Centennial Celebration
Intermountain Society of American Foresters
Annual Meeting, April 7 & 8, 2000
Boise, Idaho

The Centennial Celebration for the Intermountain Society was an unqualified success.  From the field tours, to the Foresterís Fund raffle, the awards, and the evening speaker, all participants had an enjoyable and productive time.  The evening keynote speaker, Dr. Fred Wagner from Utah State University, provided evocative information on global warming that stirred the imagination the audience.  Fifty-year membership awards were presented to Jack Gillette, Jack Lavin, and Richard Anderson.  They each shared insights from their years as SAF members and the changes that they have seen in the forestry community over that period of time.  Five additional fifty-year membership awards are shortly to be awarded to George B. Fry, J.E. Sanderson, H. Reid Jackson, Max Fee, and Ed Hoffman.  Walt Rogers was the recipient of the Forester of the Year Award for his outstanding work as the Southwest Idaho Chapter Chair-elect and Chair in 1996 and 1997 and the Intermountain Chair-elect and Chair during 1998 and 1999, which, through conducting effective meetings, resulted in increased participation by membership and greater interest in SAF among area professional foresters.  The Special Recognition Award went to Doug Page for his outstanding work on the web page for the Intermountain Section.

Friday morning, attendees had an opportunity to view the Hoff Forest Products facilities in Meridian, Idaho.  Tour guides Leon Bruch and Rick Dooley guided groups through state-of-the-art molding facilities.  Hoff's new extruded outdoor decking material was of great interest to the group.

Photos from the tour of Hoff Forest Products, Meridian, Idaho

Workers cut boards into variable lengths to eliminate defects.
Finger joints are added to the variable lengths before gluing the pieces together for molding.
Finished molding, ready for shipping.
Cross section of extruded decking material.  It is made up of 2/3 wood fiber and 1/3 plastic.

On Friday afternoon, the tour continued with a visit to Boise Cascadeís Emmett facilities.  Long time SAF member Herb Malaney saw to it that the group was able to observe laminated beam fabrication, the work of the veneer plant, and co-generation facilities.

Photos from the tour of Boise Cascade Corporation, Emmett, Idaho

SAF members walk across Boise's yard during the tour of the facilities.
Laminated beams are fabricated for structural uses.
SAF toured the plywood veneer plant.
Quantities of steam are produced by the co-generation plant.  Boise Cascade uses the wood by-products and sawdust to generate electricity, which it then sells to Pacific Corp.

On a somewhat disconcerting note, both Hoff Forest Products and Boise Cascade Corporation are finding that some raw materials can be more economically purchased from overseas sources than from sources adjacent to the plants.  Wood grown in Russia, Chile, and New Zealand, much of which is Pinus radiata (which has its origins as Montery pine, a California native), is a regular part of production at these Idaho mills.

The Centennial Celebration was capped on Saturday by a field tour of the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in the Owyhee Mountains, led by Research Leader Chuck Slaughter.  Chuck is a member of SAF.  Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed is one of the few remaining research facilities directed toward monitoring hydrologic and ecosystem processes in diverse rangeland settings, where precipitation is dominated by snow.  Scientific study and data collection has been on-going since 1960.

Tollgate weir at the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed.