Workshop: Forest Planning Methods – September 2016

Forest Planning and Harvest Scheduling Methods under Constraints.

Start on September 21 beginning at 10:00am through September 23 at 3:00pm, 2016

This Workshop will emphasize Harvest Scheduling and Long-term Silvicultural Planning.  Each participant will come away with a state-of-the-art understanding for developing and implementing long-term forest management operational plans.  Emphasis includes importance of harvest scheduling integration with inventory and silvicultural methods, alternative silvicultural regimes, site productivity, regeneration, operating costs, revenue and discounted cash flows.  Detailed examples will identify impacts of stand versus forest-wide optimization strategies.  If you own, manage or are concerned about inventory, GIS linkages, silviculture and harvest planning for a forested land base then this workshop is for you or your Planning Forester.

Do you know the sustainable capacity of your working forest?  Do you know the operational growth capacity of your forest under alternative silvicultural regimes?  Do you know which stands should be scheduled for harvest in the next five years on a net revenue basis?  Do you know the species and log-size mix coming off of your land base in the next five-year period.  Can you explain these planning alternatives with confidence to your manager, owner, board or council?

The objective of this workshop is to understand and apply a stand-based growth and silviculture modeling approach for all forest-wide silviculture and planning analyses.  This workshop is for all Inventory, GIS, Silviculture and Planning Foresters.  Each participant will be provided a computer, forest database, software and documentation with which we will develop each step and component over the three-day workshop.  This workshop is designed for up to 24 participants, so confirm your registration early.  The combined workshop documentation and inventory database developed during this workshop will provide each participant with the tools and insight to carry out similar analyses upon returning to your own office.

Spatial constraints of wildlife nesting sites and riparian buffers have become prominent factors when analyzing forest harvest capacity.  Not all forest planning approaches are sufficiently sensitive to these constraints.  Direct comparisons of results will be developed for some popular alternative planning software packages (e.g., FPS and Remsoft’s Woodstock).

Lodging: The Workshop is scheduled September 21 – 23, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hotel near Lloyd Center in Portland, Oregon.  No room block has been reserved this eventThere are also numerous lodging facilities within close proximity. You are responsible for your own accommodations.

Cancellations: Workshops are cancelled if fewer than 7 participants sign up. Refunds are not provided if cancellations are made less than 7 business days before the first day of the workshop.

Instructors:      James D. Arney, Ph.D. and Brock Purvis.  These instructors have over fifty years of experience in operational forest planning, silviculture and inventory.  This happens to be the 50th workshop conducted by Dr. Arney in the past twenty years.

2016 Forest Planning Workshop – Schedule & Registration