Sessions (Forestry)

The Focus on Forestry sessions and topics for 2015 are shown below. We are still finalizing our speakers and topics for 2016, so be sure to check back!

 Time  Session / Topics
10:30 a.m.           Existing Opportunities in Forestry
  • Why Practice Active Forestry - Presenter: Duane Weston, Former Mgr., Pilchuck Tree Farm, Arlington
  • Existing Product Markets - Presenter: Wally Michalec, Michalec & Associates Consulting Forestry
  • Mushrooms as Alternative Products - Presenter: Zsofia Pasztor, LID Designer & Horticulturist
  • Agroforestry Opportunities - Presenter: Matt Van Boven, Owner of Feral Farm & Raven Star Farm
  • Forest Harvesting Options - Presenter: Gordon Iverson, Thinning Manager, Timber Tec, Inc.
11:30 a.m.      Future Job & Market Opportunities
  • Forest Operations and Labor Opportunities - Presenter: Gordon Iverson, Timber Tec, Inc. 
  • Professional & Technical Labor Opportunities - Presenters: Michelle Trudeau, U. of WA, and Oak Rankin, WSU Extension
  • Future Forest Market Possibilities - Presenter: Skip Swenson, Forterra, VP of Policy & Green Cities
3:00 p.m.      Westside Forest Health
  • Entomology Issues - Presenter: Glenn Kohler, WA DNR Forest Entomologist
  • Forest Pathology Issues - Presenter: Robert L. Edmonds, Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of WA
  • Tree Spacing Issues - Presenter: Peter Hurd, WA DNR, NW Silviculturalist
4:00 p.m.      Forestry Needs Discussion
  • Darrington Collaborative - Presenter: Paul Wagner - Atterbury Consultants, Inc., Forester
  • Building a Successful Future Together (Facilitated) - Presenter: Gene Duvernoy, Pres., FORTERRA