Rhode Island Woodland Summit

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Woodland Summit
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $20 (includes Lunch)
Camp Canonicus
54 Exeter Road
Exeter, RI 02822
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Woodland Party
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Fee: $29 (includes Buffet Dinner)
Exeter Country Club
320 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, RI 02822
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Hosted by RIFCO and the RI Woodland Partnership

Program (subject to revisions)    PDF  Rev. April 6, 2015


Morning Indoor Sessions

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Coffee with Exhibit Viewing



8:30 - 9:00 AM

Welcome & Introductions
William Fortune, President, RI Forest Conservators Organization

Opening Remarks
Bruce Payton, Deputy Chief & State Forester, RI DEM Division of Forest Environment



9:00 - 9:45 AM

Plenary Session I: Where Have We Come From?
Looking Back to Understand Where We Are Today
Tom Dupree, URI Natural Resources Science Lecturer and Retired State Forester



9:45 - 10:30 AM

Plenary Session II: Looking Ahead
What will our forests be like in the future? What's influencing changes?
Whitney Beals, Director of Land Protection, New England Forestry Foundation



10:30 - 10:45 AM

Break and Exhibit Viewing



10:45 - 11:30 AM


    A. Deer Management: Browse Impacts on RI Forest Composition and Health
    Tom Rawinski, Botanist, USDA Forest Service

    B. Climate Change: The RI Woodland Partnership and its Position Statement
    Christopher Riely, RI Woodland Partnership Coordinator
    Ken Payne, Policy Analyst

    C. Forest Health Issues
    Insects and Diseases – Paul Ricard, RIDEM, Division of Forest Environment
    Invasive Plants – Paul Dolan, RI RC&D Council



11:30 AM - 12:15 PM


    D. Forestry for the Birds
    Amanda Mahaffey, Northeast Region Director, The Forest Guild
    Christopher Modisette, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, RI

    E. Timber Markets, Selling Timber, and Tree Farm Certification
    Will Walker, Service Forester, RIDEM Division of Forest Environment
    Chris Cassedi, Procurement Forester, Hull Forest Products

    F. RI Action Plans and Climate Change Impacts
    Forest Action Plan – Tom Abbott, RIDEM, Division of Forest Environment
    Wildlife Action Plan – Amanda Freitas, RIDEM, Division of Fish & Wildlife



12:30 PM





Afternoon Outdoor Sessions
(subject to weather)

1:30 - 4:00 PM

Focus on Wildlife Topics

  • Bird Identification (good time of year as migrations are just beginning)
  • How to build a brush pile for wildlife
  • Trees for bats, birds, and other creatures: Identification of trees preferred for habitat (shagbark hickory, black birch, etc.)

Stewardship Activities

  • How to record important features on your property (special places, vernal pools, favorite trees and forest stands, historic and scenic sites, etc.)
  • Best management practices for water quality protection (how to install a water bar and other useful information)
  • Tree species ID and measurement
  • Mapping Your Woodlot
    Peter Stetson, Coventry High School and Envirothon

Woods Walk on Canonicus Property
Featuring deer browse damage surveys
With Tom Rawinski and other natural resource professionals

Family-Friendly Activities Area hosted by Northern RI Conservation District

  • What Tree and/or Wood is That?
  • Tree Obstacle Course: Species ID and measuring trees over a course
  • How old is that tree? Count the rings.
  • Other games and activities



Forester CEU
Credits Available

Society of American Foresters certification = 5.5
Connecticut certification = 2
Massachusetts license = 3.75




"Woodland Party"

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the RI Forest Conservators Organization
Dinner and social event at the Exeter Country Club

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