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September 4, 2015

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In This Issue ...

I. Featured News

1. World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report Says
2. Nebraska: Field Day Stresses Importance of Forest Management
3. California: Drought and Beetle Infestation Killing State's Forests
4. Oregon: Pay the Piper: State Pursues Damages from Fire Starters
5. Wildfire News

II. Federal Lands Management

1. Natural Resource Working Group Joins 4FRI
2. New Study Outlines Why Southern African-American Forest Owners Less Likely to Use Federal Assistance
3. Zinke Calls for Timber Work
4. Rebuilding a Forest after the Burn
5. Projects on US Forest Service Land

III. International Forestry News

1. Give Locals Forest Responsibility, Researchers Urge
2. Spanish Wood Industry Transformed by the Downturn
3. New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots

IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Statewide Forestry Inventory Results Released
2. Forestry Industry Rebounds in Katrina's Aftermath
3. Canadian Lumber Firms Bet on US Southeast
4. Klickitat Logging Industry Shut Down Due to Wildfire Danger
5. Wood You Believe-Wood Science Meets Weird Science

V. Biomass

1. Flying Trees: Tribes Part of Renewable Energy Work
2. Swedish Pulp Company Invests $7 Million in Biomass Boiler
3. Halted Particleboard Plant Working Toward Pellet Conversion
4. PHG Energy to Build Biomass Gasification Plant in Tennessee
5. Partnership Focuses on Renewable Fuel Sources in Missouri

VI. Urban Forestry

1. Vancouver Debates Tree Cover Management after Windstorm
2. Jeremy Dahl, AKA "Machete Man," Defending Atlanta's Urban Forest
3. One of the Nation's Biggest Urban Forests Isn't Where You'd Expect

VII. Plants and Pests

1. Imaging to the Rescue in Fight against Invasive Bugs
2. Battle for Pennsylvania's Ancient Hemlocks Filming Hits Half-Way Mark
3. Non-Stinging Wasps from China Introduced in Ottawa to Help Slow Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

VIII. Science and Research

1. Can We Learn to Handle the Heat of Forest Fires?
2. Lack of Prescribed Burns Fuels Rise of Megafires, ASU Fire Historian Says
3. University of Victoria Students Design Tree-Planting Robot
4. Research You May Be Missing

IX. Items of Interest

1. SERE: Man Is the Environmental Impact
2. Katrina Tested Resilience of New Orleans Trees and Gardens, Too
3. Webinar: Urban FIA: Bringing the Nation's Forest Census to Urban Areas

X. SAF News

1. SAF Media Moments
2. Earn CFEs for Your Reviews
3. Last Chance to Apply for SAF Diversity Scholarships
4. 2015 SAF National Convention News
5. Job Opportunities from the SAF Career Center


I. Featured News

1. World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report Says

WSJ.com (September 2) - There are just over three trillion trees in the world, a figure that dwarfs previous estimates, according to the most comprehensive census yet of global forestation.

Using satellite imagery as well as ground-based measurements from around the world, a team led by researchers at Yale University created the first globally comprehensive map of tree density. Their findings were published in the journal Nature.

More:

Number of Trees Halved Since Dawn of Human Civilization

Telegraph.co.uk (September 3) - The number of trees on Earth has almost halved since the beginning of human civilization, a new assessment has found.

There are more than three trillion trees worldwide - around eight times more than some previous estimates - according to the study led by researchers at Yale University in the United States.

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2. Nebraska: Field Day Stresses Importance of Forest Management

RapidCityJournal.com (September 1) - Nebraska's Northern Panhandle is no stranger to devastating wildfires. Preventing extensive damage from fire, insects, and disease was the focus of the annual statewide Forestry Field Day.

Note: SAF member Doak Nickerson, CF quoted.

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3. California: Drought and Beetle Infestation Killing State's Forests

KVPR.org (August 31) - California's drought is having a devastating effect on its forests. Aerial surveys around the state show more than 20 million dead trees so far, and the drought has a partner in crime-the pine beetle. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, if this deadly combination continues it could drastically change California's forested landscape.

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4. Oregon: Pay the Piper: State Pursues Damages from Fire Starters

Mailtribune.com (August 31) - Forestry officials say a potential multimillion-dollar claim against a Douglas County resident believed to have accidentally started the Stouts Creek fire is still under consideration. Although no one expects to collect anything close to the cost of the fire-currently estimated at more than $36 million-the state will pursue damages in cases involving negligence or criminal conduct.

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5. Wildfire News

Wildfires Have Now Burned a Massive 8 Million Acres across the US
Washingtonpost.com (September 2)

Environmentalists: Don't Blame Us for Roasted Timber Sales
Flatheadnewsgroup.com (September 2)

Wildfires Burn More Than 340,000 Acres of Oregon Forest
KXL.com (August 31)

Demand for Fire Academy Graduates Grows as California Wildfires Multiply
SCPR.org (September 2)

America Is at War with Fire
TheWeek.com (September 2)

Campfire Bans Confusing but Necessary, Officials Say
KTVZ.com (September 1)

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II. Federal Lands Management

1. Natural Resource Working Group Joins 4FRI

Wmicentral.com (August 31) - The Four Forests Restoration Initiative, better known as 4FRI, just got a whole lot bigger with the signing of the 4FRI Charter by members of the Natural Resource Working Group.

Pascal Berlioux, president of the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization and cochair of 4FRI, said the stakeholders at the July meeting were happy and grateful not only that NRWG was joining, but that they were willing to do the work involved.

More:

William's 4FRI Restoration Project
Naztoday.com (August 27)

Flake Tours Arizona Forest Thinning
AZDailysun.com September 1

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2. New Study Outlines Why Southern African-American Forest Owners Less Likely to Use Federal Assistance

UGA.edu (August 28) - Many southern African-American forest landowners are not participating in federal assistance programs because of a mistrust of the government, unclear property titles, and inability to pay required upfront costs, a new study from the University of Georgia finds.

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3. Zinke Calls for Timber Work

Dailyinterlake.com (August 31) - Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) has connected northwest Montana's multiple wildfires to his bill that would aim to increase harvest and fuel treatment on federal forests.

The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, of which he is a cosponsor, passed the House last month and Zinke said he has been pressuring the Senate to bring it up for consideration.

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4. Rebuilding a Forest after the Burn

IJPR.org (August 31) - The Canyon Creek Complex has left big swaths of Malheur National Forest with charcoal stumps and ashen hillsides. When the first big rain of the year comes through, much of that ash will end up clogging streams and culverts if measures are not taken now to shore up vulnerable hillsides. So, even as the fires are still burning, the Forest Service is already coming up with a plan for restoring the burned area.

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5. Projects on US Forest Service Land

Comments Sought on Proposed Timber Project

Ravallirepublic.com (August 29) - The Bitterroot National Forest's first vegetative management project, the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project, seeks to commercially harvest or thin about 2,300 acres of national forest land between Lost Horse Creek and Roaring Lion Creek.

The area was part of more than 5 million acres in the state nominated by Gov. Steve Bullock last year for priority restoration work under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Prince of Wales Island Offers First All-Young-Growth Timber Sale

KRBD.org (September 2) - To make money and uphold environmental interests, the Tongass National Forest's Thorne Bay District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton says the Forest Service is transitioning to selling younger timber at the request of the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

West Bend Project Starting Up Again

Bendbulletin.com (September 3) - The Deschutes National Forest is continuing with the 26,000-acre West Bend Project, an effort to make the forest better able to withstand wildfire and insect infestations. The project includes mowing, thinning and logging, as well as controlled burns.

Mark Twain National Forest in Early Stages of Big Management Project

A section of the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF) in Texas County is part of a large package designated for a forestry management undertaking.

It's called the "Elder Piney Project," and covers 10,492 acres of MTNF land in Pulaski and Texas counties, in the central portion of the Houston, Rolla, Cedar Creek District.

Project activities will include removing aging oaks that are at the end of their maturity and dying, thinning of pine, cedar and other vegetation, and work related to improving watershed conditions.

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III. International Forestry News

1. Give Locals Forest Responsibility, Researchers Urge

Scidev.net (September 1) - People living in and around tropical forests need to play a bigger role in woodland management to reduce the environmental degradation that affects three-quarters of the world's forests, say researchers.

A study published in Science on August 21 found that Earth has lost 100 million hectares of tropical forest in the past 30 years-an area about three times the size of Germany. However, people living directly off forest resources have the skills and knowledge to use their surrounding woodland sustainably, the study states.

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2. Spanish Wood Industry Transformed by the Downturn

IHB.de (September 1) - The Spanish timber trade suffered dramatically from the 2008 economic crisis and the subsequent 70 to 80 percent contraction of the building sector. However, the Spanish economy and the local wood industry are slowly beginning to recover.

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3. New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots

WRI.org (September 2) - The world lost more than 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of tree cover in 2014, an area twice the size of Portugal, according to new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Google released by Global Forest Watch.

The data find that tropical forests are in the most trouble, losing 9.9 million hectares (24.5 million acres) of tree cover in 2014-more than half of the global total. A three-year-average shows tree cover loss is the highest it's been since 2001.

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IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Statewide Forestry Inventory Results Released

Suwanneedemocrat.com (September 1) - Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recently announced the results of an inventory of Florida's nearly 17 million acres of forestland.

Florida's forestry industry employs 80,700 Floridians and infuses $16.3 billion into the state's economy.

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2. Forestry Industry Rebounds in Katrina's Aftermath

MSUcares.com (August 27) - As bleak as the outlook seemed for Mississippi's forestry industry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the state's second largest agricultural commodity is slowly recovering.

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3. Canadian Lumber Firms Bet on US Southeast

Blogs.wsj.com (August 27) - Drawn to the region's abundance of fast-growing timber, low log prices, and proximity to major housing markets, Canadian companies' share of lumber production in eight southeastern states has quietly grown to 25 percent, from just three percent a decade ago, according to Forest Economic Advisors LLC.

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4. Klickitat Logging Industry Shut Down Due to Wildfire Danger

Hoodrivernews.com (September 1) - The state Department of Natural Resources shut down Klickitat County's logging industry August 19, in response to the extreme wildfire conditions that exist throughout the county.

The notice of a move to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4, the highest level, affects almost all of eastern Washington's forested areas, and is believed to be the first time in more than 20 years that the DNR has had to take such a drastic measure.

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5. Wood You Believe—Wood Science Meets Weird Science

Palletenterprise.com (September 1) - A number of breakthrough discoveries has let to new products and markets for wood in recent years. This article offers a look at recent wood product innovations and what they means for wood science and new product development.

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V. Biomass

1. Flying Trees: Tribes Part of Renewable Energy Work

Valleyjournal.net (September 2) - Leftover tree parts from logging operations usually end up as piles of useless ash, but academic researchers and tribal forestry officials hope that recent projects will result in less waste and a possible energy market for local forest products.

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2. Swedish Pulp Company Invests $7 Million in Biomass Boiler

Biomassmagazine.com (September 1) - Waggeryd Cell in Sweden has invested 60 million SEK ($7.1 million) in a biomass boiler to replace liquid propane gas with bioenergy as energy source for the flash dryer. The move is expected to cut the mill's carbon dioxide emissions by 85 percent.

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3. Halted Particleboard Plant Working Toward Pellet Conversion

Biomassmagazine.com (September 1) - This week, a full consultation report for the conversion of Northern Engineered Wood Products' particleboard facility to a wood pellet plant in Smithers, British Columbia, will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment.

NEWPRO proposed to repurpose its facility as a wood pellet manufacturing plant last year.

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4. PHG Energy to Build Biomass Gasification Plant in Tennessee

Biomassmagazine.com (August 28) - Sevier Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has engaged PHG Energy to build a new biomass gasification plant capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material into thermal energy each day, while producing a valuable high-carbon biochar.

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5. Partnership Focuses on Renewable Fuel Sources in Missouri

Biomassmagazine.com (August 28) - Ameren Missouri, Enginuity Worldwide, and ECAP LLC announced a partnership that will focus on development of renewable fuel sources that may provide a new revenue opportunity for rural businesses and help diversify power generation fuel sources in Missouri.

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VI. Urban Forestry

1. Vancouver Debates Tree Cover Management after Windstorm

GlobeandMail.com (August 31) - Powerful wind and rain that swept the Vancouver region over the weekend highlighted the vulnerability of trees weakened by a summer drought-and the challenges cities will face keeping their tree canopies healthy as climate change brings more severe weather.

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2. Jeremy Dahl, AKA "Machete Man," Defending Atlanta's Urban Forest

Atlantamagazine.com (September 1) - Remnants of English ivy cling to the tree trunks. Hacked off about seven feet above the ground, their leaves withered, the vines now resemble twisted ropes. They were felled by the blade of Jeremy Dahl, aka "Machete Man," who is saving metro Atlanta's forests by removing the invasive species slowly strangling them.

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3. One of the Nation's Biggest Urban Forests Isn't Where You'd Expect

NPR.org (August 6) - Running all the way through Dallas is one of the largest urban forests in the country-a 6,000-acre stretch of massive oaks, bubbling springs, and broad meadows. But the river running through it has many of the issues faced by other urban waterways.

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VII. Plants and Pests

1. Imaging to the Rescue in Fight against Invasive Bugs

Photonics.com (August 27) - Ravenous insects smaller than a penny continue to migrate from the Southeast, threatening to destroy millions of pine and ash trees in the northeast. Now NASA has teamed with the US Forest Service to combat the problem using an array of optical imaging techniques.

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2. Battle for Pennsylvania's Ancient Hemlocks Filming Hits Half-Way Mark

Blog.pennlive.com (September 1) - Wild Excellence Films has announced that cinematography for its independent film, Cathedral: The Fight to Save the Ancient Hemlocks of Cook Forest, is about 50 percent complete.

The film is a high-definition short documentary about the ancient trees of Cook Forest State Park in Clarion, Forest, and Jefferson counties, which are under attack by the hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native, destructive insect that gravely threatens the eastern hemlock.

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3. Non-Stinging Wasps from China Introduced in Ottawa to Help Slow Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

Ottawasun.com (August 30) - Barry Lyons is a forest entomologist for Natural Resources Canada's Great Lakes Forestry Center, and has worked to bring a Chinese parasitoid into Canada to help control the emerald ash borer, the scourge of trees across the city and elsewhere.

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VIII. Science and Research

1. Can We Learn to Handle the Heat of Forest Fires?

Audubon.org (September-October 2015) - With climate change turning up the temperature and the state in a four-year drought, wildfires are scorching California like never before. But some science suggests a new approach-let it burn.

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2. Lack of Prescribed Burns Fuels Rise of Megafires, ASU Fire Historian Says

ASUnews.asu.edu (August 28) - Wildfire is a striking story, often filled with the drama of danger. But there's a narrative missing from many of the reports: We need more controlled fires to prevent these runaway infernos, said fire historian and Arizona State University Regents' Professor Stephen Pyne.

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3. University of Victoria Students Design Tree-Planting Robot

Timescolonist.com (September 2) - Two University of Victoria students have invented a tree-planting robot they hope will help restore British Columbia forests following this season's wildfires.

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4. Research You May Be Missing

Interested in what your colleagues have been reading? Below are the top most downloaded articles from each of SAF's scientific journal publications for the month of July.

The Burning Question: Does Forest Bioenergy Reduce Carbon Emissions? A Review of Common Misconceptions about Forest Carbon Accounting (Journal of Forestry Vol. 113, No. 1)

Complex Forest Ecosystems: From Tree to Landscape (Forest Science Vol. 61, No. 3)

To see the complete top 10 most downloaded article lists, visit www.safnet.org/publications/index.cfm, click on the journal you wish to view, then click Most Downloaded Articles.

Your GOLD- or PLATINUM-level membership entitles you to free access to all journal content, but you need to register with IngentaConnect to get it. Questions? Contact Matthew Walls.

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IX. Items of Interest

1. SERE: Man Is the Environmental Impact

AF.mil (August 30) - At $1 a tree, US Air Force personnel have begun planting trees to replace those used during USAF Survival School training. By getting on the contract that the US Forest Service uses to replace trees, the Air Force is effectively planting between 500 and 1,200 trees per training area when they move to a new location.

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2. Katrina Tested Resilience of New Orleans Trees and Gardens, Too

Nola.com (August 27) - In New Orleans, there had been a large amount of wind damage from Hurrican Katrina, but overall trees in New Orleans were largely intact. Residents had no idea, though, how the numerous species of trees growing in New Orleans would deal with floodwater covering their roots for weeks.

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3. Webinar: Urban FIA: Bringing the Nation's Forest Census to Urban Areas

FS.fed.us (September 2) - The Forest Service's Urban Forest Connections webinar series brings experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment.

It's next webinar-to be held September 9 from 1:00-2:15 pm-will present an introduction to the new Urban FIA program, key information on Urban FIA methods, and the very latest on efforts currently underway in Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Providence, Rhode Island; and other "first" cities. Also, on September 10 from 3:00-4:00 pm, there will be a webinar on the "Health Benefits of Green Infrastructure," featuring three eminent green infrastructure practitioners and researchers who will discuss the varying health benefits of green infrastructure and how to incorporate health considerations into green infrastructure plans and projects.

For more information, visit the US Forest Service's webinars page. These webinars are open to all.

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X. SAF News

1. SAF Media Moments

UF/IFAS Forestry Professor Earns Top National Award

Newswise.com (August 28) - In this release, SAF member Eric Jokela, professor of silviculture at the University of Florida, comments on receiving SAF's Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science.

Nowak Receives L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research Award

Bartlett.com (August 2015) - David Nowak, a project leader with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in Syracuse, New York, is this year's recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture's L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research.

Opinion-Editorial: National Forests on the Brink
Agri-Pulse.com (September 1)
By Marshall Matz and Bill Imbergamo

"Any legislation to address the fire funding crisis also has to address the forest management crisis. There is a hard core of activists who will use every weapon at hand to delay and disrupt needed management, and Congress needs to send an unmistakable message: management of our forests can't wait. National forests are not national parks. They have different statutory purposes and the Congress should not allow the statutes to be amended through litigation."

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2. Earn CFEs for Your Reviews

Reviewers for the Journal of Forestry and Forest Science may now apply for continuing forestry education (CFE) credit for their completed reviews.* Reviewers may request two (2) Category 3 CFEs for each completed review.

To request your CFE credits, please complete the Continuing Forestry Education Post Approval Form for Category 3 credit using the Publications section on page 2 of the form. Submit your completed form along with the thank you e-mail you receive from the journal acknowledging your review as evidence of completion.

*Effective April 14, 2015.

Questions or comments? Contact cf@safnet.org.

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3. Last Chance to Apply for SAF Diversity Scholarships

Apply now to be part of the SAF Diversity Ambassador Program and participate in the 2015 SAF National Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ambassadors will receive leadership and networking training, interact with SAF leaders, meet the Chief of the US Forest Service and other professionals, and learn how to participate as a future leader in SAF.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 4, 2015.

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4. 2015 SAF National Convention News

The 2015 SAF National Convention-Recreating Forestry-"The Confluence of Science, Society, and Technology"-will highlight a variety of contemporary forest resource management issues, including the trends, influences, and technologies that are facilitating the profession's progress toward the future. View the program here.

The meeting will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where attendees will enjoy fabulous hospitality, the charm of Louisiana's capital city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, and world-renowned cuisine alongside a scientific and technical program that provides an intrinsic opportunity for exploring the many links between the social, economic, and ecological considerations that form modern forest stewardship. Visit the SAF Convention website for full event details.

Abstract submission is now closed for presentations in the scientific and technical concurrent sessions, but we are still accepting submissions for the poster symposium. Submit your poster here.

Pre-Order Your Convention T-Shirt

Order yours today in gray or orange for just $18.00 and pick it up at the SAF Store in Baton Rouge.

SAF Seeks Moderators for Convention's Scientific and Technical Concurrent Sessions

SAF is seeking moderators for scientific and technical concurrent sessions at the SAF 2015 national convention. If you'll be attending the convention and are willing to moderate a session or two, please contact Carol Redelsheimer, SAF Director of Science and Education.

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5. Job Opportunities from the SAF Career Center

Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on SAF Career Center.

Forester
Ackerman, MS
Campbell Global LLC

Extension Field Specialist, Forest Resources
New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire

Regional GIS Coordinator
Hoquiam, WA
Rayonier

Assistant or Associate Professor, Silviculture/Forest Productivity
Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University

Assistant Professor of Resilience and Restoration Silviculture
Gainesville, FL
The University of Florida

Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analytics: Resilient Communities and Natural Resources
Gainesville, FL
The University of Florida

Forest Harvesting Instructor
Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University

Community Forester
St. Charles, MO
Missouri Department of Conservation

Forestry Field Programs Supervisor-Community Forestry Program
Jefferson City, MO
Missouri Department of Conservation

Forester
Fayetteville, NC
Campbell Group Global, LLC

To view all the available positions, visit the SAF Career Center.

Be sure to update your resume on SAF Career Center, so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

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