The Reforestation Pipeline in the Western United States

Start Date: September 27, 2022
Location: Edgewater Hotel, Missoula, MT

Tuesday, September 27

Moderator: Diane Haase, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR

9:45 Welcome and introductions

10:00 Increasing the Flow of the Reforestation Pipeline: It’s Going to Be Plumb Crazy! – Kas Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID


10:30 Pipeline Keynote: Seeds – It All Starts With Seed: Strengthening the Reforestation Pipeline in the Western U.S. – Olga Kildisheva, The Nature Conservancy, Bend, OR

11:15 National Seed Strategy: Progress and Future Vision – Peggy Olwell, USDI Bureau of Land Management, Boise, ID

11:45 Strategic Seed Management to Meet Reforestation NeedsKayla Herriman, USDA Forest Service, Bend Seed Extractory, Bend, OR


12:15 LUNCH (provided)

1:00 Field trip to Great Bear Restoration Nursery, Hamilton, MT. (Transportation provided)

Great Bear Native Plants is a small, women-owned nursery specializing in growing Rocky Intermountain West containerized native plants. They have experience growing over 300 native shrub, grass, forb, and tree species for restoration, habitat, and home gardens. They are located in Hamilton, Montana near the base of the Bitterroot Mountains.

5:00 Arrive back at hotel

Wednesday, September 28

Moderator: Andrew Nelson, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

8:30 Pipeline Keynote: Nurseries – Establishing a Sustainable Seedling Supply: Economic, Environmental and Social Challenges for Nurseries – Nabil Khadduri, Washington DNR Webster Nursery, Olympia, WA


9:15 Pipeline Keynote: Outplanting – Considerations for Outplanting Practices in the Western U.S.: An Account of its Past, Present, and Future – Matthew Aghai, DroneSeed and Silvaseed, Roy, WA

10:00 Flathead Indian Reservation’s Biocultural Restoration for Whitebark Pine – ShiNaasha Pete, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pablo, MT

10:30 BREAK

10:45 Student presentations:

  • Drought Resistance and Frost Tolerance of Redwood ClonesAmy Kronsberg, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Intraspecific Root Traits Variability of Western Larch’ Seedlings in Response to DroughtVovener Edmond, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • Interior Douglas-fir: Investigating Latitudinal Differences in Seedling Drought ToleranceSarah Larson, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

11:15 Nursery Drought Conditioning and Genetic Effects of Douglas-fir Seedlings Growing in Three Sites in Western Oregon – Carlos Gonzalez, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

11:45 Seedling Carbon and Water Balances: Do They Limit Cold Storage Duration? – Rebecca Sheridan, Weyerhaeuser Company, Centralia, WA

12:15 LUNCH (provided)

1:00 Field trip to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Forestry Greenhouse, Polson, MT, (Transportation provided)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal nursery program operates in two locations on the Flathead Reservation north of Missoula. The Ronan location specializes in containerized native plants that include forbs, perennials, graminoids, shrubs, and broadleaved tree species. The Pablo nursery location currently focuses containerized production on seven different conifer species. The CSKT grow reforestation and restoration seedlings for their programs as well as for other tribes, public agencies, and the private sector.

5:00 Event dinner and Retiree Recognition (included with registration)

8:00 Arrive back at hotel

Thursday, September 29

Moderator: Jeremy Pinto, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID

8:30 Pipeline Keynote: Post-Planting Care – The Finish Line: Post-Planting Activities Improving Reforestation Success – Florian Deisenhofer, Washington DNR, Vancouver, WA

9:15  Policy and Funding Opportunities for Reforestation and Nursery Support – Danielle Okst, Council of Western State Foresters, Edgewater, CO

9:45 Typical and Non-Typical Outplanting Practices Used on Forest Service Lands in the Intermountain WestEllen Jungck, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT

10:15 BREAK

10:30 Student presentations:

  • Effects of Canopy Cover on Near-Surface Temperatures: Implications for Seedling Growth and Performance – Amanda Brackett, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • kitahkinaani ‘Our Garden’ – Kayla Allen, Miami University, Oxford OH
  • Creating Culturally Relevant Pathways to Reforestation for Indigenous YouthSusannah Howard, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY

11:00 Enhancing Interior Douglas-fir and Western Larch Seedling Growth with Post-Planting Forb Control – Andrew Nelson, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

11:30 Closing remarks

11:45 LUNCH (on your own)

12:30 Tour at Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery, Missoula, MT. (optional tour, attendees responsible for transportation)

The Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery is part of the Montana DNRC mission is to provide plants for conservation projects that occur throughout the State of Montana. The nursery provides bareroot and containerized stock derived from locally adapted and source-identified seed. Seedlings are grown for private landowners; county conservation districts; government agencies; conservation organizations; and the forestry industry.

2:30 Meeting ends

About the Conference
September 27-29, 2022. All times are Mountain Time.
The meeting will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Missoula-Edgewater at 100 Madison, Missoula, MT .

2022 Joint Annual meeting:
  • Western Forest and Conservation Nursery Association
  • Intertribal Nursery Council
  • Intermountain Container Seedling Growers

2022 Joint Annual Meeting Group Photo
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Request for Recent Retirees:
We realize the recent pandemic has put a damper on our regular, in-person nursery meetings and during this time, several folks have concluded their time in the industry. We’ve missed some opportunities to acknowledge this! Have you recently retired? Do you know someone who has recently retired? Are you planning on retiring before the end of the year? The WFCNA/INC/ICSGA would like to acknowledge retirees’ career accomplishments at this year’s joint nursery meeting in Missoula. During this year’s conference dinner, we’d like to spend a little time recognizing folks who have been a part of, and contributed to, the nursery industry. Please let us know who these folks are!