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The Portland SAF chapter generally meets the third Monday evening of each month except for June, July, August.  We also have 2 meetings each year at different locations, one at Mount hood Community College and one in downtown Portland.  All other meetings are in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center (WFC).

Cheers,  Bob Deal

Portland Program Chair

Upcoming Events

2012 Program Schedule

Thanks to Robert Deal for once again planning the 2012 Portland SAF program schedule. The table below shows the dates and times for the year's programs. We'll provide program schedule updates as they become available.

October 15 WFC,, 7pm, Brandon Vickery Economic Impact of Oregon Forest Sector

November 19 WFC 7pm, John Gordon

December 17 WFC, 7pm, Holiday Party

Meeting Minutes

Past Meetings

Back to the Future: The Alsea Watershed Study Revisited

The original Alsea Watershed Study (1959-1973) assessed the effects of timber harvesting on water, aquatic habitat, and salmonid resources using a paired watershed approach. That study was a catalyst for the adoption of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) and strongly influenced the original OFPA rules. Those early findings supported the use of riparian management areas near fish-bearing streams to minimize water quality impacts. The Alsea Watershed Study Revisited (2006-present) returns to the same watersheds more than 40 years later to measure and compare the impacts of contemporary forest practices under current OFPA rules to the impacts observed in the original study.

The first harvest in Needle Branch since 1966 occurred during the summer of 2009 and was followed by a prescribed burn in the harvested unit. Chemical site preparation occurred during the summer of 2010. Water quality monitoring at multiple stations allows us to assess how retention of a riparian management area along fish-bearing reaches Needle Branch and other contemporary forest practices reduce water quality impacts. Detailed hydrologic measurements are providing new information about how water moves through this watershed. In addition, fish and macroinvertebrate monitoring is being conducted to assess their responses to management. Finally, intensive sampling for herbicides is providing new information about the effectiveness of contemporary practices to minimize introduction of chemicals to streams.

We are learning many new lessons about how watersheds respond to contemporary forest practices, lessons that will be critical to ongoing debates about the adequacy of the Oregon Forest Practices Act rules, protection of salmon and trout resources, and the applicability of water quality standards to headwater forest streams. The Alsea Watershed Study Revisited is part of the Watersheds Research Cooperative at Oregon State University and joins other retrospective paired watershed studies across the United States comparing contemporary to historic impacts.

Dr. George Ice is a Fellow with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) and has been with NCASI for 34 years. NCASI is an environmental information and research organization supporting the environmental goals of the forest products industry. Dr. Ice is a Fellow with SAF, an SAF Certified Forester, a registered professional forester in California, and is recognized as a Professional Hydrologist by the American Institute of Hydrology. He received undergraduate and MS degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD from Oregon State University, studying under Dr. George Brown. Dr. Ice’s research ranges from dissolved oxygen concentrations and sedimentation to nutrient concentration dynamics and herbicide discharge patterns in forest streams. He is a multiple-term past chair of SAF’s Water Resources Working Group and past chair of SAF’s Forest Science and Technology Board.

Leadership Directory

2010 Chapter Officers

Chair: Bob Deal  rdeal@fs.fed.us

Past Chair: Mike Taylor
Newsletter Editor: Roy Anderson

Chapter Documents

  • Oregon State Bee Keepers Association Presentation [pdf]