Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

$8,280 in Foresters Fund Grants Awarded to Two Oregon Projects!

 

Foresters Fund Recipient of $4850 – Mary’s Peak Chapter

Coming February 15th and 16th 2015 the “State of the State and Forest Health” Conference will be held in Corvallis, Oregon.  This two-day event will include talks from forest health professionals, networking lunches, and a keynote from Rich Hofstetter- an expert on insect effects on forest management from Northern Arizona University.  This conference will focus on the importance of continued awareness of the forest health trends in Oregon, updates on current research and findings regarding the health of Oregon’s forests, and then relate back to the role that everyone can play a role to ensure healthy forests for future generations. 

 

Participants from a wide range of backgrounds will be encouraged to attend: professional foresters, landowners, County Extension agents, students, and the general public. While this will be a great event for professionals in the forest health field to network, it will also be an incredible opportunity for Oregon State University students to talk with and learn from professionals and leaders in the field.   

 

Co-sponsors of this conference include:  Oregon Forest Resource Institute, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, American Forest Foundation, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Northwest Fire Science Consortium, Marys Peak SAF, Oregon SAF, and the SAF Foresters Fund.

 

We want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Foresters Fund Special Projects grant, and the Marys Peak SAF Chapter, that will allow this conference to have free student attendance and a reduced registration fee for participants in hopes of spreading the word about Oregon’s Forest Health.  Together we can make a difference.  

For information on this project, please contact the project coordinator: Brianna Beene brianna.beene@oregonstate.edu

 

Foresters Fund Recipient of $3430 – Umpqua Chapter

 

During the 2015/2016 school year, the Dillard Alternative High School will receive forestry equipment to give students a jump start on vital workforce skills.  Forestry equipment for tree measurements and mapping will be purchased with the grant along with equipment to implement local fuel reduction projects.  Umpqua Chapter members and other professionals will assist in the hands-on lab exercises to reinforce the use of the provided equipment and use in real life applications throughout the year.

 

The grant will help support the Dillard High Alternative Schools mission to develop the knowledge and essential skills to become a competent, responsible, and compassionate citizen within the community.  It also hits the Foresters Fund goal of promoting education to enhance public understanding of the role of professional foresters in forest resource management.

 

Co-sponsors of this project include:  Umpqua Chapter SAF, Dillard Alternative High School, Bureau of Land Management, Lone Rock Timber, C & D Lumber, Leonard Dour’s Tree Care and Removal, and the SAF Foresters Fund. Thank you to the Foresters Fund Special Projects grant that will make the 2015/2016 school year at the Dillard Alternative High a good foundation as it establishes the Forestry Program.

 

For information on this project, please contact the project coordinator: Trixy Moser  trixymoser@yahoo.com