Thank you for attending the 3rd annual Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy conference

This two-day event featured a convergence of business leaders, government partners, scientists, researchers and those with an interest in forest health.

The video from the conference is available for viewing. Most presentations are now available for download, as well.

AGENDA AND PRESENTATIONS

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Noon Check-in begins
1 p.m. Why forests matter to desert cities

Keynote about the importance of watershed health to the vitality of desert cities and steps that can be taken to ensure the future vitality of Arizona's forests.

Jim Lane, Mayor, City of Scottsdale
1:35 p.m. Getting boots on the ground

Presentation Document is a PDF

A discussion on why restoration needs to happen – from a fire protection and ecological perspective – as well as innovative methods to leverage funds, engage the public and build collaboration to work quickly through the NEPA process; and the many benefits that result.

Mandy Metzger, Coconino County Supervisor

2 p.m. Panel
Multijurisdictional forest management

Logan Lawson presentation Document is a PDF
Jeff Whitney presentation Document is a PDF

Top officials from the land management agencies responsible for managing a majority of the forests in Arizona's Salt and Verde River watersheds discuss the importance of collaboration, partnerships, and the need to work across boundaries at the landscape scale to address Arizona's forest health issues.

Logan Lawson, Acting Tribal Forestry Manager, White Mountain Apache Tribe
Brian Ferebee, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System
Jeff Whitney, Arizona State Forester

2:50 p.m. Networking break – Introduction

An unveiling of the Arizona Forward Forest Health Primer precedes the first networking break.

Diane Brossart, President & CEO, Arizona Forward

2:55 p.m. Networking break
3:20 p.m. Panel
The forest industry in Arizona

Stephen Horner presentation Document is a PDF
Chris Stephan presentation Document is a PDF
Brad Worsley presentation Document is a PDF

An exploration of the different types of forest industry members in Arizona and how they use different parts of the tree to maximize value from restoration.

Stephen Horner, Area Manager, Campbell Global
Steve Reidhead, President, Tri-Star Logging
Chris Stephan, CEO, Newpac Fibre
Brad Worsley, CEO, Novo Power

4:10 p.m. Panel
Biomass: The challenges

Dennis Becker presentation Document is a PDF

Biomass removal is critical to restoration, but economic and logistical challenges remain. In that context, what are the urgent policy and incentives in place for woody biomass utilization and what more can Arizona do to promote efficient removal and use of biomass?

Dennis Becker, Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho
Rob Davis, Owner, Forest Energy Corporation
Kelly Walker, Scott's Miracle-Gro

4:50 p.m. Day 1 wrap-up
Public-private partnerships on federal lands

A summary of key points from the first day of the conference

Diane Vosick, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University
5 p.m.–7 p.m. Social hour and networking

Includes a special presentation by SanTan Brewing Company Brewmaster Anthony Canecchia and Minister of Craft Beer Chip Mulala: the Tap to Top Campaign

Thursday, October 8, 2015

8 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome

A recap of the first day of the conference and a summary of the sessions ahead.

Charlie Ester, Manager, Water Resource Operation, SRP
8:40 a.m. Federal forest legislation update

Update from U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's office on legislation proposed or pending in Congress that would impact forest health and restoration efforts.

Clint Chandler, Metro Phoenix and Greater Arizona Regional Director, Office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake
9 a.m. USFS wildfire risk modeling

Presentation Document is a PDF

The Southwest region of the U.S. Forest Service is completeing a wildfire risk model that prioritizes hazardous fuels, fire behavior and resources at risk. This session will provide an overiew of the modeling and uses for the tool.

Tessa Nicolet, Fire Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service
9:25 a.m. Capitalizing on the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority

Discussion on the WIFA process of making loans to public entities for forest restoration and fire guarding.

Susan Craig, Communications Director, Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona
9:50 a.m. C.C. Cragin Watershed Protection Project

Presentation Document is a PDF

Introduction to this critical project on the Mogollon Rim and the involvement of SRP and others getting this partnership together, where the project is going and why the project needs Arizona's support.

Ron Klawitter, Analyst, Water Rights & Contracts, SRP
10:20 a.m. Conference summary and introduction to networking break

Kimery Wiltshire, CEO & Director, Carpe Diem West

10:25 a.m. Networking break
11 a.m. Luncheon welcome

An introduction to the Arizona Forward Forest Health Primer opens the luncheon portion of the 2015 Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy conference.

Diane Brossart, President & CEO, Arizona Forward

11:05 a.m. Why it matters

Why forest restoration is essential to the future of all of Arizona and the importance of partnering across agencies, industry and academia to get it done.

Greg Stanton Mayor, City of Phoenix
Bruce Hallin Director, Water Rights & Contracts, SRP

11:20 a.m. Business investment in watersheds

Joe Cotroneo presentation Document is a PDF
Jeff Rutkowski presentation Document is a PDF

Hear from three businesses who have investment in the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and why they found it a valuable investment to their business.

Joe Cotroneo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Crescent Crown Distributing
Jeff Rutkowski, Senior Operations Manager, Pepsi Beverages Company – Mountain Region
Sandy Fabritz-Whitney, Director of Water Strategy, Freeport McMoRan

11:50 a.m. Lunch
Four Forest Restoration Initiative panel

Jason Rosamond presentation Document is a PDF

A lunchtime discussion about the state of the massive effort to restore Tonto, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Kaibab national forests.

Cal Joyner, Regional Forester, Southwest District, U.S. Forest Service
Ethan Aumack, Conservation Director, Grand Canyon Trust
Jason Rosamond, CEO & Co-Founder, Good Earth Power

12:25 p.m. Video: The Collaborative Road to Restoring Arizona's Forests

Take a tour of the state's high country in the premiere of this SRP-produced short documentary.

Lin Sue Cooney, Host

12:45 p.m. Keynote address

Lin Sue Cooney

1:20 p.m. Wrap-up and conclusion

AGENDA

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Noon Check-in begins
1 p.m. Why forests matter to desert cities

Keynote about the importance of watershed health to the vitality of desert cities and steps that can be taken to ensure the future vitality of Arizona's forests.

Jim Lane, Mayor, City of Scottsdale
1:35 p.m. Getting boots on the ground

Presentation Document is a PDF

A discussion on why restoration needs to happen – from a fire protection and ecological perspective – as well as innovative methods to leverage funds, engage the public and build collaboration to work quickly through the NEPA process; and the many benefits that result.

Mandy Metzger, Coconino County Supervisor

2 p.m. Panel
Multijurisdictional forest management

Logan Lawson presentation Document is a PDF
Jeff Whitney presentation Document is a PDF

Top officials from the land management agencies responsible for managing a majority of the forests in Arizona's Salt and Verde River watersheds discuss the importance of collaboration, partnerships, and the need to work across boundaries at the landscape scale to address Arizona's forest health issues.

Logan Lawson, Acting Tribal Forestry Manager, White Mountain Apache Tribe
Brian Ferebee, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System
Jeff Whitney, Arizona State Forester

2:50 p.m. Networking break – Introduction

An unveiling of the Arizona Forward Forest Health Primer precedes the first networking break.

Diane Brossart, President & CEO, Arizona Forward

2:55 p.m. Networking break
3:20 p.m. Panel
The forest industry in Arizona

Stephen Horner presentation Document is a PDF
Chris Stephan presentation Document is a PDF
Brad Worsley presentation Document is a PDF

An exploration of the different types of forest industry members in Arizona and how they use different parts of the tree to maximize value from restoration.

Stephen Horner, Area Manager, Campbell Global
Steve Reidhead, President, Tri-Star Logging
Chris Stephan, CEO, Newpac Fibre
Brad Worsley, CEO, Novo Power

4:10 p.m. Panel
Biomass: The challenges

Dennis Becker presentation Document is a PDF

Biomass removal is critical to restoration, but economic and logistical challenges remain. In that context, what are the urgent policy and incentives in place for woody biomass utilization and what more can Arizona do to promote efficient removal and use of biomass?

Dennis Becker, Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho
Rob Davis, Owner, Forest Energy Corporation
Kelly Walker, Scott's Miracle-Gro

4:50 p.m. Day 1 wrap-up
Public-private partnerships on federal lands

A summary of key points from the first day of the conference.

Diane Vosick, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University
5 p.m.–7 p.m. Social hour and networking

Includes a special presentation by SanTan Brewing Company Brewmaster Anthony Canecchia and Minister of Craft Beer Chip Mulala: the Tap to Top Campaign

Thursday, October 8, 2015

8 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome

A recap of the first day of the conference and a summary of the sessions ahead.

Charlie Ester, Manager, Water Resource Operation, SRP
8:40 a.m. Federal forest legislation update

Update from U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's office on legislation proposed or pending in Congress that would impact forest health and restoration efforts.

Clint Chandler, Metro Phoenix and Greater Arizona Regional Director, Office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake
9 a.m. USFS wildfire risk modeling

Presentation Document is a PDF

The Southwest region of the U.S. Forest Service is completeing a wildfire risk model that prioritizes hazardous fuels, fire behavior and resources at risk. This session will provide an overiew of the modeling and uses for the tool.

Tessa Nicolet, Fire Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service
9:25 a.m. Capitalizing on the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority

Discussion on the WIFA process of making loans to public entities for forest restoration and fire guarding.

Susan Craig, Communications Director, Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona
9:50 a.m. C.C. Cragin Watershed Protection Project

Presentation Document is a PDF

Introduction to this critical project on the Mogollon Rim and the involvement of SRP and others getting this partnership together, where the project is going and why the project needs Arizona's support.

Ron Klawitter, Analyst, Water Rights & Contracts, SRP
10:20 a.m. Conference summary and introduction to networking break

Kimery Wiltshire, CEO & Director, Carpe Diem West

10:25 a.m. Networking break and luncheon check-in
11 a.m. Luncheon welcome

An introduction to the Arizona Forward Forest Health Primer opens the luncheon portion of the 2015 Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy conference.

Diane Brossart, President & CEO, Arizona Forward

11:05 a.m. Why it matters

Why forest restoration is essential to the future of all of Arizona and the importance of partnering across agencies, industry and academia to get it done.

Greg Stanton Mayor, City of Phoenix
Bruce Hallin Director, Water Rights & Contracts, SRP

11:20 a.m. Business investment in watersheds

Joe Cotroneo presentation Document is a PDF
Jeff Rutkowski presentation Document is a PDF

Hear from three businesses who have investment in the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and why they found it a valuable investment to their business.

Joe Cotroneo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Crescent Crown Distributing
Jeff Rutkowski, Senior Operations Manager, Pepsi Beverages Company – Mountain Region
Sandy Fabritz-Whitney, Director of Water Strategy, Freeport McMoRan

11:50 a.m. Lunch
Four Forest Restoration Initiative panel

Jason Rosamond presentation Document is a PDF

A lunchtime discussion about the state of the massive effort to restore Tonto, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Kaibab national forests.

Cal Joyner, Regional Forester, Southwest District, U.S. Forest Service
Ethan Aumack, Conservation Director, Grand Canyon Trust
Jason Rosamond, CEO & Co-Founder, Good Earth Power

12:25 p.m. Video: The Collaborative Road to Restoring Arizona's Forests

Take a tour of the state's high country in the premiere of this SRP-produced short documentary.

Lin Sue Cooney, Host

12:45 p.m. Keynote address

Lin Sue Cooney

1:20 p.m. Wrap-up and conclusion

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