All posts by Melinda Olson

Setting Stands up for Success – From Seed to PCT: Applied Early Stand Silviculture in the Inland Northwest

8:00Introduction and WelcomeMark Kimsey, Intermountain Forestry Cooperative, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

8:05Starting With the Best Seed: Genetic Testing and Seed Production To Improve Dry Side Disease Resistance and ValueJeff DeBell, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA

8:30What’s New in Nursery Technology, Seedling Production, Seedling Failure, and Quality Assurance and ControlDiane Haase, Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetics Resources, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR

8:55Developing Successful Operational Chemical Site Preparation PrescriptionsBill Pittman, Stimson Lumber Company, Coeur d’Alene, ID

9:20   Break

9:50The Importance of Seedling Quality for Successful Reforestation in the Inland NorthwestAndrew Nelson, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

10:20The Balance of Canopy Opening and Site Preparation to Successfully Regenerate Moist Mixed Conifer ForestsTerrie Jain, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID

10:45Panel: What Works and What Doesn’t at the Operational Level

  • Adam Robertson, PotlatchDeltic Corporation
  • Julie Donohoe, Idaho Dept. of Lands
  • Patrick Marolla, Hancock Forest Management
  • Scott McLeod, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA

11:45   Lunch

1:00Site-species Effects on Maximum Stand Density IndexMark Kimsey, Intermountain Forestry Cooperative, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

1:30Economics of Pre-commercial ThinningGreg Latta, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

2:00   Break

2:15Why and How we Conduct Early Stand Silviculture

3:00 – 3:30   Meeting wrap up – group discussion

2019 Western Region COFE Seminar – Improving Forest Harvesting Operations


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8:15   Introduction to WR.COFE & SeminarJeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Dept., College of Forestry, Oregon State University

SESSION 1: Logging – Steep Slope

8:30   Tethered Cut-to-length in Western Oregon: A Multi-objective Case StudyPreston Green, Graduate Student, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Dept., College of Forestry, Oregon State University

9:00   Tethered logging in Southwest Oregon: A Research PerspectiveWoody Chung, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Dept., College of Forestry, Oregon State University

9:30   Tethered Logging in Southwest Oregon: A Landowner PerspectiveBrennan Garrelts, Lone Rock

10:00   Peterson Cat update

10:10   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

10:40   Pape’ Machinery Update

10:50   Grapple Yarding Through the YearsAustin Weber, Weber Logging and Construction Inc.

SESSION 2: Workforce Issues

11:20 Planning the 2020 Workforce: Growing Our Forest Contract CapacityRex Storm, Associated Oregon Loggers

11:50   Triad Machinery Update

12:00   LUNCH (Provided)

12:40   ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ticket Raffle, OSU Student Scholarship Awards – Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship

13:10   Blount International Update

SESSION 3: New Technology

13:50   Modern Machinery Update

14:00   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

14:20   Fire Fighting on Federal LandMike Robinson, Coos Forest Protective Association

SESSION 4: Technological Innovation in Forestry

14:50   Computer Vision for Real-Time Tree Detection and MeasurementWoody Chung

SESSION 5: Roads

15:20   Rock EconomicsScott Hoffine, Roseburg

15:50   Road Construction in Forest Activities: The Safety Issues Related to Road ConstructionLarry Fipps, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration

16:20   Wrap-Up and EvaluationJeff Wimer

Mapping the Course: Timberland, Forest Products Processing, and Fiber Issues for 2019

January 24, 2019

7:00Networking buffet style breakfast

8:302019 Stressors and Opportunities for North American Forest Industry

Kevin Mason

Kevin Mason is the Managing Director of ERA Forest Products Research, which provides economic and investment research on the forest-product industry to over 150 clients in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s clients are primarily institutional money managers, but also include leading forest-products companies and governments.

Starting his career in finance, Mr. Mason progressed through various banking and consulting positions, providing services to Canadian and U.S. companies involved in a variety of industries ranging from biotech to retail. In 1997, he joined ERA Forest Products Research and proceeded to attain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. His focus at ERA has been to enhance and expand the company’s analysis of global industry dynamics and to provide investment coverage on various Canadian, U.S. and European companies.

9:00Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Western Canada

Håkan Ekström
Wood Resources International

Håkan Ekström, a native Swede, is the principal of Wood Resources International LLC (WRI), an internationally recognized consulting firm providing forest market analysis and wood price reporting for the forest industry worldwide since 1987. WRI publishes two quarterly market reports North American Wood Fiber Review and Wood Resource Quarterly.

He has worked in various capacities relating to wood products utilization, international forest products marketing, global wood supply/demand and price forecasting for the past 30 years. His international experience is extensive, including visitation of more than 25 countries to study forest products industry and forest resource developments on-site.

9:30Comparing the Competitiveness of North America’s Softwood Forest IndustryBrooks Mendell, FORISK


10:30Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands in 2019

Court Stanley
Port Blakely

Court Stanley currently serves as the President of Port Blakely Companies Forestry Divisions. In his role he oversees the working forests in Washington, Oregon (US Forestry) and New Zealand (NZ Forestry). Court was promoted into the role of President in August 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Stanley served in multiple leadership roles within Port Blakely including Chief Forester, Senior Vice President, and Vice President of Port Blakely Tree Farms LP. Court has over thirty years of experience in the forestry industry. He brings significant expertise and leadership to the executive team at Port Blakely.

Prior to joining Port Blakely, he was a forest engineer for Goldbelt, a Native American corporation in Southeast Alaska. Court grew up in Bellevue, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Engineering from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Leadership Program (Class 21).

11:00Softwood Log and Lumber Markets in Asia

Bob Flynn
International Timber for RISI

Robert (Bob) Flynn is Director, International Timber for RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. Bob has 40 years’ experience in the forest industry, including 9 years as a forester for Champion International in Oregon. He has spent the past 30 years as a consultant to the international forest industry, with a focus on analysis of timber supply and demand trends outside of North America; international trade of logs, woodchips, biomass and other forest products; and advising clients on international timberland investment. He joined RISI in April 2006, and has published six reports on China’s timber supply and demand; two global comparisons of planted forest economics and investment attractiveness for tree farm development; two profiles of India’s forest products industry; an analysis of the impact of Russia’s log export tax on Asian log markets; annual reports on international trade in woodchips and biomass; two reports on South American plantation forestry and bioenergy markets; and has co-authored an analysis of Southeast Asia’s timber supply trends and expected impacts on global forest products markets. In addition to authoring multi-client studies, he has reviewed timberland investment projects in Latin America, Oceania and Russia for investors, and he maintains RISI’s database of global forest ownership that includes 1,350 companies in 82 countries. He holds a BA degree in geography from the University of Texas, a BS degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University and an MS in economics from the University of Oregon.

11:30US PNW Pulp Mill Sector

Larry Davis
Cosmo Specialty Fibers

With over 38 years of diverse experience in forest industry, Larry Davis is currently Director, Fiber Resources at Cosmo Specialty Fibers in Cosmopolis, Washington. Previously, Larry held leadership positons at Rayonier, International Paper, and Champion International. His roles included Region General Manager, Land Marketing and Sales, Business Development, Region Land Manager, Technical Services, and Strategic Planning. Larry has also served as Division Forester for Forest Resources Association and has worked on forest-related projects across the U.S., as well as internationally. Larry holds an MS in Forest Economics from Mississippi State University and a BS in Forestry from Louisiana Tech University.


1:00The British Columbia Interior Forest Industry in a Post-Mountain Pine Beetle WorldWalter Matosevic, Residual Fiber, Canfor Pulp

1:30Coastal British Columbia “A Region with Uncertainty”Jim Girvan, MDT Management Ltd

2:00Japanese Market for Pellets

John Stirling
Pacific Bioenergy

John Stirling has been an integral part of developing the biomass industry in both Canada and USA since 2006 and recently joined Pacific BioEnergy Corporation as President in September 2018. John is responsible for the company’s global strategy, including developing the company’s growth and productivity initiatives, maintaining and forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing domestic and international affairs, and providing local functional support.

With an MBA – Operations & Finance, BS Mechanical Engineering and BA in Economics, John has held both President and CFO roles at various wood pellet manufacturing plants within Canada and the USA, following an executive level career in the areas of corporate finance, business development, marketing and project management.


3:00Public Lands Log Supply Contribution in Age of High Log and Housing Demand

Travis Joseph
American Forest Resource Council

Travis Joseph was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon but spent eight years in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a senior legislative aide to an Oregon congressman, a senior policy advisor on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Director of Northwest Policy for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Travis returned to Oregon to pursue his passion for healthy public forestlands and creating economic opportunities in rural communities. As President and CEO, Travis manages the budget, staff, communications, government relations, and overall strategy of the Association.

Travis earned his bachelor degree in history and international studies from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in environment and development.

3:30US PNW Sawmill Sector

Ashlee Cribb

Ashlee Cribb is vice president of structural products and marketing at Roseburg Forest Products, located in Springfield, Ore. Ashlee’s responsibilities include sales and operations leadership of the softwood plywood, lumber, laminated veneer lumber and I-joist business segments for Roseburg. Her professional experience spans several industries, including wood products, chemicals, adhesives, minerals, textiles and packaging. She joined Roseburg in January 2017 as the business director for solid wood products and became a vice president in 2018. Ashlee previously worked at Georgia-Pacific, holding various positions, including business manager for wood adhesives and vice president of the industrial packaging business. Ashlee has an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She currently represents the industry as a board member of the APA, the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau and the Wood Based Composites Center.


Optional Workshop – Growth Rings: Professional Development and Communication Skills

Course offered by the Western Forestry & Conservation Association (WFCA) and the Forisk Continuing Education Program (FCEP)

9:00 AM

  • How to Deliver a Presentation in a Variety of Settings
    This session includes an overview of what forestry communicators have gotten right and wrong (“the good, the bad, the ugly”). Then we review how to deliver a talk (presentation) under a range of circumstances.
  • How to Answer Questions After a Presentation
    Encouraging and answering questions from the audience completes a presentation. This session includes a framework and approach for handling Q&A and includes a group activity to practice this key communication skill.
  • How to Make Comments in a Public Setting (and How to Make an Effective “Pitch”)
    This session provides a framework for organizing, supporting and delivering a key point in real time at a meeting or conference. We also discuss the components of delivering an effective pitch, of having a plan to maximize the success and receptiveness of what you might propose to executives or customers.

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 PM

  • How to Give (and Receive) Feedback
    In this session, we review the importance of clearly communicating and reinforcing expectations. Session includes examples from sports and forestry, and a hands-on small group activity, along with guidance for “both sides of the table.”
  • How to Take Notes at Work, Time Management and Setting Priorities
    Being effective is, in great part, a function of how we manage our time and focus our energy. This session is about time management, setting priorities and capturing information during meetings and conferences. The way we take notes and organize information either reinforces or confuses priorities and calendar management.
  • How to Stay Current and Informed Inside and Outside of the Forest Industry
    How do successful forest investors and managers stay current? This session reviews key forestry data sets along with recommendations and examples of what to read. The discussion reinforces the habit of reading to stay informed, current (and Interesting).

3:00 Adjourn

2019 Inland Empire Reforestation Council Meeting

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8:00Welcome and IntroductionPatrick Whalen, 2019 IERC Chair and Inland Empire Paper

8:05Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Tending the WoodratTyler Nelson, Idaho Dept of Lands

8:45Cone Collection: Timing and Selection of Crop TreesRich Schaefer, Alpha Services

9:30   Break

10:00Gallons Per Acre: How Much Does it Really Matter? The Ins and Outs of Aerial Application RatesCorey Fransen, Wilbur Ellis

10:452019 Silvicultural and Harvesting Cost Survey Results – Dan Opalach, Forest Biometrics Research Institute

11:15Competition and Site Interactions Experiment: Understanding Vegetation Management Treatment ResponsesMaxwell Wightman, Vegetation Management Research Cooperative, Oregon State University

Noon   Lunch

1:00Beyond Averages, Transforming Your Regen Plots into Useful InformationBruce Ripley, Hancock Forest Management

1:45Incorporating Competing Vegetation and Seedling Quality Into an Early Seedling Performance ModelAndrew Nelson, University of Idaho

2:15   Break

2:30Using UAVs to Conduct Surveys, Herbicide Applications, and Aerial Seed Deployment in Forests and RangelandsMatthew Aghai, DroneSeed

3:00Panel Discussion: The Real Life Nuts and Bolts of Forestry Operations:

  • Bill Pittman, Stimson
  • Ben Rost, Hancock
  • Chance Brumley, Potlatch Deltic
  • Phil Anderson, WA State Dept of Natural Resources
  • Julie Donohoe, Idaho Dept. of Lands

4:30   Adjourn and reception

Slope Stability and Landslide Management in the Pacific Northwest

April 11, 2019


9:00Slope Movement and Mechanisms
Types of Slope Movement and Instabilities.

  • What is a landslide?
  • What drives landslides to occur?
  • How to identify landslide features in the field.
  • Rock-fall and rockslides.
  • Translational and rotational failures.
  • Debris flows and rapidly moving landslides.
  • How to recognize landslide types.

10:30   Break

10:45Slope Movement and Mechanisms, (continued)
Slope stability concepts

  • Assessing driving and resisting forces.
  • Reviewing geologic conditions.
  • Examining soils and topography.
  • Evaluating surface and groundwater conditions.
  • Methods of slope stability analysis.
  • Natural slopes versus engineered slopes.

Noon   Lunch

1:00Identification of Landslide Features using Remote Sensing Data

  1. Basic Features of Landslides
  2. Identifying Landslide Features using Aerial Photography
  3. Identifying Landslide Features using Contour Maps/Digital Elevation Models
  4. Identifying Landslide Features using LiDAR
  5. Available State Resources and Landslide Inventories
  6. Class Mapping Exercise

2:30Slope Stabilization Methods

  1. Drainage
  2. Use of Vegetation (Bioengineering)
  3. Surface Protection
  4. Unloading
  5. Buttressing and Shear Keys
  6. Installing Earth Retention Structures
  7. MSE Walls
  8. Reinforced Steep Slopes
  9. Soil Nails
  10. Scaling, Containment, and Rockfall Mitigation

3:30Slope Stabilization Case Studies

  1. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Retaining Walls
  2. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Geosynthetics
  3. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Earthworks
    • Shear keys and buttresses
    • Unloading
  4. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Drainage

4:30   Adjourn

April 12, 2019

8:30Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessment

  1. Definitions and Elements of Landslide Hazard and Risk
  2. Risk-reduction Strategies (objectives for landslide mitigation)
  3. Considerations for Harvest Layout.
  4. Applications

10:00   Break

10:15Introduction to Soil Mechanics

  1. Soil and Rock Mechanics
  2. Basic soil and rock properties
  3. How are soil properties measured?
  4. The influence of water

Noon   Lunch

1:00Application of Slope Stability Analysis

  1. Coulomb Wedge
  2. Infinite Slope
  3. Bishop’s Method
  4. Consideration of Water, Seismic, and Reinforcement
  5. Back-Analysis

2:30Activity – Applying Slope Stability Analyses with Computers
Activity – Applying Slope Stability – Exercises (with answers)

Exercise Worksheet (Excel)

  1. Coulomb Wedge
  2. Infinite Slope
  3. Bishop’s Method

4:30   Adjourn

Forest Biomass and the Bioeconomy: Using Forest Residues for Profit, Carbon Sequestration and Soil Restoration

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8:00Welcome and introductionDeborah Page-Dumroese and Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Moderator: Melissa Pingree

8:10Case study: Project Planning for Biomass Utilization – Green Diamond Resource CompanyMike Alcorn, Green Diamond

8:30Efficient and Cost Effective Forest Biomass Operations: How can Biomass Logistics and Supply Chain management be improved?Han-Sup Han, Northern Arizona University

9:15Value-added Products and Markets: What Can be Done With all That Woody Biomass? Jim Dooley, Forest Concepts

10:25   Exhibitor Talk

10:35   Break

10:50Biochar as a Forest Industry Co-product: Is There Space For New Products in Traditional Manufacturing Operations?Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

11:15 Economics of Equipment and Biochar Valuation: What Makes and Loses Money in the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Market?Kamalakanta Sahoo, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service

11:35   Exhibitor Talk

11:45   Lunch (included with registration)

Moderator: Nate Anderson

1:00Building Soil Organic Matter With Biochar: What Are The Important Connections Between Carbon Sequestration, Soil, and Forest Health?Deborah Page-Dumroese, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

1:30Case study: Making Biochar and Bioenergy at a Fixed-Location Biochar PlantGrant Scheve, Rogue Biochar

1:50Forest to Farm: What are the Connections Between Biochar From Forest Biomass and Adding Value in the Agricultural Sector?Jim Archuleta, USDA Forest Service

2:10   Exhibitor Talk

2:20   Break

2:45Connections to Natural Soil Carbon: Can Prescribed Fire Help Restore Charcoal to Forest Soils? Tom DeLuca, University of Montana

3:05Revitalizing Rural Economies With Woody Biomass, Bioenergy and Possibly Biochar: What are the Trends and Opportunities?Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Department of Forestry

3:25Case study: Mobile Pyrolysis and Fuel Treatment to Reduce Fire RiskDarren McAvoy, Utah State University

3:45Make Your Own Biochar: What Technologies are best for Small Scale Production? (kilns, pits, and boxes)Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates

4:05   Exhibitor Talk

4:15   Wrap-up

4:30   Reception with speakers and attendees

2019 Scaling for Non-Scalers: Understanding the Scaling Process, Log Rules, Sorts, Grades and Accountability

9:00Scaling Bureaus: How they operate and their role in log marketsTom 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

9:30What 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

11:00Northwest Log Scaling Rules: Applying uniformity and standardization within the Doug-fir processing areaTom St. Laurent

  • Function and role of the rules
  • What they cover
  • How they are maintained and revised

11:30Special requests: Using procedures in addition to the NW Log Scaling RulesTom St. Laurent

  • Why special requests are made
  • Common examples
  • Documenting special requests

Noon   Lunch

1:00Understanding log grades and sortsMike 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

2:15Log accountability: Tracking the log load from landing to millMike 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?

3:45Catch-all short topicsMike 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

4:15   Adjourn

Fundamentals and Best Practices for Forest Inventories

8:00Building Blocks of Sound Inventory Design

  1. What is a working forest inventory? The evolution over 30 years from strata averages and yield tables to individual stand structures within strata.
  2. 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.

8:30Sample Designs – Strata

  1. Stratifying the whole forest – What are the right classifications and levels of strata?
  2. Breaking the strata into unique stand polygons –Why we need unique stand identification.
  3. Sampling stands within each strata for cruising – Getting the right distribution, intensity and frequency of sampling and working with riparian buffers and setasides.

10:00   Break

10:20Sample Design – Plots

  1. Distributing your plots across the entire stand –Why this makes a difference.
  2. Including small tree frequencies to define density.
  3. How large tree frequencies define silvicultural options and asset values.
  4. Defining clumpiness with systematic spatial plot patterns to quantify the impact on yield capacity.
  5. Determining the right plot frequency and distribution within each stand.

12:00   Lunch

1:00Sample Design – Trees

  1. Sampling all trees of all species and sizes within each stand makes a difference.
  2. 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
  3. How to use a 1/20th acre fixed area circular plot for standing dead trees.
  4. Sampling down woody material using a minimum 100-foot transect line.

2:00   Break

2:20Cruise Compilation Methods

  1. Compiling each stand cruise versus compiling by strata – within and between stands.
  2. Height estimation methods – why tree heights vary with silviculture.

3:30Expanding the Cruise to Un-sampled Stands

  1. 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.
  2. Do’s and don’ts of cruise expansions–methods, timing, frequency and assumptions.

4:15Year-end Updates and Reporting – Getting the Sequence and Components Right

  1. Incorporating all new harvest units, deletions,acquisitions and boundary adjustments in a GIS stand polygon layer.
  2. Updating the GIS road network and road class buffer widths.
  3. Updating the GIS stream courses and riparian buffer widths.
  4. Updating all administrative, silvicultural and operational costs.
  5. Running reports for year-end harvest volume and value reports.
  6. Growing stands for one year from the previous year for annual growth reporting.
  7. Updating the inventory with all new cruises from all sampled stands within current year – identifying the actual impact of new information.
  8. Producing forest-wide reports of new current standing forest inventory.

5:00   Adjourn

Reviewing a Timberland Appraisal for Accuracy and Credibility

Wednesday – May 29, 2019

1:00 pmIntroduction: Course Overview and Objectives

  • Welcome
  • Facilities
  • Introductions – speakers and attendees
  • Course Outline
  • Handouts/Background Reading

1:20Overview of Forest Management Concepts & Terminology

  • What are the major timber producing regions of the U.S.?
  • What are the major timber types within each region?
  • Site productivity: the potential of an area to grow trees
  • Timber stands: the basic units of management
  • Management strategies: even-aged and uneven-aged management
  • When to harvest: rotation length & financial vs. biological maturity
  • Logging methods for timber harvest: ground vs. cable and types of equipment
  • Where do logs go? Timber products, relative values, and their end-use markets
  • Land Expectation Value
  • Stumpage value

2:00Drivers of Timberland Value

  • Biological factors
  • Physical factors
  • Location
  • Access
  • Management history
  • Regulatory & environmental issues
  • Discount rate

3:00   Break

3:15Key Concepts & Principals of Valuation

  • Market and other types of value
  • Elements of market value
  • The concept of Highest & Best Use
  • Contributory value
  • Economic principles underlying valuation
  • Appraisal standards
  • Scope of work

4:00The Three Approaches to Value & Their Use in Timberland Appraisal

  • Income Capitalization Approach
  • Sales Comparison Approach
  • Cost Approach

5:00 Adjourn day 1

Thursday – May 30, 2019

8:00 amApplication of the Income Approach to Small Properties

  • Conversion Return method for merchantable timber
  • Valuation pre-merchantable timber
  • Contributory value of land
  • Sources of data

8:30Income Approach Exercise

  • Split into groups for 60 minute exercise and compare group results for last 30 minutes.

10:00   Break

10:15Application of the Income Approach to Large Properties

  • Modeling discounted cash flow for large properties
  • Key factors affecting discounted cash flow valuations
  • Projecting log prices
  • Determining the market discount rate
  • Determining the growth & yield of the forest
  • Calculating production & management costs
  • Reversion value

11:15Selection of Sales & Adjustments Under the Sales Comparison Approach

  • Sources of sale data
  • Selecting “comparable” sales
  • Elements & units of comparison
  • Sale adjustments and analysis

Noon   Lunch (included with registration)

1:00Sales Comparison Approach Exercise

  • Split into groups for 60 minute exercise and compare group results for last 30 minutes.

2:15Reconciling to a Final Value Opinion

  • Strengths and weaknesses of each approach – discussion
  • Final reconciliation of the group exercise results

2:45   Break

3:00Effective Appraisal Review & Interaction with the Appraiser

  • How to select the right appraiser
  • Providing the right data to the appraiser
  • Appraisal review checklist

4:00   Wrap up, Q and A and adjourn

An appraisal review checklist will be provided with the course materials. Use this checklist for a structured and systematic approach to reviewing an appraisal for USPAP compliance as well as evaluating key components of the analysis.

Advanced Insect and Disease Field Session: Identification, Life Cycles, Control Measures and Silvicultural Regimes

Monday, June 17, 2019

11:00   Field Session orientation and registration – Best Western Hood River Inn parking lot, Hood River, OR

11:30   Group departs for the field from BW Hood River Inn. Transportation and lunch provided.

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics:
1. Steps of diagnosis
2. Ips beetles
3. Red turpentine beetles
4. Woodborers
5. SOD and other invasive pathogens
6. Aerial survey overview

5:00   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

7:30   Depart from BW Hood River Inn
Morning Topics:
1. Overview of root diseases
2. Armillaria root disease
3. Mountain Pine Beetle
4. Thinning to prevent mt. pine beetle
5. Western spruce budworm
6. Douglas-fir tussock moth

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics and activities:
7. Indian paint fungus
8. Annosus root disease
9. Fir engraver
10. Dwarf Mistletoes
11. Group Exercise- Eastside Prescription

5:30   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

8:00   Depart from BW Hood River Inn
Morning topics:
1. Pine needle diseases
2. White pine blister rust
3. Stem decays

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics and activities:
4. Laminated Root Rot
5. Schweinitzii root and butt rot
6. Douglas-fir beetle
7. Team Exercise- Westside Prescription

5:30   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30   Depart from BW Hood River Inn

Morning topics and activities:
1. Team Exercise – Pruning Western White Pine
2. Larch casebearer
3. Larch needle diseases
4. Balsam woolly adelgid
5. Tree survival after fire

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics and activities:
6. Class Exercise – Identify Me!
7. Western pine beetle
8. Dwarf mistletoe recap – ponderosa pine
9. Class Exercise – Rating Dwarf mistletoe
10. Team Exercise – Dry Ponderosa pine Prescription
11. Session wrap – up

5:00   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn and session adjourns.

2019 NW Seed Orchard Managers Annual Meeting

Draft Agenda

Tuesday June 18th

Breakfast on your own
8:15 amWelcome and IntroductionsLauren Magalska
8:30 amDrone applications and limitationsNathan Moses-Gonzales
9:00 amOrchard pollination with droneMike Winch
9:30 amFire rehabilitation and reforestation – an industry perspectiveMark Gray
10:00 amFire rehabilitation and reforestation USFS perspectiveJoe Sherlock
10:30 am   Coffee break
10:45 amSeed production in other conifersArnaldo Ferreira
11:15 amSeed orchard research needs – round table discussionAnna Magnuson
12:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 pmOrchard tagging and inventoryLauren Magalska
1:30 pmUpdate on ArborJet injectablesDon Grosman
2:00 pm   Afternoon break
2:15 pmRevisiting abandoned Port Orford cedar common garden tests – Ron Rhatigan
2:45 pmRound table discussionLead by Mike Crawford
3:30 pmNWSOMA leadership and planningLead by Lauren Magalska
3:45 pm   Adjorn
4:30 – 5:00 pm Optional ArborJet injectable demonstrationSPI Orchard, 16315 Old Westside Rd, Gazelle CA
5:30 pm   Gather for Evening Social at Mt. Shasta Brewing Co., 360 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094, (530)938-2394
6:00 pm   Dinner at Mt. Shasta Brewing Co.

Wednesday June 19th

Breakfast on your own
8:00 am   Depart Best Western
9:10 am   Arrive Cal Forest Nursery (1838 Eastside Rd, Etna CA)
10:10 am   Depart
11:10 am   Arrive Belcampo (Lunch stop) 4720 Scarface Rd, Gazelle
12:30 pm   Depart
12:45 pm   Arrive SPI orchard (16315 Old Westside Rd, Gazelle CA)
1:45 pm   Depart
2:30 pm   Arrive Ash Creek progeny test (10 miles east of McCloud on Hwy 89)
3:30 pm   Depart
4:00 pm   Arrive Best Western – meeting adjourned