2017 ISAF Spring Meeting

Central Hardwood Oak Ecology and Wildlife Management Conference
March 7-8, 2017

General Conference Questions or Concerns

Contact Dan Shaver () at 812.374.9441.

Optional Field Tour: Fire in Oak Forests

Visit the Hitz Rhodehamel Woods Nature Preserve and see how reintroduction of a fire regime, mid-story removal and invasive species control have restored a dry-mesic oak woodland and improved habitat for wildlife, stimulated the forest understory and impacted timber value. Local professionals and some of our speakers will be on hand to discuss the site and impacts to the forest.

Poster Session

For information or to set up a poster, contact Mike Saunders (), Associate Professor of Hardwood Silviculture.

Conference Facility

The program will be held at The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 E, Nashville, IN 47448.

Continuing Education

The conference has been assigned 9.25 category 1 CFEs.


The Seasons Lodge is holding a block of rooms for $79.00 per room until February 7th. Reservation can be made by calling 1.800.365.7327. Mention you are with the Wildlife Society/ Society of American Foresters Meeting. Nashville has other lodging options if desired.

Dietary Needs or Accessibility Assistance

Please contact Dan Shaver () at 812.374.9441.


Pre-registration is closed.

Tuesday, March 7
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Check-in and Registration (lunch on your own)
1:00-1:15 pm Welcome and Introduction
1:15-2:00 pm The Past and Future of the Oak Resource in Central Hardwood Region
Steve Shifley, Research Forester, USFS Northern Research Station
2:00 - 2:45 pm Oak Biology and Disturbance Ecology
Mike Jenkins, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Purdue University
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 3:45 pm Deer and Oak Forests
Susan Stout, Research Forester, USFS Northern Research Station
3:45 - 4:30 pm New Funding for Forest Management
NRCS and Division of Forestry (Joint Chiefs and Young Forest Initiative)
4:30 - 5:30 pm Poster Session, Free time and Hotel Check-in
5:30 - 6:30 pm The Wildlife Society and Indiana Society of American Foresters Business Meetings and Indiana Prescribed Fire Council Meeting
6:30 -8:00 pm Buffet dinner
8:00 - 10:00 pm Social time and cash bar
Wednesday, March 8
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast buffet
Concurrent Session Wildlife Mangement Forest Management
8:30 - 9:15 am Bird Response to Forest Management
Patrick Ruhl Purdue University
Silvicultural Methods for Oak Regeneration
Michael Saunders, Purdue University
9:20 -10:05 am Combating Grouse Decline: Kentucky's Grouse and Young Forest Initiative
Zak Danks, KDFWR Grouse Coordinator
Fire and Oak Silviculture
Patrick Brose, Research Forester, USFS
10:05 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:15 am Bat Response to Forest Management
Kiefer Titus, HEE Project
Shelterwood: A Practical Approach
Chris Neggers TNC Forester
11:15am - noon Indiana Deer Herd Update
Joe Caudell, Indiana State Deer Biologist
Decision Criteria for Regenerating Oak
Patrick Brose, Research Forester, USFS
12:00 pm Adjourn and lunch on your own
1:00 - 3:00 pm Optional Field Tour - Fire in Oak Forests - Meet in the Seasons Lodge Parking Lot. Carpool or caravan to local sites. See description above.