Allegheny SAF

Serving Forests and Foresters of PA WV NJ MD DE

The Allegheny SAF has a membership of 1,100 professional foresters in the five states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 

Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.

Allegheny SAF Summer Training 2017

 

The Allegheny SAF Summer Training 2017 will be hosted by The Plateau Chapter, September 20 - 22, 2017, 45 Holiday Inn Road, Park Inn, Clarion, PA

Theme: “SILVAH: 50 Years of Practicing Sustainable Forestry and Counting”

Location45 Holiday Inn Road, Park Inn, Clarion, PA

On Wednesday, September 20, there will be an optional field tour to Kane Experimental Forest and surrounding landscape. Topics will include: SILVAH guidelines for regeneration, vegetation management, thinning, current research on deer impact, changes in regeneration ecology, forest health, fertilization, wildlife habitat, and carbon sequestration. (Bus transportation and box lunch will be provided as part of the Optional Wednesday Field Tour. Space may be limited. Register early.)

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MOU Between The Allegheny SAF, The National Capital SAF and the SAF District 7 Representative to the National Board of Directors

This MOU was signed on January 2017, between the Allegheny Society of American Foresters (ANSAF) the National Capital Society of American Foresters (NCSAF), and the SAF District 7 Board Representative commit to providing fair and equitable leadership opportunities for the members of each unit, specifically in reference to the District 7 seat on the National Society of American Foresters Board of Directors. Download

Maryland Delaware SAF Spring Meeting 2017

 

The MD/DE Division of the Allegheny SAF will be holding their Spring meeting on May 17, 2017. The meeting will begin at the Gambrill State Park Tea Room at Middletown, MD. The meeting theme will be is Municipal Watershed Forestry & Management and will feature a morning field tour, with a BBQ lunch and finish in the afternoon with a series of informative sessions held at the Boonsboro Library.

Date: May 17, 2017, @8:30am — 3pm

Location: (AM) Gambrill State Park Tea Room at Middletown, MD / (PM) Boonsboro Library

Credits: 3.5 SAF category 1 / 2 certified arborist / 2 municipal specialist / 2 BCMA mgt / 4.0 MD LTE

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Allegheny / National Capitol SAF MOU

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Allegheny Society Of American Foresters, the National Capital Society Of American Foresters and the SAF District 7 Representative To The National Board Of Directors. Its With this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Allegheny Society of American Foresters (ANSAF) the National Capital Society of American Foresters (NCSAF), and the SAF District 7 Board Representative commit to providing fair and equitable leadership opportunities for the members of each unit, specifically in reference to the District 7 seat on the National Society of American Foresters Board of Directors.

This document is also available for downloading on the ASAF docs webpage.

Allegheny SAF Plateau Chapter Winter Meeting 2017

 

The Society of American Foresters, Plateau Chapter will hold its Winter meeting on Thursday, March 16th at the Days Inn (formally Holiday Inn) in Warren, 210 Ludlow Street, Warren, PA. This year’s main program will feature a presentation by Amanda Frederick, Resource Conservationist from the Warren County Conservation District. 

Reservations are due by Monday, March 13.

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Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2017: The Presentations

The Allegheny Society of American Foresters Winter Training was held at Wyomissing, PA, February 15-17, 2017. The theme was Rural and Urban Ecosystem Health in the Mid-Atlantic Region. You can download the agenda here. Training presentations can be downloaded below. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Plenary Talk, Steve Koehn, Director, Cooperative Forestry, USFS State & Private Forestry
  • Plenary Talk, Al Todd, Executive Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Biomass Utilization in Rural and Community Forest

Forest Management and Fire for Oak Sustainability

Lunch Talk, Matt Menashes, CEO, National SAF

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1

Integrated Forest Management

Student Forum

  • Articulating Your Value and Lessons in Leadership, Tom Davidson, Leadership Nature

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2

People and Communication

Urban Forest Data: New Applications for Communities and Managers

Banquet Dinner Presentation, John Goodall, Brandywine Conservancy *

Friday, February 17, 2017

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Community Forestry for Water Quality

Forest Health/Invasive Species

Final Plenary, James Finley, Penn State University

* — an asterisk at the end of the line indicates a presentation edited due to file size limitations


  

Working in Your Woods, A Bird's Eye View

 

The Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture and Forest Service have been working with partners (American Bird Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Audubon Pennsylvania, PA Game Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resource) to organize a free, two-day workshop in June for forest landowners: Working in Your Woods, A Bird's Eye View.
 
The first day of the workshop will bring together speakers to present:

  • Techniques to create healthy forests and help wildlife;
  • Financial incentives and programs available to landowners; and
  • Opportunities to benefit a variety of bird species, including ruffed grouse, scarlet tanager, wild turkey, cerulean warbler, American woodcock and many more.

 During the second day of the workshop, participants will visit field sites (transportation provided) to see the techniques and habitat discussed in day 1 and may have an opportunity to see birds at a bird banding site (depending on conditions).
 
Participants must register, but registration is free and lunches will be provided each day.

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Allegheny SAF Winter Training 2017

 

Allegheny Society of American Foresters Winter Training will be held at Wyomissing, PA, February 15-17, 2017. The theme focus will be Rural and Urban Ecosystem Health in the Mid-Atlantic Region.


DatesFebruary 15-17, 2017

LocationThe Inn at Reading Hotel and Conference Center

Directions: 1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Agenda/Registration: Registration (pdf) | Agenda (pdf)

Pesticide Training: Agenda (doc) or (pdf)

Tree Farm Inspector Training: Information (doc) or (pdf)

Contact: Randy Morin for more info


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Northern Hardwood Chapter SAF Winter Meeting 2017

 

The Northern Hardwood Chapter of SAF will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 PM on January 26, 2017 at the PA Lumber Museum (5660 US-6, Galeton, PA 16922).  Mike Messina and Eric Zenner from Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will be our guests for the evening. We will gather at 5:30 for a social hour, with dinner to be served at 6:30.  Following dinner, our guests will speak on silvicultural opportunities in northcentral PA (especially in the wake of Emerald Ash Borer).  The meeting will wrap up at 8:30.  Application for one CFE credit is in the works and should be available.

Dinner choices include lasagna and chicken cordon bleu.  Cost of the meal will be $15.  Payment can be made at the meeting or sent to: David Andrus, 59 Clearview Drive, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Reservations, by mail or email, are due January 20, 2017.  If responding by email you can just send a response to dandrus@generationsforestry.com with your dinner choice.  No form is required.

You are encouraged to show up early to see the museum visitor center that opened in May of 2015.  It really is a wonderful display of Pennsylvania forest history.  They have agreed to waive the use fee for the facility because SAF fits into their mission statement. They have also agreed to waive the entrance fee ($8) for anyone showing up early but will accept any donation you care to make to the museum.

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NJ College Students Study Controlled Burns on College Campus

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service conducted a controlled burn on the Galloway Campus as part of the university's forest management plan. Stockton environmental studies students were on hand to analyze how a controlled burn affects the forest including its impact on healthy trees and on the southern pine beetle.

“Controlled burns also help to protect the forest...And the campus from wildfires. The administration of the college understands how important it is to protect the facility, this is a forest with a college not a college with a forest, so it is important that folks understand that these lands require maintenance, management, [and] stewardship,”
— Bob Williams, CF/NJ SAF

Students also studied the fire itself by using a portable weather station for monitoring and recording factors like air temperature, wind speed, and relative humidity. They also buried temperature sensors in order to record flame heat and speed.

Get the full story here.

Maryland/Delaware Division Seeking Award Nominations

The Executive Board for the MD DE Division of SAF is currently reaching out to our membership to ask for nominations for any of the three annual SAF Awards (see below 1-3) due by December 5th, 2016.  Click here to view these three award options, download forms and see the list of past award winners.

AWARDS

(1) Robert W. Bauer Outstanding Service to Forestry - The purpose of this award is to give official recognition to professional achievements in forestry, and to recognize superior service to the Society of American Foresters.

(2) Forester of the Year - The purpose of this award is to give official recognition to current professional achievements in forestry, to recognize a specific accomplishment or achievement in forestry during the previous year and to demonstrate to the public that the profession is a vital and active part of the total conservation effort.

(3) Student Leadership Award - The purpose of this award is to recognize a forestry student who exemplifies the leadership capabilities desired in future forestry professionals. 

In addition, a 4th award nomination,  not due until May 15th, 2017, is also being solicited for the "PRESIDENTIAL FIELD FORESTER" That award requires submission of the required materials to the Allegheny Board of Directors representative by May 15,  and as seen on the Awards webpage.  Learn more about the Eligibility Criteria, Career Narrative and Timeline for Selection on the Awards webpage or Contact: Kelsey Delaney at (866) 897-8720 ext.202.

CONTACT

Please contact Teri Batchelor at 410-819 4121 or email teri.batchelor@maryland.gov by October 15 with any suggestions for these awards and we will work together to make it happen by the submission deadlines; December 5, 2016 and May 15, 2017.

Plateau Chapter Summer Meeting - 2016

 

The Society of American Foresters — Plateau Chapter will hold a summer meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Pittsfield, PA. The Chapter will meet at 12:30pm at the USFS Forestry Sciences Lab, National Forge Road, Irvine, PA for an afternoon field tour. 

Reservations are due by Wednesday, August 17, 2016  
Please make reservations by mail, phone, fax, or email to:
Mike McEntire, PO Box 1474, Smethport, PA 16749        
Phone: (814) 887‐5239 Fax: (814) 887‐5239 Email: mmcentire@forestinvest.com

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