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Abe Wheeler receives Young Forester Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Abe Wheeler; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Abe Wheeler receives Young Forester Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Abe Wheeler; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Abe Wheeler Receives Young Forester Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND--Abe Wheeler has received the 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," said Norm Michaels, OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chair.

Wheeler received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 27 in Tigard. He is the senior forest management technical specialist providing expertise on management of forests, timber measurement and appraisal, timber sale contract preparation and administration and budget development and implementation for OR/WA Bureau of Land Management overseeing approximately 2.8 million acres of the controversial Oregon & California Railroad Revested and Coos Bay Wagon Road Reconvened (O&C) Lands intermingled with Public Domain lands located primarily in western Oregon.

Wheeler contributes both the profession and the public when he volunteered to serve as one of five young foresters on a panel for "The Hagenstein Lectures," a community event presented by the World Forestry Center and SAF. The theme was "Emerging Voices in Forestry" the foresters were selected based on being at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change.

He was one of two forest management representatives on the IDT revising the BLM's western Oregon forest management plans. He was a principal force in proposing alternative management strategies for consideration in the development of alternatives, these being reflected in proposed land use allocation objectives and silvicultural prescriptions. He conducted analyses for and wrote the forest management sections of the major planning documents, including analysis of the current management situation, planning criteria, management objectives and direction.

Wheeler has been an environmental education speaker for many children's forestry programs such as Glide Forestry 5th grade School tour, boy scouts, Earth and Energy Day Fair, and Arbor Day plantings events for many years. He has served as the Umpqua Chapter Chair and has been involved in many chapter events throughout the years.

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.

Dr. Jeff Hatten receives OSAF Research Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Dr. Jeff Hatten; Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Dr. Jeff Hatten receives OSAF Research Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Dr. Jeff Hatten; Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
OSU Professor Jeff Hatten Receives Research Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND--Oregon State University College of Forestry Professor Jeff Hatten has received the OSAF Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Dr. Hatten received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 27 in Tigard.

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. Hatten has a tenure track position at Oregon State University where he teaches four to five graduate and undergraduate courses and conducts research. His goal is to work at the nexus of forestry research and bridge divisions between the disciplines of soils and hydrology to integrate the latest research in soil science to apply research questions in forestry and forest ecology.

"Dr. Hatten is an outstanding researcher and recognized scholar as witnessed by his recent appointment as one of two endowed Research Chairs for the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes," said OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chair Norm Michaels.

"He clearly demonstrates high productivity and quality, and has maintained these for many years early in his career. He is a consummate researcher in terms of theory, creativity, and knowledge of the literature in his field of soils and productivity and has been an author on a large number of publications and has made multiple presentations. His work on nutrient cycles and long-term soil productivity, as well as hydrologic processes and sedimentation, is fundamental to a range of forest management issues in Oregon and Pacific Northwest. But, as importantly, he knows how to inspire, challenge, and guide graduate students and young researchers."

Dr. Hatten serves on the COF undergraduate Scholarship Committee, has served on five search committees, and was recently voted to be chair-elect for the Forest Range and Wildland Soils Division of the Soil Science Society of America, where he also serves as web page editor and list-serve administrator. He recently volunteered to serve on the planning committee of the 13th North American Forest Soils Conference.

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.

Jeremy Felty receives the OSU Outstanding Student award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Jeremy Felty; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO.  Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Jeremy Felty receives the OSU Outstanding Student award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Jeremy Felty; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Jeremy Felty Receives OSU Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND-- Jeremy Felty has received the OSU Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Felty received the award on April 27 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Tigard.

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.

Felty is a senior in the OSU's Forest Management professional program and will graduate in June 2017. He has been an outstanding student both in and out of the classroom. For SAF, he is currently serving as chapter chair, but for years has been active with fundraisers, workshops, and the job fair. He has also been very active in the OSU Forestry Club, Audubon Society, and Boy Scouts of America over the years, including leadership positions. He has worked with the Kitsap County Parks Department and Oregon Small Woodlands Association. He attended the last two National SAF conventions and organized booth activities.

"Jeremy brings an incredible energy and flair to his leadership of the student chapter, which was fully on display at the OSAF Leadership Conference in February," said OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chair Tim Keith. "He is a motivational leader to get folks involved, to keep things moving forward and organized, and to spread enthusiasm about the chapter and the profession."

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.

Steve Pilkerton receives Forester of the Year Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Steve Pilkerton; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Steve Pilkerton receives Forester of the Year Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Steve Pilkerton; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
OSU's Steve Pilkerton Receives Forester of the Year Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND--Steve Pilkerton has received the Forester of the Year Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Pilkerton, who works at the OSU Research Forest as a forest engineer and operations manager, received the award on April 27 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Tigard.

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 his professional skills to the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community or some larger segment of society.

"Steve is very diligent and conscientious towards his work. He takes on a lot of projects and often works well past "quitting time" to accomplish them. He is an excellent forester and a keen observer about forests, about trees, and about forestry operations," said Norm Michaels, OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chair.

"Like everything else he does, he took the chairmanship of OSAF on full bore and was engaging with the OSAF membership right from the start. He visited several chapters and made a big push to have existing members reach out to other potential members to get them to join and enter the SAF ranks. He has demonstrated extraordinary leadership as chair. He doesn't do all of this to make himself look good as he is a humble person. He does it because he believes the best way to support and move the profession forward is to be involved with SAF."

Pilkerton served as OSAF Chair in 2016, and has been an active part of the forestry community in Corvallis and the state of Oregon through his involvement and leadership in SAF. He is an OFRI speakers' bureau volunteer and is on the steering committee for the Oregon Professional Forest Engineering Exam. Pilkerton is also active in civic activities serving with the Corvallis Lions Club, Benton County 4H and Benton County Roads Advisory Committee, Fir View Water company board of Directors, and as a high school athletic coach and referee.

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.

Bob Madsen receives Lifetime Achievement Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Grace Madsen; Bob Madsen; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Bob Madsen receives Lifetime Achievement Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Grace Madsen; Bob Madsen; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Bob Madsen With Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND-- Bob Madsen has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). He received the award at the OSAF annual meeting in Tigard on April 27 for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and the forestry profession.

"Bob is not one to boast of his many personal and professional merits, but instead he is one who readily facilitates and brings attention to the achievements of his friends and associates," said OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chair Tim Keith. "This characteristic has inspired many a forester and has furthered the practice and appreciation of forestry."

Madsen's involvement in forestry spans more than 70 years. During that time he has certainly furthered the field, the profession, and SAF, and has benefitted the people of Oregon far more than he would accept credit for. He has managed and worked in almost every aspect of forestry and has been an active member of SAF for more than 64 years.

Madsen worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) starting in 1950, serving on several districts and the state office throughout his career. During his career, he was active at the chapter level, and he led tours for the national convention and state annual meetings.

In addition to his work at ODF, Madsen continues to serve on boards and committees for Oregon Small Woodlands Association and the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS). His work with OTFS included staffing the office for a time and a five-year stint as a tree farm inspector. He, along with his wife, volunteer at ODF's Forestry and Civilian Conservation Corps History museum. They have donated several items to the museum.

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.

B. Bond Starker receives the Heritage award on behalf of Starker Forests. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; B. Bond Starker, Starker Forests President and CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors; and Matt Mena
B. Bond Starker receives the Heritage award on behalf of Starker Forests. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; B. Bond Starker, Starker Forests President and CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors; and Matt Mena
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Starker Forests With Heritage Award (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND--Starker Forests, Inc. has received the Heritage Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The long-time forestry company received the inaugural award at the OSAF annual meeting in Tigard on April 27.

The Heritage Award is presented to private organizations for sustained excellent performance and support of SAF, over 25 to 50+ years, in three key areas: 1) stewardship in forestry resource management and communities; 2) support for SAF/OSAF activities (events, meetings, activities, fundraisers, advertisements; and 3) support for SAF/OSAF employee membership/participation.

Starker Forests, Inc. is an 81-year-old family owned company with over 85,000 acres of high site forestland in western Oregon. They have 11 full-time and 4 part-time foresters, all of whom are SAF members. Starker Forests employees are a large part of the Marys Peak chapter meetings. Starker Forests sustainably manages its forestland to produce timber and minor forest products while maintaining and promoting soil productivity, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities.

"Starker Forests supports SAF at all levels and has been generous and unwavering. They encourage all employees to be SAF members, elevating that support a few years ago by paying SAF dues for its employees," said Tim Keith, OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chair. "They encourage all employees to become Certified Foresters, and pay their certification fee."

Starker Forests provides work time to employees to attend national and state annual meetings and chapter meetings, including paying all costs of attendance. They support employees to be SAF leaders by providing work time for leadership duties and providing office and clerical support as needed. As a result many employees have been in leadership positions at both the chapter and the state level.

Starker Forests has supported Oregon State University and the OSU Foundation, having donated over 250 acres to the OSU Research Forests. They have also donated $1 million to the OSU library, provided financial support for the annual Starker Lecture series, and supported internal company research and development that they are willing to share with others.

Three employees, including the company founder, have served on the Oregon Board of Forestry, four have been on the Oregon Tree Farm System's board, two have inspected and certified tree farms for OTFS, three have served on the OFRI board with one as the chair, two serve on the Philomath high School's Forester Advisory Committee.

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.

R.J. Occhiuto receives the Community College Outstanding Student Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; R.J. Occhiuto; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
R.J. Occhiuto receives the Community College Outstanding Student Award. Left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; R.J. Occhiuto; and Matt Menashes, SAF CEO. Photo courtesy of Jordan Benner.
MHCC's R.J. Occhiuto Receives Community College Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND-- Richard (R.J.) Occhiuto has received the Community College Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Occhiuto received the award on April 27 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Tigard.

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 respective 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.

Occhiuto has worked for Oregon Parks and Recreation as a Park Ranger Assistant, and the Metro Parks and Nature as a Wildlife Monitoring Intern and as a Seasonal Park Worker. He has recently secured a seasonal timber position with the USDA Forest Service as a Forestry aid in presale. His education includes Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, Oregon where he will graduate with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Natural Resources Technology: Forest Resources in June 2017.

Occhiuto also attended Clackamas Community College in Oregon Wilderness Survival and Leadership, where he obtained a Career Pathway Certificate in December 2014. He is a member of the Mt. Hood Community College Society of American Foresters Student Chapter, where he has served as president from December 2016-Present. He helped organize volunteer events and fundraisers, and was in charge of correspondence with club members and overseeing club meetings.

As part of the award, Occhiuto received a $50 donation to MHCC's student chapter in his name. His 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.

"R.J. Occhiuto has an outstanding academic standing in all subject areas within the Natural Resources Program and is a model student by his instructors' standards," said OSAF Awards Co-Chair Norm Michaels.

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.

Coos Chapter receives the Chapter Achievement Award. Shown left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Ryan Bronson, 2017 Coos Chapter Chair; Robin Harkins, Coos Chapter Treasurer; Shaun Harkins, 2016 Coos Chapter Chair; an
Coos Chapter receives the Chapter Achievement Award. Shown left to right: Clark Seely, SAF Past President; Werner Krueger, OSAF Chair; Ryan Bronson, 2017 Coos Chapter Chair; Robin Harkins, Coos Chapter Treasurer; Shaun Harkins, 2016 Coos Chapter Chair; an
Coos Chapter Earns Achievement Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND-- The Coos Chapter of the Oregon Society of American Foresters has received the Chapter Achievement Award from the state society at its annual meeting in Tigard on April 27.

"The OSAF Chapter Achievement Award is presented to a chapter which has made extraordinary achievement in membership, service to members, community service, chapter management and participation in forest policy and legislation in the preceding year," said OSAF Awards Co-Chair Tim Keith. "Our winner for 2016 is the Coos Chapter."

In 2016 the Coos Chapter hosted 10 monthly meetings to service their members and provide CFE credits for Certified Foresters. Attendance at meetings ranges from 10-25 members which translates to a 20-50% attendance rate. They launched a targeted campaign for potential members that resulted in gaining two new members. During the summer the chapter hosted a booth at the Coos County Fair to promote community presence and the forestry profession.

The big event was co-hosting the 2016 OSAF Annual Meeting with the Siskiyou Chapter in April. This meeting replaced their monthly meeting and provided service to all OSAF members. This meeting had an attendance of 175 people. In 2016 the chapter nominated an OSAF Forester of the Year candidate and awarded Scott and Casara Nichols the Coos Chapter Appreciation Award. The chapter produces 10 newsletters a year which are emailed to chapter members and the OSAF webmaster for posting on the website. The chapter also has a Facebook page.

In 2016 the Coos Chapter partnered with South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve for Natural Resource Days and Coos County OSU Extension in April. This event educates 5th grade students in Coos County. Over the course of a week 150-200 students, parents and teachers are educated about Forestry and Natural Resources.

The chapter also participated in the National Engineer Week Student Career Fair and Dinner at Southwestern Oregon Community College. This event was an opportunity for them to promote forestry, forest engineering, and SAF. Monthly the chapter invites Southwestern Oregon Community College forestry students to meetings and the chapter will purchase their meal for the evening. The chapter participates in a number of other events and has an active policy committee.

In 2016 the Coos Chapter had a full slate of officers with Shaun Harkins as the chair, Ryan Bronson Chair Elect, Greg Stone Secretary, Jim Kirkpatrick treasurer, Christiana Kittle Delegate-at-large, Casara Nichols newsletter editor, Jim Nielson policy and legislation, and Eva Bailey Education.

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.