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Doug Robertson Receives Forester Appreciation Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/11/15
Former Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson has received the Forestry Appreciation Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Robertson received the award on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

The award is given to individuals and organizations outside the forestry profession who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon. In addition to serving as county commissioner, Robertson was president of the Association of O&C Counties and has led numerous efforts to promote active management of forests within the state.

"Doug Robertson has made considerable contributions to the management of forests in western Oregon," said Mark Buckbee, a member of the OSAF Umpqua chapter. "As an O&C County Commissioner he gave particular attention to the BLM O&C lands, but he was also attentive to the management of USFS lands, State and County forests, and industry and small woodland owners."

Buckbee said over the past 34 years Robertson has been a dedicated public servant, championing forest management for the economic and social well-being of Oregonians as well as for the health of the forests.

"We can think of no other Oregon elected official who has made a greater contribution to the management of forestlands than Doug Robertson," Buckbee said. "For 33 years, and now in "retirement" he has been a strong and knowledgeable advocate."

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.
Mount Hood Community College student Serena Burdick receives the Outstanding Community College Student of the Year award at the OSAF annual meeting in Eugene. Left to right: Tim Keith, OSAF Awards Committee co-chair; Matt Krunglevich, OSAF chair; Serena B
Mount Hood Community College student Serena Burdick receives the Outstanding Community College Student of the Year award at the OSAF annual meeting in Eugene. Left to right: Tim Keith, OSAF Awards Committee co-chair; Matt Krunglevich, OSAF chair; Serena B
MHCC's Serena Burdick Receives Outstanding Student Award from Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/11/15
Serena Burdick has received the Community College Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Burdick received the award April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

Burdick is a student in the Forest Resource Technology Program at Mt. Hood Community College. She will graduate with an Associate's of Applied Science degree in Natural Resources Technology: Forest Resources in June 2015. She has served as Vice President of MHCC's Society of American Foresters Student Chapter, where she helped organize volunteer events and fundraisers, and was in charge of correspondence with club members. She has served her community as an active volunteer with SOLVE and the City of Gresham Wildlife and Restoration program.

"Serena has been instrumental in spearheading fund raising for our club this year," said Jason Pinkerton, faculty advisor for the chapter. "Serena does a wonderful job delegating work assignments to her fellow peers. Students trust her, value her leadership skills, and respect her decision making. Her dedication to the students, club and faculty at Mt. Hood will be greatly missed next year and extremely difficult to replace."

As part of the award, Burdick 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.
Jessica Kessinger receives the OSU Student of the Year award. From left to right: Bob Alverts, SAF President; Jessica Kessinger; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Tim Keith; and OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich.
Jessica Kessinger receives the OSU Student of the Year award. From left to right: Bob Alverts, SAF President; Jessica Kessinger; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Tim Keith; and OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich.
Jessica Kessinger Receives OSU Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo) - 05/07/15
Jessica Kessinger has received the OSU Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Kessinger received the award on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

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.

Kessinger is pursuing a BS degree in Forest Engineering and BA degree in International Studies at OSU, expecting to graduate in June 2016. Among her accomplishments, she has earned membership in Xi Sigma Pi Honors Society, received the Jerry Sedlak Memorial Award in 2015, received the Oregon SAF Foundation Award 2014 and 2015, and has participated in the Forestry Pro School - including Forestry Field School 2012 and 2013 - and the Forestry Pro School Cooperative Education Internship Program. Kessinger was one of two College of Forestry students to successfully complete a 6-month Cooperative Education Internship in 2014, where she worked with Western Forest Products in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada.

"Of note with Jessica is her excitement for the profession and the role that students can play in shaping the profession as they move forward with their careers," said Dr. John Bailey, the chapter's faculty advisor. "She leads by example with her hard work in the Forest Engineering curriculum, her positive energy around Peavy Hall, the frequency and completeness of her communication with fellow students, her individual efforts to involve students, and her organizational skills to keep it all moving. She is a pleasure teach, to work with, and to advise."

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.
Janine Salwasser and daughter Kaija accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Foresters for the late Dr. Hal Salwasser. Pictured left to right: OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Glenn Lahti; Janine Salwas
Janine Salwasser and daughter Kaija accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Foresters for the late Dr. Hal Salwasser. Pictured left to right: OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Glenn Lahti; Janine Salwas
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Late Dr. Hal Salwasser With Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo) - 05/07/15
The late Dr. Hal Salwasser has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The posthumous award was given to his wife Janine and daughter Kaija on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

Dr. Salwasser received the award for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession.

Dr. Salwasser served as Regional Forester for the northern region of the U.S. Forest Service and as chief executive officer of the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. As the Dean of the OSU College of Forestry from 2000 to 2012, Dr. Salwasser guided the college through a period of transition in forest policies and management nationally and globally. He established the college's endowment and served as the first Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean at the College. He retired as Dean in 2012 but continued to teach and mentor young faculty and students. Dr. Salwasser passed away in October 2014.

"His greatest fulfillment came from the many students and young professionals he mentored throughout his long and distinguished career," said Dr. John Bailey, OSU Associate Professor and OSU SAF Faculty Advisor. "Hal was a wonderful colleague, a respected forester, a personal mentor, an engaged member of the larger community, and a friend."

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.
Dave Cramsey received the Forester of the Year award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. He is shown here with his wife Helene.
Dave Cramsey received the Forester of the Year award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. He is shown here with his wife Helene.
Dave Cramsey Receives Forester of the Year Award (Photo) - 05/07/15
Lane County Resident Dave Cramsey has received the Forester of the Year Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Cramsey received the award on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

The award is given annually to the OSAF member who has been recognized by his 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.

Cramsey graduated from OSU with a BS in Forest Management in 1991. He worked for the Campbell Group before coming to Roseburg Forest Products in 1997. As a forestry professional, he is an active member of the Oregon Smoke Management Advisory Committee representing industrial forest landowners; president of the West Lane Forest Protective Association Board of Directors; a member of the Siuslaw Watershed Council representing industrial landowners; and a member and past president of Forests Today and Forever Board of Directors.

"For decades Dave Cramsey has contributed to both the profession and the public through application of his professional skills toward the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community," said OSAF Awards Co-Chair Tim Keith. "He easily exceeds all professional criteria and is a shining example of SAF's Core Values at work in his community."

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.