PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The 2020 Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) Annual Meeting will be held in Panama City Beach February 23-25, 2020. The focus of this year’s conference is “Recovery From the Storm – Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going.” The invited speakers will go into depth about recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael, as well as how we can prepare for the next big storm. The symposium is open to landowners, foresters, agencies, natural resource professionals and anyone that has an interest in the timber industry and forests.
The agenda will include the following presentations:
- KEYNOTE: JIM KARELS , Director and State Forester, Florida Forest Service; “Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going”
- DR. CHRISTA COURT , Director Economic Impact Analysis Program, UF; “Economic Losses For AL, FL, And GA Timber Resulting From Hurricane Michael”
- DR. EBEN BROADBENT , Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF; “Use of UAS Lidar And Multispectral Imagery In Hurricane Damage Assessment”
- PANEL DISCUSSION: “SALVAGE/DEBRIS UTILIZATION OPTIONS” LED BY DAVE LEWIS, VP Southern Forestry Consultants and former President of SAF
- AMANDA LANG , COO & VP Client Services, Forisk Consulting, LLC; “Impacts of Hurricane Michael On Softwood Supply”
- JIB A. DAVIDSON , C.F., Timber Financial Analyst, Columbia Timber Company & United Country Real Estate, “Casualty Losses and Reforestation Using the Qualified Timber Property”
- DR. JIRI HULCR , Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF; “Assessment and Mitigation of Pine Beetle Losses”
- JOHN FISH , Chief of Forest Protection, Florida Forest Service; “Mitigating Wildfire Losses Following Hurricane Michael”
- DR. DAVID DICKENS , Forest Productivity Professor, UGA and DR. PAT MINOGUE, Associate Professor Silviculture, UF; “Exploring Reforestation Options Following Hurricane Damage”
- ENDNOTE SPEAKER: ALAN SHELBY , Executive VP, Florida Forestry Association; “Update on Policy and Legislative Issues”
This conference has been have been approved for 9.5 hours of Category 1 CFE credits for SAF Certified Forester certification
and State Registered Forester License continuing education requirements.