Please Join Us for the 2018 Winter Training!
The Keystone Chapter of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters invites you to the Allegheny Society of American Foresters – 2018 Winter Training on February 21-23 in Gettysburg, PA. The Program Committee has put together an impressive agenda of topics and speakers focused on the theme of “Trees and People.”
Conference Facility: The Winter Training will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel just east of Gettysburg, PA. Check out the facility here.
Lodging and Room Reservations: A block of rooms is reserved at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel. Ask for the Allegheny SAF meeting rate at $99/night (plus taxes). Please note, the rooms will be held at the above rate until Monday, January 29, 2018. Rooms are not guaranteed after this date. For room reservations call the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel at (717) 339-0020 or register online.
The February 21 ice-breaker will be at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor's Center just 10 minutes away and is open only to Allegheny SAF Attendees! Check out the Museum & Visitor's Center here.
Continuing Education Credit: Receive credit for your efforts! While continuing to improve your knowledge and skills as a professional forester earn continuing education credits that apply toward Professional Certification!
Continuing Education credits: (applied for): SAF Certified Forester CFE, ISA Certified Arborist CEU, and State-specific pesticide applicator re-certification credits.
A Tree Farm Inspector Training Certification session will be held February 21 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and a Pesticide Certification Training from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. A $10 fee for each session will cover the break refreshments.
Reginald D. Forbes Art Show: Since 1974, the art show and competition has been a regular part of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters winter training with the objective of fostering and displaying the artistic abilities of foresters and their family members. All those interested are invited to submit entries. A display area for viewing artwork has been set aside convenient to the main meeting room and exhibitor area. There will be three categories for entries: photography, flat art and 3-dimensional artwork. Ribbons and certificates will be presented. Awards will be determined by the votes of the attendees. So please visit the Art Show and remember to drop your vote in the ballot box after enjoying the show. Contact Mike Kusko at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Forum and Quiz Bowl: This year the student forum will include a mingle and munch at lunch with all attendees. The Thursday afternoon session will have a graduate student research presentation and a panel of public and private forestry professionals and an ISA certified arborist who will interact with students.
Each year college students from the region’s forestry schools compete in the Quiz Bowl. This event tests the forestry knowledge of students from baccalaureate and associate degree forestry programs. We have tried to keep costs as low as possible for students and hope we receive a good response to our “Sponsor a Student” request.
Exhibitors – Sponsors: We invite you to partner with us this year! The Exhibitor/Sponsor form is available in Word and pdf formats. Options have been designed to help you choose the right level for your budget and time. As a promotional partner or technical exhibitor, you will be a key contributor to the success of our Winter Training, providing added value and interest to the program. We also ask you to consider a Sponsorship and/or a donation to the Silent Auction. The sponsorship program has been designed to provide a wide range of options for you to consider. Your support will be appreciated!
A friendly reminder that now is the time to submit your nominations for Allegheny SAFawards. We have many members within Allegheny SAF that are deserving of these awards. Our Allegheny Chair has challenged each chapter and division to submit at least one nomination for one or more of these awards. Can you help us meet that challenge?
Jonathan Kays is accepting nominations for:
- Forester of the Year
- Outstanding Service to Forestry and
- Student Leadership Award.
Award criteria and nomination forms may be found here.
The deadline has been extended until December 12.
Please forward your nominations to Jonathan Kays at email@example.com.
The Allegheny SAF 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Draft is available for review and comments. The Vision statement reads, The Allegheny SAF – primarily working through its local divisions and chapters – will become the premier widely sought after and frequently accessed organization by those seeking information, knowledge, and recommendations on the sustainable management of our dynamic forests, waters, wildlife, and other natural forest resources, and their relationship to society.
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The Maryland/Delaware SAF Division will hold their 2017 Fall event on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Catonsville College Baltimore of County.
CCBC Center for the Arts
800 S Rolling Rd
Catonsville MD 21228
Parking: Lot#3 SW of Center for the Arts
Agenda & Registration: click here
CCBC Campus Map: click here
You can register online by clicking the buttons below.
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”
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.)
Info/Registration: Agenda & Registration info
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
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
Info/Registration: download click here (PDF)
Maryland / Delaware SAF T-shirts
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.
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.
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
- Urban Wood Utilization, Ed Cesa, USDA Forest Service
- Baltimore Case Study, Mike Galvin, SavATree Consulting Group
- Wood to Energy: Biomass Utilization, Lew McCreery, USDA Forest Service
Forest Management and Fire for Oak Sustainability
- Why We Need Prescribed Fire, Pat McElhenny, The Nature Conservancy
- Prescribed Fire: Challenges in PA, Todd Breininger, PA DCNR
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Forest Mngt, Merlin Benner, Remote Intelligence, LLC
Lunch Talk, Matt Menashes, CEO, National SAF
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1
Integrated Forest Management
- Integrate Wildlife and Forest Management, Jeff Larkin, Indiana University of PA
- Alternative Products from Riparian Buffers, Tracy Coulter, PA Bureau of Forestry
- Large-landscape Forest Management, Ben Jones, PA Game Commission
- Articulating Your Value and Lessons in Leadership, Tom Davidson, Leadership Nature
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2
People and Communication
- Outreach for Kittatinny Ridge Preservation, Kim Murphy, Berks Nature
- Community Forest Program, Jim Bonesteel, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance
Urban Forest Data: New Applications for Communities and Managers
- Applications of Urban Tree Canopy Data, Sarah Low, USDA Forest Service
- i-Tree Landscape, Jason Henning, Davey Institute and USDA Forest Service
- Forest Restoration in an Urban Context, Curtis Helm/Tom Witmer, City of Philadelphia *
Banquet Dinner Presentation, John Goodall, Brandywine Conservancy *
Friday, February 17, 2017
Morning Concurrent Sessions
Community Forestry for Water Quality
- Stormwater Management in Lancaster, Douglas Smith, City of Lancaster
- Soil Management for Urban Trees, Susan Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
- Urban Watershed Management, Bob Adams, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society *
Forest Health/Invasive Species
- Hemlock in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Mary Ann Fajvan, USDA Forest Service
- Important Invasive Pests in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Randall Morin, USDA Forest Service
- Invasives Management with Herbicides, Todd Hagenbuch, Arborchem Products
Final Plenary, James Finley, Penn State University
* — an asterisk at the end of the line indicates a presentation edited due to file size limitations
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.
Details: download for more info
Registration: click here
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.
Dates: February 15-17, 2017
Directions: 1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610
Contact: Randy Morin for more info
Please submit a registration form even if online registration (PayPal) is used for payment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.