New York Society of American Foresters 2019 Annual Meeting

Timberland Investment in the Northern Forest:
Activities and Implications


Meeting contacts:

David Newman -- Program Content
NYSAF Chair-Elect
(315) 470-6534

Mary Beth Malmsheimer -- Registration Information
NYSAF Administrative Assistant
(315) 558-1846 


Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST
Friday January 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM EST

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DoubleTree Hotel Syracuse 
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Reservations: (315)432-0200, (800)222-TREE 

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We are pleased to announce the NYSAF 2019 Annual Meeting, to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Syracuse, New York, January 23-25, 2019.

The Meeting Agenda is available here.

Reserve your hotel room now! The low meeting rate of $98 plus taxes will expire when the room block is full or January 4th, whichever comes first. After that, rooms will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the DoubleTree Hotel directly at the numbers listed on the left and mention the New York SAF Meeting to reserve your room.

2019 Theme: Timberland Investment in the Northern Forest: Activities and Implications.
This theme was developed from a variety of suggestions offered by NYSAF members over the last few months of meeting planning, and reflects the diversity in demands on our region's forests today. Things to be aware of:

Wednesday Workshops: Earn extra CFE credits! Pre-meeting workshops on Wednesday afternoon. From 1:00 pm-5:00 pm we will offer (Please Note: workshops run simultaneously so you may only register for one):
  • Current Topics in Invasive Forest Pest Monitoring and Management in NYS (CFE Credits TBD); (Pesticide Applicator Credits TBD)-- Topics will include: Engaging with the Invasive Species Network in NYS to detect and manage forest pests; EAB-Resistant Native Ash Trees: Incorporating them into an overall ash conservation/EAB mitigation strategy; and An overview of Spotted Lanternfly and other priority forest pests in NYS. Presenters include Zachary Simek, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, The Nature Conservancy; Jonathan Rosenthal, Director, and Dr. Radka Wildova, Senior Scientist, Ecological Research Institute; as well as Justin Perry, Bureau Chief, and Jerry Carlson, Chief Research Scientist, Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Division of Lands and Forests, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • How to Make a Solid Presentation (CFE Credits TBD) -- presented by Jim and Carol Coufal. Most of you know Jim from being his student, colleague, his many presentations at NYSAF and as a friend. He has made presentations in 16 states and 4 countries, before audiences from 10 to 1,600. With Dr.s Joel Howard and Lee Herrington, he initiated and taught public speaking at ESF for 8 years and then at Cazenovia College. He's going to share his experience with you and you can grade him on how well he has followed the elements of public speaking over the years and in this presentation. By virtue of another part of our meeting Agenda, Jim has been labeled as part off the “old growth."

Wednesday Evening:  NYSAF Executive Committee Meeting from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

Thursday-Friday Regular Meeting: The regular meeting will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, January 24th with opening remarks and keynote address. General sessions, breakout (technical) sessions, and the annual Business Meeting will run through lunch on Friday January 25th.

Thursday evening events: Poster Session and Alumni Socials. Any individual interested in presenting a poster at the annual meeting should contact Chris Nowak at 

Friday Afternoon Workshops: Earn extra CFE credits! There will be two post-meeting workshops taking place from 1:45-4:30 pm. (Please Note: workshops run simultaneously so you may only register for one): 

  • Practical Ethics Workshop (CFE Credits TBD) -presented by Marianne Patinelli-DubayThis workshop will introduce a variety of approaches to ethical problem solving. We will learn about six of the primary methods that we employ every day when faced with ethically weighted situations. 
  • Northern Long Ear Bat Habitat/Roost Tree Training (CFE Credits TBD) -- presented by Chris Tcimpidis, Forester and Wildlife Specialist, Bevan Forestry, Inc. This workshop will discuss the biology, female and male roosting habitat, male roosting habitat, trees used for roosting (species, DBH, condition), what makes a tree a roost tree, distribution of male and female population. 
STUDENTS TAKE NOTE! We are working hard to provide an awesome student experience this year. Look for great opportunities to mingle with professionals and meet other students.

SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS: Download a Sponsor-Exhibitor Information Packet for more information about options and registration fees.  If you are interested in sponsoring an event or exhibiting please contact Len Cronin.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION: Be sure to attend the Awards Luncheon on Thursday January 24 to congratulate the 2018 award winners. And, because it’s never too early to start thinking of deserving colleagues, feel free to review the Award Criteria and consider submitting a Nomination Form to Jim Coufal for next year's 2019 Awards.

Register Now! Register online by clicking above, or download a MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM.

Cancellations made prior to 1/11/19 will be entitled to a refund less $50 processing fees; no refunds for cancellations after that date.