People, Policy, & Popcorn

People, Policy, and Popcorn encourages audience members to participate in dynamic discussions among leaders in the profession about the current issues, policies, and opportunities related to forests and their management.

A Conversation with Forest Service Leadership

Wednesday, September 21 • 9:30-10:30am

Moderator: Terry Baker, SAF CEO
Speaker: USDA Forest Service Associate Chief Angela Coleman

We are delighted to welcome USDA Forest Service Associate Chief Angela Coleman to the People, Policy, & Popcorn stage. In this session, Associate Chief Coleman will share her insights on critical investments being made through the influx of funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. Following these remarks, we will open it up for audience Q&A to continue the dialogue and discuss current challenges and future opportunities for collaboration.

Regenerating America’s Forests

Thursday, September 22 • 3:00-4:00pm

Moderator: Dr. John Bailey, Oregon State University
Speakers: Joe Sherlock, USDA Forest Service; Dr. Richard Guldin, Guldin Forestry LLC; Annica McGuirk, National Association of Conservation Districts 

There is a growing demand for sustainable tree production in the US, be it for carbon storage objectives, replanting harvest sites, or reseeding stand-replacing wildfires. This gives rise to a number of important policy questions: how can we meet a doubled demand for reforestation and afforestation efforts? How do we increase seed stocks and create a more robust seed collection infrastructure? How do we coordinate nursery production and landowner needs on a regional scale? Our panel of experts will address the critical bottlenecks and potential solutions at play in this ongoing challenge.

Special Session: Let’s Talk Old-growth and Mature Tree Management

Friday, September 23 • 9:00-10:30am

Part 1: Progress on Executive Order 14072 “Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies”
Speaker: Dr. Jamie Barbour, USDA Forest Service

The first half of this program is an information sharing session in which the USDA Forest Service will provide an overview of the responses they received to the recent Request for Information (RFI) on defining old-growth and mature forests. 

Part 2: Stakeholder Discussion
Moderator: Terry Baker, SAF CEO

The second half of this program will be an interactive session with the audience hosted by SAF leadership; it is an opportunity for Convention attendees to share highlights from their RFI comments and other perspectives on old-growth and mature forest management. 

Managing for Carbon in America’s Forests – a Systems Approach

Friday, September 23 • 12:30-1:30pm

Moderators: Dr. Edie Sonne Hall, Three Trees Consulting; and Dr. Jamie Barbour, USDA Forest Service
Speakers: Dr. Chris Swanston, USDA Forest Service; Kendall DeLyser, American Forests; other experts invited

Forests remain our greatest technology for sequestering and storing carbon from the atmosphere. However, these carbon pools are becoming increasingly unstable from threats like wildfire, drought, insects, disease, and climate change. We must also balance carbon management with the suite of benefits and products that forests offer society. Responding to this dynamic challenge, our panel of experts will be discussing some of the most pressing policy concerns today: what role can harvested wood products play in a low-emissions global economy? How can national climate adaptation policy address regional nuance? How do human values shape these difficult policy conversations?