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Webinars for Foresters

ATFS is committed to provide our network of Inspecting Forester with the tools they need, including continuing education opportunities.  Foresters are always invited to join our ATFS Webinar Series for Family Forest Owners but we do offer some webinars specifically for foresters.  Forester webinars will be announced here and sent out to our email list of Foresters. 

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Dynamics of Family Forest Ownership in the United States

The National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) is conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Inventory & Analysis program as the social complement to its biophysical inventory.  The NWOS is aimed at understanding who owns the forests of the United States, why they own it, what they have done with it in the past, and what they plan to do with it in the future.  On a recurring basis, self-administered surveys are sent to randomly-selected private forest owners from across the U.S.  In 2011, the NWOS began to resample points for the first time.  The previous surveys of these points were conducted between 2002 and 2006.  If the same ownership owned the sample point, they were resurveyed; if there was a new ownership at the sample point, they were surveyed for the first time.  These results will provide the most comprehensive examination of family forest ownership dynamics in the U.S. to date.  Topics that will be explored include parcellation and changes in forest owners’ attitudes, behaviors, and demographics.  This information should prove useful to state forestry agencies, policy makers, educators, researchers, forest landowner organizations, and anyone who is interested in understanding forest owners and/or interacting with them.

Presenter's Bio

Dr. Brett Butler has worked for the USDA Forest Service since 1998.  In 2000, he joined the Forest Inventory and Analysis program at the Northern Research Station where he co-directs the Family Forest Research Center (FFRC) and coordinates the National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS).  The FFRC is a joint venture between the USDA Forest Service and the University of Massachusetts Amherst charged with conducting and coordinating research to increase our understanding of family forest owners’ attitudes, behaviors, needs, concerns, and demographics.  The NWOS was established to determine who owns the forests of the U.S., why they own forests, and what they intend to do with it.  Dr. Butler received a Doctoral degree from Oregon State University in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut in 1995.



One Plan to Manage Them All: Understanding and Using the Uniform Forest Management Plan Template and Guidelines

Helping woodland owners meet growing management plan requirements, there just must be a simpler way, and there is.  With the advent of the nationally recognized Uniform Forest Management Plans Template and guidelines, helping forestry landowners meet management plan requirements of the American Tree Farm System, Conservation Programs sponsored by the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Stewardship Plan requirements of the U.S. Forest Service just became much simpler. 

Presenter's Bio

RICHARD A. FLETCHER- Professor Emeritus, Oregon State University, and National Chair, AFF Certification Committee  Rick has more than 40 years experience doing woodland management planning, as well as training foresters and others to do management planning.  As a 32 year member of the OSU Extension faculty, Fletcher taught many different types of seminars and workshops, including management planning classes for forestry professionals.  In addition, he developed a mentored management plan process for woodland owners.  He has been a leader in a current Oregon management plan project which is bringing together all major forestry and wildlife agencies and organizations to form a uniform planning template that can be used by all.  Returning to his rural roots, he and wife Peggy live on and manage Eagles View Forestry, a 100 acre AFF certified Tree Farm and Christmas tree business.