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This program has been approved for SAF Continuing Education credits: 9.5 credits Cat. 1
Monday, May 9, 2016
Optional Field Tour to Local Community Forests
The community forest field tour will leave from the World Forestry Center at 8:00 am on May 9. We will visit the Mt. Adams Community Forest in Glenwood, WA and Hood River County Forest in Hood River, OR. The tour will conclude around 2:00 pm, and we will return to the World Forestry Center at 4:00 pm. There are approximately 25 seats available on the field tour, and reservations will be booked on a first-come first-served basis. The bus is equipped with WiFi and has a restroom on board. The tour price includes transportation, two guided field tours, lunch, and snacks.
Depart for Mt. Adams Resource Stewards
Field Tour of Mt. Adams Community Forest by MARS Staff
Depart for Hood River
Field Tour and Sack Lunch in Hood River
Depart for Portland
Arrive at the World Forestry Center
Opening Reception at WFC Discovery Museum
Welcome and Speaker Introduction
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Bull, University of British Columbia
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar inside one of Portland’s major tourist attractions, the
World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Forum at Cheatham Hall
Continental Breakfast in Cheatham Hall
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Overview of Day
Jay McLaughlin, Mt Adams Resource Stewards
Lessons Learned: Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Community Forest Projects
A community forest project manager will share his/her experience in trying to build a successful community forest, focusing on the key issues and barriers to attracting major investment and/or scaling up community forest projects. The in-depth presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion around finding innovative solutions to the barriers presented.
Rebecca Brown, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
Community Forests: Perspectives from Local and County Officials
Local and county officials who have direct experience in implementing a community forest project will describe the benefits those projects brought to their communities. They will share how they addressed administrative, financial, legal, and other challenges as they implemented projects, and will offer advice for how to garner public support for community forest projects.
Mark Webb, Blue Mountains Forest Partners
Steve McClure, County Commissioner
Todd Gartner, World Resources Institute
Concurrent Panels: Choose One
Telling the Story of Community Forests
A panel of communications experts will offer strategies and opinions about how to most effectively market the benefits of community forests to a diversity of audiences.
Becky Engel, Grady Britton
Tim Raphael, Strategy 360
Carolyn Holland, Ecotrust
Managing a Community Forest
A forester from a successful working community forest will present their management strategy and discuss how it fits into or differs from management on other land ownerships.
Erik Leslie, Harrop-Proctor Community Forest
Solving the Financing and Funding Puzzle, Year Three
This panel will review the funding strategies currently available to community forest projects, discuss creative financing mechanisms in play, identify changes in the funding arena since last year’s panel, and offer thoughts on how to expand or improve upon existing funding mechanisms.
Scott Stewart, USFS Washington Office
Kirsten Kilchenstein, Oregon Community Foundation
Sarah Mahlab, Canopy
Jeff Nejedly, WA Department of Ecology
Outcomes from the Day and Next Steps
This session will be used to summarize key themes and lessons from the day as well as outline potential action items and focus areas for the Northwest Community Forest Coalition for next year.