Pre-Convention Workshops

SAF's pre-convention workshops are the perfect way to start convention off strong! Visit the registration webpage  for details about workshop registration fees and how to sign up.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 

8:30 am - 12:00 pm | NCX’s Harvest Risk Assessment Process and Resources for Foresters

21 spots available

Forest carbon markets are becoming more accessible to small-acreage landowners. This provides greater options to landowners and has the potential to transform the forestry sector. Therefore, it’s important that foresters stay informed on the options available to their clients, the terms and conditions associated with participation in carbon credit programs, and how the forest carbon industry will change in the coming years. Participants will learn about publicly available datasets that can be utilized to predict landowner behavior, how that behavior can impact eligibility to enroll in the NCX program, and how the Natural Capital Exchange is designed. Anyone is welcome to participate. However, this workshop is ideal for professionals who interact with landowners, have a basic understanding of statistical models, and are familiar with NWOS, FIA, and NCLD datasets. 

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Data Science for Forestry Applications

18 spots available

Data science is increasingly important for foresters, natural resource professionals, and researchers. Participants will learn how to use open-source software (specifically R) to work quickly and efficiently with forestry data, with a focus on using large datasets such as Forest Inventory and Analysis data. This workshop is perfect for anyone with a basic introduction to data analysis and statistics, as well as for graduate students and professionals who want to learn more about how to use R to analyze their data. In past workshops we've observed that more experienced users can assist with less experienced workshop participants.

9:00 am - 4:30 pm | Protecting Trees and Forests from Invasive Pests through Collaborative Solutions

45 spots available

The threat of invasive pests to trees and forests is a perpetual issue that requires collaboration across government agencies, academia, and urban and rural foresters. Specialists from the forest health and entomological communities will discuss collaboration strategies.  The goal of this workshop is to identify new and innovative approaches, as well as existing unmet needs and opportunities, and formulate action plans to address the most promising or urgent issues that arise in the session. Anyone is welcome to participate.