Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop

June 10 & 11, 2019

Located at CH2M Alumni Center, Oregon State University

It has now been over a decade since the topic of early seral forest emerged as a central theme in forest management in the PNW. Since then, agencies have begun to implement management techniques for creating and maintaining this forest type. Scientists and managers – primarily on state and industrial lands – have also collaborated to implement several broad-scale science efforts that test the efficacy of various early seral management techniques.

The event will include scientists, landowners, agencies, forest practitioners, non-profit organizations, and all those interested in the topic of early seral. 

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  1. Present recent scientific findings on the topic of early seral forests in the PNW as they apply to management.

  2. Identify areas of agreement among agencies and other landowners on how to define and manage for early seral forests.

  3. Collaboratively identify information gaps, and conservation and management challenges that are relevant to practitioners and scientists.

  4. Outline key hypotheses that form a research agenda for the coming decade.

Society of American Foresters (SAF) Credits Available

The Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop has been approved for the following SAF Credits:

June 10th Workshop - 8.0 CFE Hours & June 11th Field Tour – 4.0 CFE Hours

June 10th- Alumni Center

7:30am: Registration opens (coffee provided)

Setting the stage: Context for early seral in the PNW

8:15am: Welcome and introduction: Science and management of early seral biodiversity in the PNW - Matt Betts (Oregon State University)

8:35am: Defining the messy stage of forest development: recognizing distinctive early seral compositional and structural attributes - Mark Swanson (Washington State University)

8:55am: Early seral complex ‘pre-forest’ and the prognosis for its future on federal lands - Jerry Franklin (University of Washington)

9:15am: Conservation and management of young stands in the Pacific Northwest- AJ Kroll (Weyerhaeuser)

Disturbance and early seral

9:35am: Exploring the natural range of early seral habitat abundance in Western Washington Cascades - Dan Donato (Washington Department of Natural Resources)

9:55am: Fire ecology and early seral (pre-) forest ecosystems: learning through the lens of fire refugia, interacting disturbances, and disturbance ecology - Meg Krawchuk (Oregon State University)

10:15am: Early seral vegetation dynamics: from simple to complex - Scott Harris (Oregon State University)

10:35am: Break

Species responses to early seral management

10:50am: Negative effects of intensive forest management on birds dissipate rapidly during succession - Jake Verschuyl (NCASI )

11:10am: A snag with a view – habitat for purple martins and other cavity-nesters in early forest - Joan Hagar (USGS)

11:30am: Herbivory and ecological processes- Thomas Stokely (Oregon State University)

11:50am: Seeing the (early seral) forest for the bees: research needs for pollinators in managed conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest - Jim Rivers (Oregon State University)

12:10pm: Habitat is in the eye of the bee-holder: Early seral forest created by wildfire supports wild bee diversity in a fire-adapted landscape - Sara Galbraith (Oregon State University)

12:30pm: Quantifying tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity, timber, and revenue in early seral plantation forests - Urs Kormann and Matt Betts

1:00pm: Lunch (provided)

2:00pm: Panel Discussion with Pat Wheeler (OSWA), Jenniffer Bakke (Hancock Forest Management), Nick Palazzotto (ODF), Cheryl Friesen (USFS), and Abe Wheeler (BLM).

3:00pm: Break

3:15pm: Facilitated Discussion

5:15pm: Closing remarks

5:30pm: Social time with cash-bar beverages and complimentary hors d'oeuvres

6:00pm: Evening Lecture by David Lindenmayer (Australian National University)- Biodiversity in managed forests

*Live-streaming will be available for the program 8:15am - 5:15pm. Check back to this webpage later for the link!

June 11th: Optional Field Tour

Join us as we explore early seral habitat on private industrial forest lands and managed BLM lands.

6:30am: Meet in the west parking lot of Richardson Hall - coffee and pastries provided

7:00am: Depart Richardson Hall and travel to Stop 1

8-10am: Stop 1- Intensive Forest Management Study & Hancock Forest Management

  • Birding activity and management comparisons

  • Introduction of Hancock management by Jenniffer Bakke and Area Forester

  • Research updates by Jake Verschuyl, Jim Rivers, Thomas Stokely and Matt Betts

10-11:20am: Load Vans and travel to Stop 2

11:30am - 1:30pm: Stop 2- BLM Variable Retention Harvest unit

  • Lunch

  • Presentation from Abe Wheeler on BLM Resource Management Plan

  • Presentation from BLM Forester on Silvicultural Options

  • Unit walk-through and discussion

1:30pm: Summary, load vans and travel back to OSU

2:30pm: Tour concludes at OSU. Optional no-host happy hour to continue discussion. Details announced at tour