Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2018

We are all aware of many of the forest health challenges facing Oregon. Stories about megafires and sudden oak death outbreaks have been in the news. We are familiar with tree mortality in our forests. An upcoming conference will update participants on the current condition of Oregon’s forests, forest health trends, challenges, current research, and silvicultural solutions.

The Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2018 conference will be held February 28-March 1 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University. Geared to foresters, forest managers, woodland owners, students, and others with an interest in forest health, the conference will provide a blend of current information and practical applications on how to manage a healthy forest.

On the first day of the conference, participants will learn the latest information about how wildlife, insects and diseases, non-native invasive species, climate change, and other factors affect forests in Oregon.

On the second day, the morning segment showcases current fire research in a format of eight 15-minute talks. Topics include collaborative fuels management, fire severity effects on native bees, fire exclusion impacts, and pre- and post-fire dynamics in the western Oregon Cascades. In the afternoon session, speakers will discuss an analysis of tree mortality based on FIA plots and where and why it seems to be occurring, drought impacts on forest health, operational implications when managing for forest health, and other silvicultural perspectives. The conference closes out with a moderated discussion on the future of forest health.

Questions related to the program can be directed to Dave Shaw, OSU College of Forestry,


February 28- March 1, 2018

Conference Agenda

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Register before February 20 to receive the early-bird registration fee of $150; after February 20, the registration fee is $200. Student registration is free, but for planning purposes, we ask that students register if they plan to eat lunch. Students can attend as many or as few sessions as they would like.

Cancellations: Cancellations received by February 20 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after February 20 will be charged the full registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Registration questions can be directed to Melinda Olson, SAF Northwest Office,

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Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made 7 days in advance of any scheduled event to


Scholarships are available for Master Woodland Managers. Please contact Tiffany Fegel ( for more information.

SAF CFE Credits

By attending this conference, participants are eligible for 13.0 Category 1 credits through the Society of American Foresters. Check in at the registration desk to sign in to receive credits. Check in at the registration desk to sign in to receive credits.


Several hotels are available in Corvallis. For a list, please visit the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here. The Hilton Garden Inn (541-752-5000) is within walking distance to the LaSells Stewart Center. Parking is free in the hotel lot for registered guests.

Sponsored By

The Forest Health 2018 conference is sponsored by OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension (College of Forestry). Co-sponsors include Oregon Forest Resources Institute; Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee; Oregon Small Woodlands Association; Oregon Tree Farm System; Northwest Fire Science Consortium; and the Society of American Foresters.

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Contact Us

Program questions: Dave Shaw, OSU College of Forestry, 541-737-2845,

Registration questions: Melinda Olson, SAF Northwest Office, 503-224-8046,

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