High-Tech Forestry California SAF Winter Meeting

Feb 23rd - All Day
Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Events Center - 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore , California 94550


If you have been thinking that you'd like to check out the latest in high-tech tools for managing forests in California, you may want to attend the 2018 Winter Meeting to see what's out there. "High-Tech Forestry" will be the topic of our annual winter meeting of the California Society of American Foresters, as we explore the latest technology in resource management along with new uses of older tools.

The 2018 winter meeting will be held in Livermore, CA and will include discussions of some of the new technology used in forestry and other resource management areas. We look forward to an excellent dialog about the future of resource evaluation and monitoring with all members of the California forestry and forest conservation community.

Thursday will start off with the Executive Committee (EC) meeting of the newly reunited California SAF. The EC meeting be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, 720 Las Flores Rd. in Livermore. The meeting is open to all interested individuals.
Thursday evening from 5-7pm, there will be a no-host social gathering at the Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, 4771 Arroyo Vista, Suite B. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet individuals from around the state.

Friday's conference will be held at the Cresta Blanca Room at the Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Event Center located at 5050 Arroyo Road in Livermore. The conference will start with a brief view of where we've been presented by the CaSAF Oral History Project. This will be followed by talks from the worlds of Government, Academia, and Private industry on topics including the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, conducting biomass, carbon, and fuel calculations from remote sensing platforms.

Mark your calendars now and register for the 2018 California SAF Winter Meeting. Join us to look at the future of forest technology in California at the Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA. Come early and enjoy the many wineries and other attractions in the Livermore and east Bay area.


  • Register on-line at the link HERE.
  • NOTE: Take advantage of early registration rates, which end on February 17, 2018.

February 22,   2018 - Executive Committee
(Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 720 Las Flores Rd., Livermore)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting  
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting (continued)

February 22,   2018 - Evening Social - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
(Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, 4771 Arroyo Vista, Livermore)
No host evening social.  Many types of craft beer will be available plus light appetizers, outside food is allowed to be brought in
February 23, 2018   - "Hi-Tech Forestry"
(Cresta Blanca Room, Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Conf. Center, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore)
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration (Breakfast is on your own)
8:30 - 8:35 AM Welcome  
8:35 - 9:05 AM Oral History Project - Where we came from: Wendy Snyder
9:05 - 9:35 AM Rules/Regulations for Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems:  TBA, FAA
9:35 - 10:05 AM Integrated Technology in Education: Dr. Erin Kelly, HSU (invited)
10:05 - 10:35 AM Break and drone demonstration
10:35 - 11:25 AM  Use of UASs in Natural Resource Management:  Sean Hogan and Andy Lyons, UC
11:25 - 11:55 AM Applications for bringing your data into the project:  TBA, ESRI
11:55 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch, Awards, CA SAF Business Meeting and Raffle
1:15 - 2:00 PM Dogs and Drones: Harvest Viera and TBA, CDFW
2:00 - 2:30 PM Remote Sensing for Forest Inventory:  Zack Parisa, Silviaterra
2:30 - 2:50 PM Break
2:50 - 3:35 PM Advancements in Remote Sensing of Forests for Operational Applications: Carlos Ramirez, USFS Remote Sensing Lab
3:35 - 4:20 PM Measuring Forest and Fuel Characteristics using Terrestrial LiDAR: Jonathan Greenberg, USFS Remote Sensing Lab
4:20 - 4:30 PM Closing comments

*CFE Credits will be available from the Society of American Foresters

Meeting Location and Loding
Wente Vineyards Restaurant and Events Center

Cresta Blanca Room  (February 23 Meeting Location)
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore , California 94550

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
(February 22 Executive Committee Meeting Location)
720 Las Flores Road, Livermore, CA 94551

Group Rates: February 21 and 22, $139 (plus tax), includes 2 full breakfasts per night - Call: (925) 443-4950 and ask for Society of American Foresters:

  • Feb. 21 code 84007767
  • Feb 22 code 88206455

Shadow Puppet Brewing Company
(February 22 Evening Social)
4771 Arroyo Vista, Suite B, Livermore, CA 94551

 Questions:  Kevin Locke   ncsaf@mcn.org