Plenary Sessions

SAF will be using Slido for all Plenaries. Slido is an easy-to-use Q&A and polling platform for live, remote or hybrid meetings, events, classes, and webinars. To access Slido at SAF2023, attendees can scan the provided QR code in the embedded slide of the slide deck or open using a smartphone and type in the event code.

What is a Forester?

Wednesday, October 25, 4-5 p.m. 
1 CFEs Category 1 • 1 ISA Certified Arborist • .25 ESA CEUs

Moderator: Austin Himes, Mississippi State University
Panelists: Tom Fox, Rayonier; James Lewis, Forest History Society; and Linda Nagel, Utah State University

Many of us consider ourselves “foresters,” but what does that really mean? Industry, government, and conservation groups all employ foresters to do different things. However, many people steward forest land who don’t considered themselves foresters. In our pre-convention kickoff plenary session, panelists tackle the question, “What is a forester,” and delve into how education, experience, and expectations have evolved over time, and how they continue to evolve to meet the challenges and opportunities of global change.  

A Forest Legacy – The Past, Present and Future

Thursday, October 26, 8-9:30 a.m. 
1 CFEs Category 1 • 1 ISA Certified Arborist • .25 ESA CEUs

Moderator: Thomas Jackson, Enviva 
Speaker: Kedren Dillard, Shipley Associates

Kedren Dillard, a fifth generation forest landowner, shares her experience and ongoing journey of maintaining history while building for the future on her family farm in Southern Virginia. Her story of navigating family decisions, finding modern solutions to land management and upholding the property's legacy will resonate with all. Learn how one landowner works to maintain family forestland now and in the future.

Moving beyond "Traditional": Indigenizing Forestry at its Roots

Friday, October 27, 1:15-3 p.m. 
1 CFEs Category 1 • 1 ISA Certified Arborist • .25 ESA CEUs

Moderator: Krause, Michigan Technological University
Panelists: Serra Hoagland, Rocky Mountain Research Station; Dawn Blake, Yurok Tribe; Nisogaabokwe Melonee Montano, Great Lake Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) has recently been gaining attention throughout the world. However, local indigenous communities and the knowledges they hold have been in existence and evolving since time immemorial. Join this session as we elevate and listen to indigenous voices and discuss our ways of knowing through a forestry lens. Session panelists will discuss cultural and ecological significance of fire on landscapes, indigenizing forest management, building inclusive collaborations with indigenous partners, and respecting and valuing indigenous knowledges.

Meet the Speakers