Past Conferences

Looking for something from a recent conference?

Below you’ll find a list of recent conferences offering forest landowner educational opportunities. Where available, the presentations from these conferences have been posted for your review. If you would like to add additional resources to these conferences, please send them to benner@ofri.org.

February 28th, 2012 Oregon Forests and Water Symposium

Sponsored by Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), the Oregon Forests and Water Symposium disclosed emerging conclusions from three large studies that are examining the relationship between managed forests and water resources.  Free and open to the public, the symposium was held at the OSU CH2M HILL Alumni Center. 

This presentation was part of the Starker Lectures Series,  hosted by the Oregon State University College of Forestry.
All presentations and audio files are available here.

November 13th, 2013 Watershed Research Cooperative Policy Workshop

This is an opportunity to begin the very important dialogue between watershed study scientists and Oregon forest and water quality policy makers. It is this dialogue which ultimately will facilitate sciencebased policy decisions for Oregon’s forested streams and therefore is one of the more important outcomes of the research you are going to hear about today.

June 4th, 2014 Vegetation Management hosted by SAF/OSU

9:00am

Workshop hosted by SAF/OSU on June 4, 2014 in Coos Bay.

This one-day workshop focused on practical applications in managing forest vegetation. Speakers addressed best management practices, current issues, problem weeds, and safety. Pesticide license and Continuing Forestry Education credits were offered.

June 26-28th, 2014 OSWA Annual Meeting 2014

10:00am - 5:00pm

You are invited to OSWA’s 54th Annual Meeting and the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Woods Tour, Thursday through Saturday, June 26th, 27th, and 28th. Hosted by OSWA’s Douglas County Chapter, this year’s meeting will be held at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville and the Saturday woods tour will be on Rick and Audrey Barnes’ Nickel Mountain Tree Farm near Riddle. Rick and Audrey are Oregon’s 2013 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Family Forest Ownership – The Gambles and The Rewards” There will be many activities for family forest owners throughout the three days of events. On Thursday, June 26th optional tours will be available for the first 80 people to sign up for the tours. The tour participants will break up into two groups. Half will tour the Roseburg Forest Products Engineered Wood Products Mill in Riddle in the morning and the Douglas Complex Fire in the afternoon. The other half will have the woods tour first and finish with a mill tour. 

November 18th, 2014 Wildlife in Managed Forests: Songbirds

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Songbirds and Early Seral Habitats

orange-crowned warblerNovember 18, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, OR

Land managers, landowners and biologists are invited to spend a day learning about migratory songbirds and the importance of early seral habitats. The goal of this one-day symposium is to advance our understanding of early seral habitats and how to manage for the species that depend on it. 

This symposium is FREE. Space is limited so please register early.

Presentations:

  • See below

Sponsored by:

  • The Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Oregon State University
  • National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI)

 

REGISTER HERE

January 26th, 2015 2015 Forest Tax Symposium

Welcome to the Forest Tax Symposium Archive!

The Committee for Family Forestlands identified a need for understanding, describing and finding ways to improve the myriad of taxes related to forest and forestland ownership that family forest landowners pay.  Taxes include property taxes, taxes upon death, income taxes, harvest taxes, and indirect taxes.  These taxes potentially affect family forestland managers by encouraging and/or discouraging sound forest management. Tax costs and policies may also determine whether families are able or willing to keep forestland in forest use and/or in family ownership.  These taxes contribute to our communities on federal, state and local levels.  Many tax, legal and forestry professionals have little understanding of forest and forestland taxes and how to advise their clients about these issues.

In partnership with the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and support from OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Tree Farm System, CFF sponsored a symposium in January 2015 on these tax issues to describe the breadth of this subject and to identify areas where additional education may be needed or where tax policy and other values may conflict. The symposium was presented in general and concurrent sessions, all of which can be viewed using the video links below.

Agenda: Tax Symposium Program and Talk Descriptions (.pdf)

Keynote: Risks and Rewards of Family Forestland Ownership (video) with Clint Bentz

Sessions:

  • Income Taxes 

    Income Taxation of Timber and Related Payments with Tamara Cushing
    Video, Handout

  • Estate, Succession, and Business Planning Part I (STATE)

    Lessons Learned from Clients
    with Rick Barnes
    Video, Handout

    Minimizing the Estate Tax Hit with Steve Lane
    Video, Handout

    Forestry Succession Planning in Oregon with Jeff Cheyne
    Video, Handout

  • Estate, Succession, and Business Planning Part II (FEDERAL)

    Forestry Succession Planning with Jeff Cheyne
    Video, Handout

    Minimizing the Estate Tax Hit with Steve Lane
    Video, Handout

    Lessons Learned from Clients with Rick Barnes
    Video, Handout

  • Property Taxes

    Property Taxes, Deferrals & Harvest Taxes with Clint Bentz
    Video, Handout

  • Special Topics

    Conservation Easements with Claire Fiegener
    Video, Handout

    Top Ten Ways to be Tax Smart with Ilene Waldorf
    Video, Handout

    Forms of Business for Family Forestlands with John Hasbrook
    Video, Handout

    Finding the Right Professional with Sheryl McConnell
    Video, Handout

Continuing Education Credits 

Attorneys who are seeking Continuing Education Credits for watching the videos on this site will need to fill out the CE Credit Request Webform. Those seeking credits will be charged $25/CE credit, and a check, made out to Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) will need to be received at 187 High Street NE, Suite 208 Salem, OR 97301 before you will receive the certificate of completion. Attorneys will not be permitted to receive credit for hours they already received credit for at the live seminar, but can watch sessions they were not able to attend in person and can request additional credit hours (at the rate of $25/hour).

Accountants and Appraisers should contact Brianna at brianna.beene@oregonstate.edu to inquire about CE credits for your professional organizations.

October 27th, 2015 Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop: North Coast

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop
October 27, 2015
8:30-4:30
Seaside, Oregon

This workshop provided technical assistance, tools and resources to guide landowners with fish habitat and passage projects. Half the day was spent in the classroom, and the remainder in the field visiting recent fish passage and habitat projects. The aim is to encourage more forest landowners to understand voluntary fish passage and restoration projects in support of the Oregon Plan.

Sponsored by:
• The Oregon Forest Resources Institute
• Oregon Department of Forestry
• Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
• Oregon Fish and Wildlife
• Oregon State University Extension
• Greenwood Resources
• Necanicum Watershed Council

Classroom Agenda 8:30 – 12:00 (pdf)

Associated links

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Habitat and Passage publication
Fish passage priority list
Private Forest Landowners and the Oregon Plan, ODF publication
Guide to Placement of Wood, Boulders and Gravel for Habitat Restoration
Daily Astorian article by Katherine Lacaze

October 29th, 2015 Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop: Willamette Valley

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop
October 29, 2015
8:30-4:30
Salem, Oregon 

This workshop provided technical assistance, tools and resources to guide landowners with fish habitat and passage projects. Half the day was spent in the classroom, and the remainder in the field visiting recent fish passage and habitat projects. The aim is to encourage more forest landowners to understand voluntary fish passage and restoration projects in support of the Oregon Plan.

Sponsored by:
• The Oregon Forest Resources Institute
• Oregon Department of Forestry
• Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
• Oregon Fish and Wildlife
• Oregon State University Extension
• Bureau of Land Management
• Hancock Forest Resources
• Polk Soil and Water Conservation District
• Rickreall Watershed Council

Classroom Agenda 8:30 – 12:00 (pdf)

Associated links

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Habitat and Passage publication
Fish passage priority list
Private Forest Landowners and the Oregon Plan, ODF publication
Guide to Placement of Wood, Boulders and Gravel for Habitat Restoration

 

November 23rd, 2015 Oregon Tree Farm System: Fire on the Tree Farm

The 2015 Oregon fire season was the third record-breaking season in a row. This workshop featured a quick review of the 2015 fire season led by Ron Graham of ODF. Rick Wagner shared what happened during the severe 2015 fire season in Northeast Oregon that burned a record number of private landowner’s acreage. Rick focused on Post Fire recovery, including assistance and advice on preventative strategies to best prepare your woodlands and homes from wildland fire. Eileen a fellow tree farmer represented her family in sharing their personal experience when two large fires (Cornett- Windy Fire) burned together near their ranch in August. She shared insights on surviving the impacts of a large fire including preventative strategies. The workshop will wrap up on a discussion of how to prepare your tree farm for wildfire and what do if a fire occurs led by Steve Fitzgerald of OSU Extension.

 

Presentations:

2015 Fire Season

Ron Graham- ODF Deputy Chief, Fire Protection Division

 

Overview of Fires in Northeast Oregon

Rick Wagner- ODF Stewardship Forester/Post Fire Recovery Coordinator

 

Fire, Fuels & Hazard Reduction around Your Home and Woodlands

Steve Fitzgerald- OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension

 

Western Water Threatened by Wildfire

Scott Hayes, Oregon Tree Farm System

 

Links:

State of Fire, OFRI Publication

 

After the Fire, ODF resources

 

Reducing Fire Risk on Your Property

 

Western Water Threatened by Wildfire, AFF

 

March 9th, 2016 Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop: South Coast

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop
March 9, 2016
SWOCC, Coos Bay, Oregon

This workshop provided technical assistance, tools and resources to guide landowners with fish habitat and passage projects. Half the day was spent providing background information and the remainder looking at recent fish passage and habitat projects. The aim is to encourage more forest landowners to understand voluntary fish passage and restoration projects in support of the Oregon Plan.

Sponsored by:
• Oregon Forest Resources Institute
• Oregon Department of Forestry
• Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
• Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
• Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Extension
• Weyerhaeuser Company
• Curry Watersheds Partnership
• Coos Watershed Council

Classroom Agenda:

 Fish Passage- Defining the problem, Greg Apke, ODFW

Oregon Plan and reporting voluntary measures, Bobbi Riggers, OWEB

Voluntary Forest Practice MeasuresKyle Abraham, ODF

Introduction to Restoration, Jon Souder, OSU

Think like a fish: designs for passage and habitat, Jeff Light, Weyerhaeuser

Partnerships and local watershed councils, Matt Swanson, Curry Watersheds Partnership

Associated links
Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Habitat and Passage
Fish passage priority list 
Private Forest Landowners and the Oregon Plan, ODF publication
Guide to Placement of Wood, Boulders and Gravel for Habitat Restoration, ODFW presentation

November 21st, 2016 Oregon Tree Farm System 2016 Annual Meeting and Workshop

“Celebrating Our Heritage: Focusing on Our Future”
Oregon Tree Farm System
2016 Annual Meeting and Workshop
November 21, 2016

Overview

Do you have a succession plan for your tree farm? As American Tree Farm System celebrated its 75th anniversary, it was a good time to look ahead at the next 75 years. Good succession planning is a way of building shared vision and passion for the land among the family. A panel of presenters discussed succession planning and provided insight into important discussions to have with heirs and/or charitable planned giving entities. This family focused event had interactive dialog with time for questions and gaining insight into both communication and legal aspects of succession planning.

Presentations:

Introduction – Celebrating Our Heritage: Focusing on our Future

Setting the Stage of Landowner Demographics, Julie Woodward, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
Presentation: Introduction_Demographics_Julie Woodward
National Woodland Owner Survey 

Summary of Succession Planning Steps, Tamara Cushing, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension
Presentation

American Forest Foundation Online Succession Planning Resources, Caroline Kuebler, AFF
My Land Plan 

OTFS Memorial Fund, Dick Courter, OTFS Memorial Fund
Presentation
Oregon Tree Farm System Resources

May 2nd, 2017 Private Forestland Partnerships in Eastern Oregon

Private forestland owners and partners in eastern Oregon have been increasingly working together to overcome common challenges and achieve shared goals. These partnerships have taken several forms, such as a landowner cooperative to sell timber, and all-lands fuels reduction and restoration projects across ownerships. These efforts differ in how they are organized, but share a focus on bringing together multiple properties and partners in the pursuit of markets, contractors, restoration funding, or other means to manage local forests. 

This meeting was designed based on feedback from a survey of forestland owners and partners. It seeks to blend information-sharing and presentations with time for conversation. It is organized by Oregon State University’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Service, with assistance from Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Oregon Department of Forestry, American Forest Foundation, and Wallowa Resources.

 

Agenda:

Welcome and workshop overview : Meeting Summary and Notes

Blue Mountains Forest Cooperative
Speakers: Steve Edwards (landowner and Coop member), Bob Parker (Oregon State University Extension)
Discussion leader: Paul Oester (Oregon State University)
Presentation coming

East Face of the Elkhorn Partnership
Speakers: Jana Peterson (Oregon Department of Forestry), Gary Wright (Contractor), Bill Gamble (Wallowa-Whitman National Forest)
Discussion leader: Emily Jane Davis (Oregon State University Extension)
Presentation 1
Presentation 2 
 
Ritter Land Management Team
Speakers: Roje Gootee (advisor to RLMT), Jim Kennedy (Ritter area landowner)
Discussion leader: Ryan Gordon (Oregon Department of Forestry)
Presentation

Improving Market Opportunities for Woodland Owners
Speakers: Chuck Sarrett (Consultant), Butch Tanzey (Contractor), Lindsay Warness (Boise Cascade Company)
Discussion leader: Steve Edwards (landowner and Coop member)
Presentation

An Update on Value-Added Forest Products Businesses and Programs
Speakers: Dylan Kruse (Sustainable Northwest), David Schmidt (Integrated Biomass Resources)
Discussion leader: Nils Christoffersen (Wallowa Resources)
Presentation

My Blue Mountain Woodland
Speakers: Nils Christoffersen and Jennifer Hobbs (Wallowa Resources)
Discussion leader: Mike Cloughsey (Oregon Forest Resources Institute)
Presentation

Wrapping up and next steps
Discussion leaders: Mike Cloughsey (Oregon Forest Resources Institute) and Ryan Gordon (Oregon Department of Forestry)