Society of American Foresters

Southwestern Section Meeting

hosted by the

Southern Arizona Chapter

April 19-21, 2018

Safford, Arizona

Comfort Inn & Suites,
Thatcher, Arizona
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For SAF members, attending this meeting will qualify for up 7.5 CFE credits (category 1).

April 19: Ice Breaker and Social

6:00 - 9:00 PM
Comfort Inn & Suites
2577 West Highway 70, Thatcher, AZ, 85552

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Opening registration, reception food, cash bar
SAF District/National Report TBD
SAF National/District Representative

April 20: Theme: Sky Island Forest Management

Graham County GSA Building
921 W. Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ 85546

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Draft Agenda


Presentation Title
(hover over titles to see abstracts)


8:00 AM Final registration, pastries, coffee
8:30 AM Opening Remarks Al Hendricks
Chair, 2018, Southwestern Section
Society of American Foresters
8:40 AM Welcome Curtis Booher
District Ranger
Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
8:45 AM Moderator Comments Ann Lynch, Ph.D.
Forest Entomologist
USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
9:00 AM The Frye Fire (Pinaleños/Mt. Graham), 2017 Everett Phillips
Fire Management Officer
Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
9:30 AM Impact of Frye Fire on Mt. Graham Red Squirrel and Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat Marit Alanen
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10:00 AM Break
Snacks by Cottage House Bakery
10:30 AM Impacts of Post Fire Bark Beetle Activity - Concerns and Mitigation Monica Gaylord and John Anhold
Forest Entomologists
Region 3 Forest Health Zone Office
11:00 AM Planned Forest Restoration Following the Frye Fire Leslie T. Prewitt and Jena Trejo
Forest Silviculturist and Zone Forester
Coronado National Forest
11:30 AM Mixed Conifer Restoration and Resiliency Amy E.M. Waltz, Ph.D.
Program Director, Science Delivery
NAU Ecological Restoration Institute
noon Lunch

Kainoas Hawaiian Grill

Keynote address:

Molly Hunter
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Arizona

Title: SWFSC and its Role in Science and Management Partnerships in the Southwest
1:00 PM Management Strategies for Threatened White Pine Ethan Bucholz
Ph.D. student
NAU School of Forestry
1:30 PM Persistence of Post-Fire Conifer to Shrub Transitions in the Southwest Chris Guiterman, Ph.D.
Research Associate
UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
2:00 PM Preliminary Thoughts on Changes to Hydrologic Properties of Soils Following Multiple Uncharacteristic Fires Ann Youberg, Ph.D.
Research Geologist
Arizona Geological Survey
2:30 PM Break
Snacks by Cottage House Bakery
3:00 PM Outcomes of Wildland Fire Research and Future Directions in the Southwest Molly Hunter, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment
3:30 PM Partnership - Gila Watershed Partnership, a 30-year Success Story Bill Brandau
UA Graham County Cooperative Extension
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Business Meeting, Southwestern Section SAF
6:00 PM
9:00 PM
Evening Banquet, Southwestern Section

BBQ Dinner by Randy Hawkins Catering

SWSAF Recognition

Sponsored in part
by the
Gila Watershed Partnership.
The Plank

501 S. Gila Ave.

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2018 SWSAF Recognition

Presenter: Al Hendricks, Chair SWSAF

Photos by Diane Drobka (click to enlarge)

Photos of the 2017 Frye Fire on Mt. Graham, by Bill Hart

April 21 Field Trip

The Pinaleños
Mount Graham

7:45 AM Begin meeting up at Comfort Inn & Suites in Thatcher
8:00 AM

9:15 AM
Depart for and drive to the Pinaleño Mountains and Mt. Graham
9:15 AM

10:15 AM

1st Stop: Treasure Park

Leslie Prewitt and Jena Trejo: Restoration Planning after Frye Fire
Monica Gaylord and John Anhold: Bark Beetle Mitigation Efforts following the Frye Fire
Amy Waltz: Hospital Flats ERI Restoration Plots and Treasure Park Prescription
10:15 AM

11:00 AM
11:00 AM

12 noon

2nd Stop: Columbine Forest Service Administration Site

Ann Lynch: Disturbance Regimes of the Pinaleno Moutains
Melissa Merrick: Mt. Graham Red Squirrel Research Efforts in the Pinaleños
Everett Phillips: Suppression Challenges Faced on the Frye Fire
12 noon

12:30 PM

Lunch at Columbine

sandwiches, etc., provided
12:30 PM

1:00 PM
1:00 PM

3:00 PM

3rd Stop: Mt. Graham International Observatory

Observatory Personnel: Guided tours of the telescopes

3:00 PM

5:00 PM
Depart for and drive to Comfort Inn & Suites in Thatcher

Registration and Fee Payment

The basic fee structure for this meeting is as follows:

SAF Member: $75.00
Non-SAF Member: $80.00
Student: $37.50
Evening Banquet Only: $30.00
Technical Session & Banquet: $65.00
Late Fee (after April 6): $10.00
Donation: any amount is appreciated
To register, download this pdf registration form.

Fill in and send to Paul Sheppard, either by email or by USPS mail.

Both addresses are given on the form, lower left corner.
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To pay by check, include your check with your hardcopy registration form in regular USPS mail.

Feeling Generous?

If you'd like, feel free to help defray conference expenses and/or support student attendance by adding any amount you wish to your registration fee. There's a box on the registration form for that. Thanks!

While in Safford/Thatcher


Roper Lake State Park

Organizing Committee

This Annual Spring Meeting of the Southwestern Section (Arizona and New Mexico) of SAF was organized by:
  • Robert Lefevre
  • Mike Borens
  • Paul Sheppard
  • Bill Hart
  • Craig Wilcox
  • Diane Drobka
  • Chris Guiterman
  • Al Hendricks

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Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona
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Secretary-Treasurer, Southern Arizona Chapter, SAF