Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

2021 Oregon SAF Annual Meeting

The Blue Mountain Chapter of OSAF invites you to join us for two days of engaging programming, roundtable discussions, and recognition of colleagues. Come be a part of the conversations on May 13-14, 2021, from the comfort of your own home or office.

The annual meeting’s theme, Landscape Restoration: Perspectives, Partnerships, Opportunities, will open with a plenary session on "Climate, Restoration, and Management over Millennia." Speakers Jessica Halofsky, Paul Hessburg, and Frank Lake will discuss climate change, landscape restoration, and current and historic Indigenous use of fire. The day's General Sessions will focus on landscape restoration from the federal, private, and Tribal perspective. 

The first day will conclude with an awards ceremony to honor our members and colleagues, followed by a student-led social and networking hour. 

Day 2 will open with a panel that features restoration-focused research, followed by a General Session on partnerships involved in landscape restoration. The afternoon session will be devoted to breakout sessions on topics that include "Markets, Wood Products, and Biomass Utilization," "Wildfire, Climate, and Perceptions," and "Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management." 

The day will then end with concluding remarks.

Program Flyer


Agenda is subject to change. All times are in PDT.

Thursday, May 13

8:00 AM              Welcome, Jacob Putney, General Chair, and Jeremy Felty, OSAF Chair

8:15 AM              VIDEO - Granite Gulch Fire: The Right Place, The Right Conditions

8:25 AM              OPENING PLENARY: Climate, Restoration, and Management over Millennia

8:30 AM              Climate Urgency, Jessica Halofsky, USDA - Northwest Climate Hub

9:30 AM              Landscape Restoration, Paul Hessburg, USFS - PNW Research Station

10:30 AM            Break - Sponsor Announcements

10:45 AM            Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Frank Lake, USFS - PSW Reserach Station

11:45 AM            Lunch - Sponsor Announcements

1:00 PM              GENERAL SESSION – Part 1: Perspectives on Landscape Restoration

                           Federal Perspectives, Bill Gamble, USFS District Ranger, La Grande RD

                           Private Landowner Perspectives, Chris Heffernan, Woodland Owner

2:00 PM              First Q&A

2:15 PM              Break - Sponsor Announcements

2:30 PM              GENERAL SESSION – Part 2: Perspectives on Landscape Restoration

                           First Foods and Forest ManagementEric Quaempts, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

                           Forestry and Prescribed Fire, Andrew Saralecos, Nez Perce Tribe

3:30 PM              Second Q&A

3:45 PM              OSAF Awards Ceremony, Tim Keith and Norm Michaels

4:30 PM              Concluding Remarks

5:30 PM              Student-led Social and Networking Hour

Friday, May 14

8:00 AM              OSAF Member Business Meeting and Chapters Update, Jeremy Felty, OSAF Chair

8:30 AM              RESEARCH SESSION: What’s new on Restoration

                           Historical Forest Structure and Function of Moist, Mixed-Conifer Forests, Cameron Naficy, Oregon State University

                           Too hot, too cold, or just right: Can wildfire restore Oregon dry mixed-conifer forest?, Skye Greenler, Oregon State


                           Restoration and Wildlife, Tavis Forrester, Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife

9:45 AM              Research Q&A

10:00 AM            Break - Sponsor Announcements

10:15 AM            GENERAL SESSION: Partnerships on Landscape Restoration

                           Collaborative Governance, Emily Jane Davis, Oregon State University

                           Blue Mountain Forest Partners and Southern Blues Restoration Coalition, Pam HardyWestern Environmental Law Center

                           Northern Blues Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project, Nils ChristoffersonWallowa Resources

                           Oregon Department of Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Jay Gibbs, Natural Resource Conservation Service

11:35 AM            Partnership and Collaboration Q&A Session

12:00 PM            Lunch - Sponsor Announcements

1:00 PM              BREAKOUT SESSION: Opportunities for Landscape Restoration Breakout

                           ROOM 1: Markets, Wood Products, and Biomass Utilization, Speaker, Nate Anderson, USFS – Rocky Mountain Research


                           ROOM 2: Wildfire, Climate, and Perceptions, Speaker, Joel Hartter and Larry Hamilton, Communities and Forests

                              in Oregon

                           ROOM 3: Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management, Speaker, Christina Clemons, Oregon Department of Forestry

2:00 PM              Breakout Room Discussion

2:30 PM              Concluding Remarks

3:00 PM              General Meeting Concludes


SAF Member ($50), Non-Member ($75) and student ($0) registration fees include access to all meeting sessions, awards ceremony, social hour, and business meeting.

Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Oregon Society of American Foresters.

Please note there are two steps to the registration process. Step 1 can be completed by registering for the annual meeting - 2021 Virtual OSAF Annual Meeting ( Step 2 will be sent to you by email after you complete step 1, then you will receive the Zoom link needed to attend the meeting.

If you have any registration questions, please contact Melinda at the SAF Northwest Office, 503-224-8046.


Cancellations after May 3, 2021, will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Contact Melinda with questions.


Attendees are solely responsible for the integrity of their internet connection and electronic equipment function, including use of the Zoom platform. No refunds will be given. Registrants are strictly prohibited from sharing their individual login information.

SAF Continuing Education Credits Protocol

The OSAF 2021 Annual Meeting will be presented in a virtual format, CFEs will be available, we understand the importance of providing continuing education credits for SAF members. The following is the protocol agreed upon by Oregon CFE Coordinator Mick Sears and the organizing committee. 

CFEs available:

Thursday, May 13                               6.0 CFE

Friday, May 14                                    5.0 CFE

Total CFEs available                       11.0 CFE

Watching and participating in the online Annual Meeting is a requirement to earn the CFEs for a given day. To confirm attendance, an “Attendance Keyword” will be issued verbally during the meeting each day. It is very important that you note these keywords in order to receive credit.

Steps to receive credit:

  1. Download and save the CFE Request Form: Click here to view/download the attendance form (fillable PDF).
  2. Fill in you name, SAF/CF #, email, and the attendance keyword for each day attended.
  3. Return the completed Request Form via email to Jacob Putney following the completion of the annual meeting,
  4. The deadline to return CFE Request Forms is May 19, 2021.

Students and Chapter Advisors

The OSAF Annual Meeting Committee encourages all natural resources community college and university students and student chapter advisors to attend. Registration rates have been reduced to $0 for students and advisors, and includes all the benefits of full registration.

Sponsorships and Exhibitor Opportunity

OSAF depends on generous donors to make the Annual Meeting a success. Please consider being a sponsor and/or exhibitor. All sponsors and exhibitors will receive recognition.

Sponsor Levels:

  • Gold                $1200 (includes 2 registrations, recognition)
  • Silver               $750 (includes 1 registration, recognition)
  • Bronze            $250 (includes recognition)
  • Contributor      $249 and below

For questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Hans Rudolf,

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

OSAF 2021 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors

Northwest Farm Credit Services

OSAF 2021 Annual Meeting Bronze Sponsors & Contributors

Hancock Forest Management



Melinda Olson, SAF NW Office, (503) 224-8046

General questions:

Jacob Putney, General Chair, (503) 901-7030

Event date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 08:00 to Friday, May 14, 2021 - 15:00