Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation



Congress on Contemporary Issues in Forest

and Wildland Management


December 13, 2017

National Union Building
918 F St NW

Washington, DC



Program    Location    Registration    Program Committee


Join delegates representing state, federal and international agencies, the private sector, academia, and the NGO community to examine the most critical issues faced by forest and wildland managers today. Presentation topics will focus on the future of decision-making and key strategies for developing practical solutions.

RNRF’s 2017 Congress on Contemporary Issues in Forest and Wildland Management will explore the effects of climate change, land-use, and community participation on forest and wildland management. Leading experts will describe how:

•  funding continuity for conservation programs and the USDA Forest Service can be improved;

•  science and collaborative processes can be harnessed to improve climate-change adaptation decisions;

•  new, multimedia technology can foster support for natural resources, and increase visitation and enjoyment of national forests, parks and resource lands;

•  land-use planning methods that balance environmental, social, economic and multiple-use factors can be more effectively deployed;

•  responsibilities among federal, state and local governments can be clarified to better manage the risks of catastrophic fires in the Wildland-Urban-Interface; and

•  creative policies can promote the reconciliation of conflicts between energy development and multiple uses on federal and private land.


Speakers

Cross
Gibson-grant
Greenberger
Molly Cross
Wildlife Conservation Society
Amy Gibson-Grant
The Ad Council
Sarah Greenberger
National Audubon Society


McCaffery
Seesholtz
Sample
Tooke
Sarah McCaffery
USDA Forest Service
Cecilia Romero Seesholtz
USDA Forest Service
V. Alaric Sample
Pinchot Institute for Conservation

Tony Tooke
USDA Forest Service


Program

8:15 am – 8:35 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:35 am – 8:45 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Richard A. Engberg
RNRF Chairman
American Water Resources Association
Middleburg, Virginia

8:45 am – 9:15 am
Funding Continuity for Conservation Programs and the USDA Forest Service
Forests and wildlands provide recreational, spiritual, aesthetic, and economic benefits for society. However, financial support for managing public lands and resources has eroded over the past two decades. What steps can be employed to correct the long-term erosion of funding? Funding the suppression of wildfires has become a major problem because of adverse impacts on the Forest Services's non-fire programs. How can this situation be remedied?

Tony Tooke
Chief
USDA Forest Service
Washington, D.C.

9:15 am – 9:45 am
Questions and Discussion

9:45 am – 10:15 am
Adapting Forest and Wildland Management in Response to a Changing Climate
Predicting the long-term impacts of climate change on forest and wildland ecosystems is difficult. How can current monitoring and data collection techniques be adapted to improve public decision-making? What institutional changes are necessary to promote climate-conscious adaptive management?

V. Alaric Sample
Senior Fellow and President Emeritus
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Washington, D.C.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Questions and Discussion

10:45 am – 11:00 am
Break

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Expanding the Use of Multimedia to Foster Support for Natural Environments and Resources
There is a need to renew and foster appreciation for conservation, preservation and use of natural resources in the public domain. Multimedia is a tool to reach the public and advance values of conservation. How will traditional marketing, advertising and public outreach be adapted to reach new audiences?

Amy Gibson-Grant
Vice President, Campaign Development
The Ad Council
Washington, D.C.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Questions and Discussion

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Luncheon Presentation:
Managing Ecosystems Today with the Science that You Have

Molly Cross
Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator
Wildlife Conservation Society
Bozeman, Montana

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Reconciling Energy Development with Multiple Uses
Oil, gas, and mineral extraction and renewable energy development can cause extreme disturbances to entire ecosystems. Some federal agencies managing forests and wildlands have a mandate to promote energy development, preserve ecological integrity, and encourage multiple uses – goals that often conflict. What steps can be taken to diminish the adverse effects of energy development on renewable resources, ecosystems, and their surrounding communities?

Sarah Greenberger
Vice President, Conservation Policy
National Audubon Society
Washington, D.C.

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Questions and Discussion

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Evolving Land-Use Planning Approaches

The 2012 Planning Rule, and subsequent 2015 Final Derivatives, guide development, amendment, and revision of land management plans across the National Forest System. The rule was developed to address contemporary planning issues like sustainable recreation and climate change. How are forest mangers anticipating and incorporating future impacts of climate change and community needs into revised forest plans?

Cecilia Romero Seesholtz
Forest Supervisor, Boise National Forest
Acting Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination
USDA Forest Service
Washington, D.C
.

and

Jamie Barbour
Assistant Director of Adaptive Management, Ecosystem Management Coordination
USDA Forest Service
Washington, D.C.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Questions and Discussion

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Break

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Managing Residential and Commercial Inholdings and Interface Developments—The Wildland-Urban-Interface

Wildfires are becoming more devastating as more people move into the Wildland-Urban-Interface (WUI), the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. How can the responsibilities of firefighting and resource provision among the federal government, states and counties be delineated and clarified? What measures can be taken to reduce wildfires in the interface? 

Sarah McCaffrey
Research Forester, Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service 
Fort Collins, Colorado


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Questions and Discussion

4:30 pm
Closing

Robert Day
Executive Director
RNRF

REGISTERED DELEGATE AFFILIATIONS

Ad Council
American Forest Foundation
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Landscape Architects
American University
American Water Resources Association
Center for American Progress
Center for Watershed Protection
Cleaves Consulting, LLC
Congressional Research Service
George Mason University
Geological Society of America
International Conservation Caucus Foundation
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Johns Hopkins University
Landscape Architecture Magazine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
National Association of State Foresters
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
Office of U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter
Office of U.S Senator Patrick Leahy
Penn State University
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Resources for the Future
Society of American Foresters
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Society of Wood Science and Technology
USDA Forest Service
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Virginia Wilderness Committee
West Virginia University
Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wilderness Society


Location


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The RNRF Congress on Contemporary Issues in Forest and Wildland Management will be held at the National Union Building at 918 F St  NW in Washington, D.C. The National Union Building is a five-minute walk from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Station on Metro's Red Line.

For a list of hotel accommodation options, please click here.


Registration


General Registration: $100
Student Registration: $50

To register, please complete the registration form and submit payment via one of the options below.

Once registered, you will receive periodic updates and background materials via email regarding the congress.

Check: Please mail a check payable to Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, 6010 Executive Boulevard, 5th Floor, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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Name and Organization

Congress Program Committee


Chair:
Richard Engberg, RNRF Chairman; American Water Resources Association

Members:
Robert Day, RNRF Executive Director
John E. Durrant, RNRF Vice-Chairman; Sr. Managing Director, Engineering & Lifelong Learning, American Society of Civil Engineers
Lisa Engelman, Alternative Director, RNRF Board of Directors; American Water Resources Association
Sarah Gerould, RNRF Board Member; Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Paul Higgins
, RNRF Board Member; Director, Policy Program, American Meteorological Society
Lu Gay Lanier
, RNRF Board Member; American Society of Landscape Architects
Rajul Pandya
,
RNRF Board Member; Program Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union
Howard Rosen
, RNRF Board Member; Society of Wood Science and Technology
Nancy C. Somerville, Alternate Director, RNRF Board of Directors; Executive Vice President, American Society of Landscape Architects
Barry Starke, RNRF Board Member; Public Interest Member; Principal, Earth Design Associates, Inc.
Kasey White, RNRF Board of Directors; Director of Geoscience Policy, Geological Society of America

RNRF Staff Liaisons:
Attiya Sayyed, Program Manager
Amber Todoroff
,
Program Manager

Special Thanks:
Leslie A.C. Weldon, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, USDA Forest Service
Katie Hoover,
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy, Congressional Research Service
Robin O'Malley,
Director, North Central Climate Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey




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