2015 Winter Meeting

Roles in Forestry and their Future
January 28 - 30, 2015
Hilton Hotel (Downtown Knoxville)
501 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 523-2300

7.5 Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education credits

Hotel Reservations available here
2 Queen Beds - $90/night
Parlor w/ Sofabed - $180/night

Registration Fees
Regular: $100
Late (after 1/20): $125
Student: $45
Guest (banquet only): $20
Adopt a Student: $45

Registration can only be paid online with credit card here

Directions to Pay Online

  1. Click the link above
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  4. Enter your name and address information. Scroll right and select your registration options (can choose more than one option). Then click 'continue'
  5. Click 'Checkout'
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  7. Enter your email address again and Click 'Unregistered'
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  9. Review the information for the last time and click 'Submit Order'

Walk-ins can pay at the meeting registration desk with checks or cash only

Hotel Parking
Self-parking is free in the garage adjacent to the hotel for those registered for the KTSAF winter meeting, whether staying at the hotel or commuting each day. The garage only accepts vehicles that are less the 6 feet, 7 inches tall (sedans, minivans, regular pickups, most SUVs). If you have a larger vehicle (large pickups and SUVs, 12-passenger vans), the valet will park your vehicle elsewhere and there will be a parking charge (presently $16.00/day). Entrances to the Hilton Garage are from Church and Clinch Streets. If there is a question about the size of your vehicle, ask the valet. Several municipal parking areas are within walking distance of the hotel (one is an open lot at the corner of Walnut and Church Streets and another is at the UT Garage with entrances from Locust Street and Walnut Street) where the daily parking cost is less, but parking overnight is discouraged.


Wednesday, January 28

7:00 - 9:00 pm Executive Committee Meeting

6:00 - 9:00 pm Registration Open

Thursday, January 29

7:00 - 10:00 am Registration

7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am Silent Auction Opens (administered by Greg Bailey)

8:30 - 10:00 am Session One
What can/does SAF do for you? - Tim Phelps Forestry Communications & Outreach Unit Leader, TN Forestry Division
Tales from the crime scene: Timber Trespass Issues and Experiences - Jake Almond Regional Manager, American Forest Management, Inc
Issues and Opportunities for Forestry Drone Use - Dr. Kevin Hoyt Director Forest Resources Ag Research and Education Center, UT

10:00 - 10:30 am Break and Silent Auction

10:30 - 12:00 pm Session Two
Managing neighbors landowners perceptions of visual title - Mark Woods Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway
Foresters and Natural Resources Professionals as Expert Witnesses - Nick Holt Esq. U.S. Department of the Interior, Field Solicitors Office, Knoxville, TN

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch and Forestry Technical Presentation - Terry Porter ForesTech Resource Solutions, LLC

1:00 - 3:00 pm Session Three
Business Meeting - John Perry KTSAF Chair
Forestry Roles in Pulp and Paper Chemistry Research and what might be coming - Bruno Marcoccia Director of Research and Development, Domtar
Forester in the role of researcher and communications results of research - William G. Burkman Program Manager, USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis Work Unit

3:00 - 3:15 pm Break and Silent Auction

3:15 - 4:45 pm Session Four
Biomass energy supplies and the future - Dr. Timothy G. Rials Director of Center for Renewable Carbon, UT Institute of Agriculture
Solid wood markets and pricing - Dr. Adam Taylor Assistant Professor and Forest Products Extension Specialist, UT Institute of Agriculture

5:30 - 8:00 pm Cash Bar Opens

5:30 - 6:30 pm Quiz Bowl hosted by Doug McLaren

6:30 - 8:00 pm Banquet Dinner
Meth labs in the Woods from a safety standpoint - Special Agent Thomas Farmer Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Drug Task Force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Awards and Presentations - John Perry KTSAF Chair

7:15 pm Silent Auction Closes

8:30 pm Downtown after dark - An optional tour of downtown Knoxville's watering holes

Friday, January 30

8:00 - 8:25 am Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 am

Session Five - Roles Representing Forest Owners and as Asset Managers
Panel discussion followed by questions from floor
Moderated by David Hudnall
Pete Madden Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (Public Company)
Andy Norris The Forestland Group (TIMO Investors)
Marshall Thomas F&W Forestry (Large Consultant)
Candice Dinwiddle Tennessee Forestry Association (Forest Land Owners)

10:30 amMeeting adjourns

Questions or concerns? Contact Greg Bailey (865.248.8315 or greg.bailey@amforem.biz)