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Lunch with Dr. Keith Woeste Presenting
The Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center:
An Example of Forest Service Research and its Roles

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00 – 1:00 PM (NOTE the time change)
Fire Camp Room, Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW, Washington DC (BRING PICTURE ID!)

Dr. Woeste will be presenting his work with the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC), which is a Cooperative Research and Landowner Education partnership between the USDA Forest Service and Purdue University. The goal of HTIRC is the restoration and enhancement of healthy, diverse, productive forests. High-value hardwoods are the primary focus at HTIRC because they are so important to private forest landowners in the US. Research at HTIRC covers nearly all aspects of forest biology, from tree breeding to ecology, nursery production, silviculture, propagation, genetic transformation, physiology, genetic diversity, species conservation, entomology, and pathology.  Because HTIRC is based at a University, training students is central to its mission as well and graduate assistantships are offered every year through the Fred van Eck Foundation.  Landowner education at HTIRC is managed through several full- and part-time staff who serve clients ranging from small, private woodland owners to NGOs, private firms, corporate woodland owners, and State Agencies.

If anyone is interested in learning about the HTIRC in advance of Keith’s talk, they could check out the Center’s Website:

Dr. Keith Woeste earned his B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, all his other academic decorations were earned at the University of California in Davis, where he studied horticultural tree breeding.  Following his graduation Keith worked as a Post-doc for 6 years studying the genetic regulation of hormone perception in plants.  But he found his feet again when he was hired as a research geneticist with the USDA Forest Service in 1999. His current research interests include the genetics and improvement of black walnut and white oak, and the conservation genetics and breeding of butternut. Woeste lives in West Lafayette, IN with his wife, Vicky, and four children.

Cost: N/A - Brown Bag Lunch (vending machines available)

Time:  Arrive at 11:45; Keith’s presentation and Q&A will be from 12:10-1:00 pm. (Please note the time changes from our normal luncheon schedule, you are free to eat during the presentation.)
RSVP and Questions:   Contact NCSAF Program Co-Chair: Rocco Saracina,; (202) 596-3459


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What is the National Capital SAF?

The National Capital SAF is one of thirty-two State Societies that make up the national organization of the SAF.  Our members generally live and work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  However, there are two other State Societies located in our metropolitan area - the Appalachian Society in northern Virginia and the Allegheny Society in Maryland.  We have over 300 members in the National Capital SAF. Members may join any state society they wish by paying the appropriate state society dues.

Our NCSAF members serve in positions with Federal and local governments, forest industry and affiliated organizations, non-governmental conservation and environmental organizations, colleges and universities, and small businesses, including consulting foresters.  In addition, some of our members are now retired.

L to R:
Ted Beauvais, Past Chair; David Gwaze, Fundraising; Jeanne Kavinski, Membership; Bryan Petit, Past Program; Tim Resch, Web Master, Darrel Pendris, Past Treasurer; Christine Cadigan, Treasurer; Jake Donnay, Secretary; Daina Apple, Science and Technology Coordinator; Chris Farley, Newsletter and Andy Mason, Chair.
Not pictured: Jeff Bradley, Chair-elect; Eric Norland, Program; Chinling Chen, Service; Terri Bates, Communications; Nadine Block, Nominations and Recognition; and Doug MacCleery, Historian

What is the Society of American Foresters (SAF)?

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States.  Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society in the world for foresters and other professions interested in forestry.

The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501 (c) (3). SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.

For more information on SAF, please explore the national SAF website

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