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Kaitlyn Hickman receives the OSU Outstanding Student Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Kaitlyn Hickman receives the OSU Outstanding Student Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Kaitlyn Marina Hickman Receives OSU Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/04/16
Kaitlyn Marina Hickman has received the OSU Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Hickman received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay.

The OSU Outstanding Student Award is to be presented annually to an Oregon State University forestry student who is a member of the Society of American Foresters; participates regularly in OSU SAF activities, including a leadership role of some kind; represents the OSU SAF Student Chapter at state or national SAF gatherings; and who demonstrates good academic standing, good citizenship, and excellence in extracurricular and professional work activities.

Hickman is a senior in the College of Forestry's Natural Resources program and is closing out her academic career. She works on campus during the academic year and actively volunteers as a chapter leader for the OSU chapter. Last fall Hickman was the primary lead coordinating the College of Forestry SAF Student Chapter Job Fair.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Eugene Tree Farm Owners Receive 'Forester Appreciation Award' from Oregon Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16
Lindsay Reaves and Tom Bauman, owners of the Bauman Tree Farm of Eugene, received the Forestry Appreciation Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF) at their annual meeting on April 28. The award is given to individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon.

OSAF Awards Co-Chair Tim Keith says Reaves and Bauman actively manage the tree farm for both timber and education. Each year, their Forests Today & Forever (FTF) program brings 1,500 students there to learn about forest management. Reaves also hosts groups in her spare time, providing a place for school picnics, Volksmarches, Scout camp-outs, and other activities.

"Lindsay's enthusiasm and dynamic personality cause most audience members curious to learn more," Keith said. "Tom spends considerable time maintaining trails, roads, and other aspects of the tree farm that make the FTF forest education experience available to local audiences."

Keith said Reaves and Bauman contribute significantly to forestry education in Oregon. Since 2007, over 10,500 youth, parent chaperones, and teachers from rural, urban, and suburban school districts have visited their tree farm. In addition, other groups, including Scouts, home school students, and university classes have learned about forestry there too.

Reaves and Bauman are also involved in other organizations: Family Day at the Oregon Logging Conference, members of Lane Small Woodlands Association (LSWA) and Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA), OFRI tours and workshops, and professional development offered by OSU Extension including ONREP and the Master Woodland Manager programs.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Gary Springer Receives "Tough Tree" Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16
Philomath resident Gary Springer has received the Tough Tree Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The award is presented whenever appropriate to members of SAF who have demonstrated sustained, excellent professional performance in an extremely adverse work climate.

Springer graduated from Eddyville High School in rural Lincoln County, Oregon and from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in General Humanities. For three decades he worked alongside his father in their contract logging business. In 2003, he began work at Starker Forests with a focus on forest policy and regulation. Over the years, Springer has served on a number of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee, the Committee for Family Forestlands, the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and the OSU College of Forestry Research Advisory Committee.

Springer was in his second term as a director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute when he was appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry in 2010, where he is serving his second and final term.

Tim Keith, OSAF Awards Co-Chair, says Springer's Tough Tree Award reflects the work Springer has done with the revisions to the Forest Practices Act's stream rules before the Board of Forestry over the past several years.

"As a forest landowner and someone who grew up living and working in the forest, Gary brought a perspective other Board members did not have. He didn't always sway their views, but he did educate them," said Dick Powell, OSAF past State Chair. "Near the end of a very long and very public process, he submitted a proposal to revise the Forest Practices Act's stream rules for the Board to consider; he eventually voted against his own proposal because other Board members had added amendments that made his proposal unacceptable. In the end, he voted against the rule changes the Board adopted."

"To say this has been an exhausting ordeal for Gary is an understatement. Through it all, Gary has been a stalwart advocate for Oregon's forests and for good forestry in a very public and, sometimes, very political and contentious arena."

"Having watched this process from the audience at multiple board meetings, I can attest to the stress, the patience, and the effort Gary's Board membership required, said Steve Cafferata, OSAF Treasurer. "Simultaneously with this work on stream rule revisions, there were many other issues that had complex aspects and public testimony that he had to deal with including management of state forests."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Michelle Mershon has received the Community College Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Michelle Mershon, and SAF President Clark Seely.
Michelle Mershon has received the Community College Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Michelle Mershon, and SAF President Clark Seely.
MHCC's Michelle Mershon Receives Community College Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/03/16
Michelle Mershon has received the Community College Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Mershon received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay.

The award is presented annually to an Oregon community college student who is a member of the Society of American Foresters, participates regularly in their student SAF chapter (or local chapter) activities, including a leadership role of some kind, represents the community college SAF student chapter at state or national SAF gatherings, and who demonstrates good academic standing, good citizenship and excellence in extracurricular and professional work activities. This award was first offered in 2012.

Mershon will graduate this June with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Natural Resources Technology: Wildlife Resources. She has been active in the Mt. Hood Community College SAF Student Chapter, serving as President from June 2015 to the present. Mershon helped organize volunteer events and fundraisers, is in charge of correspondence with chapter members, and is instrumental in overseeing chapter meetings.

"Michelle has an outstanding academic standing in all subject areas within the Natural Resources Program and is a model student by her instructors' standards," said Jason Pinkerton, faculty advisor for the chapter. "She has developed into an effective public speaker and displays strong personnel management skills. Michelle does a wonderful job facilitating student meetings and delegating work assignments to her fellow peers. Students trust her, value her leadership skills, and respect her decision making."

As part of the award, Mershon received a $50 donation to MHCC's student chapter in her name. Her name will also be added to a plaque of fellow OSAF Community College Outstanding Student award winners, which will reside at MHCC until next year's OSAF award ceremony.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
OSU Professor Doug Maguire Receives Research Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/03/16
Oregon State University College of Forestry Professor Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Dr. Maguire received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 28 in Coos Bay.

The OSAF Research Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in any branch of science leading to advancement in either the science or practice of forestry in Oregon.

Dr. Maguire received his undergraduate degree in Forestry at the University of Maine in 1976 and has been a member of SAF for 40 years. He has twice received the OSAF Research Award. He has been a Professor of Forestry at Oregon State since 1996, and served in the same capacity at the University of Maine and University of Washington dating back to 1986.

Since his first academic appointment, Dr. Maguire has served as the major professor for 37 graduate students and served as a graduate committee member for an additional 88 students. Since 1988, he has been the author or co-author of 94 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2007 he has been the Director of the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS).

"Dr. Maguire has demonstrated sustained high research productivity in the areas of silviculture, growth & yield, effects of Swiss Needle Cast on Douglas-fir productivity, and silviculture influences on wood quality," said Stephen Fitzgerald, Director of the College of Forestry Research Forests at Oregon State University. "He conceived and directs the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS), which tackles applied research problems in Douglas-fir plantation management. This body of work helps to sustain ecosystem and economic productivity for private landowners who are part of and fund CIPS.

"Dr. Maguire is an effective teacher and teaches courses on forest models and silviculture influences. He is a highly-sought speaker and is highly respected by colleagues across the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and abroad."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The Society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
Hillsboro's Fran Cafferata Coe Receives Young Forester Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/03/16
Hillsboro resident Fran Cafferata Coe has received the inaugural Young Forester Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The award is given to an OSAF member that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society of American Foresters.

She received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 28 in Coos Bay. Coe is the owner of a small consulting firm, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm specializing in helping forest landowners and managers understand how to effectively manage their forests for both healthy wildlife populations and sustainable timber production.

Coe graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2000, with a strong emphasis in the interactions between forests and wildlife. Today, she has over 13 years of experience completing environmental surveys for sensitive, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species.

For the last four years, she has been a contractor with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI). She leads the Wildlife in Managed Forests program, which supports OFRI's mission of elevating public understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental, and economic needs of both present and future generations. She has authored or coauthored five high-profile educational booklets as part of the Wildlife in Managed Forests program. In addition, Coe has authored numerous articles for a wide variety of audiences on Wildlife in Managed Forests.

"This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a young person to the Society and the profession at large," said OSAF Awards Co-chair Tim Keith. "Fran has a passion for connecting the fields of wildlife biology and forestry. Fran is a young natural resource professional that has worked to develop and promote numerous programs, projects and collaborative efforts to benefit the practice of forestry, SAF, and The Wildlife Society."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Mark Buckbee With Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo) - 05/03/16
Roseburg resident Mark Buckbee has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). He received the award at the OSAF annual meeting in Coos Bay on April 28 for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession.

After earning a Bachelor's in Forest Resources Management from State University of New York in 1974 and a Master of Science in Forest Science from Utah State University in 1977, Buckbee began his professional forestry career as a field forester with the BLM in Roseburg. He has served as a lead forester, natural resource supervisor, chief of branch of engineering, district manager, and associate district manager.

During his tenure with the BLM, Buckbee was involved in numerous activities that were instrumental in Western Oregon BLM's management of public timberland, including projects such as the Northwest Forest Plan, BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revision, BLM's Secretarial Pilot Project, and numerous density management studies.

"During this time Mark fought tirelessly to allow foresters to manage the forest for the greatest good and on a sustained yield regime," said Tim Keith, OSAF Awards co-chair. "Mark's dedication and enthusiasm for both SAF and the forestry profession over the past 40 years exemplifies the OSAF Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a role model and leader to many foresters within the Umpqua Chapter, in not only his forestry experience and knowledge, but also his dedication, integrity, and citizenship within the Roseburg community."

Buckbee's service to SAF has included selected and appointed positions within the Society at the chapter, state, and national levels. He has served as Umpqua Chapter chair and chair­elect, National SAF Committee on Forest Policy, chair of the OSAF Foundation, Fellow, Oregon SAF chair and chair-elect, OSAF delegate-at-large, and OSAF communications chair.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Roseburg's Trixy Moser Receives Forester of the Year Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/03/16
Roseburg resident Trixy Moser has received the Forester of the Year Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Moser received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay.

The award is given annually to the OSAF member who has been recognized by his or her peers for contributing to both the profession and the public through application of professional skills to the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community or some larger segment of society.

Moser began her forestry career as a forester in the Los Padres National Forest, working for the Santa Barbara Ranger District. She soon moved to Roseburg to start her new job as a silviculture forester for the BLM's South River Field Office. While in this role, Moser collaborated with biologists to implement silvicultural treatments to meet Northwest Forest Plan objectives. In 2005 she became the Swiftwater Field Office Silviculturist. In this role, Moser evaluated 65,000 acres with intensive stand exams for the identification and prioritization of potential commercial thinning projects. She also oversaw 1,500 acres of pre-commercial thinning and tree marking per year. In 2015, Moser accepted a new job as a Contract Administrator for the South River Field Office, where she manages timber sale contracts on up to six active contracts at one time.

In addition, Moser was the Chair of the Roseburg District BLM Combined Federal Campaign for several years. Under her leadership, the Roseburg office led the state in fundraising with over $25,000 raised per year. She has also been a district coordinator and speaker for the Douglas County School Forestry Tour since 2000, volunteered at the Douglas County Fair, and is involved in the Sutherlin Parent Teachers Organization, among many other activities.

"It would be admirable to do as much in a lifetime of service to advance forestry and benefit a community as Trixy did in the past year," said OSAF Awards Co-chair Glenn Lahti. However, her service to this community did not start in 2015. For many years Trixy has been actively making our organization, community and future better, using her professional skills and boundless energy. She is a very deserving recipient of the Forester of the Year Award."

Moser is married to another BLM forester, Dave Moser, and is a mother to two boys, Connor and Jason. In 2015, she held an SAF-sponsored Arbor Day Event at a local park designed to spread the love of forests to the community. She also helped organize the Douglas County School Forestry Tour, an event that reaches 1,000 5th graders from Douglas County schools. The purpose of the School Forestry Tour is to advance forestry in Oregon by teaching kids the importance of managing forests. Moser also spearheaded the SAF Umpqua Chapter's donation to the Sutherlin High School Forestry program to assist with the purchase of a drone for forestry use. This will help the students develop new techniques for collecting aerial data.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.