Portland, OR--Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Tigard at the Embassy Suites at Washington Square on April 26-28 for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 800 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 2017 Annual Meeting is "Connecting Forests, Products, People." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of forest management in the Pacific Northwest, from the Tillamook Forest in the coast range to the diverse forests of the Cascades and emerging forest technologies that are creating new markets for Oregon's wood products. The program begins Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with a keynote from Society of American Foresters (SAF) immediate past national president Clark Seely. The remainder of the afternoon is devoted to speakers addressing Forest Benefits. An Icebreaker celebration will be held that evening, preceded by a student-mentor social, linking students with practicing foresters.
Thursday is a busy day with concurrent sessions throughout the day. Topics are communication and leadership, forest management, timber harvesting, and technology. One highlight will be a presentation by Matt Menashes, SAF's national CEO during the Communication/Leadership session addressing forest management and the North American Forest Partnership. The day is capped with OSAF's awards banquet that evening where peers are recognized for their outstanding contributions to forestry.
Friday concludes the annual meeting; after a pep-up breakfast and business meeting, foresters will depart for the field, electing one of three themed tours: 1) Horning Seed Orchard and Hopkins Demonstration Forest in the Cascades; 2) Tillamook State Forest Revisited; and 3) Portland, City of Wood.
All program events other than the field tours will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Washington Square in Tigard. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2017AnnualMeeting/ 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.