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6th Field Technology Conference: Data Collection in Forestry, Fisheries and Natural Resources Agenda

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2017 Field Technology Conference Agenda

Tuesday – Nov. 7, 2017
7:30 Check-in/Registration
8:30 Field Data Collection Technology Trends
Eric Gackstatter, former contributing Editor to GPS World and Geospatial Solutions, will lead a discussion on technological trends in field data collection focusing on UAVs, GPS/GNSS, sensors, mobile devices and software.
10:00 Break
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 Measuring Stockpile and Log Deck Volumes Using a Laser Rangefinder
Tyler Gakstatter, RS GeoSpatial
Building Quality Control and Quality Assurance into Your Excel Databases
Mark Kimsey, Univ. of Idaho
Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Understand Plant Population Ecology and Dispersal Processes
Pam Thompson and Mitch Cruzan, Portland State University
11:15 Operations Dashboard: Communicating GIS Data to Management
Tyler Gakstatter, RS GeoSpatial
Using Slicers and Pivot Tables for Great Presentations of Excel Spreadsheets
Mark Kimsey, Univ. of Idaho
Using UAS to Survey Marine Mammals
Katie Sweeney, NOAA Fisheries
Using Unmanned Aircraft to Monitor Habitat Restoration Implementation
Eric Suring, ODFW
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Using Unmanned Aircraft for Forestry Decision Making: Benefits, Costs, Workflow and Products
Miles Micheletti, WA DNR
Animal and Field Data Collection Software and Hardware: The DCS System from Big Fin Scientific
Chris Carroll, Big Fin Scientific
Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123: Electronic Field Data, Navigation, Collection, and Analysis for Postfire Monitoring
Justin Welty, USGS
1:45 UAV Sensors: What is Available, Affordable and Possible?
Chris Kahn, Drone Imagery Lab
FEED: Versatile MS Windows Software for Data Acquisition and Management
Chris Bonzek, VA Institute of Marine Sciences
Using Cloud Technologies to Boost your Environmental Intelligence
Keith Steele, Sitka Technology Group
2:30 Break
3:00 QGIS: Feature-Rich, Open-Source and Free GIS Desktop Software
Eric Roberts, Portland Community College
Integration of UAV Imagery into ArcGIS Online Basemaps
Chris Kahn, Drone Imagery Lab
Using Voice Recognition Software to Capture Fisheries Data
Shawn Sitar, DNR Michigan
Leveraging the Ubiquity of 3D Printing, Bluetooth Technology and IDEs to Develop a Custom PIT Tag Sampling Tool
Ben Warren, WDFW
3:45 Tablets in the Field: 4 Years of Experience, What Works and What Doesn’t
Matt Alexander, RS Geospatial
Counting Trees on Mars: A mobile Solution for Offline GIS and Data Collection
Doug Browning, Hancock Forest Management
Data Management Practices: The Do’s and Don’ts for Program Success
Brian Knowles, Sitka Technology Group
4:30 Adjourn

Wednesday – Nov. 8, 2017
9:00 Interactive Discussion Panel:
Panelists with practical field experience with UAVs, GPS/GNSS, mobile devices and software will answer audience questions and offer their insights.
10:00 Break
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 How to Commercially and
Recreationally Fly Drones in
Compliance with FAA

Craig Russillo, Schwabe Williamson & Syatt
Setting up a Collector GPS Field Project in 15 minutes
Richard Ash, GeoMobile Innovations
Using Android Tablets and MS Excel for Multi-Component Surveys of Remote Stream Sites
Mark Raggon and Ronald Beloin, US Forest Service, Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program
11:15 The Changing Landscape of Field Data Collection Technology
Eric Gakstatter, GNSS/UAV Consultant
Beyond Cowboy Science: Simple Methods for Designing and Conducting Useful Field Research
Diane Haase, US Forest Service
Vastly Improve Fish Detection With Newly Developed Environmental DNA (eDNA) Device and Georeferenced Electrofishing
Patrick Cooney, Smith-Root
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Integrating Imagery into Your Cruising: Pros, Cons, Capabilities, and When is Imagery Worth the Cost?
Max Nova, SilvaTerra
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) use of FDI-Anoto Forms Software and Digital Pens for Data Capture, Analysis, and Reporting
Sean Johnson, Field Data Integrators
Digitized Fish Sampling Capability on Annual Southern California Hook and Line Survey
Todd Hay, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Center
1:45 Conference wrap-up and door prizes
2:30 Adjourn

The Basics of Forest Land and Timber Appraisal

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June 9 -13, 2014

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

This session is a 5-day course, newly designed to offer intensive instruction in timber and timberland appraisal for natural resource profes­sionals, appraisal professionals, finance, tax and legal professionals. You will learn how to construct an accurate appraisal for Pacific Northwest forest assets (timber and land). An accurately performed appraisal will help you receive top dollar when selling forest assets or bid at a competi­tive price when buying. Confidence in your appraisal will help minimize business and financial risks, simplify your documentation and reduce the amount of outside appraisal review. The workshop is taught by Vic Musselman and Norm Elwood, each with over 30 years of experience in forest appraisal, economics and taxation.

Upon course completion, you will have the skills and know-how to:

  • Use the three standard approaches to valuing forestland and timber in all Pacific Northwest regions
  • Research appraisal and market data
  • Conduct discounted cash flow analysis
  • Apply the three standard approaches to various purposes for appraising forestland and timber

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Workshop Agenda:

Monday, June 9, 2014 • 8:00 – 4:30

A.M: An overview of the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) will be presented along with an overview of the three methods of appraisal analysis: the Cost Approach, the Income Capitalization Ap­proach and the Sales Comparison Approach. A discussion will follow on kinds of data necessary to accurately appraise forest properties.

Lunch (included with registration)

P.M: Two timberland properties, one in the westside coastal area of the Pacific Northwest and the other in the eastside Pine region, will be explored. These properties will be the subject of the appraisal analyses studied for the rest of the week. An overview of what is needed to pre­pare for appraising these properties and how to start collecting that data will be discussed.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • 8:00 – 4:30

A.M: The process for collecting all market transaction data necessary to appraise both subject properties will be presented as well as all the cost factors necessary for appraising merchantable timber.

Lunch (included with registration)

P.M: The afternoon will be spent completing the process of valuing the merchantable timber component of both subject properties.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • 8:00 – 4:30

A.M: This morning’s instruction will cover how to gather specific data from timberland sale transactions that can be used in both the Cost and Sales Comparison Approaches to valuation. Then instruction will be given on how to use this data to develop land and other use values spe­cifically in the Cost Approach. Finally, the Cost Approach will be completed for Westside subject property.

Lunch (included with registration)

P.M: The Cost Approach will be completed for the eastside property and timberland transactions selected for use in the Sales Comparison Approach. The process will be described for developing adjustments to be used in the Sales Comparison Approach to adjust for differences in stocking of non-merchantable young growth, condition of the land and other land uses.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 • 8:00 – 4:30

A.M: Half of the morning will be used to complete the Sales Com­parison Approach analysis of both subject properties. The other half will cover how to gather the data necessary to undertake the Income Capitalization Approach. The principles necessary to develop a tim­berland Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) analysis will be presented. A DCF analysis is the heart of this Approach.

Lunch (included with registration)

P.M: The entire afternoon will cover developing DCF models for both the westside and eastside properties.

Friday, June 13, 2014 • 8:00 – 3:40

A.M: Instruction the entire morning will focus on completing the Income Capitalization Approach for both subject properties and ar­riving at the final estimate of value for each.

Lunch (included with registration)

P.M: The afternoon lectures will be focused entirely on valuing for­est land for Higher and Better uses. A class wrap up will follow.

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About the Speakers:

Victor Musselman is the owner/manager of Musselman Appraisal & Forestry LLC and is a recognized authority with 40 years of experience in all aspects of timber and timberland valuation. He has developed an extensive system of analyzing and reporting timberland values using in-house databases of historic market data. In addition to serving clients throughout the western United States, Mr. Musselman has completed valuation projects in Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and the Russian Far East. He has been a Co-Instructor, Duke University short courses Forest Appraisal and Reporting the Results of Forest Land Appraisals. Lead Instructor, World Forestry Center short course Timber and Timberland Appraisal: From Theory to Practice. Co-Instructor of Oregon State University short course The Basics of Accurate Forest Land Appraisal – Precisely! and Forest Appraisal Mysteries Explained.

Norman Elwood, Ph.D. recently retired from Oregon State University as Associate Professor and Extension Business & Tax Specialist. Norm has taught forestry business, taxation, estate planning, and project analysis to forestry professionals, land owners, and business and tax practitioners since 1979. Supporting this teaching, he has written extensively including articles, Extension publications, software programs, and comprehensive teaching materials. While at OSU, Norm developed and led the Forest Business & Tax Series. Currently, he is the owner/manager of Elwood & Assoc. LLC, a consulting firm specializing in forest taxation and education. Norm Elwood and Vic Musselman have collaborated in the teaching short courses since 1998.

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[WFCASidebar Location:]The workshop will be held in Room 107 in Richardson Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, OR. Attendees will receive a campus map and parking options with their confirmation. A limited number of free parking permits will be available.[/WFCASidebar]

[WFCASidebar Parking:]Paid parking ($7/day) is located south of Reser Stadium or the parking deck north of the Alumni Center. Daily passes may be purchased from pay stations in both locations. Cash (exact amount in bills only) and credit cards accepted. Free park­ing is available in the fenced, gravel lot just east of the Hilton Garden Inn. Hilton patrons may park free in the hotel lot. Only a few parking spaces are available in the Richardson Hall (workshop location) lot. We ask that you leave these spaces available for workshop participants with special mobility needs. Those needing to park close should see a workshop instructor for passes.[/WFCASidebar]

[WFCASidebar Lodging:]A block of reduced rate rooms is avail­able at the Hilton Garden Inn on the southern edge of the OSU campus. Call 541-752-5000 and mention “forest appraisal workshop” to receive the reduced rate of: $129 single room plus tax. After May 18, 2014 the reduced rate rooms will be subject to availability. The Hilton is located at 2500 SW Western Blvd and is a 10 minute walk across campus to the workshop location in Richardson Hall. The Hilton is the nearest hotel to the OSU campus. Other Corvallis lodging options are at and are within convenient driving distance.[/WFCASidebar]

[WFCASidebar Registration:]Register early, the course will be limited to 45 at­tendees due to depth of instruction and the topic. A waiting list will be established when attendance exceeds 45. The workshop will be canceled if attendance is less than 23. Past workshop attendees can register for $950, with no late fee. For all other attendees, the early registration fee is $950 if registering before May 19. After May 19, the registration fee is $1,025. The fees include daily refreshments, lunch, and a 235 page binder of workshop materials. Make checks payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. The WFCA tax ID is 930-331-712.[/WFCASidebar]

[WFCASidebar Professional Continuing Education Credits:]

Continuing education credits have been approved from the following organiza­tions:

• Society of American Foresters: 36.5 hours

• Oregon Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board: 39 hours

• State of Washington Department of Licensing – Real Estate Appraiser Section: 39 hours

• Reciprocity credit is expected from California and Idaho Real Estate Appraiser[/WFCASidebar]

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4th Annual Field Technology for Data Collection and Mapping in Forestry and Natural Resources

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8:30 AM|General Session: Looking Down the Road – Overview of emerging technologies 3 lightning talks with speakers invited by Eric [attr colspan=4]

10:00 AM|Break [attr colspan=4]

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10:30 AM|Timber Cruising Tech From an Old Dog Who Learned New Tricks Doug Allen and Jon Aschenbach [attr colspan=2]|Space Weather Storms and the Impact on Our Technology Joe Kunches [attr colspan=2]

11:15 AM|Introduction to GPS and GNSS: Understanding the Technology Steve Wilent [attr colspan=2]|Overview of Mapping Apps for iOS and Android Mobile Devices Tyler Gakstatter [attr colspan=2]

12:00 PM|Lunch (included with registration)[attr colspan=4]

[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Session C[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Session D[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Hands-on Demo 1[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Hands-on Demo 2[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]

1:00 PM[attr rowspan=2]|GNSS Case Study Tim Smith (invited)[attr rowspan=2]|In-Depth Review and Field Testing of 4 Mapping Apps Tyler Gakstatter[attr rowspan=2]|Small group demonstrations with time to try out the equipment and ask questions.[attr colspan=2]

Using Laser Range Finders |Using ArcPad With a Variety of Data Collectors

1:45 PM|Open Source GIS: Will it Work for You? Speaker TBA [attr colspan=2]|Dave Shear [attr colspan=2]

2:30 PM|Break[attr colspan=4]

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3:00 PM|High-Precision GNSS Data Collection Speaker TBA [attr colspan=2]|Help Desks ESRI Consumer Grade GPS Professional Grade GPS Open-Source GIS [attr colspan=2 rowspan=2]

3:45 PM|Comparison of Lasers, Hypsometers and Other Equipment Steve Wilent[attr colspan=2]

4:30 PM|Reception[attr colspan=4]


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Thursday, November 20, 2014 [attr colspan=5 class=”AgendaDateRow”]

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8:00 AM|When LiDAR Fails: Now What? Jim Reed|Making a Remote-sensing Based Forest Inventory Work Peter Gould|Using LiDAR for Transportation Applications National Geodetic Survey Update[attr colspan=2]

9:00 AM|Current FAA Rules for Using UAVs and an Overview of UAV Emerging Technologies Speaker TBA|Are You Introducing 1.5 Meter GPS Error Without Knowing it? Mark Silver|Update on GPS Satellites by US Air Force: New Satellites and New Signals Update on the NDGPS Program Thru the US Coast Guard[attr colspan=2]

10:00 AM|Break[attr colspan=4]

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10:30 AM|UAV’s for Mapping: Case History Speaker TBA|City of Hood River Open Source QGIS Case Study Mark Lago and Mike Schrankel (invited)|Experimental Landing System by Boeing Connected Vehicle Highway Network[attr colspan=2]

11:15 AM|Collecting Great GPS Data in Dense Creek Canopies and Canyon Bottoms Jon Aschenbach|Making GPS Data Collection Painless with Quick and Easy Field Data Forms Craig Greenwald|Regional Monitoring of Plate Tectonics [attr colspan=2]

12:00 PM|Lunch (included with registration[attr colspan=4]

[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Session K[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Session L[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]|Hands-on Demo 3[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”] |Hands-on Demo 4[attr class=”AgendaTopicRow”]

1:00 PM [attr rowspan=2]|ESRI Mobile GIS Products John Sharrard (invited)[attr rowspan=2]|LiDAR, UAVs and Forestry: Emerging Technologies Mike Renslow[attr rowspan=2]|Small group demonstrations to try out the equipment and ask questions.[attr colspan=2]


2:00 PM|4 lightning talks from audience members. Discussion Panel and door prizes[attr colspan=4]

3:00 PM|Adjourn[attr colspan=4]


Markets, Methods, and Innovations Driving PNW Timber Production

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9:00 AM|PNW Timber Supply Outlook – Greg Latta, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

9:45 AM|Insights into the US Economic Recovery and the Impacts on Forest Products – Steven Chercover, D.A. Davidson & Co., Lake Oswego, OR

10:15 AM|Break

10:45 AM|Modern Scandinavian Sawmilling and the Sector’s View of North American Markets – Tommy Lindström, Iisveden Metsa Oy, Lisvesi, Finland

11:30 AM|Inside look at Teevin Bros. Log Yard Operation – Eric Oien, Teevan Bros, Longview, WA

12:00 PM|Lunch

1:00 PM|Wood Quality in Standing Timber, Harvesting and on the Landing – Peter Carter, Fibre-Gen, Christchurch, New Zealand

1:45 PM|Wood Quality From Tree to Log to Product: What the Research is Revealing – Eini Lowell, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR

2:15 PM|Break

2:35 PM|Swedish Biomass Equipment, Harvest Operations and Markets – Peter Nystrom, Ena energi AB, Enköping, Sweden

3:15 PM|What’s Changing in Wood Construction and What are the Demand Drivers?Ethan Martin, WoodWorks, Portland, OR

4:00 PM|Adjourn


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Optional Webinar of Conference Presentations

This conference will also be available as a webinar after the event. The webinar will consist of an audio recording of the speaker along with their PowerPoint slides synced to the recording. The conference will not be live-streamed. Webinar attendees will be provided with a web site for viewing after the event and may access it at any time.

Please register for the webinar on the registration form.

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[WFCASidebar Lodging Information:]Reduced rate lodging is available at the Heathman by calling 888-475-3100 or 360-254-3100 and by mentioning Western Forestry and Conservation. The rate for a single or double room is $109 plus tax. After November 12, 2013 reduced rate rooms will be subject to availability.[/WFCASidebar]

[WFCASidebar Registration:]The registration fee is $295 on or before November 26 or $365 after November 26. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, lunch and refreshments. An optional webinar is also available at $195 on the registration form. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after November 26, but substitutions are always welcome. Registration is available on line at[/WFCASidebar]

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Assisted Migration: A primer for Reforestation and Restoration Decision Makers

Title: Assisted Migration: A primer for Reforestation and Restoration Decision Makers

Location: World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Date: February 21, 2013

Link to Assisted Migration PDF

Silviculturists, land managers, restoration professionals, and seed and seedling producers deal with challenging and changing environmental and economic conditions. Adding to the perplexity of management decisions is the emerging field of assisted migration (aka managed relocation), the human-assisted movement of plants in response to predicted future climates.

Assisted migration has implications for transferring plant materials, whether those materials are for maximum timber production, wildland rehabilitation, or conservation of endangered flora. This one-day symposium is a primer to the terminology, schools of thought, and potential scenarios introduced by climate models across ecological and social scales.

Registration is still open for online viewing at the 275.00 rate.



Unique opportunity to participate without travel! Recognizing current travel restrictions for many organizations, we are pleased to offer a streaming service for those who can’t make it to Portland. Registered participants will receive unlimited, navigable video access along with corresponding slide-by-slide presentations from March 1 through April 15 – essentially a front row seat without the cost and hassle of travel!


February 21st,2013
8:00 Registration
8:30 Introductions and Welcome – Anthony S. Davis, Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID and Kas Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID
8:35 Charting Assisted Migration as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – Mary Williams, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
9:20 Landscape Variation in Adaptation and Implications for Managing for Future Climates - Brad St. Clair, PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, OR
10:05 Break
10:30 The Role of Assisted Migration in Climate Adaptation Planning: When and Where to Employ it– Constance Millar, PSW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Albany, CA
11:15 Using Multiple Lines of Evidence to Prioritze Assisted Migration of Both Rare and Common Species – Pati Vitt, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Assisted Migration and Invasive Species: Exploring an Ethical Dilemma – Jay Odenbaugh, Lewis and Clark college, Portland, OR
1:45 The Law and Ethics of Assisted Migration – Alex Camacho, Unviversity of California, Irvine
2:30 Break
3:00 Seed Transfer 2.0: Assisting Assisted Migration – Greg O’Neill, BC Ministry of Forests, Victoria, BC
3:45 Landscape Genomics: Genetic Tools to Inform Seed Source Decisions – Nicholas Wheeler, Molecular Tree Breeding Services LLC, and David Neale , University of California, Davis
4:30 All presenters panel discussion and questions from the audience facilitated by Jeremiah Pinto, USDA Forest Service
5:30 Adjourn



The registration fee is $295 if received by February 12, 2013 or $350 if received after February 12, 2013. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments and post-conference access to the on-line presentations. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after February 12, 2013, but substitutions are always welcome.

Meeting Location

The conference will be in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Centre in Portland, OR. The Center is located at 4033 SW Canyon Rd. Driving directions are at:

Lodging Information

A variety of hotels are available in Portland downtown and listed at It is recommended to select a hotel on or near the MAX Red or Blue light rail lines since the World Forestry Center is located on the MAX line at the Washington Park Stop.


2013 Inland Empire Reforestation Council

Title: Inland Empire Reforestation Council

Location: Couer d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Date: March 5, 2013

Link to GPS PDF

An Overview of Reforestation: Where Are We Now?


The meeting will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 115 S 2nd St., Coeur d’Alene, ID. 800-688-5253


Reduced rate lodging is available by calling 800-688-5253 and mentioning the Inland Empire Reforestation Council meeting. The rates are: Traditional North Wing – $79.00, Deluxe Park Tower – $105.00 and Premier Lake Tower – $115.00. After February 4, 2013 the reduced rate rooms will be on a space available basis.

Workshop attendees are eligible for 5.5 Society of American Foresters CFE credits.

March 5th,2013
8:30 Introductions and Welcome – Jamie Holly, Potlach and Anthony S. Davis, Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
8:45 Current Projects at University of Idaho – Anthony S. Davis, Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
9:15 Cone Collection: Timing and Selection of Crop Trees – Richard Shaefer IV, Western Forest Systems, Lewiston, ID
9:45 Sponsor Talks
10:00 Break
10:30 Receiving Cones: How to Ship and Avoid Potential Concerns – Aram Eramian, Coeur D’Alene Nursery, USDA Forest Service, Coeur d’Alene,ID
11:00 Trends in Nursery Production -  Jeremy R. Pinto, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID
11:30 Seedling Quality Assessment Refresher – Matthew Aghai, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
 12:00 Lunch
 1:00 All Business Meeting – Anthony S. Davis
 1:15 Herbicides for Site Prep – Carl Sostrom
 1:45 Labor Force:Legislative Challenges and Planting Overview – Wade Zaharie, Alpha Services LLC, Coeur d’Alene, ID
 2:30 Break
 3:00 Assisted Migration: Thoughts for Seed Management – Mary Williams, Michigan Technological Universtiy, Houghton, MI
 3:30 Reforestation in Afghanistan: Nursery Production – Owen Burney, John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center, New Mexico State University, Mora, New Mexico
 4:15 Closing Remarks and Questions – Jamie Holly and Anthony S. Davis
 4:30  Adjourn

Registration Information The registration fee is $85 if received by February 1, 2013 or $100 if received after February 1, 2013. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after February 25, but substitutions are always welcome. Registration is available at Society of American Foresters CFE Credits

Understanding GPS for Forestry & Natural Resource Data Collection

Title: Understanding GPS for Forestry & Natural Resource Data Collection

Location: Shelton, WA

Date: 2013-02-12

Link to GPS PDF

Instructor: William E. Schlosser, Ph.D.

Kamiak Ridge, LLC, Pullman, WA

This class is organized into a one day session for attendees to be exposed to the history and evolution of GPS systems, fundamentals of GPS data collection, and to the collection and post processing of GPS data. Attendees are encouraged to bring GPS units to gain hands-on experience during the session’s field time. This class will train users on the Garmin Map76CSx and 60CSx and Trimble Juno and GeoExplorer GPS receivers. Because of the schedule of this class, questions about operations of other GPS units will not be possible.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own GPS units but are not required for workshop attendance.  A limited number of class demo units will be available for use and attendees can also team up with other attendees for the outdoor exercise.

These classes are planned for a time of the year where rain and windy conditions are likely. Come prepared for a ‘typical field day’ while learning how to maximize your GPS experience.

February 12, 2013
8:30 Introductions and overview of class
8:45 GPS Fundamentals  What is GPS and how does it work?UTM and Latitude/LongitudeWhat is the Public Land Survey System and how does it play into the “Big Picture”?What are the pros and cons of recreation grade, map grade, and survey grade GPS units?Review of Garmin, Trimble and other map grade units
9:45 What are the available hardware and software options? Hardware:Garmin, Trimble and other product lines for data loggersExternal antennas and staffsData loggers vs. GPS receiverSoftware:Minnesota DNR GPSArcPad


GPS Correct and GPS Analyst

Pathfinder Office

10:30  Break
10:45 How to set up the basic configuration of your GPS equipmentWhat projection do I use?Troubleshooting GPS connectivityUnderstanding GPS
11:15 Transfering data from your GPS unit to your computerMinnesota DNR GPS (Garmin)ActiveSync (Windows XP) (Trimble)ArcPad Data Manager in ArcMap (Trimble)Windows Mobile (Windows 7) (Trimble)
Noon Lunch
1:00 Outdoor Exercise: Collecting data in the field (be prepared for the weather).Workshop attendees will work outside in teams to learn:Unit setupNavagation screensSatellite configurationSignal qualityPDOP or accuracy of a GPS position based on number and geometry of satellitesMulti-path problems of GPS signalsHow to collect data points, build polygons and turn into acres
3:15  Break
3:30 Post processing: How to improve data point qualityWhy we do it, and when do we know it is necessary?Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office and GPS AnalystHow to complete post-processing on Trimble GPS unitsSee the difference: uncorrected vs. post-processed datatd>

Solving in-office projections issues or how to get your GPS data to line up in your GIS

How to solve in-office issues with GPS data placement from unknown projectsions

5:00 Adjourn
About the Speaker

William E. Schlosser, Ph.D.

About the Instructors

This class is offered by Kamiak Ridge, LLC, a Pullman, Washington natural resource consulting and regional planning firm serving clients in the western United States and Canada. The instructors for this class are Dr. William Schlosser and Joseph Mierzwinski. Both instructors have assisted field technicians, spatial planning crews, resource scientists, and environmental engineers in acquiring the right GPS units for the needed accuracy and data use, how to maximize data collection techniques, how to migrate GPS data to mapping software (GIS), and how to transfer GIS data to the field GPS units. Both instructors have logged substantial time, over many years, collecting and managing GPS data and transferred it into GIS systems for analysis work.

Students to this seminar are invited to bring their own GPS receivers to gain additional experience during the training event’s field exercises. Those who have not yet made their selection of a GPS receiver are encouraged to visit the Kamiak Ridge website ( to review some ideas for the selection of a GPS unit to purchase. The units listed on this webpage will be discussed and demonstrated during the class. While all GPS units are welcome at the class, the instructors will only be able to give guidance to the users of the GPS units listed here.


Financial Analysis for Resource Managers

Link to Financial Analysis PDF                  March 27-28, 2013    —    Olympia, WA

Instructor: William E. Schlosser, Ph.D.

Kamiak Ridge, LLC, Pullman, WA

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
8:30 Introductions and overview of class
9:00 The Time Value and Cost of Money: The basic concepts of interest, inflation, and discounting.Inflation and Discount Rate Determination:What they mean, and how to calculate them. These rates guide most economic decision making decisions. Learn how to do it right.Nominal vs. Effective Interest Rates: How to express present and future values.

Opportunity Costs: What your investment could be doing versus what it did.

Risk and Risk Premium: How to put a number on a potential outcome that is not what you had planned for.

Inflation and Inflation Indexing: Taking inflation out of your earnings to see how much better off you really are.

Real Price Appreciation:Introduction to the RPA formula developed for price forecasting in timber. Looks difficult, but it is worth the effort.

Where to find the numbers for your calculations and formulas. How to build your own Natural Resources Economics Database.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Financial Decision-Making Tools: The 10 Formula to keep near and dear. Learn to run financial calculations on business decisions using a decision tree and these formulas.Future Value of a Single Sum: What is the value of a $100 investment today and in 10 years?Present Value of a Single Sum: What is the promise of $100 in 10 years’ worth today?

Future Value of a Terminating Annual Series:  What is the worth of $50 per month over 10 years?

Present Value of a Terminating Annual Series: Which is a better deal? Cash today or monthly payments over 5 years.

Future Value of a Terminating Periodic Series: Which is a better deal? A one time payment three years from now, or monthly payments for 3 years.

Present Value of a Terminating Periodic Series: If your timberlands can produce $50,000 every 12 years for another 60 years, what does this periodic harvest value mean if the timberlands went up for sale today?

Present Value of a Perpetual Annual Series: A hunting club wants to buy hunting rights into perpetuity. What are those rights worth today?

Present Value of a Perpetual Periodic Series: Also called the Soil Expectation Value, determines the bare land value of timberlands to produce timber every rotation, into the future.

Sinking Fund Formula: Calculate how much to save every month for a purchase at some future date. Often used to save money for new equipment.

Capital Recovery Formula: Calculate the monthly payments on borrowed money for a major purchase.

5:00 Adjourn for the day

Optional evening session: Introduction to the FRASS Program – Economic and Managerial Solution for Forestland Owners. See it working! Refreshments hosted by Kamiak Ridge.

The Forest Resource Analysis System Software (FRASS) has been developed to create a reliable and efficient lands management system for scheduling economically optimal forest management activities while also valuing discrete timber land properties. FRASS integrates the factors of timber species, size, growth, density, and response to management with data on soils productivity, riparian protection for riverine species, bird species, and zoning regulations with monthly updated market economic data to provide users with predictions of value and management activities consistent with optimal economic decision making tools.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
8:00 Questions & Discussion from Day 1
8:30 Real Life Forest Management Financial Decision Criteria.

Use the concepts and formula from the previous session to make real life forest management business decisions. Forestry examples will be used in the session.Using Net Present Value in Forestry:

The standard of evaluations to determine how much timberlands are worth.Income and costs are calculated over the life of the project and discounted to today to determine the worth of the project.

This tool is used in the class with a single timber rotation, then with a perpetual series of timber rotations on the same timber stand, using growth and yield data, economic forecasts, and Real Price Appreciation Concepts. Analyses will be made for a single timber stand on a parcel, then on multiple stands on a parcel to generate a parcel’s value based on timber production as the Highest and Best Use.

Bare Land Value:     On the same parcels analyzed in the previous exercises, the participants will apply the Soil Expectation Value principals and learn how to apply them to timber stands and an entire parcel.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Equal Annual Equivalent: The key to comparing projects over different time spans and the answer to the question: which investment is best?Internal Rate of Return:

A primary but questionable decision criteria. The answer to that frequent question, “What is the inherent rate of return of this project?”Realizable Rate of Return:

A superior tool for decision making and the other answer to that question: What really is this project’s rate of return?

Benefit / Cost Ratio:

The benefit-cost ratio: How to determine the magnitude of benefits to the magnitude of costs and answer the question: Are there more public benefits than public costs?

Net Revenue to Current Cost Ratio:

How to get the biggest bang for your buck.  Where is the best place to allocate limited funds when making a major investment decision?

4:30  Course Adjourns
About the Speaker

William E. Schlosser, Ph.D.

Dr. Schlosser is a recognized and respected educator with 8 years of experience working with Universities (University of Idaho, Michigan State University, Washington State University). He has delivered over 325 seminars and short courses on a variety of forestry topics in the US and Russia. Attendees to his classes have been estimated at well over 14,000 individuals. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate classes in natural resources and specifically, in economics.

Dr. William E. Schlosser has been a professional forester since 1989 and has worked in the forestry industry of the Pacific and Interior Northwest since 1982. He has extensive experience working with non-industrial private forestland owners, industrial forestland owners, tribal forestlands, and government agencies in the administration of forestry projects. Although his advanced degrees are in natural resource economics and finance, he also possesses advanced skills in geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), land use planning, and forest management.

Recently, Dr. Schlosser designed and implemented a computer program, hosted on a Kamiak Ridge server, to analyze forestlands from the timber management perspective to generate appraisal value for forested properties. The program, Forest Resource Analysis System Software (FRASS), is a secure interface for clients to combine their forest inventory data, a vast economic portfolio, physical site characteristics, road networks, threatened, endangered, and sensitive species, and riparian zone protection with zoning. The results are financially optimal timber rotation determinations for timber stands into perpetuity. The FRASS system is applied on client properties to determine the “Income Capitalization Approach” to generating a parcel appraisal value, with Timber Production as the Highest and Best Use.