Friday Focus On: Our advancing profession

NEW FOR 2019! Gifford Pinchot’s determination to establish a distinctly American style of forestry in the United States resulted from a situation where forests were being exhausted more rapidly than being replaced. Today, our forests and social fabric present new challenges and opportunity. Friday Focus On presentations give attendees 3 contemporary perspectives on how we can do what foresters and natural resource professionals do best to meet future needs.

The White Oak Partnership

White oak is a cornerstone species in much of the eastern United States, with an important role in recreational activities, wildlife habitat, and the rural economy throughout the Central States, Northern, and Appalachian Hardwood Regions. As the cooperage industry experiences an increase in product demand with a forecast of continued growth, white oak is threatened by insect and disease, inadequate management, changing land use patterns, and a consistent reduction in small growing stock necessary to replenish the aging sawtimber or cooperage sized white oak resource. This session will explore the silvicultural, policy, and social challenges associated with regenerating quality oak forests to meet both current needs and future demands.  It will address the need for better forest management that leads to a diversified landscape and a more balanced age structure that has the capacity to regenerate oak forests naturally.

Ensuring Sustainability of American White Oak

Jeffrey W. Stringer, CF, Chairman, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Extension Professor of Hardwood Silviculture and Forest Operations, University of Kentucky
Harald (Jordy) Jordahl, Midwest Conservation Director & interim Director, White Oak Initiative, American Forest Foundation

Dynamics Influencing the Future of White Oak Growing

Dan Dey, Research Forester, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
John Lhotka, Associate Professor of Silviculture, University of Kentucky

Distilling Industry Perspective on White Oak Sustainability

Bob Russell, Manager Wood Procurement, Brown-Forman

Forest Products for the Future

From cellulosic nanotech to mass timber construction materials, jet fuel to bicycle helmets, paneling to coffee tables from repurposed urban wood, the products that can be made from trees is growing rapidly. In this session, attendees will learn more about new, transitional, and traditional uses of forest products and challenges and opportunities in operations, procurement, policy, and manufacturing. Our distinguished panel will discuss product innovations, wood use, and energy policy now and on the horizon, as well as the importance of growing forests for the products that will be needed.

Kathry Fernholz, President/CEO, Dovetail Partners
Marcus Kauffman, Biomass Resource Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry
Iris Montague, researcher, US Forest Service Northern Research Station and Forest Products Marketing Unit

Trees Are the Answer! Or Are They?

From public to private lands in rural to urban landscapes, nature is an integral part of American society and forests are known to provide many services beyond tangible products for everyday living. In the principles of ecosystem management, successfully engaging people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives strengthens our communities; supports professionals dedicated to sustainable management of our forest resources; and creates thriving forests. This open conversation explores how college and university programs have made a commitment to creating inclusive environments and how SAF accreditation might help further these efforts, expanding them throughout the country.

Bill Elmendorf, Joseph Ibberson Professor of Community Forestry, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State