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Forestry Professionals Meet in Coos Bay - 04/25/16
Coos Bay, OR -- Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Coos Bay on April 27 through 29 for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 900 field foresters, administrators, researchers and educators, who manage and study the 29.5 million acres of public and private forests throughout Oregon.

The theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting is "Water -- Trees -- Transportation." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of water quality, forest management, and transportation challenges and opportunities on southern Oregon's coast. The program begins Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote panel addressing Oregon's riparian rule changes; this panel is highlighted by George Ice, an emeritus research forest hydrologist. The remainder of the day attendees are treated to panels addressing watershed science and management, forest health issues and forestry marketing logistics in the coastal region.

On Thursday, Clark Seely, Society of American Foresters' national president and Ed Shepard, Oregon's national representative, will speak to "SAF Now and For the Future." After additional presentations on Coos Chapter's education projects and EROAD trucking and logistics tracking, members will retire to the field for the afternoon. There are two half-day field trips options: a forestry logistics tour looking at marine and rail transportation of wood products from the Coos Bay area, and the other looking at forest health and watershed management on Campbell Global-Menasha property. That night, an awards banquet to honor 2015 OSAF award winners will be held, followed by a dance.

On Friday, attendees will be treated to panel presentations on forestry education in Oregon and forest density management across geography and ownerships. The meeting concludes at noon, but for those that are willing to spend part of the afternoon in Coos Bay, there is a barge tour of the Bay provided by Knutson Towboat, a local towboat company. All in all, there are over 26 speakers featuring experts from all walks of the forestry and logistics/shipping profession.

All program events other than the field tours will be held at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park on Coos Bay. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2016AnnualMeeting/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world.