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2022 NORTHWEST INNOVATIVE FORESTRY SUMMIT

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2 | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PACK FOREST | EATONVILLE, WA

CONNECTING THE FUTURE OF OUR FORESTS & COMMUNITIES

After a successful debut as a virtual summit in 2021, Northwest Innovative Forestry Summit is returning in 2022 — this time in person — at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest!

The Pacific Northwest region benefits from a long, deep, and often underappreciated history of experimentation and innovation in its forest sector. Current challenges call us to better understand both current and past examples of forestry innovation, and to chart a course for improving sustainable forest management through partnerships and problem solving.

The Summit is a venue for regional learning, exchange and ongoing cooperation to advance and celebrate innovation in all aspects of forestry and forest-related work in our region. Join a diverse mix of Northwesterners for a three-day exploration of the past, present and future role of innovation in our forests and forestry. Each day will include a series of themed presentations and discussions exploring all dimensions of innovation in modern forestry.

We invite natural resource professionals, students and educators, and members of NGOs, private or public organizations to join us next March for three days of forestry education and innovation in the woods. Overnight accommodations are available at Pack Forest – see details below. 

REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 2022

Scholarships for reduced registration fees are available for some students. See below for more information.

EVENT DETAILS

Event starts: Friday, September 30, 2022 4:00pm
Event ends: Sunday, October 2, 2022 12:00pm
Location: University of Washington’s Pack Forest, 9010 453rd St E, Eatonville, WA 98328

AGENDA

The event organizers are hard at work planning a Summit agenda packed with lectures and discussions led by forestry professionals, educators, leaders, and innovators. The Summit will also include field tours, small-group sessions, and evening community-building activities that will provide opportunities for participants to meet, discuss, and collaborate. A tentative agenda for the summit is will be available in late June 2022.

HOUSING & REGISTRATION FEES

Overnight housing at Pack Forest is available for registrants. Pack Forest’s shingle-clad cabins, dorms, and apartments are clustered around the main event buildings and surrounded on all sides by forest. Full event registration includes homemade meals prepared by Pack Forest’s on-site kitchen.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of scholarships to help reduce the burden of registration fees are available for college and university students. Scholarships can only be applied to full event registrations (not Friday-only registrations).

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who would like to apply for a scholarship, please stay tuned for the scholarship application form, which will open in late June 2022.

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING AT THE SUMMIT?

All members of the forestry and affiliated communities are invited to contribute to the Summit by sharing their experience and knowledge.  If you are interested in presenting at the Summit, please contact membership (at) forestguild.org.

QUESTIONS?

Please email membership (at) forestguild.org if you have questions about the event, accommodations, or anything else. 

SUMMIT ORGANIZERS

APRIL 2022 VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES (COMPLETED)

In April 2022 we held a month-long series of virtual sessions that acted as a precursor to the in-person Summit at Pack Forest in the fall. These events were be a mix of presentation and discussion. You can view recordings of the events at the links below. 

The Society of American Foresters has approved each virtual session for 1.5 hours of Category 1 SAF credits. 

Living with Change: Discussing Future Challenges and Opportunities

Date: April 7, 2022
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm PT
Moderator: Klaus Puettmann, Oregon State University

The goal of the session is for participants to share what changes they see on the horizon for forestry, gain an understanding of the associated challenges, and collect ideas how we can best deal with those changes. The session starts with a brief summary of results from a survey about the ecological, economic, and social changes respondents see as challenges or opportunities for our region. Participants will then discuss changes in smaller groups.

The Co-evolving Story and Stewardship of Northwest Forests

Date: April 14, 2022
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm PT
Moderator: Seth Zuckerman, Northwest Natural Resource Group

Like beauty, ecological integrity and forest productivity are in the eye of the beholder. Those madronas growing among the Douglas-fir — are they competitors or cooperators? That forested park — is it a wildlife refuge or a tinderbox of excess fuel for wildfires? Not only is forest stewardship changing, so are the stories we tell ourselves about the forest and our place in it. This panel will take stock of how the narrative about forestry has shifted both within the forestry community and in the larger public arena.

Diversifying Forest Revenue and Values: What’s the Same and What’s Changing?

Date: April 21, 2022
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm PT
Moderator: Greg Ettl, University of Washington

Carbon credits, wood-based certifications, non-timber forest products, conservation finance, and ecotourism are some examples of financial opportunities that forest landowners consider to diversify revenue streams – but these opportunities are not always lucrative. How are the opportunities and markets for forest owners changing or staying the same? Join us for a panel discussion on which opportunities are fulfilling their promise to landowners and which are falling short.

Working Together: New Partnerships in Forest Ownership and Conservation

This session has ended. Click here to watch a recording of the session.

Date: April 28, 2022
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm PT
Moderator: Wendy Gerlach, Gerlach Law

Flux in forest ownership has long been a reality and driving force in the Northwest. We are in a period of relatively rapid ownership transition and the outcomes continue to shape both the forests and forest-dependent communities. All across our region people, organizations, agencies and businesses are finding innovative ways to work cooperatively together toward common goals for forests and human communities. In this session we will explore the role of innovation and lessons learned from case studies, in varying levels of maturation, from across our region. Participants will be invited to consider how these lessons might be applied throughout our region.

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Connecting the Future of our Forests & Communities

The Pacific Northwest region benefits from a long, deep, and often underappreciated history of experimentation and innovation in its forest sector. Current challenges call us to better understand both current and past examples of forestry innovation, and to chart a course for improving sustainable forest management through partnerships and problem solving.

The Summit is a venue for regional learning, exchange and ongoing cooperation to advance and celebrate innovation in all aspects of forestry and forest-related work in our region. 

After a successful debut as a virtual summit in 2021, Northwest Innovative Forestry Summit is returning in 2022. Originally, this event was to take place in-person at the end of March, at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest in Eatonville. However, after receiving feedback about Covid-19 concerns from members of the forestry community, we have decided to postpone the in-person portion of the event to fall 2022. More details about the in-person event at Pack Forest will be available here in summer 2022. 

April 2022 Virtual Event Series

In April 2022 we will be launching a month-long series of virtual sessions that will act as a precursor to the in-person Summit at Pack Forest in the fall. These events will be a mix of presentation and discussion, and will act as a precursor for the Fall 2022 in-person summit program. Find more details about the virtual event series below. 

Date & Time:
Every Thursday in April, 3.30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT

Location: 
On Zoom (register to receive Zoom link)

Topics: 
April 7: Living with Change: Discussing Future Challenges and Opportunities
April 14: Collaboration and Partnerships in Forest Ownership Transitions
April 21: Future Forest Markets: Diversifying Revenue Streams
April 28: Northwest Forestry in Public Discourse and Consciousness

Full topic descriptions and speaker bios coming soon…

How to register: 
Register for each individual event below. Attendees will receive a link to the Zoom meeting a few days before the event. 

Living with Change: Discussing Future Challenges and Opportunities

April 7, 2022
3:30pm-5:00pm PT

Collaboration and Partnerships in Forest Ownership Transitions

April 14, 2022
3:30pm-5:00pm PT

Future Forest Markets: Diversifying Revenue Streams

April 21, 2022
3:30pm-5:00pm PT

Northwest Forestry in Public Discourse and Consciousness

April 28, 2022
3:30pm-5:00pm PT

Fall 2022 Northwest Innovative Forestry Summit (In-Person)

Plans for an in-person 3-day in-person summit are underway for fall 2022. The summit will likely take place at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest near Eatonville, Washington. 

Overnight housing at Pack Forest will be available for registrants. Pack Forest’s shingle-clad cabins, dorms, and apartments are clustered around the main event buildings and surrounded on all sides by forest. Full event registration will include homemade meals prepared by Pack Forest’s on-site kitchen. More information about housing and registration fees will be updated below as we near the Summit dates.

Interested in leading a session or presentation at the fall in-person Northwest Innovative Forestry Summit? 

All members of the forestry and affiliated communities are invited to contribute to the Summit by sharing their experience and knowledge.  If you are interested in presenting at the Summit, please contact membership (at) forestguild.org.

Questions?

Please email membership (at) forestguild.org if you have questions about the event, accommodations, or anything else. 

Summit organizers