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The 2017 SAF National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will explore how we can transform the way we approach forestry by integrating a social-ecological perspective to research, education, and management and by adapting forestry to a rapidly urbanizing, globalizing, and diversifying environment.

Plenary sessions will explore: integration as a multi-faceted concept in the context of forest science, policy, management, and professional education; how foresters and natural resources managers will adapt and evolve to remain a relevant part of the modern world, by connecting forestry with urban and global environments and the goods and services that come from working forests; challenging methodologies that can be tried and true and dear to our hearts, yet obsolete in the culture of today and tomorrow confronting realities that hold us back; and enlightening the possibilities that can serve us now and transform forestry into the future.

Scientific and technical session presentations and posters are invited for the following tracks:

Integration: To integrate diverse perspectives into forestry — This track is about the integration of science and policy, of biological/ecological sciences and social sciences, of research and management, of public outreach and professional education, and making linkages across geographic and temporal scales. To advance forestry into the future, it is critical to: (1) recognize the need for continuous effort on multi-faceted integration; (2) learn from previous successes and failures of integration; (3) learn from other disciplines about ways to innovate in order to promote integration; and (4) engage in critical self-reflection to identify when incremental changes are sufficient and when paradigm shifts are necessary. Solid insights about these general topics and concrete examples/models of how this multi-faceted concept of integration can be operationalized into forestry are appropriate to this track. 

Adaptation: To adapt forestry with evolving needs of global change — Forestry is continuously adapting to the changing social needs of the public and the need to thrive in a changing climate with greater urban, economic, and social needs. Foresters are increasingly expected to use and apply new technology including tools such as GIS, GPS, and remote sensing, and foresters of tomorrow will be expected to understand the needs of urban, as well as rural, communities. Social media, special forest products, and ecosystem services from forest lands will be an important part of forestry into the future.  Research and case studies that illuminate any of these concepts are appropriate to this track.

Transformation: To transform forestry by the integration and adaptation of new ideas — To thrive as a profession in a changing world, our organization is continually challenged to examine the methods we employ to educate our future practitioners, perform our jobs, communicate within society, and reach out to the diverse constituencies we serve. Transforming our efforts and transforming forestry to meet the evolving needs of society is a constant task and sessions in this track will explore possibilities that can serve us now and transform forestry into the future—be it education, research, or land management.

Forest Policy: This track is designed for presentations based on qualitative or quantitative data analysis. Topics may include: implementation of an existing government program; impact of legislative or administrative policy initiatives; design of policies or programs; emerging trends in forest policy and law on biomass, carbon, climate change, and water quality and quantity.

Boots on the Ground: Our approaches for sustainably managing forests and associated resources is ever-changing in response to social, economic, and ecological factors. Therefore, there is a need to share on-the-ground lessons learned to help advance our practice and conservation of forest resources. This track will present case studies, tips, and research designed to help forest managers achieve diverse forest management and restoration objectives. 

Knowledge Exchange: Exchanging ideas and informing each other — The goals and methods of knowledge transfer and exchange have evolved over the years. Historically, knowledge flowed in one direction, from educated sources to less-informed consumers of knowledge. In earlier eras, those consumers tended to accept the interpretations they received without questioning the sources, authority, meaning, or validity of the underlying data. These days we see a multitude of knowledge sources and consumers with varying levels of sophistication in interpreting the data and information they receive. How do scientists benefit from and inform the experiences of forest managers? How do foresters inform the publics they serve and become informed themselves by those publics? In this track, we will examine the philosophy of knowledge transfer, the history of education in a natural resource management context, and the technologies and techniques that facilitate knowledge exchange.

Abstracts are also invited for workshops and for the following topic areas:

  • Agroforestry
  • Biomass, carbon, & bioenergy
  • Diversity in natural resources research, practice, and education
  • Economics
  • Education & communication
  • Entomology and pathology
  • Fire & fuels management
  • Forest ecology
  • Remote sensing applications & geospatial technologies
  • Harvesting & utilization
  • History & philosophy
  • Inventory & measurement
  • Private forestry
  • Recreation
  • Silviculture
  • Social sciences & human dimensions
  • Soils & hydrology
  • Urban & community forestry
  • Wildlife management
  • Professional development workshops