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SAF National Convention
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SAF National Convention
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Friday November 4 • 8:00a.m. – Noon
The Future of Forestry Education (W1)
Fee: $0
Terry L. Sharik, Greg Brown, and Carol Redelsheimer

Enrollment in undergraduate, accredited forestry degree programs has declined to less than half of what it was in 1980, representing less than a quarter of the total enrollments in all fields of natural resources, compared to nearly half in 1980. This suggests the forestry profession must examine the forestry education process and determine the best way to provide the expertise that is needed to manage forest ecosystems. This workshop will engage academicians, students, and practicing professionals in this endeavor.
It will provide an overview of enrollment trends in forestry and related areas of natural resources, and possible reasons for these trends. We will review the 2011 National Association of Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) strategic plan for enhancing undergraduate education, and an examination of the priorities for implementing this plan. Then we will examine the accreditation standards in Forestry and efforts by an SAF task force to develop accreditation standards in “terrestrial ecosystem management” that would complement those in Forestry. Finally, the workshop will examine the role of graduate education and its relationship to undergraduate education in forestry.
The workshop will be highly interactive and provide insights to those responsible for implementing change in forestry education.

Friday, November 4 • 1:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.
The Weeks Act & Beyond (W2)
Fee: $0
Lynn Sprague, Tom Thompson and Tom Tidwell

March 1, 2011, marked the centennial of the Weeks Act — the "organic act" of the eastern national forests. Signed into law by President William Howard Taft, the Weeks Act permitted the federal government to purchase private land to protect the headwaters of rivers and watersheds in the eastern US and called for fire protection efforts through federal, state, and private cooperation. It has been one of the most successful pieces of conservation legislation in US history. To date, nearly 20 million acres of forestland have been protected by the Weeks Act, land that provides habitat for hundreds of plants and animals, recreation space for millions of visitors, and economic opportunities for countless local communities.
This workshop will begin with a presentation on the History of the US Forest Service, illustrating how the agency has grown and changed in response to the times and changing priorities – including the impacts of the Weeks Act.
The second half of the workshop will include a presentation and interactive discussion of the benefits, opportunities and challenges of creating a new National Forest – in our host state of Hawaii.

Saturday November 5 • 8:00 a.m. - noon
Moderate Resolution Optical Remote Sensing Data for Forestry Applications (W6)
Fee: $0 Sponsored by the SAF A2 Working Group – Randall Morin, Chair; Ramesh Sivanpillai, Chair-elect.

Moderate resolution data such as Landsat provide valuable information for several forestry applications. Availability of the entire Landsat data archive (25+ years of information) for free provides an excellent opportunity for foresters for a variety of mapping and monitoring applications. This workshop will address several technical issues such as converting Landsat data to useable format, viewing them in an easy to use software, taking these images to the field, and making measurements and comparisons between images, among others. This workshop will be beneficial to non-GIS or non-remote sensing experts.

Saturday, November 5 • 8:00a.m. – Noon
Effective Communication: Tips to Improve Environmental Literacy and Build a Conservation Ethic in our Communities (W4)
Fee: $15.00
Moderator: Michelle Jones: Information and Education Coordinator, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Foresters, scientists, and educators communicate daily with a wide variety of audiences. Effective communication is essential to building relationships, engaging in business, and improving the community’s capacity for understanding the value of your work. Learn how to engage your audience successfully by employing situation-appropriate tone, clarity, and body language and how to analyze your audience’s perception of your organization. The Communications Workshop will offer insights into public information efforts, effective media relations, marketing and branding, confidence-building interview tips and helpful strategies for delivering clear, concise and compelling messages. Speakers will share successes and challenges in communication, common communication errors, and best practices and lead round table discussions on meeting facilitation and communicating to target audiences.

In addition, participants will be among the first to take in the premiere showing of Restoring the American West, a 30-minute documentary capturing the essence, challenges and losses of our imperiled fire-dependent forest ecosystems and the hope born of individual and collaborative efforts to regain, revive and restore landscapes in decline.

Moderator and coordinator:
Michelle Jones: Information and Education Coordinator, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Kathy McGlauflin, Washington D.C. (Communications Expert - K-12 students and educators): Kathy is the founder and director of Project Learning Tree (PLT), a program of the non-profit organization, the American Forest Foundation (AFF). PLT and AFF work to ensure that decision makers and educators, both today and tomorrow, understand and value the role that forests and the environment play in our lives. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.

Bonnie Stevens Flagstaff, AZ( Communications Expert - Media): Emmy nominated, award-winning journalist, author and entrepreneur Bonnie Stevens produces television news packages, hosts a weekly radio research program and writes compelling feature articles in her roles as storyteller, broadcaster and public relations consultant. Bonnie's extensive media career includes anchoring, reporting and producing with more than 10 years' experience in science and environmental reporting. Many of her news packages have aired on CNN and major network affiliated television stations across the country. Stevens serves as Public Information and Education Program Director for the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University and hosts the weekly KNAU Arizona Public Radio science program, Inquiring Minds. Stevens conducts media relations workshops and her clients have been featured in Newsweek, USA Today and on Oprah. Her science-education children's book, Quaking Aspen, can be found in schools and libraries. Visit to view a weekly science research radio program Bonnie writes and hosts.

Rick Zen, Portland, OR (Communications Expert - Higher Education and Funders) Mr. Zenn, Sr. Fellow with the World Forestry Institute, has been Education Director since 1990 and is Senior Fellow at the World Forestry Center overseeing teacher programs, youth and community outreach, and partnerships and volunteers. He is an award-winning environmental educator with over 35 years professional experience as naturalist, guide, program manager and trainer. He has directed the International Educators Institute since 1996 and has worked on educational initiatives with the Smithsonian Institution and the American Forest Foundation.

Sarah Bott Maui, HI (Communications Expert - Introduction to Communications and meeting facilitation): Sarah Bott has 25 years of experience in communications and public relations. She has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Peace Corps, the State of Oregon, and the City of Portland. Sarah has dual bachelors degrees in Communications and Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Masters in Public Communications from The American University in Washington, DC. Today, she works with clients in the public sector developing communications plans and helping them increase their use of modern social media to connect with their stakeholders. Visit her online at

Saturday November 5 • 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Data Collection for the Development of Cover-based Field Descriptions/Assessments (W5)
Fee: $30.00
Ken Stumpf, Geographic Resource Solutions. GRS

This workshop is designed to review data collection methodologies, definitions, and pro and cons of different methodologies designed to assist the participant in designing and/or selecting the most appropriate field data collection processes to suit their particular field information needs. Various methodologies will be presented. The concepts of cover, closure, and frequency will be discussed. Techniques used to develop estimates of various stand structural elements will be included as well as a discussion of potential bias and cost. Examples will illustrate the nature of information that can be developed from an integrated sample design to assess accurately the multitude of different features that may be sampled at any given site that includes trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, woody debris, snags, and other features.

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