Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

2021 Northwest Active Management Tour - Postponed

** Due to the recent spike of COVID cases in the region and to ensure the safety of all the partcipants, the 2021 Northwest Active Management Tour has been postponed. We will update this page with details for next year's tour when they become available. **

On October 15-17, 2021, join us in the Blue Mountains of Oregon for the 2021 Northwest Active Management Tour. This field tour is organized by the Oregon, Intermountain, and Inland Empire Chapters of the Society of American Foresters and hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and local timber industry to provide a learning and networking opportunity for students and to share information and management practices across the forestry profession.

Anyone interested in ongoing, past, and future management of forest types in eastern Oregon, and similar dry and moist mixed conifer types of the Inland Northwest is welcome to attend. In particular, students interested in natural resource management, current and retired land management professionals. Local landowners and those interested in collaboration are also encouraged to attend.

Housing and Meals

Housing and catered food will be provided at Westminster Woods, which is a camp and conference center located in the heart of the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. Conveniently located off interstate 84 between Pendleton and La Grande, Westminster Woods provides an amphitheater, bathhouse, picnic areas, Oregon Trail ruts, and a trail system. The facility is centrally located between a lot of active management sites and is near the Oregon Trail Interpretive Park, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Emigrant Springs State Park and the town of Meacham. Physical Address: 69148 Westminster Lane, Meacham, OR 97859. We have the facility reserved from Thursday at 5 p.m. (PST) to Sunday morning (October 14-17, 2021).

We encourage everyone to stay at Westminster Woods, which has bunk beds arranged in male and female bunkhouses, as well as flat grassy areas for tents and RV pads with full hookups. For those who do not wish to stay at Westminster Woods, there are several options:

  • Wildhorse Resort and Casino is one of the nicer options if you would like to stay in a hotel. It is about 21 miles from Westminster Woods and just 1 mile from the Umatilla Supervisor’s Office (SO). We currently plan to rendezvous at the SO Friday morning before heading to Pilot Rock.
  • Red Lion in Pendleton is another hotel option.
  • Yurts are available for rent at Emigrant Springs State Park (need to reserve early).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Depending on when people arrive on Thursday, we might coordinate a dinner and we will provide some simple breakfast items on Sunday for those who attend the optional walking tour.

Registration

Registration includes lodging at Westminster Woods and meals:

  • Professional- $80
  • Student - $15

Please RSVP by September 22, 2021.  Please send an email to ActiveManagementTour@gmail.com to confirm your reservation, space will be limited. We will accept cash, check or credit card.

What to Bring

All attendees should come prepared for field work in active logging sites.  Please bring field clothes, boots (or sturdy shoes), hardhat, eye protection (sunglasses are OK), and a water bottle. We can provide hardhats upon request.  We will consolidate vehicles each morning.  If you do not have a multi-passenger vehicle or wish not to drive, there will be space in another vehicle.

Hiring and Networking Opportunity

Information will be presented on hiring temporary positions for the 2022 field season. US Forest Service vacancies open in the fall. We will also discuss specific permanent full-time positions that are available through multiple employers.  This will be a good opportunity for job seekers to network and gain timely information on the hiring process and tips for success.

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