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Natural Disasters -- How Managers Prepare,
Foresters Respond, and Forests Recover

Appalachian Society of American Foresters
94th Annual Winter Meeting

January 21-23, 2015


Wed, Jan 21th, 2015    
  2:15-5:30 pm -

Pre-Conference Leadership Workshop -. “Fostering and Engaging Leadership in an Organization” by defining essential elements of good leaders; how to build an effective team; and sustaining engagement. Fee $10 ($20 after January 7, 2015).  Space is limited, so there will be a no-refund policy for this pre conference workshop. (3.0 hours Cat. 2-CFE)


Thu, Jan 22, 2015    
  9:30 am-1:00 pm - Spouse Tours: State House Grounds and Governor’s Mansion tours with a ‘dutch treat’ lunch at a local restaurant in The Vista.  Other than your lunch there is no fee for the tours.  However, to make plans please register for this activity or contact Red Anderson (spouse tour chair) at jranderson@fs.fed.us
      Technical Session I - Extreme Weather: How Managers Prepare, Foresters Respond, and Forests Recover (4.0 hours Category 1-CFE)
  7:00-8:00 am - Continental Breakfast (included in registration fees)**
  8:00-8:15 am - Call to Order, Welcom and Opening Remarks - Mike Wetzel, SC Division Chair and Meeting Chair
  8:15-9:00 am - Changing Climatic Factors and Long-Term Extreme Weather Predictions , Hope Mizzell, South Carolina State Climatologist, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, SC.
PDF of presentation: 1 slide per page; 3 slides per page
  9:00-9:30 am -

Southeast Forester’s Survey: What Foresters are Observing about Weather and Climate, Mark Megalos, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
PDF of presentation: 1 slide per page; 3 slides per page

  9:30-10:00 am - PineMap and Forestry Responses to Global Climate Change, Dr. Thomas Fox, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
PDF of presentation: 1 slide per page; 3 slides per page
  10:00-10:30 am - Refreshment Break**
  10:30-11:15 am -

Rapid Assessment of Timber Damage Caused By Major Storms Utilizing FIA data, Bill Burkman, Southern Research Station, FIA Program Manager, Knoxville, TN.
PDF of presentation: 1 slide per page; 3 slides per page

  11:15-11:45 am - ForWarn Forest Monitoring System – Recognizing Gradual Loss of Forest Resilience Using Continuous Satellite-Based Monitoring, Steve Norman, Eastern Threat Center, USDA Forest Service, Asheville, NC.
PDF of presentation: 1 slide per page; 3 slides per page
  11:45 am-12:15 pm - Case Study on Using Federal Funds to Restore Forestland Following Natural Disasters; Shane Harrington, Texas Forest Service, College Station, TX.
PDF of presentation: 1 slide per page; 3 slides per page
  12:15-12:45 pm -

Hurricanes, Fire and Human Population Growth: Land Management Implications and Lessons Learned on the Francis Marion National Forest, Mark Danaher, Francis Marion National Forest, Huger, SC.

  12:45-2:00 pm - Awards Luncheon**
  2:00-3:30 pm - Student Forum - A panel discussion with representatives from various professions within the field of forestry (utilities, extension service, state and federal) to provide a semi-structured opportunity for students to interact with professionals allowing them to ask the panel members questions in regard to their professions.  There will be short presentations by each of the professionals (7-10 minutes each) followed by a chance for students to ask questions of the professionals.
  2:15-3:30 pm - APSAF Business Meeting
  3:45-4:30 pm - State Division Meetings
  5:00-6:00 pm - Alumni Socials
  6:00-7:30 pm - APSAF Social

Fri, Jan 23, 2015   Technical Session II - Extreme Wildfires (3.0 hours Category 1-CFE)
  7:00-8:00 am - Full Breakfast**
  8:00-8:10 am - Opening Remarks - Tony Doster, APSAF Chair
  8:10-8:45 am -

Wildfire Disaster Funding Act and National SAF Policy Update, Danielle Watson, Asst. Director of Policy, SAF, Washington D.C.

  8:45-9:15 am - Is Prescribed Fire Still a Valid and Useful Forestry Tool?, Dean Simon, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC.
  9:15-9:45 am - What is Your Wildfire Risk? Using the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SouthWrap) to Evaluate Wildfire Risk in Your Community, Darryl Jones, Forest Protection Chief, SC Forestry Commission, Columbia, SC
  9:45-10:15 am - Refreshment Break**
  10:15-10:45 pm - Wildfires and Fuels Mitigation in the Wildland Urban Interface.  Fred Turck, Virginia Div. of Forestry, Waverly, VA.
  10:45-11:15 pm -

Forest Health: How are the Forests Surviving and Changing with Climate? Kevin Potter, USDA Forest Service.

  11:15-11:45 am - There is a Great Disturbance in the Forest. Robert Trickel, NC Forest Service & Laurie Reid, SC Forestry Commission
  12:00 pm - Passing of the Gavel / Meeting Adjourns