Using scenario-analysis to accommodate uncertainty when making silvicultural decisions

(Limited to 12 participants. Cost $10)

The substantial uncertainties inherent in most forestry and environmental issues limit the predictability of future settings, creating barriers to making long-term management decisions. This workshop exposes participants to a simplified version of scenario analysis… Show Moreas a tool to consider how these uncertainties can be accommodated through a broader perspective, an assessment of assumptions, and formal highlighting of hidden dangers and opportunities to improve silvicultural decisions. Klaus J. Puettmann, Oregon State University, will lead the workshop. Limited to 12 participants. Cost $10.

Field Trips

Natural history of the San Francisco Peaks

This trip will feature a 6-mile interpreted hike on the beautiful San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona, led by Drs. Gwen Waring and Tom Kolb. The hike will be at a high elevation (2600-2900 m) on established trails,…Show More and it will feature the unique natural history and ecology of the Peaks.  Gwen Waring studies the landscapes of northern Arizona through ecology, art, and education.  She recently authored the book The Natural History of the San Francisco Peaks,” which describes the geology, biology, archaeology, and history of this unique sky island.  Tom Kolb has taught and investigated forest ecology at Northern Arizona University for 25 years.  Participants must be competent hikers and be prepared for mountain weather. Fee includes transportation and a box lunch.  Limited to 22 participants. Cost $30.

Restoration and conservation of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest ecosystems

This trip complements the special session “Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Long-Needle Pine Ecosystems,” organized by the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University. We will visit four study sites on the San Francisco Peaks… Show Moreand generally follow an elevation transect from ponderosa pine forests through upper mixed conifer life zones.  Research efforts and practical approaches for restoration and conservation of these ecosystems will be highlighted. Topics will include reconstruction analysis and historical reference conditions, interactions of climate and wildfire on forest development, comparing outcomes of alternative restoration approaches, and application of new technologies. The field trip will be 4 hours in length and followed by a brewery tour. Fee includes transportation and a box lunch. Limited to 22 participants. Cost $30.

Southwest Experimental Garden Array – Sunset Crater & The Arboretum at Flagstaff

The Southwest Experimental Garden Array, or SEGA, is a genetics-based climate change research platform that allows scientists to quantify the ecological and evolutionary responses of species to changing climate conditions. Participants will visit two SEGA gardens—Sunset Crater and The Arboretum at Flagstaff…Show More—that highlight ongoing research and the beauty of the region. Based on extensive common garden research at Northern Arizona University, SEGA is a system of 10 gardens along the elevation gradient in northern Arizona. These gardens reflect climatic differences from desert to alpine forests that mimic the effects of climate change because temperature and moisture change predictably with elevation. Fee includes transportation and a box lunch. Limited to 22 participants. Cost $30.

Long-term research on Fort Valley Experimental Forest

Fort Valley Experimental Forest is the oldest forest experiment station in the USDA Forest Service. Studies established as early as 1909 are still being monitored. Originally established to investigate regeneration challenges and density management of ponderosa pine, Fort Valley Experimental Forest is now also home to research on forest restoration, methods of cutting, and forest health…. Show MoreStops will include a restoration treatment experiment, a 60-year old level of growing stock study, monitoring of regeneration success after germination pulses, a study of aggregation and growth in old-growth and uneven-age management stands, and the site of an investigation of climate resilience as a function of West-wide genetic provenances. With the juxtaposition of historical reference conditions and a variety of treatments continually monitored over the years, Fort Valley Experimental Forest provides a unique opportunity to observe long-term trends and a combination of treatments that may advise future managers about the novel conditions they may face going forward. The field trip will last about 4-5 hours. Fee includes transportation. Limited to 22 participants. Cost $15.

Historic Downtown walking Tour

See historic 1900s era downtown Flagstaff with local historian (and artist) name Johnny Anaya, reveling in stories about the lynching of outlaws, fires that destroyed entire blocks, friendly saloon… Show Moreowners, and other early day characters. Learn how and why the town was permanently relocated across from the train station. This free field trip is approximately 2 hours. Limited to 22 participants.

Grand Canyon Railway trip to Grand Canyon National Park

Voyage to Grand Canyon National Park by train. Since 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway has been taking passengers on a fabled journey to Grand Canyon’s south rim. Enjoy a trip back in time on lovingly restored rail cars… Show Morewith entertaining musicians and the antics of cowboy characters. Out your window, the terrain changes from high desert to prairie, prairie to pine. Full day. Fee includes transportation and coach seat (lunch is on your own). Cost $100.

Workshop Fees & Online Registration

Workshop registration fees, which include morning refreshments, lunch, breaks, and Tuesday banquet are as follows: $425 Professional (early, before June 1), $475 Profession (standard, after June 1), and $200 Students & Retired Professionals. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact or 928-523-0683.