Job Opportunity: Northern Spotted Owl Surveyor, Southern Oregon

Turnstone is currently seeking two individuals for northern spotted owl projects in southern Oregon from approximately April 01, 2018 to August 10, 2018. One position will be based in and around Medford, Oregon; significant travel required. The second position will be focused in and around Keno, Oregon with occasional travel to Medford and surrounding areas as well. This position will require significant travel, including ATV use and snowshoeing, and possible remote camping. For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.turnstoneenvironmental.com/index.php?id=employment 

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Upcoming Conference – Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2018 looks at current forest health conditions in Oregon

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Contact: Dave Shaw, OSU College of Forestry, 541-737-2845, dave.shaw@oregonstate.edu

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2018 looks at current forest health conditions in Oregon

We are all aware of many of the forest health challenges facing Oregon. News stories about megafires and sudden oak death outbreaks have been in the news. We are familiar with tree mortality in our forests. An upcoming conference will update participants on the current condition of Oregon’s forests, forest health trends and challenges, current research, and silvicultural solutions.

The Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2018 conference will be held February 28-March 1 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University. Geared to foresters, forest managers, woodland owners, students, and others with an interest in forest health, the conference will provide a blend of current information and practical applications on how to manage a healthy forest.

The first day of the conference participants will learn the latest information about how wildlife, insect and diseases, non-native invasive species, climate change, and other factors affect forests in Oregon.

On the second day, the morning segment showcases current fire research in a format of eight 15-minute talks. In the afternoon, speakers will discuss tree mortality analysis, drought impacts on forest health, operational implications when managing for forest health, and other silvicultural perspectives. The conference closes out with a moderated discussion on the future of forest health.

Registration is now open; please visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/foresthealth/. Register before February 20 to receive the early-bird registration fee of $150 ($200 after 2/20). Student registration is free, but for planning purposes, we ask that students register if they plan to eat lunch. Students can attend as many or as few sessions as their schedules allow.

Program questions should be directed to Dave Shaw, OSU College of Forestry, 541-737-2845, dave.shaw@oregonstate.edu. For registration questions, contact Melinda Olson, SAF Northwest Office, 503-224-8046, melinda@forestry.org.

The Forest Health 2018 conference is sponsored by OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension (College of Forestry). Co-sponsors include Oregon Forest Resources Institute; Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee; Oregon Small Woodlands Association; Oregon Tree Farm System; Northwest Fire Science Consortium; and the Society of American Foresters.

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PSU Environmental Diversity Scholarship Announcement

The PSU Environmental Professional Program (EPP) staff would like to extend an invitation to apply for the 2018 EPP Diversity Scholarship!

The goal of this scholarship is to increase participation from populations typically underrepresented in the field of environmental science and from geographic regions outside the Portland Metro Area. The Environmental Professional Program will be offering a $5,000 scholarship that can be used to pay tuition for the core classes of the River Restoration Certificate. Information on those classes, including costs, can be found on our website:https://www.pdx.edu/environmental-professional-program/professional-certification .

The application process is open to all interested individuals. Applicants should submit a resume and short letter (1 page) describing your career goals and your need for the support. The scholarship will be awarded to a single applicant interested in the River Restoration Certificate. Applications are due on Friday February 16, 2018 by 11:59 pm PST. Please e-mail your application as a single PDF or Word document to epp@pdx.edu.

If you have any questions, email epp@pdx.edu.

Member Spotlight – Raymond Dodd

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Running for: Board Position

Education:  Rutgers University, BS, East Stroudsburg University, MS

Present Position/Employment: Health and Population Laboratory Biologist, Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife

Former Positions/Employment: APHIS Wildlife Services New Jersey, Wildlife Technician, focused on wildlife management and control for Middlesex County, NJ parks (2014-16); ODFW, Wildlife Health Lab Biologist (2013-2014); National Park Service, Biological Technician, focused on invasive species management, white-tail deer management, and carnivore surveys (2013): Normandeau Associates, INC, Wildlife Technician, focused on bat surveys (2012-2013); East Stroudsburg University, graduate assistant, examining interspecific competition between foxes and coyotes (2009-2012); USGS, Wolf Technician (2009); NJ Fish and Wildlife, Intern, Black Bear Program (2008).

TWS Activities: Member since 2009, Speaker at multiple conferences. I was the Secretary for the state chapter in New Jersey before moving to Oregon. I have also been the chair of a planning committee for the national conference when it was in Pittsburg, PA and was the chair of a board selection committee for the Pennsylvania Chapter. Current member of ORTWS Grant committee

ORTWS Goals: I would like to contribute to the growth of ORTWS and help plan the chapter meetings. I would like to assist in the expansion of working workshops and early career development.

Interests (Professional and/or Personal): Professional- Wildlife disease outbreak, wildlife disease transmission and spread through a population and landscape, predator-prey dynamic, interspecific competition, intraspecific competition, effect of top-order predators on a landscape, population health (age class, reproductive success rates, and sex ratios). Personal- Cycling, backpacking, kayaking, hunting, and exploring the PNW. Getting the kiddo outdoors and playing in the rain.

Member Spotlight – Quentin R. Hays

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Running for: Board Position

Education:  B.S. Wildlife Biology – University of Montana; M.Sc. Biology – University of Western Ontario

Present Position/Employment: Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST), Inc. – Project Manager/Wildlife Biologist, Corvallis, OR. Affiliated/Adjunct faculty – Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Dept., New Mexico State University.

Former Positions/Employment: Associate Professor/Department Chair – Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso. Owner/Operator of Bosque Wildlife and Habitat (small biological consulting firm). AD fire personnel (READ, BIOL, THSP) for the Lincoln National Forest, NM. Multiple previous positions.

TWS Activities: Past-President of New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society (2015), current Board Member of NMTWS (term expiring February 2018), Board Member of NMTWS since 2013. Founded Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2012. Member of New Mexico Conservation Affairs Committee since 2014 (term expiring February 2018). Arrangements Committee Chair for Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society in Albuquerque (2017). Permanent member of Parent Society “North American Committee” for planning of Annual Conference(s) – working directly with Parent Society on Cleveland (2018) and Reno (2019). Long-time member of TWS College and University Education Working Group, Forestry and Wildlife Working Group, and Renewable Energy Working Group. Helped plan several Joint Annual Meeting(s) of New Mexico and Arizona Chapters of TWS (and NM/AZ AFS). Revised/updated by-laws of NMTWS in 2015 in conjunction with NMTWS Board. Multiple presentations at local, regional, and annual TWS conferences.

 

ORTWS Goals: I would like to continue to be involved with TWS at the local level. I feel that I can not only provide a conduit to the Parent Society for ORTWS, but I can bring my experience with helping plan regional TWS conferences and the Annual Conference of TWS to ORTWS. I’ve also worked extensively with student chapters and on student activities, and can bring this experience to bear, as needed, to ORTWS. I think The Wildlife Society is a great organization, and I would like to continue to give back!

Interests (Professional and/or Personal): In addition to my work with WEST, I continue to be interested in the interface of forest restoration and endangered species conservation (which I worked on somewhat extensively in the Southwest). I’m also an EMT with a variety of ancillary medical qualifications, and I’m interested in remote and emergent medical support. I have two young daughters who are the center of my world, and when I have time (which isn’t often anymore) I like to fish, hunt, run rivers and hike. I also love traveling with my family.