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September 19, 2014

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I. Featured News

1. Tax Cuts Bolster Forest Thinning Program
2. Green Tax Breaks in Crawford County Cause Consternation
3. Invasive Pests in Illinois, Arkansas, and New York
4. Virginia Governor: No Fracking in George Washington National Forest
5. Wildfire News

Forest Products Industry

6. Timbervest Adds Timberland in Georgia, Tax Cuts Bolster Forest Thinning Program, Minnesota Firewood Shortage "Unprecedented" Timber Exec Says
7. Global Forest Industry Inches Up, Tetra Pak Joins Forces with IKEA and Kingfisher to Promote Sustainability
8. Biomass News

Federal Lands Management & Policy News

9. New Research Shows Markets and Timing Matter When Accounting for Biogenic Carbon
10. Forest Service Awards Next Slate of Work on Malheur National Forest
11. State Seeks to Join Forest Service in Defense of Southeast Timber Sale
12. Federal Government to Extend Protections for Canada Lynx
13. USFS Looks for Outside Help with Timber Sales

II. Publications, Resources, and Items of Interest

1. Science Striving for Larger Role in Charting Policy Agenda on Forests
2. Forest Service Issues Guide to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems
3. Study Links Deforestation, Climate Change

III. Science and Technology

1. Fire Research Aims to Make Fuels Reduction More Efficient, Wildfire Less Potent
2. "Femme Fatale" Emerald Ash Borer Decoy Lures and Kills Males
3. Lessons for Saving Our Forests

IV. SAF News

1. 2014 SAF Elections Ballot
2. Be Sure You Receive Your 2014 Election Ballot
3. SAF Launches New Membership Portal
4. SAF to Auction Historic Books
5. 2014 SAF Convention News-Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations


I. Featured News

All of these items and more appear in the "Featured News" section on the SAF home page

1. Tax Cuts Bolster Forest Thinning Program

AZ Daily Sun.com (September 13) - A tax incentive program started in 2004 to promote forest health in Arizona has picked up steam in recent years as legislators have bolstered the program with additional tax credits and exemptions.

Four companies, the majority from northern Arizona, reaped a total of almost $50,000 in benefits from the Healthy Forests Tax Incentives program in 2013. That's up from participation by four companies that received $12,000 in incentives in 2012 and five companies that received $23,000 in incentives in 2011, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority.

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2. Green Tax Breaks in Crawford County Cause Consternation

Macon.com (September 17) - About 40 percent of the land in Crawford County, Georgia, is in a single conservation program that lowers the taxes on the land, without state help to offset the shortfall, said County Manager Pat Kelly. He estimates the county's tax base is 20 percent lower than it would have been without the conservation programs, pinching the county's ability to deliver services.

Kelly is no opponent of the conservation programs. Some of his own land is protected as well, but he's calling a meeting of local and state officials to try to figure out if anything can be done to help counties that are hit hardest by the conservation programs, which are popular.

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3. Invasive Pests in Illinois, Arkansas, and New York

Beetle Begins to Lay Waste to Macon County Ash Trees

Herald-Review.com (September 16) - Two years after its presence was first detected in Macon County, Illinois, the emerald ash borer continues to gnaw away at the city's trees.

In some areas, effects of the small metallic green beetle have been noticeable, said city forester Randy Callison. In others, the devastation caused by the invasive species could be several years away.

ASPB Implements Emergency Quarantine to Slow Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

THV11.com (September 12) - Twenty-five Arkansas counties are included in an ash quarantine, recently voted into action by the Arkansas State Plant Board to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer.

Quarantined counties listed include six counties with confirmed EAB infestation (Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Nevada, and Ouachita), while others included are considered "buffer" counties. Quarantined items can move freely within the quarantined area. The restrictions only apply to the movement of items listed within the quarantined counties to areas outside of them.

Insects Put Region's Hemlock Trees at Risk

Pressconnects.com (September 17) - The hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that feeds at the base of hemlock needles, was first detected in Broome County in 2011 and has since spread across much of the county's southern portion, from Union to Windsor, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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4. Virginia Governor: No Fracking in George Washington National Forest

The Eagle.com (September 10) - Citing assurances from federal officials, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said drilling for natural gas (aka: "Fracking") would not be allowed in the George Washington National Forest.

Environmental and conservation groups have rallied against any fracking in the forest, which lies primarily in Virginia but also includes a sliver of West Virginia. They are fearful of polluting the headwaters of a primary water source for the region and the industrial footprint drilling would bring.

The Forest Service initially proposed a ban on fracking in the forest, but it was met with opposition by the energy industry. Opponents fear the agency will bow to the industry pressure.

Related:

New Research: Gas Development Might Impact Forest Birds
Times-Tribune.com (September 12)

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5. Wildfire News

NIFC.gov (September 17) - The National Interagency Fire Center reported that, for the week of September 17, "One new large fire was reported in California. Firefighters continue to make good progress toward containment goals in California, Oregon, and Washington."

Headlines:

Northern California Wildfire Threatens More Than 2,000 Homes
LA Times.com (September 18)

Climate Change May Add Billions to Wildfire Costs, Study Says
LA Times.com (September 17)

Fire Damage to Mill Another Blow to Timber Town
SC Now.com (September 17)

Letting the Forest Burn
AZ Daily Sun.com (September 17)

Lumber Town Takes Stock after Wind-Driven Wildfire
ContraCostaTimes.com (September 16)

Wildfires Are Becoming a Dangerous, Disruptive Routine near Yosemite
LA Times.com (September 16)

New Web-Based System Watches San Diego County Wildfire Risks
San Diego6com (September 18)

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Forest Products Industry

6. Timbervest Adds Timberland in Georgia, Tax Cuts Bolster Forest Thinning Program, Minnesota Firewood Shortage "Unprecedented" Timber Exec Says

Timbervest Adds Timberland in Georgia

Bizjournals.com (September 16) - Timbervest LLC acquired 13,220 acres of timberland in Georgia, Tennessee, and Vermont.

The Atlanta-based timber-related asset and investment manager said the land will be part of its $400 million commingled Timbervest Partners III LP investment fund.

Some 2,550 acres of the acquired land is industrial grade timberland in Effingham, Georgia. The company said a portion of the wood fiber harvested from the property would possibly be exported to Europe as wood pellets.

Minnesota Firewood Shortage "Unprecedented" Timber Exec Says

Twin Cities.com (September 18) - Crimped by a wet spring and summer that kept loggers out of the woods, and on the heels of last year's long, hard winter that saw woodpiles dwindle to nothing, loggers and firewood suppliers say they just don't have any seasoned wood to sell this fall.

The shortage of wood has even hit paper mills, with loggers unable to bring in their usual summer supply.

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7. Global Forest Industry Inches Up, Tetra Pak Joins Forces with IKEA and Kingfisher to Promote Sustainability

Global Forest Industry Inches Up in the Second Quarter of the Year

IHB.de (September 16) - The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) inched up again in the second quarter of 2014 to reach a three-year high of $89.93/m3. However, price increases for sawlogs were not universal across the 20 regions that form the basis for the GSPI. Prices (in US dollar terms) were generally up in North America, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Oceania, while they fell in western Europe.

The trade of logs in Europe picked up in 2013, with import volumes hitting their highest levels since 2008 and log exports reaching a 10-year high.

Tetra Pak Joins Forces with IKEA and Kingfisher in Sustainability Drive

Food Production Daily.com (September 12) - Tetra Pak says it wants to promote the benefits of responsibly sourced sustainable timber and has joined IKEA and Kingfisher to analyze the impact of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

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8. Biomass News

NGPI to Develop Three Biomass Power Plants in Japan

Cleantechnology-Business-Review.com (September 18) - US-based renewable energy firm New Generation Power International (NGPI) has unveiled plans to develop three 11.5MW wood biomass power plants in Japan. As per the plans, NGPI will launch a new wood-based biomass energy generation venture with Nippon Energy Solution.

The venture will build three separate facilities located in the Japanese regions of Miyazaki and Kagoshima.

The project, which is expected to break ground around April 2015, will generate 248GWh of electricity per year.

Atikokan Generating Station Operating on Biomass

PulpandPaperCanada.com (September 16) - Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass, making it the largest electrical power plant in North America fueled by 100 percent biomass.

OPG has fuel supply contracts in place with two companies in northwestern Ontario-Rentech Inc. and Resolute Forest Products Canada. Each will supply 45,000 tons of wood pellets annually for a total of 90,000 tons.

In Vermont, a Milestone in Green-Energy Efforts

Associated Press (September 15) - Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources, such as wind, water, and biomass.

It's part of a broader movement that includes a statewide goal of getting 90 percent of Vermont's energy from renewable resources by 2050, including electricity, heating, and transportation.

Rural Nevada Grinding Toward Economic Diversity

Mesquitelocalnews.com (Nevada, September 16) - Though mining has been White Pine's "bread and butter" for a century, the county is looking to diversify its economy as much as possible. Biomass is one possibility. A biofuels additive manufacturer is interested in setting up shop. Other companies have shown interest in converting juniper biomass in the area into wood pellets.

Pellet Heat Amore

Biomass Magazine.com (September 13) - Italian homeowners burned 2.5 million tons (mmt) of wood pellets for home heat in 2013, making Italy Europe's largest residential pellet market. Over the past three years, Italy has seen a steady 15 percent demand growth. Only a small portion of Italian pellet demand is met by domestic production; however, making the country the main global importer of pellets for residential use. Moreover, as its traditional European suppliers aren't quite able to keep up with the expanding demand, overseas shipments are increasing.

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Federal Lands Management and Forest Policy News

9. New Research Shows Markets and Timing Matter When Accounting for Biogenic Carbon

Society of American Foresters - Bethesda, MD, September 5-The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has published "Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in US Bioenergy Policy" in the Journal of Forestry. The article, which was authored by an SAF-sponsored team comprised of some of the US's leading forest carbon experts, identifies and examines scientific-based insights essential to understanding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts."

As noted by Reid Miner, the lead author and chair of the SAF team, the article's insights illustrate why quantifying the full spectrum of forest-based activities is critical when accounting for biogenic carbon and carbon dioxide.

The release of this article comes as a number of groups await the Environmental Protection Agency's Carbon Accounting Framework for Biogenic Carbon Emissions, following a three-year deferral to examine the issue.

For more information, visit the SAF website.

More:

Scientific Endorsement of Biomass's Carbon Benefits (Op-ed about the JoF paper)
Biomass Magazine.com (September 17)

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10. Forest Service Awards Next Slate of Work on Malheur National Forest

Blue Mountain Eagle.com (September 16) - The Forest Service announced it has awarded the task order, the next major piece in a decade of restoration work under way on the Malheur National Forest.

The task order is one of a series in the integrated resource stewardship contract, awarded last September to John Day-based Iron Triangle LLC, that specifies where commercial harvest and integrated restoration activities will occur.

Officials lauded the contract for providing a predictable and sustainable volume of timber, adding jobs and bolstering the local economy, while tackling crucial restoration work on large areas of the forest.

The new task order outlines work on nearly 27,000 acres of the Malheur.

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11. State Seeks to Join Forest Service in Defense of Southeast Timber Sale

ADN.com (September 16) - The state of Alaska is weighing in on the side of the federal government in court, hoping to help keep alive a US Forest Service timber sale in Southeast, and with it what's left of a once-booming industry.

The Forest Service in August announced the Big Thorne sale on Prince of Wales Island, with nearly 150 million board feet of timber badly needed by local mills, but was almost immediately challenged in court by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and other environmental groups.

Gov. Sean Parnell announced this week that Alaska would seek to join the case on the side of the Forest Service.

More:

State files to participate in Big Thorne lawsuits
KRBD.org (September 15)

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12. Federal Government to Extend Protections for Canada Lynx

News Maine.net (September 12) - On September 12, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that protections for Canada lynx would be extended to northern New Mexico.

Since 2000, the feline has been listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. The list protected lynx in 14 states but not in New Mexico.

The decision will expand federal protections to Canada lynx all over the lower 48 states, but will not expand protections for the animal's habitat in the southern Rockies.

More:

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Contiguous United States Distinct Population Segment of the Canada Lynx and Revised Distinct Population Segment Boundary
Federal Register.gov (September 12)

In other wildlife news:

Forest Service Tracks Wildlife Responses to Fire Restoration in Pisgah National Forest

Mountainx.com (September 16) - With the evolving use of prescribed fire as a tool for restoration, it is critical to study the effects of fire on the communities we are looking to restore. Traditional fire studies often focus on vegetation. The participants in the Grandfather Restoration Project decided take it one step further-to directly study wildlife use in sites that are treated with prescribed fire compared with untreated sites.

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13. USFS Looks for Outside Help with Timber Sales

WXPR.org (September 17) - Managers of the Chequamegon-Nicolet want to partner with other groups to help achieve timber harvest goals in the national forest. That's the message from Forest Supervisor Paul Strong.

He's part of a newly formed partnership called the Northeast Wisconsin Forestry Improvement Collaborative that represents logging groups, manufacturers, and environmental interests.

Strong says the hope is that different organizations can help the Forest Service obtain grant money, organize volunteers, or even resolve disagreements.

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II. Publications, Resources, and Items of Interest

1. Science Striving for Larger Role in Charting Policy Agenda on Forests

Trust.org (September 17) - Climate policy will require greater engagement from the scientific community-and an upcoming high-level forum can help to chart "where the science-policy interface needs to go on forestry issues," said Louis Verchot, director of forests and environment research at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

"As we move past 2015, the UN negotiations are going to be shifting gears from big international negotiations to implementation at national and sub-national scales," Verchot said in an interview with CIFOR's blog, Forests News. "So it is a good time to ask how science can be more effective to support policy on tropical forests and help the international community be more effective in dealing with climate change."

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2. Forest Service Issues Guide to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems

US Forest Service (September 11) - Prescribed burning is fire "applied in a skillful manner, under exacting weather conditions, in a definite place, to achieve specific results."

Printed on the inside cover of the Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems, the sentence above sets the tone for the revised guide developed by Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists Tom Waldrop and Scott Goodrick and published last year.

The guide is designed to help resource managers plan and execute prescribed burns in southern forests and grasslands. Originally written in 1966, the guide has seen numerous revisions, the last in 1988.

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3. Study Links Deforestation, Climate Change

Yale Daily News.com (September 16) - New research suggests that deforestation may play a significant role in the changing climate. The study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, which appeared in the journal Nature Climate Change on August 24, demonstrated that a new factor-deforestation-decreases the atmospheric levels of certain harmful chemicals, causing a slight cooling of the atmosphere.

In the paper, the author studied the release of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) into the atmosphere. BVOCs, which are found in high concentrations in forested area, undergo reactions in the atmosphere yielding compounds commonly involved in global warming or cooling, such as ozone and aerosols.

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III. Science and Technology

1. Fire Research Aims to Make Fuels Reduction More Efficient, Wildfire Less Potent

US Forest Service (September 12) - On a small experimental forest in the 1.1-million-acre Pinelands National Reserve in New Jersey, US Forest Service scientists and partners are using fire science to fight fire. Their work aims to improve the understanding of hazardous fuels reduction and make it a more efficient tool in mitigating the costs and impacts of wildfire.

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2. "Femme Fatale" Emerald Ash Borer Decoy Lures and Kills Males

PSU.edu (September 15) - An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.

More:

Stopping Invasive Insects with Sex Appeal
Scientist.com (September 17)

Decoy Ladies "Electrify" Invasive Male Beetles
Futurity.org (September 16)

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3. Lessons for Saving Our Forests

Berkeley.edu (September 11) - To the distress of the University of California-Berkeley fire ecologist Scott Stephens, the Rim Fire confirmed the most urgent finding from decades of research. As he and his coauthors wrote in a paper published this month in Science, "Fire policy that focuses on suppression only delays the inevitable, promising more dangerous and destructive future fires."

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IV. SAF News

1. 2014 SAF Elections Ballot

As you know, the 2014 SAF national and unit elections and referendum votes will be held in October. All SAF members will receive a ballot and are encouraged to vote. Please be aware, though, that there is an important change to the ballot.

After receiving comments from members about consequences of consolidating SAF's membership categories, the Council decided to withdraw those questions from the ballot. A letter from President Dave Walters explaining this decision can be found on the SAF website.

Council representatives are committed to talking with as many SAF members as possible about the rationale for consolidating the membership categories. If you are already engaged with the Council, thank you. If not, please speak your mind. The Council wants to hear your thoughts on how to increase SAF's relevance to every natural-resources professional who works in or is closely associated with forestry.

Please don't hesitate to contribute your insights, experience, and wisdom on this issue. Here's how you can do so:

  • Share your thoughts with us at membershipdialog@safnet.org
  • Talk to your Council member or your state society, division, or chapter leadership
  • Join SAF discussions on LinkedIn
  • Submit a letter to the editor of The Forestry Source (send letters to editor Steve Wilent at wilents@safnet.org).

If you have any questions on the votes, please feel free to contact SAF chief executive officer Matt Menashes.

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2. Be Sure You Receive Your 2014 Election Ballot

This year SAF is using a new vendor for the national and local unit elections. To ensure your ballot is received and accepted by your e-mail server, be sure to save the following e-mail address to your contacts before October 1: saf@intelliscaninc.net.

Members that do not have an e-mail address listed with SAF will still receive a paper ballot.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Adadevoh at the national office at (866) 897-8720, ext. 123.

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3. SAF Launches New Membeshipr Portal

In response to members concerns about the functionality of the SAF website, the Society has launched a beta version of the new Membership Portal. Naturally, we want to know what you think about it, so check it out at live.safnet.org and send us your comments.

The portal is designed to offer easier access to SAF member services, expedite the renewal process, provide up-to-date information about members' involvement with SAF (e.g., CFE credits, subscriptions, and so on), give the latest forestry news, facilitate giving, and more!

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4. SAF to Auction Historic Books

SAF recently uncovered a 14-volume collection of books titled American Woods. Written by Romeyn B. Hough, the books describe the forests of the United States and contain detailed descriptions of trees, as well as thin cross-sections of actual wood mounted and labeled on cardboard mounts.

Given their antique status (similar books were featured in an episode of Antiques Roadshow in 2009) and historical value to the profession, the books were placed in a secure location. Unfortunately, SAF cannot ensure their condition over the long-term, so it has decided to put them up for auction.

The auction house Bonhams will auction the books on behalf of SAF at its September 22 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in San Francisco, California. SAF members are welcome to bid on the books and can contact Bonhams directly for additional information. The estimated value of the books ranges from $20,000 to $30,000.

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5. 2014 SAF Convention News—Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations

US Forest Service Hiring for Internship Program at National Convention

This year the US Forest Service will be conducting a student internship recruitment event at the 2014 Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention, to be held October 8-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will have the opportunity to submit applications in-person at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Wednesday, October 8 and the morning of Thursday, October 9. Interviews will be conducted on-site.

Information regarding the positions available will be posted on USAJOBS on September 29. Only onsite applications will be accepted.

For more information, visit the Forest Service's Pathways Internship Program website.

Click this link for information regarding the specific positions available.

SAF 2014 Advance Convention Brochure Now Available!

The 2014 SAF National Convention advance brochure, which has information on everything you need to know about this year's joint SAF/CIF meeting, is now available on the SAF website. Check it out!

Complete Scientific and Technical Concurrent Program Now Online

The complete scientific and technical concurrent program for this year's convention is available online.

Volunteers Needed

If you're planning to attend the SAF/CIF convention or the IUFRO World Congress, please consider donating a few hours of your time to help the logistics of the co-located conferences run more smoothly!

SAF and CIF/IFC need volunteers to help with the Forests without Borders / Foresters and Science Fund silent auction and the SAF Store, as well as for the following specific jobs:

Registration Area Assistance
Wednesday, October 8
7:00-11:00 - 3 people
11:00-3:00 - 4 people
3:00-7:00 - 4 people

Thursday, October 9
7:00-11:00 - 3 people
11:00-3:00 - 3 people

Greeters at Convention South Center Entrance
Wednesday, October 8
7:00-11:00 - 1 person
11:00-3:00 - 1 person
3:00-7:00 - 1 person

Thursday, October 9
7:00-11:00 - 1 person

Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, October 8
8:00-11:00 - 2 people for set-up
11:00-2:00 - 2 people for set-up

Saturday, October 11
1:00-4:00 - 1 person for breakdown
4:00-8:00 - 1 person for breakdown

Speaker-Ready Room Technical Assistance Support

Wednesday, October 8
3:00-6:00 - 1 person

Foresters' Fund
Tuesday, October 7
10:00-4:00 - 2 people for set-up

Wednesday, October 8
10:00-1:00 - 2 for set-up
1:00-4:00 - 2 for set-up
4:00-6:00 - 5 people to disperse donation tickets
6:00-8:00 - 5 people to disperse donation tickets

Thursday, October 9
10:00-12:00 - 5 people to disperse donation tickets and 2 at the Foresters' Fund Table
12:00-3:00 - 5 people to disperse donation tickets and 2 at the Foresters' Fund Table
3:00-6:00 - 2 people to disperse donation tickets and 2 at the Foresters' Fund Table

Friday, October 10
8:00-10:00 - 2 people to disperse donation tickets and 2 at the Foresters' Fund Table
10:00-12:00 - 2 people at the Foresters' Fund Table
12:00-3:00 - 2 people at the Foresters' Fund Table
3:00-5:00 - 2 people at the Foresters' Fund Table

Saturday, October 11
10:00-12:00 - 2 people at the Foresters' Fund Table
12:00-2:00 - 2 people to help with close out

SAF Store

Wednesday, October 8
5:00-8:30 - 2 people

Thursday, October 9
8:00-11:00 - 2 people
11:00-2:00 - 2 people
2:00-6:00 - 2 people

Friday, October 10
8:00-11:00 - 2 people
11:00-2:00 - 2 people
2:00-6:00 - 2 people

Saturday, October 11
8:00-11:00 - 2 people
11:00-2:00 - 2 people
2:00-6:00 - 2 people

Sign up to volunteer in any position on the convention website.

Special Discounted Air Travel to Convention!
Salt Lake City has a large international airport and travel to and from this location can be direct through a number of other international airports across the country. SAF/CIF have formed a partnership with Delta and American Airlines to offer discounted airfare for convention attendees.

To Book Your Flight with Delta Airlines:

Visit the Delta website, select "Book A Trip," click on "More Search Options," and enter the meeting event code (NMHSJ) in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 1-800-328-1111, Monday through Friday during the hours of 7:00 am–7:00 pm CDT.

To Book Your Flight with American Airlines:

Visit the American Airlines website, select your flight options, use discount code 79H4BR, and select "Book Now" to make your flight reservation.

Note: To avoid a ticketing charge, make your American Airline reservations online.

For comprehensive convention travel information, visit the SAF Convention website.

Book Your Hotel Room NOW!

Go to the SAF convention website and click on the "Reservations" link.

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