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2013 Forestry Leadership Academy

January 18-19, 2013
Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, Oregon

All SAF members from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska are invited to participate in the 2013 PNW Forestry Leadership Academy on January 18-19 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Ore.

The goal of the forestry leadership academy is to equip foresters and forest landowners to take active roles in leading Pacific Northwest forestry organizations. The academy will help new and existing leaders gain the skills they need to succeed.

The 2013 leadership conference will be a bit different from traditional leadership conferences of past as Oregon and Washington State SAF are joining forces with the Oregon Tree Farm System, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Cispus Institute, Washington Farm Forestry Association, and Washington Tree Farm Committee for this two-day event organized by the Partnership for Forestry Education. Academy content will focus on developing leadership skills that cross organizations.

In addition to general session talks, four three-hour concurrent sessions will focus on four topics. Attendees will choose two sessions to attend. Each session will be highly interactive and applicable to your specific interests.

The leadership academy is generously supported by grants from the American Forest Foundation, USDA Forest Service-State and Private, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.




9:00 a.m. Noon – OSAF/WSSAF executive committee meetings and OSWA/Oregon Tree Farm meeting

Noon – Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:00-2:30 p.m. – Opening General Session: Working across Generations

· Keynote: Jennifer Webster, Business Strategies, Inc., Salem, OR

· Multi-generational Panel of Landowners and Foresters

· Table Exercise

2:30-3:00 p.m. – Break

Overview of Concurrent Sessions - Susan Sahnow

3:00-6:00 p.m. – Afternoon Concurrent Sessions by Cispus Institute faculty (participants attend one session)

· Conducting Effective Meetings

· Understanding Team Dynamics

· Working with Volunteers

· Designing Collaboration that Succeeds

7:00 p.m. – Dinner (included in registration fee)

8:00-10:00 p.m.

· Brewery Tour with Wine Tasting – Seven Brides Brewery (shuttle buses available)

· Hospitality Suite at Oregon Garden Resort


7:00 a.m. – Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:30-9:00 a.m. – General Session: Effective Outreach Messages for Diverse Landowner AudiencesBettina Ring, American Forest Foundation

9:00 a.m.-Noon: Morning Concurrent Sessions by Cispus Institute faculty (participants attend one session)

· Conducting Effective Meetings

· Understanding Team Dynamics

· Working with Volunteers

· Designing Collaboration that Succeeds

12:30 p.m. – Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:30-2:00 p.m. – General Session and Wrap-Up – Effective Outreach Messages using Diverse MediaMichael Georgen, Society of American Foresters

Concurrent Session Information and Descriptions

Participants will attend two of the four concurrent sessions. On the registration form, rank the sessions you would like to attend in priority 1-4 with 1 being the highest. Sessions will be capped at 35-40 participants. Participants will be assigned their choices on a first come first served basis. The sessions are designed for a three-hour block, so participants will not be able to move from session to session.

Conducting Effective Meetings: Examine and apply strategies that will help you design and facilitate productive meetings. We will focus on tools and techniques for implementing meetings that are efficient and produce results. Whether you are the meeting facilitator or a participant in the meeting, you will have strategies to apply at your next meeting.

Understanding Team Dynamics: Become familiar with the characteristics of working effectively with others to produce results. Recognize the stages of team development and four leadership styles to promote team work. Learn individual team member roles and responsibilities for effective team functioning.

Working with Volunteers: Explore basic techniques for recruiting, engaging, and sustaining the volunteers in your organization. What draws people in? What motivates them to engage? How does work get completed? We will examine the strategies for working with volunteers in ways that meet the individual’s goals as well as your organizational goals.

Designing Collaboration that Succeeds: Learn how you can effectively connect with partners in a collaborative process, and the finesse of working together and maintaining momentum. Collaboration with individuals or entities with diverse backgrounds, objectives, and interests depends on building relationships, clear communication, a defined working process, leadership, and follow-through on commitments.


Meeting Location and Lodging

The meeting will take place at Oregon Garden Resort, 895 West Main St., Silverton, OR 97381; 503-874-2500; A block of rooms have been reserved at the resort for Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18. Rates for a room with one king-sized bed, single or double, are $69. For a double queen room, rates are $69 for a single and $89 for double occupancy. After January 5, 2013, the reduced rate will be subject to availability. You can book your reservation by calling 503-874-2500 and referencing the group password of OSAF, or book online from this link: Group ID/Email is OSAF and the password is OSAF.



The registration fee is $125 and includes lunch and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The student rate is $75. There is no late fee, but registration by January 5 is appreciated. Return completed registration and payment information to: SAF Leadership Academy, SAF Northwest Office, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221; fax 503-226-2515. Checks should be payable to SAF Northwest Office. Purchase orders, Visa and MasterCard accepted. Questions? Contact Michele at 503-224-8046 or



This program is approved for 9.5 Category 2 SAF CFE credits.


Registration Form and Contact Information

Registration form



Program: Mike Cloughesy