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2018 Winter Meeting - NorCal/SoCal SAF

Northern California Society of American Foresters

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM (PST)

2018 Winter Meeting - NorCal/SoCal SAF

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California Society of American Foresters


2018 Winter Meeting - “High-Tech Forestry”


Thursday, February 22nd & Friday, February 23rd  


Livermore, CA

If you have been thinking that you’d like to check out the latest in high-tech tools for managing forests in California, you may want to attend the 2018 Winter Meeting to see what’s out there.  “High-Tech Forestry” will be the topic of our annual winter meeting of the California Society of American Foresters, as we explore the latest technology in resource management along with new uses of older tools.   The 2018 winter meeting will be held in Livermore, CA and will include discussions of some of the new technology used in forestry and other resource management areas. We look forward to an excellent dialog about the future of resource evaluation and monitoring with all members of the California forestry and forest conservation community. 

Thursday will start off with the Executive Committee (EC) meeting of the newly reunited California SAF.  The EC meeting be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, 720 Las Flores Rd. in Livermore.  The meeting is open to all interested individuals.

Thursday evening from 5-7pm, there will be a no-host social gathering at the Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, 4771 Arroyo Vista, Suite B.   This will be an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet individuals from around the state.

Fridays conference will be held at the Cresta Blanca Room at the Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Event Center located at 5050 Arroyo Road in Livermore.  The conference will start with a brief view of where we’ve been presented by the CaSAF Oral History Project.  This will be followed by talks from the worlds of Government, Academia, and Private industry on topics including the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, conducting biomass, carbon, and fuel calculations from remote sensing platforms.

Mark your calendars now and register for the 2018 California SAF Winter Meeting. Join us to look at the future of forest technology in California at the Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA. Come early and enjoy the many wineries and other attractions in the Livermore and east Bay area.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel:    720 Las Flores Rd. Livermore, CA  

Group Rates: February 21 and 22, $139 (plus tax), includes 2 full breakfasts per night

Call 1 (925) 443-4950 and ask for Society of American Foresters:

February 21st  Code: 84007767

February 22nd Code: 88206455


Questions? Contact Kevin Locke at


2018 Winter Meeting Agenda


Thursday, February 22nd

Thursday – February 22nd         Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. ­-12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

12:00 p.m. ­-1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting continued


Thursday – February 22nd    Evening Social  5 - 7 pm

 No host evening social at the Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, 4771 Arroyo Vista, Suite B, Livermore

Many types of craft beer will be available plus light appetizers, outside food is allowed to be brought in

Friday, February 23rd

Friday – February 23rd  Conference in Cresta Blanca Room at Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Event Center                    

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration (Breakfast is on your own)

8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. Welcome

8:35 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. Oral History Project – Where we came from: Wendy Snyder

9:05 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Rules/Regulations for Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems:  TBA, FAA

9:35 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Integrated Technology in Education: Dr. Erin Kelly, HSU (invited)

10:05 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Break and drone demonstration

10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Use of UASs in Natural Resource Management:  Sean Hogan and Andy Lyons, UC

11:25 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Applications for bringing your data into the project:  TBA, ESRI

11:55 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Awards, and Raffle

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dogs and Drones: Harvest Viera and TBA, CDFW

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Remote Sensing for Forest Inventory:  Zack Parisa, Silviaterra

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break

2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Advancements in Remote Sensing of Forests for Operational Applications: Carlos Ramirez, USFS Remote Sensing Lab

3:35 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Measuring Forest and Fuel Characteristics using Terrestrial LiDAR: Jonathan Greenberg,                                        USFS Remote Sensing Lab

4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing comments


CFE credits will be available from the Society of American Foresters

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Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Event Center
5050 Arroyo Road
Livermore, CA

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM (PST)

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Northern California Society of American Foresters

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501 (c) (3). SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.

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