Amanda Lindsay

Amanda Lindsay

Silviculturist, U.S. Forest Service, Malheur NF


Amanda Lindsay is a certified silviculturist who has worked in silviculture on the Malheur National Forest for the past 8 years. During her time on the Malheur she has led and worked on vegetation restoration projects that include plantation thinning, planting and precommercial thinning in wildfire landscapes, aspen restoration, riparian enhancement thinning, and large landscape projects that are designed to restore ecosystem structure and function. She has planned and implemented variable density thinning, ICO (Individuals, Clumps, and Openings) thinning, an innovative new silvicultural system called Free Selection, and Designation by Prescription. She is also a Contracting Officer’s Representative, leading precommercial thinning, fuels reduction, planting, and riparian restoration contracts, as well as inspecting commercial harvest for the Malheur 10-year Stewardship. She is an active participant of the Blue Mountain Forest Partners collaborative.

Amanda Lindsay has a B.S. in Forest Management and an M.S. in Forest Science majoring in silviculture from Oregon State University. Her Master’s project studied planting and vegetation management in Northeastern Oregon.

Presentation Topic

Alternative Contracting Methods and Implementation Strategies for Commercial Harvest

Presentation Description

This presentation will discuss the differences, advantages, and disadvantages between timber sale contracting methods such as traditional timber sale, IRTC, IRSC, and the 10-year stewardship. The differences, advantages, and disadvantages between Forest Service mark and using Designation by Prescription, and how these methods of tree selection fit in with the different contracting methods, will also be discussed.

Advantages of using alternative contracting and tree selection methods include decreased sale prep time and cost, treating sales that may not be economically viable, and providing consistency to contractors. One disadvantage is the increased risk to the government. These contracting and tree selection methods have been used on the Malheur National Forest in the Starr Stewardship project, Marshall Divine, Soda Bear, and Galena. In addition, a comparison between Forest Service mark and Designation by Prescription was completed in the Starr Stewardship project to determine if there were any differences between basal area, clumpiness, and cost for these two methods. Since the Starr Stewardship trial Designation by Prescription has been used for several other projects on the Malheur, including Marshall Divine and Galena.

Workshop Schedule

Registration Opens

10:00 AM

Light Lunch

11:00 AM

Key Note Speaker

12:00 PM

Panel: The Economics of Forest Restoration

Topics: Making Forest Restoration Economical, Contractor Logging Costs & Opportunities for Cost-savings, The Economics of Dry Forest Stewardship Projects, and Using the Land Fin Tool

Panel: From Inception to Implementation, Planning for Success

Topics: Planning at the Landscape Scale, Making Use of Good Neighbor Authority, Authorities to Maximize Restoration, and Packaging Federal Resources for All-lands Restoration

Panel: Cutting Edge Technologies for Sale Layout and Implementation (Part 1)

Topics: Virtual Boundaries and Discernable Boundaries, Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in daily forest operations: from cruising to regeneration survey, Using Avenza PDF Maps in Concert with Cut-To-Length Harvesting Systems, and Planning Ground-based Harvest Operations to Limit Soil Impacts

Reception and Featured Speaker

5:30 PM


7:00 AM

Featured Speaker

Panel: Forest Treatments for Riparian Health

Topics: Hydrology Concerns for Treatments in Riparian Areas, Riparian Thinning Using Cut-to-Length, and Riparian Thinning: An Example from the Deschutes National Forest

Panel: Managing Good Fire at the Right Place and Right Time (Part 1)

Topics: Managed Fire: A tool or a Hazard? An in-depth discussion with the Lakeview Forest Stewardship Group.

Panel: Managing Good Fire at the Right Place and Right Time (Part 2)

Topics: Prescribed Fire at Scale and Contracting Prescribed Fire

Panel: Bridges and Water Crossings: Challenges and Opportunities

Topics: Roads, Crossings and Culverts, Low-cost approaches to Low-Volume Roads and Water Crossings, Prioritizing Roads, Crossings & Culverts with NetMap.

Lunch: A View from All Sides: Perspectives on Implementation Efficiencies, Challenges, & Opportunities

Summary Statements from Forest Service Staff, Collaborative Member and Industry Representative discussed over Lunch

11:45 AM


Have a safe trip home!

1:00 PM


7:00 AM

Featured Speaker: Do Collaboratives Matter in Litigation?

with Susan Jane Brown

Panel: New Opportunities for Conventional Harvesting Systems and Biomass Utilization

Topics: Cut-to-Length vs Whole Tree Logging Systems, Biomass Utilization: Harvesting and Markets, and Managing Slash: Needs, Challenges, Opportunities

Panel: Steep Terrain Harvesting Systems

Topics: Skyline Logging: New Approaches to Traditional Systems, Steep Slope Logging, and Tethered Assist


with optional practical application activity

12:30 PM

Facilitated Conversations on the morning’s topics

Continue the discussion: The key elements of making forest restoration work economically viable

Panel: A Grounded Approach: Soil Considerations for Harvesting

Topics: Soil Matters: Improving Forest Landscape Planning and Management for Diverse Objectives with Soils Information and Expertise, Soil Resources Management for Logging in Steep Slopes, Interaction of Steep Slope Equipment with Soil Resources

Panel: Cutting Edge Technologies for Sale Layout and Implementation (Part 2)

Topics: Tablet applications for Implementing Silvicultural Prescriptions, Forest Restoration in the Tablet & Smart Phone era: Marking and Realtime Monitoring using the ICO APP, and Non-contact tree measurement for forest harvesting machines

Panel: Designation Methods: Lessons Learned

Topics: Alternative Contracting Methods and Implementation Strategies for Commercial Harvest, DxP and DxD

Facilitated Conversation on Afternoon Topics

or optional practical application activity

Dinner on your own

Enjoy one of the many area dining options at your leisure.

6:00 PM
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