Technical Tours

Coastal Forest Management, Sustainable, Local, Needed Sold Out

Wednesday, October 3 • 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

Management of private forestland in Oregon's Coast Range forms the basis for a viable forest products industry serving domestic construction needs. These forests also face pressure to change and provide nonmarket benefits to adjacent communities. Local ballot measures have passed and are being proposed to regulate forest management activities that have previously been the sole jurisdiction of State and Federal regulations. This most interesting tour, will take you behind the gates to a third-generation family-owned sawmill and onto private timberland to see silvicultural practices used where trees grow best, and hear from the managers about how they are adapting to the changing political landscape.

Eagle Creek Burn This tour is currently sold out.

Wednesday, October 3 • 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

This tour will cover the Eagle Creek Fire and the wide range of policy and management issues raised by wildfire in this high-profile forest area, at the crossroads of fire science, forest policy, and public opinion. The Eagle Creek Fire burned about 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge, within 25 miles of Portland at the western end. The area includes severe to moderate burn on 45% of the area and 55% unburned or light fire severity. Tour topics range from the story of the fire progression, fire behavior and impacts, to the challenges facing decisionmakers and land managers involved with postfire recovery in one of America’s most popular scenic areas.

Mass Timber Production and Use

Wednesday, October 3 • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

Portland, Oregon is one of a few US cities that is embracing the use of large wood structures to provide housing and work space for its residents. Cross laminated timbers and mass plywood are now being produced in Oregon from sustainably harvested wood and new manufacturing and engineering processes are being developed to meet the demands of earthquake-resistant, cost-efficient structures. This tour will showcase the engineering work underway, including visits to Freres Lumber’s Mass Plywood Panel plant in Lyons and Peavy Hall 2.0 at Oregon State University to learn about the Tallwood Design Institute and see mass timber construction in action.

Mount St. Helens 38 Years Later - This tour is currently sold out, please continue to check our site for new openings

Wednesday, October 3 • 7:45 am – 4:45 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

On May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m., a magnitude 5.1 earthquake triggered one of the world's largest recorded landslides, followed by one of the most powerful volcanic blasts in the history of North America. That morning, twenty-three square miles of Mount St. Helens blasted sideways at 650 mph, a flow of rock fragment, hot gases and super-heated steam raced down the mountain at 200 mph, and an ash cloud billowed 17 miles into the sky, encircling the entire planet. What does St. Helens look like 38 years after this landscape changing blast? Visit the forest learning center, a partnership of Weyerhaeuser, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to learn the story of Mount St. Helens and the remarkable recovery of forests, fish, and wildlife following the eruption. Visit field sits on Weyerhaeuser land to compare natural recovery to the management of private forestland. Learn about the reforestation activities following the eruption and silvicultural challenges on its nearly 63,000 acres of geologically affected landscape.

Student Tour to Corvallis Sold Out

Wednesday, October 3 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

$85 ($25 SAF Student Members) - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.
Only SAF Student Members receive the discounted ticket price.

This tour, open to undergraduate as well as graduate students, offers an opportunity to connect and network with peers from around the country while experiencing an introduction to forests and forestry in Oregon. Visit an active harvest operation to see a demonstration of tethered logging systems and the challenges/benefits of logging on steep slopes in the Pacific Northwest, including discussion about safety and economics. Travel on to Corvallis to see the Oregon State University student logging crew demonstrate a cable system, visit OSU’s Logging Sports Arena and Peavy Arboretum, and tour the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design lab and the new Peavy Hall, a feature building of the Oregon Forest Science Complex.

Tree Improvement, Seed and Seedling Production and Deployment in the Pacific Northwest  1 ticket left.

Wednesday, October 3 • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

About 80,000,000 forest tree seedlings are needed in the Pacific Northwest each year. This tour provides an overview of key aspects of breeding, testing, seed and seedling production and deployment of PNW conifers, with emphasis on contributions by the USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and cooperative seed orchards. This tour includes visits to the BLM’s Walter Horning Seed Orchard and IFA Nurseries, Inc.'s Aurora facility.

Urban Forestry: The Tale of Two Cities

Friday, October 5 • 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Special field excursion sponsored by US Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry. No fee; registrations accepted only onsite at registration booth.

Urban forests are now where most people connect with trees. These forests and street trees provide real value to adjacent landowners and cities in aggregate, but also have real costs. This field experience will explore how attitudes towards these trees and forests are changing and how policies and regulations reflect these attitudes. What does being a Tree City in the Pacific Northwest mean? The answers are more challenging and nuanced than one might expect.

Forestry in the Urban Landscape Sold Out

Sunday, October 7 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

The rural residential landscape surrounding the City of Portland is comprised of family forestland owners that are generally new to forestland ownership with goals, for the most part, to maintain the health and resiliency of their forests, which is referred to as conservation forestry. These lands are interspersed with city-, regional government-,and conservation group-owned forests that share similar goals. Management across these ownerships aligns well with the principles of Ecological Forest Management by Jerry F. Franklin, K. Norman Johnson and Deborah L. Johnson (2018 Waveland Press). The authors will be keynoting the tour. However, these forests are threatened by conversion to other uses, wildfire risk, invasive species, and neglect.  This tour will showcase the partnerships that work together to manage a connected, healthy, and resilient urban-suburban-exurban forested landscape.

Sustaining Family Forests in the Pacific Northwest CANCELLED

Sunday, October 7 • 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

Hosted by Hopkins Demonstration Forest, a 140-acre family forest managed by Forests Forever, Inc., in order to “promote science-based education to enhance understanding of, and appreciation for the complexities and benefits of woodland management”, this bus and walking tour will illustrate the importance of family-owned (nonindustrial private) forests in the Pacific Northwest and the outlook for sustaining family forests in the future.  Hopkins Forest and neighboring landowners feature a wide range of management approaches reflecting diverse family forest objectives. Hopkins Forest is at the edge of an expanding Portland Metro area. Opportunities and challenges for sustaining family forests will be illustrated and discussed in the context of PNW land use policies, forest practices regulation, increasing population, and increasing and conflicting demands for forest benefits.

Where Habitat Conservation Plans Have Gone Operational

Sunday, October 7 • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

$85 - Ticket includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and 1 bottle of water.

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) are where forest science and policy merge to Agreement.  In Washington they have gone operational. A HCP enables a proponent to meet Endangered Species Act requirements by defining specific conservation strategies. The HCP is an agreement between proponent and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Service.  A HCP establishes provisions for conservation of critical wildlife habitat through forest management and allows for incidental take of endangered species. This tour involves learning about and visiting operational HCPs and will include stops to discuss riparian buffers, unstable slope delineation, northern spotted owl management considerations, fish passage structures, and marbled murrelet habitat.