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Umpqua Chapter Featured in Roseburg News-Review
This year the chapter donated over $2000 to the Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund and other events and programs. Click here to read more!

New Venue for general meetings:

             Salud Restaurant and Brewery

537 SE Jackson Street, Roseburg, OR 97470

 No RSVP required

Always re-check full announcements, meeting locations may change

Special Arbor Day Events for 2015

April 9th Thursday ------Tree planting with 100 5th graders.  Kids will be on site 10:00-1:00.  Location:  about 8 miles west of Glendale.  Contact Javier if you can make it:

April 11th Saturday ------Arbor Event at Stewart Park from 11-3.  Stop by anytime to help out.  Contact Trixy 541-784-7644

See Stewart Park Event Flyer PDF



Upcoming Events


Umpqua Chapter Members,

Here is an update on what’s happening in our chapter:

Monthly Meetings:

Our 2015 meetings are underway.  At our last meeting, Dr. Allan Felsot, professor of Environmental Toxicology for WSU gave a great talk on the Toxicology of Herbicides Commonly Used in Forestry.

On April 15th, we’ll hear from Terry Mann of L&L logging.  Terry will talk about his high tech cut-to-length harvester/forwarder logging side.  The meeting will be at Salud Restaurant and Brewery in Downtown Roseburg and will start at 5:30.

In May, Gene Hickman will talk about the Historical Vegetation of the Tiller area.  Gene’s talk will be a fascinating look at how survey notes, data and photos made during the original township surveys from the 1890s-1920s depict the shift in vegetation patterns over time.

CFE credits will be available at our monthly meetings (usually 1 per meeting).

Chapter News:

Our Executive Committee has voted to donate $242.47 toward the Sutherlin FFA/Forestry Program.  This donation will assist the Forestry Program in purchasing a drone to assist with data collection, vegetation surveys and to figure out other ways this cutting edge tool can be useful in forestry.  We hope to have a chapter field trip to see it in action soon.


We have also donated $500 to the Douglas County School Forestry Tour.  This is a fantastic event that reaches nearly every 4th and 5th grader in the county!  See the volunteer opportunities if you’d like to help.


We are also in the final stages of creating a New Member Initiative, designed by Membership Chair James Mahaffy.  The program will be aimed at recruiting new foresters to our chapter.  More details to come…


Our chapter needs you!

We have opportunities to serve on the Umpqua Executive Committee.  We are currently recruiting for:

·         Chair Elect

·         Delegate-At-Large

·         Treasurer

These roles may not require a lot of additional time, but are very important to keep the chapter running optimally.  Please contact me if you would like more information or are interested.

Volunteer Opportunities:

·         Earth Day, April 19th:  Umpqua SAF has a booth at the Earth Day Event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  We need volunteers to interact with the Earth Day Crowd.  Contact Brennan Garrelts:

·         Douglas County School Forestry Tour, May 12th-May15th:  Volunteers are needed to talk about either forest management or forest products to 4th and 5th graders.  Contact Nancy Geyer:

If you have any tips or ideas for our monthly meeting topics, please let us know.  Thank you all for being members of the SAF!

Joe Newton

Chapter Chair






Meeting Minutes


All About Forest Certification

Past meeting agenda and topic from September 2013, with Mike Sterner, FSC

WHAT: Forest management certification evolved to promote sustain-ability of forests and to promote environmentally acceptable forestry. The movement has its origins in efforts to correct poor forestry prac-tices in tropical rain forests. Since then, certification has spread to North America, Europe, and parts of Asia.

WHY: Many manufacturers and landowners need certification for market access. Green building standards always include certification requirements for inclusion in their respective systems. Most private landowners who choose not to certify cite expense, complexity, perception of benefits, and constraints on land usage. There is incremental movement on the part of certification schemes like FSC to accommodate the smaller landowner.

Leadership Directory

Chair - Brennan Garrelts -, 541-464-3363

Chair-elect - Joe Newton -

Immediate past-chair - Werner Krueger -, 541-464-3277

Treasurer - Erin Banwell -, 415-378-3323

Membership Chair - James Mahaffy -, 541-464-3231

Delegate-at-large - Javier Goirigolzarri -

Secretary - Don Morrison -

Chapter Documents

SAF Thank You Letter to Umpqua Chapter

  • Umpqua Chapter March News [pdf]
  • April 2012 Umpqua Chapter News [pdf]