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Former ORTWS president, Fran Cafferata Coe, receives SAF National Award!!

For Immediate Release                                                                                                 Lisa Swann, SAF

October 12, 2016

Francesca Cafferata Coe Receives Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Award

(Bethesda, MD)—Francesca (Fran) Cafferata Coe of Hillsboro, Oregon, will receive the Young Forester Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the forestry profession. She will be recognized during a ceremony at the 2016 SAF National Convention, November 2–6, in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Young Forester Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional 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. The engraved award includes a cash honorarium of $500.

Cafferata Coe, a member of SAF since 2007, graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2000, with a strong emphasis in the interactions between forests and wildlife. Cafferata Coe is a leader in both SAF and The Wildlife Society; she serves as the Oregon SAF liaison to TWS. 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.

“This year’s national award recipients join a group of elite individuals who have demonstrated unusual dedication to the practice and promotion of forestry,” said Matt Menashes, CEO of SAF.

The awards process is a rigorous one. It begins with written nominations and references by professional peers. The Forest Science and Technology Board or the Committee on Professional Recognition then reviews the nominations. These bodies forward their recommendations to the SAF Board of Directors for its review and approval. The review process produces candidates with a national profile and a comprehensive history of sustained contributions to the forestry profession and service to the public.


Forests Today and Forever – Volunteer to share wildlife with kids!

Call for Volunteers! Teach kids about forest wildlife alongside foresters at a tree farm! Forests Today and Forever needs help on the following dates:

October 2
October 6
October 7
October 13
October 15

See below for contact information to sign up!


FFD Volunteer Flyer F2015




Workshops! Forestry, Wildlife, and Jobs

NOTE! WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN CANCELED! If you registered for a workshop ORTWS treasurer will be in touch regarding refund.


There are three workshops offered on Wednesday, April X from 8-12 AM in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. In keeping with the meeting theme of “Common Goals, Common Ground, Common Solutions” ORTWS is pleased to present Forestry 101, Wildlife 101, and Getting a Government Job.

Are you a wildlifer surrounded by forestry lingo? Then Forestry 101 is for you! Scroll down for the workshop description.

Are you a forester befuddled by all the wildlife lingo?  Then Wildlife 101 is for you!

Always dreaming of a government job? Then Getting a Government Job is for you!

To register, join us at the Annual Meeting!

Workshop: Forestry 101



Forestry & Silviculture for Biologists in the Northwest 

This workshop is an introduction (or refresher) to biologists working on forestry issues, but not trained in forestry. This workshop will define forestry terms and concepts so attendees understand forestry discussions and can estimate parameters of interest in the office or in the field.  This should help participants visualize forest conditions from written descriptions and to provide comments on forest-management proposals.

Topics include:

  • Common Terms and Definitions
  • Principles of Tree Growth
  • Forest Classification and Site Quality
  • Characteristics of Tree Species
  • Stand Development and Competition
  • Stocking and Stand Density
  • Basic Measurements of Trees and Stands
  • Common Considerations in Management and Harvest

To register, join our Annual Meeting!

2015 Joint Annual Meeting: Common Ground, Common Goals, Common Solutions Schedule

Greetings ORTWS and OSAF Members! The schedule for our upcoming Annual Meeting is provided below. We will update this schedule with changes as more events get locked in.

2015 Joint Annual Meeting: ORTWS and OSAF
Common Ground, Common Goals, Common Solutions
April 29 – May 1 2015
Hilton Eugene

For special lodging rates, book via Hilton Eugene here: JAM 2015 Lodging Reserve your room by April 14 to lock in these rates!


April 29th Wednesday

7:30 AM – Registration Opens

8:00 – 12:00 PM Workshops CANCELED

12:00 – 1:00 Buffet Lunch (purchasable add on)

1:00 – 2:30 PM Plenary Session 

Reframing the debate:  Popular Support for Active Forest Management in a Changing Climate

John Audley, President of Sustainable Northwest

Has Science Become Just About Irrelevant in Informing Policy Debates? 

Robert T. LackeyProfessor of Fisheries at Oregon State University

Scientists in natural resources, environmental science, ecology, conservation biology, and similar disciplines are collectively slipping into a morass that risks marginalizing the contribution of science to public policy.  Advocating personal positions on ecological policy issues has become widely tolerated as acceptable professional behavior and is even encouraged by a substantial fraction of the scientific community.  Public confidence that scientific information is technically accurate, policy relevant, and politically unbiased is central to informed resolution of environmental policy and regulatory issues that are often contentious, divisive, and litigious.  Especially, scientists should watch for the often subtle creep of normative science (i.e., information that appears to be policy neutral, but contains an embedded preference for a particular policy or class of policies).  Failing to do so risks marginalizing the essential role that science and scientists ought to play in informing decisions on important public policy questions.

2:30 – 3:00 PM – Networking Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM Communicating Science to the Public Symposium

  • 3:00 – 3:30 – Liz Cawood from Cawood, Liz will be discussing the importance of communicating science to the public, the power of the message, and strategies for being effective.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – Bruce Cappelli from Cappelli Miles will share strategies for using traditional media methods
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Allison McCormick and Pat McCormick from am:pm will discuss creative nontraditional media methods

5:30 – 7:00 PM – Student Mentor Mixer

7:00 – 11:30 PM – Poster Session and Welcome Reception 

April 30 Thursday

8:00 – 5:00 PM – All day concurrent sessions on wildlife and forestry! There will be something for everyone.

  • 8:00 – 9:30 AM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)
  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM – Refreshment and Networking Break
  • 10:00 – 12:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)
  • 2:00 – 12:30 PM – Buffet Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM – Refreshment and Networking Break
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)

5:15 – 6:15 PM ORTWS Business Meeting, OSAF Business Meeting

6:30 – 9:30 PM – Awards Banquet 

May 1 Friday

7:00 – 8:30 AM – Alumni Breakfast – wear your school colors proudly! SAF President Bob Alverts will speak
9:00 – 4:00 PM – Field tours! These are included in the registration cost, as is a brown bag lunch

Tour 1 – Forests Forever

  • Private Timberland Visit – common ground, goals, solutions in forestry and wildlife management
  •  Private Timberland visit – Carbon Studies related to residual material following logging
  •  Forests Today and Forever: Visit an FTF site where middle school students learn about forestry and wildlife management and interactions.

Tour 2 – Restoration

  • Oak restoration theme – visit several local sites related to oak restoration including conifer removal projects.
  • Gravel pond reclamation – visit several sites that address: How can you get ecological uplift from abandoned gravel pits? How do you create side channel habitat?
  •  Prairie restoration theme – visit several local sites and talk about restoration research results, best practices, incorporating vernal pools for amphibians/Streaked Horned Lark/Meadowlark habitat.

Tour 3 – Working for Raptors

  • Cascades Raptor Center Work Party – Work party at the Cascades Raptor Center in S. Eugene. Help construct protective enclosures for birds in rehabilitation and tour this well known facility.

Tour 4 – Wildlife and Forestry

  • Long Tom Watershed Tour – Visit sites on the Long Tom Watershed that includes wildlife and forestry themes.
  •  Invertebrate theme – visit several sites focusing on invertebrate species including Wilama Restoration Project’s pollinator meadow in Alton Baker Park.
  •  Cogeneration Facility Tour – Depending on time, visit a cogeneration facility utilizing forest residuals to create power.

Tour 5 – Birds and Birds

  •  Fern Ridge birding trip and habitat management tour.
  •  Cascades Raptor Center Tour