Mapping the Course 2024

Start Date: January 16, 2024
Location: Vancouver, WA

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Mapping the Course

7:30am            Coffee & Check-in

8:00                 Breakfast buffet

8:20               2024 Mapping the Course: Introductory Remarks

  • Nicole Jacobsen, Western Forestry and Conservation Association
  • Lindsay Warness, Forest Resources Association

8:30                 Opportunities and Stressors for the North American Forest Industry – Mike Buffo, Mason Bruce & Girard

9:00                Issues, Trends, and Market Forces for the Pacific Northwest Sawmill Sector – Steve Courtney, The Beck Group

9:30              The Endangered Species Act at 50Rob Gordon, Western Caucus Foundation 

10:00               Break

10:30           Training CTL operators and use of simulators –  Preston Green, Miller Timber

11:00              Federal Lands issues: Collaborative Management with the USFS – Keys to Success and Increased Management – Matt Comisky, American Forest Resource Council

11:30               Updates with the National Environmental Policy Act – Lawson Fite, Schwabe

12pm               Lunch  

1:00               Meet and Greet with Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez Staff  

  • Sarah Kohout, District Director, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez 
  • Peter Sandifer, Grants and Outreach, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez 

1:30                 Biden’s Mature & Old Growth – Jamie Barbour, USDA Forest Service

2:00                 Northwest Forest Plan Amendment – Scott Peets, USDA Forest Service

2:30                 Break

3:00                Washington Forest Practice Regulation Updates – Saboor Jawad, WA Dept. of Natural Resources

3:45                Oregon Private Forest AccordSeth Barnes, OR Forest Industries Council

4:30                Overview and discussion of 2025 Carbon Workshop – The Beck Group

4:45                Wrap-up & Adjourn

5:30-7pm        Dinner Buffet and Hosted Bar

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Workforce Development Workshop

7:30am            Coffee

8:00                 Breakfast buffet

8:40                 Overview: Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities Workshop – Nicole Jacobsen, Western Forestry and Conservation Association

8:45               Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 101: Increasing Awareness in the Workplace – Marika Barto, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries 

9:30               Industry Survey: Current Efforts and Future Needs  – Kathryn Kurtz, Pacific Education Institute 

10:15               Break

10:30             Updates from WA Dept. of Natural Resources: Community Outreach and K-12  Involvement Clare Sobetski, Washington Department of Natural Resources

11:10             Why DEI? What does it look like in the forestry industry?  – Cal Jackson, Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Rayonier 

12pm               Buffet Lunch

1:30                Brainstorming / Planning / Working Group

We’ll split into groups to brainstorm aspects of program development and management, desired goals and outcomes, and implementation specifics.

3:00                 Wrap-up and Adjourn

About the Conference
The conference will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. The Heathman is located at 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. The Heathman can be viewed at: The Lodge is 20 minutes from the Portland Airport.

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