12th Annual Forest Landowner Conference

    Friday, April 22, 2022

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

The Forest Stewardship Foundation and Montana Society of American Foresters invite you to attend the twelfth Annual Forest Landowner Conference.

Forest Landowner Conference

Exploring Human and Ecosystem Response to Wildfire

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

SAF Members should register through the Montana SAF website (https://www.cfc.umt.edu/saf/) .   

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 $169.00 per night for two queens plus 8% fee and $2/night city fee.  Use the following link to make your reservations between February 1 and March 25th.  Reference the Montana Forest Landowner Conference. 


Continuing Education Credits
Friday will provide 4.5 CFE credits for SAF Members and 6 credits for Accredited Logging Professionals.

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2022

Thanks to all of our Sponsors, Attendees, and Presenters that helped make a very successful conference!

2022 Conference Agenda

Friday, April 22

8:00 - 8:30 AM    Registration
8:30 - 8:45 AM       Welcome:
                               - Ed Levert - Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation
                               - Dale Kerkvliet, Eastside Chapter MT Society of American Foresters

8:45 - 9:00 AM       Opening Remarks:
                                Governor Greg Gianforte (Invited)

9:00 - 9:45 AM      Opening Session:
Historical Scope and Scale of Wildland Fire in Montana

                                Dr. Mark Finney, Missoula Fire Science Laboratory, Research Forester

9:45 - 10:00 AM    Break with Refreshments (Visit Silent Auction)


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

                                    Session A:       Post-Fire Ecology

                                                             Dr. Andrew Larson, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, Professor of Forest Ecology

                                    Session B:       Montana’s Forest Action Plan

                                                             Sonya German, MT DNRC, Forestry Division Administrator

                                                             Wyatt Frampton, MT DNRC, Forest Action Plan Project Manager


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


                                    Session A:       Effective Post-Fire Rehabilitation Strategies

                                                             Dr. Peter Kolb, MSU Extension Forestry, Forestry Specialist


                                    Session B:       Wildfire Impacts on Elk Habitat

                                                             Lauren Snobl, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, Wildlife Researcher


12:00 - 1:45 pm    Luncheon with Speaker

                                      Ellen Baumler, Interpretive Historian on Helena’s History


1:45 PM                Close Silent Auctions

1:45 - 2:45 PM     Round 3 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Choose one)


                                   Session A:  Is there a Future for Prescribed Burning on Montana Private Lands?

                                                       Julia Berkey, MT DNRC, Forestry Outreach Specialist


                                   Session B:  Wildfire Impacts on Forest Insects and Disease   

                                                       Amy Gannon, MT DNRC, Forest Pest Program Manager


2:45 - 4:00 PM     Round 4 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Choose one)


                                 Session A:   Wildfire Incident Management      

                                                      John Thompson, Wildfire Incident Commander

                                                     Sheriff Leo Dutton, Lewis & Clark County


                                Session B:   Anecdotal Observations of Wildfire Behavior in Managed Forest Settings

                                                     Dr. Peter Kolb, MSU Extension Forestry, Forestry Specialist


4:10 - 4:30 PM      Closing Session:

                               Announce Silent Auction Winners - Closing Comments

Presented by:         

Forest Stewardship Foundation


Montana Society of American Foresters

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