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14th Annual Forest Landowner Conference

    Friday, April 19, 2024

Location: Delta Hotels Helena Colonial, 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT

The Forest Stewardship Foundation invites you to attend the Fourteenth Annual Forest Landowner Conference.

Forest Landowner Conference

Becoming a Better Forest Steward

The agenda is prepared and available for download and viewing below. There are many experts that will present topics of great interest to forest landowners and professional foresters.


Brochures will be mailed out in March. You may register here and pay online, or by returning a mail-in registration.   We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2024

Come prepared to bid Silent Auction Items.

Room Reservations

A negotiated room rate has been set for our Conference with the Delta Hotels Helena Colonial, 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, Montana 59601 from $159.00 per night. 

Attendees may now make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 406-443-2100 or by calling reservations at 1-866-211-4604 please mention the function, MT Forest Landowners Conference


Last Day to Book: Tuesday, March 28, 2024


Delta Hotels Helena Colonial for 159 USD per night

Here's your reservation link guests can use to make reservations:


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Continuing Education Credits
Friday will provide credits for SAF Members and   Accredited Logging Professionals.

2024 Conference Agenda

Friday, April 19

  8:00 - 8:30 AM      Registration - Delta Colonial Front Lobby
  8:30 - 8:45 AM       Welcome - Executive Room
                                 - Ed Levert - Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation
  8:45 - 9:45 AM       Opening Session - Executive Room
                                   Montana DNRC Forestry/Trust Land Programs

                                   Shawn Thomas, State Forester

  9:45 - 10:00 AM     Break with Refreshments (Visit Silent Auction) - Capital/State Room


10:00 - 11:00 AM     Round 1 - Morning Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

                                    Session A:      Executive Room

                                                                 Perspectives on the Deadly Mann Gulch Fire 75 Years Later

                                                             Liz Burke, Conservation Educator-Helena-Lewis & Clark Forest

                                    Session B:      Legislative/Judicial Room

                                                                Montana Wood Products Market and Infrastructure Update

                                                                Sam Scott, University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research 

11:00 –12:00 PM     Round 2 - Morning Breakout Sessions (Choose one)


                                    Session A:     Executive Room

                                                                Forest Owls of Montana

                                                            Denver Holt, Owl Research Institute

                                    Session B:      Legislative/Judicial Room

                                                            Grant/Cost Share Opportunities for Forest Landowners

                                                                 Erik Warrington, MT Department of Natural Resource and Conservation &

                                                             Jason Glenn USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service


12:00 - 1:30 PM        Luncheon with Speaker - Capital/State Room

                                       History of The UM Foresters Ball

                                     Sami Westphal, UM Forestry Club             


1:30 PM                     Close Silent Auctions

1:30 - 2:30 PM          Round 3 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Choose one)


                                   Session A:     Executive Room

                                                              Introduction to the FireSafe Montana Program

                                                               Pat McKelvey & Rocky Infanger, FireSafe Montana Board Members

                                   Session B:     Legislative/Judicial Room

                                                              Understanding the Forest Carbon Cycle

                                                               Scott Ferrenberg, Associate Director, Montana Forest Conservation Experiment Station


2:30 - 3:30 PM         Round 4 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Choose one)


                                  Session A:      Executive Rom

                                                          Forest Habitat Typing

                                                               John Goodburn, Associate Professor of Silviculture,

                                                           W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation


                                  Session B:        Legislative/Judicial Room

                                                              What's important to know about Forest Soils

                                                               Kelsey Martin & Vince Archer, Soil Scientists,

                                                           Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest


3:30- 4:00PM         Closing Session - Executive Room

                                 Announce Silent Auction Winners - Closing Comments


Presented by:         

Forest Stewardship Foundation

A huge thank you to our many sponsors for supporting our event over the years:

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