Will Brendecke

Will Brendecke

Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District


Will Brendecke is a certified silviculturist working for the US Forest Service for the past 10 years. Will has worked in various ecosystems and in various capacities across the U.S. and internationally. As a forester/ silviculturist he has worked on the Malheur, Umatilla, Shawnee, and Finger Lakes National Forest. Currently, on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest, Will is part of planning teams and writes prescriptions that address fire/fuels risk management, forest health, wildlife and other restoration concerns. Will also has worked as a Peace Corps agroforestry volunteer in Senegal and more recently with the USFS International Programs in Honduras and Guatemala developing restoration strategies. During his time on the Deschutes N.F. he has been involved with local Deschutes County Forest Collaborative group, citizen organizations and individuals to identify and build partnerships to address user issues/ concerns as well as forest health and natural resource issues/ concerns. Will has B.S. in Zoology (entomology focus) and M.S. in Forest Ecology and Management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Presentation Topic

Riparian restoration planning, implementation and monitoring – Not all zones are created equal (lessons from recent past to present)

Presentation Description

Riparian restoration objectives are have become a central part of projects on the Sisters Ranger District in recent years. Central to concerns of working in riparian areas include, but not limited to, soil impacts and stream shade concerns. Three recent projects specifically have utilized thinning in RHCAs/ riparian reserves using hand-thinning and/or harvesting equipment to accomplish work. Lessons learned from planning (site specificity implied) to implementation (logging systems and design) have increased our ability to meet riparian objectives while maintaining resource protection concerns. Talking points will survey 3 past/ current projects and identify some specific differences from the planning to implementation (including logging systems and design) important in riparian management. A brief discussion on monitoring will be included in order to demonstrate more far reaching information important in measuring outcomes.

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
back to top