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Workshops

New in 2012!

Workshops and training modules are open to all conference registrants at no additional charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday, October 24

Twitter Training
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A short learning opportunity for those less familiar with this technology includes a brief overview of key social media and hands-on Twitter instruction for what Twitter is, how it differs from other social media and how to load and use Twitter at the conference and beyond. Attendees will load and learn Twitter and will be able to “join the virtual conversations” taking place during the conference.

Foresters’ Leader Lab 1
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Leader: Tom Davidson, PCC, SPHR
Davidson Leadership
Bring your real-life leadership challenges, personnel problems, and/or team issues to this highly interactive group forum. Volunteers will sit down with a leadership consultant to discuss their situation and receive one-on-one coaching and consulting for 15 minutes. The individual benefits directly, while the entire audience observes and benefits since many issues will be shared or encountered by others in one form or another. Audience members may offer feedback for the participant or offer their own insights and suggestions on the problem via live Twitter feed, thus multiplying the benefit to the participant and engaging the audience in a meaningful way.

Friday, October 26

Sponsored by BLM:

Roots, Shoots & Leaders: Tips for Budding Professionals
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Leaders: Jake French
, Life Happens – Live It! and Tom Davidson, Davidson Leadership

Don’t Wait until You’re Broken to Fix Your Attitude!
Everyone has an attitude, right? Why not make yours work for you with a shift in perspective and focus. This workshop will add more tools to your creative thinking and problem solving toolbox. Jake French is a 2008 graduate of the University of Idaho, and was working at his dream job as a forester in Oregon when in an instant his life was turned upside down by a devastating accident. His "it is what it is" response initiated a change in mindset and the beginning of a new journey. Even with a serious topic, Jake's humor and vulnerability endear him to audiences and create a lasting inspirational experience.

Tom Davidson, Davidson Leadership, Leadership IS an Attitude
Once upon a time, future leaders were identified early in their careers and groomed and seasoned through training and slowly escalating responsibilities. Today’s organizations are constantly shifting and next generation leaders are often thrown into new roles without sufficient preparation, experience or support. While they may be confident and anxious to step into the void, young foresters are rarely prepared for their new and evolving responsibilities. Leadership coach and consultant Tom Davidson’s highly engaging, entertaining, and informative module will provide invaluable insights and tips on how you can develop yourself as an emerging leader when there are few resources or formal training opportunities.
Although this workshop was developed specifically for students and young professionals, it is open to all.

An Overview of Essential Statistics for Foresters
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Leader: Steve Fairweather
, President and Biometrician, Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc.
Participation limited to 30.
This is a hands-on workshop designed to refresh and explain basic concepts in sampling, sample size estimation, and the calculation and interpretation of confidence intervals. Participants will quickly see ready application of the concepts to cruise design, and are encouraged to bring calculators or laptop computers to work through examples.

Born, Bred or Inbred: The Nature and Nurture of Forestry Leadership
4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Leader: Tom Davidson
, Davidson Leadership
When people say, "That's because foresters like trees more than people," experienced SAF members smile and new ones nod fresh agreement, but forester and leadership expert Tom Davidson gets into action to improve the situation. This presentation peels back the truth and fallacy behind that expression and challenges its continued use as a convenient excuse for the general lack of people and communication skills in the forestry profession. This lively interactive session uses data from personality assessments that have been used in leadership training programs for natural resource professionals. As a result of attending this program, you will:

  • Discover a well-documented personality model and a new assessment tool for calibrating and accelerating development for your team
  • Gain a complete picture of foresters' true personality tendencies from compiled data involving foresters and other natural resource professionals
  • Leverage the implications of these tendencies for field foresters, forestry leaders, and the forestry profession as a whole
  • Develop your own outline of what needs to be done to accelerate your next generation of forestry leaders to ensure that their people skills are as good as their technical skills

Saturday, October 27

Mobile Applications for Natural Resources Management
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Leader: Kerry Halligan
, Mason Bruce & Girard, Inc.
Contemporary technology offers many opportunities to streamline data collection, entry and analysis. Steps that used to require multiple hours of office time are now possible to achieve in the field or on-the-go with laptop computers and smart-phones. This 90-minute training module is designed to introduce participants to mobile applications through a combination of presentation and case study examples designed to enhance familiarity and use of ArcPad, ArcMobile, and Trimble-, Droid- and iOS-based programs.

Expand Your Base! : Turn the New Generation of Forest Owners into Your Clients
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Leader: Michael J. Burns
, Program Resource Manager, American Tree Farm System
Participation limited to 30.
This workshop is designed to help foresters grow their base of landowners by learning innovative methods of reaching out to, and cultivating, non-traditional forest owners. We know that land ownership is changing. What does that mean for you and your work? In an interactive, experiential environment, with hands-on/kinesthetic activities and a focus on tools or take-aways, this workshop will help you better understand and plan for: who are these new landowners?; what services do they want?; how do your offerings need to change or be re-packaged accordingly?; how do you reach and engage the new generation?

Leveraging ArcGIS for Forestry Practices
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Leader: Tim Clark
, Esri
This session will be presented by staff and partners of Esri, the world leader in GIS software. You will hear from experts with practical experience using GIS technologies for forestry practices. This session includes topics such as using the ArcGIS system for forest inventory and leveraging on-line web mapping capabilities for your staff, customers, public, field workers and more. This session also includes presentations on how to make the most of data acquisitions such as lidar and aerial imagery.

Becoming a Forestry Technical Service Provider (TSP)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Leader: Bruce Wight
, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Participation limited to 30.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and conservation partners are committed to providing technical and financial conservation service to customers more quickly and efficiently. Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public agencies outside of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that help farmers, ranchers and woodland owners apply conservation practices on the land. These NRCS-certified professionals provide convenient access to technical services, quality work, and professional one-on-one technical assistance to landowners who participate in USDA conservation programs. The NRCS is interested in expanding the list of registered forestry and agroforestry TSPs who can:

  • Develop conservation plans including forest management plans.
  • Plan, design, and lay out forestry and agroforestry conservation practices.
  • Check out and certify completed forestry and agroforestry conservation practices