Ed Brown

Ed Brown

Fremont-Winema National Forest


Ed Brown was born in Florida and spent his “Wonderbread Years” in Central Georgia playing in the forests and tree farms around Warner Robins. Ed is pretty sure this was where he began his forestry adventure, or at least his love of prescribed burning. Not that his burning was controlled, but he sure made an impression on Mrs. Ferguson when he was caught igniting her southern pines.

Ed eventually found his way to Oregon State University in 1978, where he met some fantastic foresters who were attending the Forest Engineering Institute. One of those fellows offered Ed a temporary job at the Mount St. Helens Ranger District, just east of Cougar. This was the beginning of his wonderful relationship with “the Outfit” where he spent his summers of 1978 and 1979.

Realizing OSU had NOT offered him any scholarships or grants, Ed went to the University of Maine, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Management and where he met his wife, Faith (also a forester) in 1980.

Of course, 1980 was a banner year for Mount St. Helens. Ed stayed in Maine that summer as no one had a job at the volcano. From 1981 to 1986, Ed was part of the Forest Service efforts salvaging and restoring the areas around the volcano. He worked in timber, silviculture, and was the Brush Disposal Crew Leader.

In 1986, Ed and his wife joined the Peace Corps and spent 27 months in West Africa establishing fruit tree nurseries, grafting trees, battling malaria, losing weight, and honestly, having a really good time.

Since 1989, Ed has worked on the Winema and now the Fremont-Winema National Forest as a planning forester, fuels specialist, district silviculturist, a short stint as a district ranger, and is currently the forest silviculturist.

Presentation Topic

Using the LanFin Tool

Presentation Description

LanFin is a landscape financial model using ArcFuels and the Landscape Treatment Designer (LTD) to display stumpage values across a landscape.

The inputs come from the Forest Vegetation Simulator cut tree lists which are processed to give stumpage value of the cut trees. This output is then projected across a landscape showing stumpage values. Areas of high and low value become visible allowing managers and collaborators to see areas of high and no stumpage value. Prescriptions can then be modified increasing stumpage in areas of higher value to cover the restoration costs in low value areas.

Using LTD, optimal distribution of stumpage can be allocated across the landscape displaying the tradeoffs between various resources.

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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