Alaska SAF

2018 Alaska SAF Annual Meeting

2018 Alaska SAF and Alaska Northern Forest Cooperative Annual Meeting

April 12-14, 2018

Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, 1850 Hoselton Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska

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Program (updated 3/21/18)

Day 1 - Thursday, April 12

Breakfast on your own

9:00 – Noon    AK SAF Executive Committee Meeting (Alyeska Board Room) 

Noon – 1:00    Lunch on your own; Registration / Raffle Tickets on Sale (hotel lobby)

1:00 – 4:00      AK SAF General Membership Business Meeting (Binkley Room)

1:00-2:00       Report on Alaska SAF Executive CommitteeJeremy Douse

2:00- 2:30      SAF Board of Directors reportTom Hanson, SAF district 1 representative

2:30-3:00       Alaska Aspen Workshop update: Tom Paragi, ADF&G

3:00-3:15       Alaskan Aspen topics: Keith Moser, USFS research forester

3:15–4:00      ANFC report: Jim Schwarber

 6:30 - 7:30       Banquet (Binkley Room) and Keynote Speaker:

Teresa Hollingsworth, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service UAF/BECRU - A historic perspective and the future of the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest

Awards and drawings for raffle prizes


Day 2 - Friday, April 13  (All presentations will be in the Binkley Room at Pike’s)

Breakfast on your own

8:00-8:15am Welcome & IntroductionsAdam Davis, Yukon River Chapter Chair

Morning Session   

8:15-12:00    Carbon Market and Opportunities Overview

Moderator - Dan ReesUS Army Alaska

8:15 – 9:00 OverviewNathan Lojewski, Forestry Program Manager, Chugachmiut

9:00 – 9:45 Working with Landowners: What are the Risks and RewardsClare Doig, Owner, Forest and Land Management, Inc.

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:45 Establishing the Baseline: How FIA Data Fits in. - Glen Christensen, Forest Inventory Analyst, USFS

10:45 – 11:30 Developing a California Forest Offsets ProjectSteve Ruddell, President, Carbon Verde and Erika Anderson, Owner, Anderson Law Firm

11:30 – 12:00  The Verification ProcessZane Haxtema, Senior Forester, SCS Global Services

Noon-1:00     Lunch provided – Presenter Otho Kerr, Encourage Capitol - "Lessons learned and problems to avoid in developing a carbon credit project."

Afternoon Session 1

1:00 – 2:30    Carbon Project Economics and Development

Moderator Lori Winton

1:00 – 1:45 Carbon Project InvestmentJulius Pasay, Forestry Project Analyst, the Climate Trust

1:45 – 2:30 Policy Development in Alaksa Dylan Jenkins, Vice President of Portfolio Development, Finite Carbon

2:30 – 2:45    Break

Afternoon Session 2

2:45 – 3:45    Investment Protection from a Land Management Perspective.  A Panel Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges when Entering into Carbon Markets.

Moderator Tom St. Clair, Bureau of Land Management

Panel Attendees:

Chris Maisch (Tom Kirth) – Alaska State Forester, Alaska Division of Forestry

Nathan Lojewski – Forestry Program Manager, Chugachmiut

Peter Butteri – Fire Planning Specialist, USFWS

Afternoon Session 3

3:45 - 5:00    A Panel Discussion on Building Capacity to Develop and Maintain Carbon Projects Into the Future.  (coastal and interior forest types)

Moderator Jeremy Douse, Tanana Chiefs Conference

Panel Attendees:

Doug Hanson – Statewide Inventory Forester, AKDOF

Meg Burgett – Apprenticeship Program Director, Alaska Forum

Nathan Lojewski – Forestry Program Manager, Chugachmiut

John Yarie – Professor of Silviculture, Emeritus, UAF


Day 3 - Saturday, April 14 All-Day Field Trip to Nenana Ridge including Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest, Portions of the Tanana Valley State Forest and other spots of interest.

Breakfast on your own

8:30am  Depart Pike's Waterfront Lodge Lobby to Bonanza Creek, Bring warm clothes and footgear for walking in snow

9:30 - 2:30     Site visit to various silvicultural demonstration sites, current logging units and research sites.

3:30pm  Approximate return time to hotel


Sunday, April 15 Hotel Checkout


  • Early-bird registration by March 16: $175 (includes Thursday lunch and banquet)
  • Regular registration starting March 17: $200 (includes Thursday lunch and banquet)
  • Field Trip registration (including bag lunch): $25
  • Extra Banquet Ticket for guest: $50/ticket

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The 2018 Alaska Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting on April 12-14 will be held at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, 1850 Hoselton Drive, in Fairbanks. The hotel is located between the airport and town. Reduced rate lodging of $69 per night (plus tax) is available at Pike’s by calling 907-456-4500 or 877-774-2400 (toll free) or email Reservations need to be made by April 1 to secure this rate. If you are making reservations online, use code “ASAF” to receive the reduced room rate. The hotel offers complimentary wireless internet access  and provides free shuttle transportation to and from the nearby Fairbanks International Airport. 


To donate to the raffle, please bring contributions/items to the SAF registration desk or you may send items ahead to: Les Fortune, 1109 Coppet Street, Fairbanks, AK 99709.

SAF CFE Credits

SAF CFE credits will be available; be sure to sign the CFE sheet to receive credit.