Agroforester
  • Topic 2: Community-led Agroforestry in Central AmericaValentina de Rooy, Regional Manager, Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Click here to view the Oct. 14 recorded webinar, episode 3.

Community Benefits and Challenges of Tribal Greenhouse ManagementJeremy Pinto (Dine’), PhD, Research Plant Physiologist/Tribal Nursery Specialist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Click here to view a PDF of Jeremy Pinto’s presentation.
Click here to view the Oct. 21 recorded webinar, episode 4.

AIMing for SOS: FBIC/BLM/SER Native Seed and Grassland Restoration Program: The Tribal Nursery Program on the Fort Belknap Indian ReservationCristina Eisenberg, PHD, FBIC/BLM/SER Native Seed and Grassland Restoration Program Director, Oregon State University, and Wendy Velman, Botany Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Click here to view the Oct. 28 recorded webinar, episode 5.

2020 North American Forest and Conservation Nursery Technology Recorded Webinar Series: FREE

Considering the Fall Planting Option: A Biological Perspective to Support A Successful OutcomeSteve Grossnickle, NurseryToForest Solutions and Joanne E. MacDonald, Natural Resources Canada – Click here to view the recorded Aug. 5 webinar.

Expert Panel Discussion: Strategies for Nursery Operations During the PandemicClick here to view the recorded Aug. 12 webinar.

Water wise: efficient nursery water useSarah White, Clean Water3, Clemson University – Click here to view the recorded Aug. 19 webinar. Click here to view a PDF of the Aug. 19 presentation.

Climate Change and Variability Impacts on NurseriesSteve McNulty, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub – Click here to view the recorded Aug. 26 webinar

The Potential for Improving Nursery Practices through the Application of Plant Hydraulic Physiology ResearchRebecca Sheridan, Oregon State University Click here to view the recorded Sept. 2 webinar

Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the Southwestern US: From Seed to Nursery to OutplantingOwen Burney, New Mexico State University Click here to view the recorded Sept. 9 webinar

Seed Preparation Techniques to Maximize Germination in the NurseryNabil Khadduri, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Webster Nursery Click here to view the recorded Sept. 16 webinar

Seedling Development: The Establishment, Rapid Growth, and HardeningJeremy Pinto, USDA Forest Service Click here to view the recorded Sept. 23 webinar

Eighth Western Native Plant Conference

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

8:30   Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00   Welcome and IntroductionsDiane Haase, Western Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
9:10   Growing Wild Plants: Philosophy and PracticeNed McGinely, Sound Native Plants, Olympia, WA
9:45   Climate Influences Range and Phenology of Northwest Shrub SpeciesConnie Harrington, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA
10:20   Break
10:50   Long-Term Management Impacts on Plant Communities in Upland Prairies in the Willamette ValleyMatt 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 PrairiesSusan Waters, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
12:00   Lunch (included with registration)
1:15   Seed Propagation Using an Oxygenated Water BathDerek Tilley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aberdeen, ID
1:50   Outcomes of Post-Fire Seeding Experiments Using Native Seed Mixes in the Great BasinJeff Ott, USDA Forest Service, Boise, ID
2:25   Expanding the Conservation Portfolio: Reintroducing Native Plants to Working Lands in Western WashingtonSarah Hamman, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
3:00   Break
3:30   Native Plant Curriculum for Middle and High School StudentsTyler Knapp, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
4:05   Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Seed Technology for Direct Seeding In Forests and RangelandsTiffani Manteuffel-Ross, DroneSeed, Seattle, WA
4:40 Adjourn

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15   What’s Luck Got to Do with It? Rollin’ on the Restoration RiverLee Riley, USDA Forest Service, Cottage Grove, OR
8:50   Role of the Plot-Sized Farmer in Native Seed ProductionSierra Smith, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
9:25   Establishing Habitat for Honeybee Health and ConservationAshley Baird, Beecoming Project, Portland, OR
10:00   Break
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 ExperimentPaul Reed, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
11:40   Combining Nitrogen and Rhizobia to Improve Nursery Growth of Nitrogen-Fixing PlantsKas 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 ProductionDionné Mejia, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
2:05   Grasses as Invasive SpeciesClay Antieau, City of Seattle
2:40   Adjourn

3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Forest Vegetation Management Conference

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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 ForestryCarol Black, Washington State University
9:45   Break
10:15   Sustaining Site Productivity: Lessons Learned From 25 years of the North American Long-Term Soil Productivity ExperimentDebbie Dumroese, USDA Forest Service
10:45   Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Using Mastication for Site PrepTerrie Jain, USDA Forest Service
11:15   The State of Fear and How it Affects your Ability to Grow TreesHeather Hansen, WA Friends of Farm and Forests
12:00   Lunch
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
3:00   Break
3:15   Red Alder Growth ModelAndrew Bluhm, Hardwood Silvicultural Coop., Oregon State University
3:45   Herbicide Applications in Lincoln County, OR With an Aerial Spray BanJoe Steere & Luke Bergey, Miami Corp
4:15   Managing Troublesome Weeds North of the 45th Parallel Branden Sirguy, Merrill & Ring
4:45   Political Issues in OregonKatie Fast, Oregonians for Food and Shelter
5:15   Reception

Thursday, December 5, 2019

9:00   Forest Vegetation Management Mixes Without Glyphosate in the Inland EmpireJoel Fields, Wilbur-Ellis
9:30   Forest Vegetation Management Mixes Without Glyphosate in the West Side of the CascadesEric Hippler, Wilbur-Ellis
10:00   Break
10:30   Beyond Aerial Applications: Alternative Herbicide Application MethodsBonnie Covell, Weyerhaeuser
11:00   Beyond Averages: Transforming Your Regeneration Plots into Useful InformationBruce Ripley, Hancock Forest Management
12:00   Lunch
1:00   Noxious and Invasive Weeds: Identifying and ReportingWyatt Williams, OR Dept of Forestry
2:00   Results of a PNW Reforestation Cost SurveyDan Opalach, Forest Biometrics Research Institute
2:45   Break
3:00   Labels, Handling, and PPE Use Rule UpdatesAndrea Sonnen, OR Dept. of Agriculture
4:00   Adjourn

2020 Western Region COFE Seminar – Improving Forest Harvesting Operations

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8:15 am   Introduction to WR.COFE & SeminarJeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & OSU FERM Department

8:30 am   Utility PolesGreg Roberson, McFarland Cascade

9:00 am   Drones for Road Change – A Users PerspectiveGreg Schmitz, Schmitz Timber Management

9:30 am   50 years in the Logging Business – A Logger’s PerspectiveBobby 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 LandslideGunnar Schlieder, GeoScience

2:25 pm   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

2:45 pm   Decommissioning Roads Overall strategyAmanda Warnerthorpe, USDA Forest Service

3:15 pm   Waste Area – Water ImpactsGunnar Schlieder, GeoScience

3:45 pm    Wrap-Up and EvaluationJeff Wimer

4:00 pm    Adjourn

Mapping The Course: Timberland, Forest Products Processing, And Fiber Issues For 2020

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

8:30   Opportunities and Stressors for the North American Forest Industry in 2020Hamir Patel, CIBC World Markets

9:00   Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Western CanadaHakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International

9:30   Federal Forest Lands Issues in 2020Tom Schultz, Idaho Forest Group

10:00   Break

10:30   Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands in 2020Jason Spadaro, SDS Lumber

11:00   US PNW Sawmill SectorSteve Courtney, Roseburg Forest Products Co.

11:30   US PNW Pulp Mill SectorJeff Walton, Cascade Pacific

12:00   Lunch

1:00   BC Interior Log Supply IssuesBrad Bennett, Interfor

1:30   BC Coastal Log Supply IssuesAlbert 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 2020Greg Frohn, Avista

2:30   Break

3:00   BC, PNW and Idaho Transportation IssuesDale Lemmons, Signature Transport

3:30   Why and Where to Invest in Timberlands in North America – A Focus on the US NorthwestBrooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting

Skyline Layout, Management and Logging Safety

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

10:00   Break

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

2:15   Break

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

4:15   Wrap-up

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
8:00   Logging Safety

  • What unit layout can do for unit safety
  • Review of major watch-out situations

9:30   Break

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

40th Annual Inland Empire Reforestation Council Meeting

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8:30   Growth and Yield of a Hybridized Interior and Coastal Douglas-Fir in the Pacific Northwest: A Management OpportunityMarcus 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 IdahoAndrew Nelson, University of Idaho

9:45   21 Years of Successful Seedling StoriesMark Boardman, PRT

10:15   Break

10:45   Forest Vegetation Management Mixes Without Glyphosate in the Inland EmpireJoel 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 ForestPhil Aune, Retired forester

Noon   Lunch

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 ApproachAbbie Acuff, PotlatchDeltic

2:35   Break

2:50   Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology: Processing Internal Combustion Emissions into Plant StimulantsGary Lewis, N/CQuest

4:30   Adjourn

The Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative 2020 Annual Meeting: Breed for Seed

7:00   Registration

8:00   Welcome

8:05   Douglas-fir Tree Improvement Program in British ColumbiaTrevor Doerksen

9:05   White Pine Blister Rust Resistance in Western White Pine: Durability, Stability, and Usability of Genetic ResistanceRichard Sniezko

10:05   Break

10:35   The Quest for Resistance to Butternut Canker: this Ain’t Blister Rust!Carolyn (Carrie) Pike

11:35   Western Larch Species Group ReportDavid Foushee

11:50   Western White Pine Species Group ReportDon Patterson

12:05   Lunch

1:05   What’s Eating your Seed: New Developments in Seed Orchard Pest ManagementSteve Cook

2:05   Long-term Productivity of Improved Western White Pine: A Management OpportunityMarcus Warwell & Russ Graham

3:05   Break

3:25   Turning Testing Data into Seed: Seed Orchard Management Techniques to Produce High-gain SeedJeff DeBell

4:25   Seed Supply Working Group ReportsMarc L. Rust

5:00   Wrap-up & Adjourn