MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Trees breaking bud, plants leafing out, early wildflowers popping up and tree pollen in the air…must be spring in western Oregon! I am enjoying the woods right now, in spite of the pollen, and am hoping you are too.
The latest issue of the Forestry Source just arrived and if you haven’t glanced at it yet, you should. Many of us have commented at some point about SAF publications – what we like and what we don’t. The emphasis in the Journal of Forestry on academic publishing has elicited a wide variety of comments and complaints over the years. In this issue of the Source you will see two letters from fellow SAF members regarding both JOF and the Source, along with responses from editors and staff.
What do you think? Is the society currently meeting your needs and publishing pertinent information in various publications? If not, join in the conversation and let our SAF staff know what you prefer. And if they are meeting your needs, let them hear that too.
You should also check out Source editor Steve Wilent’s article on some of the forestry news sources he reads on the internet…those originated by SAF and others. I found some that I was unaware of and will be checking out.
Enjoy reading about forestry news on the rainy days during spring, and I hope you can get out and enjoy the woods on the nicer days. Please also come to an Emerald Chapter membership meeting.
Spring 2013 MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Date: Tuesday April 16th, 2013
Location: GATEWAY BUFFET REST.,
3198 Gateway Street, Springfield
Time: 4:30 PM Exec. Meeting
6:00 PM SOCIAL, 7:00 PM Program
Speaker: Beaver Relocation and Coho Salmon Populations in the PNW – Jimmy Taylor, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service – PNW Research Center
Date: Tuesday May21st, 2013
Location: Hole in the Wall Restaurant,
1807 Olympic Street, Springfield
Time: 7:00 AM Exec. Meeting/Breakfast
8:00 AM Program
Speaker: Rethinking Riparian Protection on Public and Private Land: Norm Johnson and Gordon Reeves
Emerald SAF Executive Committee News
1) The Emerald Chapter will again host the SAF Golf Tournament in 2013. Mike Tucker, Emerald member, will be primary coordinator. Ted Reiss will provide backup. The Eighth Annual SAF Golf Tournament will take place Friday August 23rd at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis. This golf tournament is a direct benefit for the Oregon SAF Foundation. Please plan to attend and consider helping the effort.
2) The Emerald Chapter is considering volunteering to be the host for the 2015 SAF State meeting. If you would like to be involved, please let Dale know.
3) Program planning for membership meetings is ongoing. May breakfast meeting planning and June tour and barbeque event planning. If you have a suggestion for an interesting tour please speak up.
Next Exec Meeting: April 16th, 4:30 PM at Gateway Buffet immediately prior to membership meeting. All members are welcome.
Notes from the 2013 Leadership Academy
This year’s leadership conference was held at Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton. Oregon and Washington SAF members were joined this year by OSWA members at an event sponsored by nine different organizations.
The collaboration succeeded in bringing a larger group together to hear presentations on the nuts and bolts of working in teams and with volunteers. Over 100 people participated, including students from OSU and Green River Community College. The goal of the academy was “to equip forest landowners and foresters to take active roles in leading Pacific Northwest forestry organizations.”
Jennifer Webster of Business Strategies in Salem discussed “Working Across Generations.” She listed the five generational groupings we might work with today: Traditionalists/Veterans; Baby Boomers (1944-64);
Generation X – latch key kids (1964-81); Generation Y – the millennial (1981-2000); and Generation Z born in this century. They have different cultural norms, habits, attitudes and expectations, which can make working together a challenge. A major point Jennifer made was to tailor communication to these generations so your message gets through and is understood, and so you get effective feedback from them. Phone calls instead of emails, and using formalities versus “just get to the point” are differences to consider depending on the generation you are working with.Four concurrent sessions gave us tools to use when working in groups: Managing Effective Meetings, Forming Effective Teams, Working with Volunteers, and Understanding Collaboration. I attended the Teams and Volunteers sessions and found the Volunteer session particularly helpful. One take-away is that your executive committee will develop job descriptions for each of our designated positions to help us better understand our role in the chapter, and so that potential replacements will better understand what will be expected of them when they step up to more active involvement in our chapter.
Bettina Ring, American Forest Foundation, talked about developing effective outreach messages for diverse landowners. Forest land owners have differing land management goals, varying levels of—or no active—management, and a range of reasons for owning their woodlands. Some own their trees as an investment, others as a retreat from the daily grind or for retirement, and still others as a reason to work outdoors. Messages that speak more directly to their desires and experiences will be better heard and understood.
The last presentation of the academy was by Michael Goergen from our national office. He discussed Effective Outreach Messages and talked some more about the ongoing effort to better define who and what SAF is and how we communicate that both inside and outside SAF. I hope to share more of that message with you at our next chapter meeting in February.
Emerald Chapter Officers 2013
Chair-elect: Kurt Steele
Delegate at Large: Tash Shaheed
Secretary: Angelia Kegley
Treasurer: Dick Bowers
Newsletter Editor: Ted Reiss
Membership Chair: Dave Cramsey
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Policy: Bob Sanders
Past Chair: Fred Sperry
Other: Steve Cafferata
Other: Jordan Ryder
Other: Steve Akehurst
2013 OSAF ANNUAL MEETING
The 2013 annual meeting, co-hosted by the Columbia Gorge and Blue Mountain chapters, will be held at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton on April 24-26. The theme is "Changing Forestry Along the Oregon Trail: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned." The program will include tours on both Thursday and Friday afternoons. There will be two choices each day:
• Thursday: Tour Hancock Forest Management forestlands or a watershed and fish management tour that will examine the work of the Tribes in one of the area's watersheds.
• Friday: Tour "Forests for Recreation" at Union County's Mt. Emily Recreation Area near La Grande or tour GreenWood Resources' hybrid poplar plantation in Boardman.
The Thursday night awards banquet will include an entertaining topic: Gwen Trice with the Maxville Heritage Center will discuss and show an OPB video on Maxville, the black logging community that was located in Wallowa County.
The website will be updated periodicially with new information: Visit http://www.forestry.org/oregon/2013meeting/
2014 ANNUAL MEETING
The 2014 annual meeting will be hosted by the Umpqua Chapter, a decision made at the September 14 OSAF executive committee meeting. Additional details to come. Thanks to the Umpqua Chapter for offering to host this meeting.
OR SAF 2012 ANNUAL MEETING PRESENTATIONS ONLINE:
(Presentations are in the member's only section, so you will need to enter your user name and password to enter the site.)