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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,

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 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, For registration questions, contact Melinda Olson, SAF Northwest Office, 503-224-8046,

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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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: Wildlife 101



Tentative Workshop Agenda – Wildlife 101 for Foresters Workshop

Join us for an interactive day with professional wildlife biologists, forest managers, and woodland owners  to discuss common wildlife management challenges and opportunities at all scales, from small woodlands to  industrial forests. We will learn how to approach common and unique issues in wildlife management in forests, learning from each other’s experiences to resolve wildlife management challenges. We will learn how to balance wildlife habitat needs with economics in order to have an operation that is profitable both for wildlife and the bottom line.

Instructors: This workshop will be presented by wildlife professionals well versed in wildlife issues on managed forest lands:

Joan Hagar is an Associate Professor of Wildlife at Oregon State University College of Forest Science and a USGS wildlife biologist at FRESC, specializing in forest bird species and wildlife habitats.

Nicole Strong is and OSU extension agent advising private landowners on issues related to wildlife and forestry management.

Jen Weikel is a Wildlife Biologist for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Jenniffer Bakke is a Wildlife Biologist for Hancock Forest Management.

Mike Rochelle is a Wildlife Biologist at Weyerhaeuser.

8:00  Common challenges and opportunities for wildlife in managed forests

During this interactive exercise, Nicole Strong will lead us through a brainstorming of questions, challenges and concerns, to frame later discussions about how to best manage wildlife in managed forests.  We will discuss common questions, issues, problems in real life scenarios. What are the most frequent/common questions and requests you receive related to wildlife? What is the biggest challenge to implementing wildlife-centric management?  What is one thing you have done that you think has been a win-win for forestry and wildlife goals?  What is your end goal for your property and how can we collectively help you reach it?

8:30  Wildlife in Woodlands

Dr. Joan Hagar will lead us through a discussion of wildlife habitat issues in forested landscapes. General concepts and basic intro about forest wildlife and ecology  will be presented. The biological and ecological importance of woodlands and the role of disturbance in creating habitat will be discussed.

9:00 Forest Practices Act and other Tools for forest managers;  Jen Weikel (30 minutes)

Jennifer Weikel will outline state and federal laws related to wildlife in forested landscapes, such as the Forest Practices Act, the Endangered Species Act  (safe harbor, Habitat Conservation Plans) , and other rules related to species & forestry operations. Water and stream management, as well as incentive programs available to forest owners will also be presented.

9:30 Woodland Management for Wildlife;  

Nicole Strong will present the structural aspects of providing habitat for wildlife, discuss smaller scale woodland management  to benefit wildlife, and provide practical recommendations on how private landowners may benefit wildlife during forest management.

10:00 Break

10:15: Case Study in Private woodland management;

Dave and Sarah Hibbs , private woodland owners, will share their own experiences in woodland management project and will describe how they have successfully balanced management for wildlife while also managing for timber.

10: 30 Forest Management on a larger scale;

Jen Bakke & Mike Rochelle will present a broad perspective,  on the scale of industrial timber management, using examples gained through their experience working for large private timber companies.  They will describe some of the Best Management Practices used to encourage  wildlife in forest management.

11:00: Interactive exercises

Using real life scenarios generated in our morning icebreaker, participants will interact, share their knowledge, and apply concepts learned throughout the session. Participants will work in small groups to visualize a management challenge, create an action plan, and share their vision with the rest of the groups.  Q+A’s  and recommendations will be fielded from rest of class.


During the time remaining, we will discuss common issues generated during our interactive exercises, ask questions of our knowledgeable presenters and of each other,  and  take the ideas we have learned out into the forest to confront and resolve our own real life wildlife challenges!

12:00 Adjourn

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

First Call for Papers and Posters! Annual Meeting April 29-May 1


Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Oregon Society of American Foresters
2015 Joint Annual Meeting
April 29-May 1, 2015
Hilton Hotel, Eugene, Oregon

Theme : Common Ground, Common Goals, & Common Solutions

This year ORTWS and the Oregon Society of American Foresters are holding a joint annual meeting! This brings lots of interesting opportunities for our membership (you!) to experience and present information to a slightly different audience. This does NOT mean that our posters and presentations should be limited to wildlife-forest interactions!

In this FIRST CALL, we are looking for research presentations from across all parts of the state. Regardless of the ecoregion you work in or the taxa you work with, others want to hear from you. Take this opportunity to share your completed or ongoing studies with your peers. Conference organizers will group abstracts into like categories to build concurrent sessions.

** Please submit abstracts for oral presentations and poster presentations to Jimmy Taylor,

Abstracts must be submitted electronically via Microsoft Word by February 16, 2015. See instructions below and at .

** Let us know if you are a student and would like to be judged for Best Student Paper or Poster


Abstract Deadline: February 16, 2015
Please specify on the first line either “oral presentation” or “poster presentation”
Please limit abstracts to 250 words

Use Times New Roman, 12‐point font.
Title.—Type in all capitals.
Author name(s).—Type in upper and lower case, then convert to small capitals (do not manufacture small capitals by changing font size).
Author address(es).—Italicize. If there are several authors with different addresses, follow each author name with the appropriate address; spell out street addresses, use state acronyms, no comma between state and zip code, include the name of the country if other than the United States or Canada; separate street address and email address with a semi‐colon.
Abstract.—Indent. Single space and type in upper and lower case. The abstract should summarize the paper with an emphasis on results and their meaning. Only small capitals and italics are retained, so please do not use bold face or any other non‐standard type face. Leave only 1 space between a period and the start of the next sentence. Scientific names should be italicized and should accompany the 1st use of the common name. Common names should be capitalized.


THERMOREGULATORY BEHAVIOR AND GROWTH CHARACTERISTICS OF WESTERN POND TURTLES ON THE REGULATED MAINSTEM TRINITY RIVER AND UNREGULATED SOUTH FORK TRINITY RIVER. Jamie B Bettaso, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata Field Office, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521;; Donald T Ashton, Hartwell H Welsh, JR., US Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, 1700 Bayview Drive, Arcata, CA 95521.

The Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata) is a California State Species of Special Concern and listed as a Sensitive Species by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, as the species has been declining throughout its range…


Presentations should be 30 minutes with time allotted for questions from the audience. Exact dates and time slots for accepted presentations will be arranged to group similar topics into categories for sessions. Once sessions are arranged, the moderator for your session will contact you to arrange for a short biography and to obtain any presentation materials (slideshow, etc) that will be needed for the meeting.


Each poster should be contained within a 3 ft.-high x 4 ft.-wide area. Posters should be attached to poster boards or other sturdy material provided by the presenter. Posters will be affixed to the walls using painters tape. If you have your own poster stand please bring it as there are limited stands and tables. Also please bring copies of your poster abstract and contact information to hand out to poster session attendees. Contact Fran Cafferata Coe directly if you have additional questions about display boards and/or the size of your poster.

Contact Fran at (503)-680-7939 or