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2011 Convention Track Description

The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness and strengthen sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development on all forests. The location of the SAF convention in Honolulu, Hawaii offers an opportunity to include foresters from around the Pacific Rim to provide a thought-provoking and engaging meeting. The following track names and descriptions are intended to engage the interest of contemporary forest resource managers.

International Year of Forests: Linking Local, Regional and Global Solutions

Pacific Rim Forestry — Covers ecological, economic, energy and resource management issues of common interest around the Rim. Topics include:

  • Resource management challenges for Pacific islands, tropical and subtropical forests
  • Impacts, adaptation, mitigation of global climate change
  • Global forest products markets and emerging business opportunities
  • Land use conversion, restoration, community development and sustainability
  • Conservation trends, challenges and opportunities
  • Water — consumption, quality, management
  • Carbon and REDD in the Pacific region

Silviculture and Forest Ecology — Covers the relationship of forest ecology and silviculture to forest health and sound forest management. Topics include:

  • Silvicultural practices to achieve a variety of objectives including forest health, wildlife habitat, recreation, watershed health, timber production
  • Forest ecosystem restoration
  • Species migration resulting from a changing climate
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation ecology

The Business of Forest Enterprise — Covers the many aspects of the business of forestry, how new and existing technologies can increase efficiency and effectiveness at local, regional and global levels, and the new issues and challenges for land managers. Topics include:

  • Use of technology to increase productivity
  • Advances in GIS/GPS software and remote-sensing techniques for forest assessment and conservation, climate change impacts, wildlife habitat management
  • Advances in forest products processes
  • TIMOs, REITs and other forest investment trends
  • The impact of international trade agreements and markets on business development

Urban Ecosystems — Covers the challenges and opportunities in urban & community forestry to create healthier, more livable and sustainable communities. Topics include:

  • Urban greening and biodiversity
  • Integrating green into development and infrastructure
  • Tree risk assessment, maintenance, inventory
  • Watershed management for urban uses
  • Storm damage response and restoration; storm water management
  • Planning, laws and ordinances
  • Community partnerships
  • Land use conversion and the increasing urban/wildland interface

Forest Policy — Covers local, regional, national or international policy or program analysis. The track is designed for presentations based on qualitative or quantitative data analysis. Topics include:

  • Implementation of an existing government program
  • Impact of legislative or administrative policy initiatives
  • Design of policies or programs
  • Emerging trends in forest policy and law on biomass, carbon, climate change, and water quality and quantity

Biosecurity — Covers aspects related to forest health and threats to the long-term sustainability of forests. Topics include:

  • Invasive species (native and exotic) and pest management including prevention, impacts, early detection, control, and restoration
  • Forestry plant protection and quarantine
  • Effects of climate change on forest health
  • Fire including, fuel reductions, economic and ecologic impacts, forest fire models
  • Forest ecosystem health assessment

Human Dimensions — Covers the integration of human beliefs, attitudes and behaviors into natural resource management planning, decision making, implementation, and understanding environmental conflicts. Topics include:

  • Rural community perspectives
  • Education and lifelong learning
  • Generational differences
  • Economic and social values
  • Human diversity in natural resource management
  • Influences of cultural heritage and tradition

Recreation & Ecotourism — Covers the growing commercial recreation and tourism opportunities of economic importance to communities, which can create demands on private and public forestlands. Topics include:

  • Ecological, economic and social acceptability
  • Operational techniques
  • Wilderness management
  • Resource protection
  • Park management

Consulting Forestry — Covers the unique challenges and opportunities in the field of consulting forestry. Topics include:

  • Innovative means of understanding and engaging family forest owners
  • Intergenerational transfer of family forest land
  • New opportunities for family forest owners, including carbon, ecosystem services and agroforestry
  • Liability, insurance and legal issues
  • Business management and development
  • Ethics
  • Forest appraisal

Certification and Ecosystem Services — Covers the importance of certification and non-market ecosystem goods and services to the commodity values of forests. Topics include:

  • Water quality and quantity
  • Carbon inventory and trading
  • Wetland mitigation banking
  • Conservation easements
  • Certification systems, green building standards, supply and demand of certified timber products
  • Markets and market value

Forest Management, Engineering & Operations — Covers issues faced by forest resource managers to meet demands for increased efficiency and profitability while meeting long-term operational planning and sustainable forest management goals. Topics include:

  • Utilization — sawlogs, pulpwood, bioenergy products
  • Forest land allocation — ecological reserves, permanent logging access, easement constraints, recreation interfaces
  • Management implications from climate change and bioenergy markets
  • Harvesting system innovations
  • Forest transportation design and management
  • Increasing energy efficiency of forest operations
  • Forest productivity

Global Competency — Covers the skills needed and professional opportunities in an expanding global marketplace. Case studies and presentations will focus on:

  • International education experience
  • Global job market
  • Research collaboration — programs and opportunities
  • Personal and employer experiences and what skills employers will be seeking
  • Earning professional credentials
  • Communication and leadership skills for the future
  • Global connectiveness collaborations

1 Wikipedia lists the following Pacific Rim countries: Antarctica, American Samoa, Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu, Vietnam.



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