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.
The Rothrock Chapter of the Allegheny SAF has announced their Winter meeting.
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Sue Tantsits, Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery, “Restoring Land with Native Plants”
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.
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.
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MD/DE SAF will be hosting our Fall meeting at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills MD on November 10, 2016. The meeting theme is Adapting to New Climates for Forests and Invasive Species. Click here to download the agenda and registration form.
Online registration can be made from the MD/DE webpage. The last day to register online is November 9, 2016.
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.
(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.
Please contact Teri Batchelor at 410-819 4121 or email email@example.com 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.