Assisted Migration: A primer for Reforestation and Restoration Decision Makers

Start Date: February 21, 2013
Location: World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

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.