Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop

June 10 & 11, 2019

Located at CH2M Alumni Center (725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331), 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.


“New perspectives on early successional forest” presented by

David Lindenmayer

June 10 from 6-7pm at CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Free & Open to the Public

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: A tale of timber and hungry herbivores – the interactive role of wild ungulates and herbicides in driving early seral regeneration in managed forests- 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)- New perspectives on early successional forest

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



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