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Getting Employer Support to Attend

We know budgets are tight and travel can be challenging so we have provided some tools that can help your employer see the value AND return on their investment for committing crucial resources.

Participating in the 2012 Society of American Foresters National Convention will NOT be a vacation. With more than 300 sessions and 30 CFE credits available, you won't have time for anything else. Not only will there be unique technical field tours but you can also participate in programs such as these:
  • Multi-Aged Longleaf Pine: Ground Cover Recovery and Regeneration Following Harvest
  • The Implementation of Technology to Promote the Application of Fire Science
  • New Methodology to Develop Custom Fire Behavior Fuel Models
  • 2012 Baseline Outlook to 2030 for Forest Products and Timber Markets
  • An Ecosystem Approach in Urban Forestry and Climate Change Education
  • Woody Biomass Certification: Good Idea or Perverse Rent Seeking?
  • Big League Disturbance: Spruce Beetle in Southern Colorado
  • Advanced Geospatial Applications for Managing Emerald Ash Borer
  • A Geospatial Approach for Initializing Climate Sensitive Forest Growth Models
  • Assessing Wood Supply in the Northeast: A Decision Support Tool
  • State BMP Programs for Water Quality Protection
  • Collaborating for Successful Federal Forest Management Planning and Implementation
  • Forestry Education in the City: A Top to Bottom Approach to Citizen Science in the Urban Core
  • Building Economic Opportunity through Forest Restoration: The Alamo Navajo Initiative
  • Integration of Agroforestry and Bioenergy for Water Quality Benefits
The field of forestry is changing with new technology and ground-breaking research. And these changes can drastically impact your daily work—especially as we live in a more globalized world. This is your chance and your employers chance to take advantage of this global knowledge and apply it on a local level.

General Suggestions
  • Outline specific events or sessions you want to attend and why.
  • Mention specific take-a-ways that you can apply to projects or programs.
  • Recommend that you deliver a presentation and sample materials to coworkers about what you learned.
  • Offer to attend specific sessions for those who cannot participate.
  • Provide a plan for who will cover for you while attending the Convention.
  • Suggest sharing a room to reduce lodging expenses.
  • Use the Convention website and the Advance Brochure as supporting material
  • Reference the discounted flights, lodging, and rental car resources available on the Convention website.
Calculating the ROI for your attendance
We suggest this outline to help justify your participation.

Employer justification memo
Use this sample memo to make an official request to attend.