First CEFTS meeting

Courtesy of Mike Bridgen from the Ranger School, here is a photo from the first meeting of CEFTS in 1976.

First CEFTS meeting in  1976

With help from Steve Resh and Ed Grafton here are the participants:

Top row: Grover Katzman (Paul Smith’s College), Ed Grafton (Glenville State College), James Coufal (Ranger School)

Middle row: Bill Rutherford (Paul Smith’s College), David Embree (Hocking College), Bernard Carr (Michigan Technical University), Harry Mosher (Penn State Mont Alto)

Bottom row: Wallace Robbins (University of Maine), James Johnson (Lancaster Community College), Daniel Castagnozzi (Ranger School).

Below is a copy of this image with the participants from Ed Grafton.


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Highlights of the 2017 Meeting

The 2017 CEFTS meeting has come and gone. We had a great time at The Ranger School and greatly appreciated the hospitality of the people in Wanakena.

Here is our group photo taken at a picnic area in the Ranger School Forest.

Here is the map of the places we visited. 

Check out the photo album from the meeting. (Click on the photo to start the album.)

CEFTS 2017

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2017 Meeting Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 2017 meeting at the Ranger School in Wanakena, NY.

Tuesday, August 1st
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Arrive at the Ranger School / Registration / Room Assignments
Main Building (enter through back of building-follow signs)
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Tour of the Main Building
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Welcome Dinner*
Harold L. Spaulding Memorial Alumni House (266B Ranger School Rd.)
8:00 – 9:00 pm
CEFTS Executive Committee Meeting
Location TBD

Wednesday, August 2nd
7:15 – 7:45 am
The Landing (RS Dining Hall)
8:00 – 9:00 am
Introduction and Overview of The Ranger School, its Programs and the conference by Ranger School Director Michael Bridgen
Barry Nehr Classroom (second floor)
9:00 – 9:30 am
Cracker Barrel meets TED Talks
Barry Nehr Classroom
TED Talks are short, informative talks on a wide variety of topics. One speaker from each school represented will have 15 minutes to share an idea, strategy, concern, challenge, success, technology, proposal, or vision related to forest technology education in the 21st century. Only 5 minutes will be allowed for questions, but the presentations will serve as a basis for informal discussion during the remainder of the conference and beyond.
9:30 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break*
The Landing (RS Dining Hall)
10:00 – 12:00 noon
Cracker Barrel meets TED Talks
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Box Lunch with Business Meeting*
Location TBD
1:00 – 4:30 pm

Van tour of the James F. Dubuar Memorial Forest
Meet at back of main building, behind kitchen
5:30 – ?
BBQ Dinner & Live Music* with Cash Bar
Pine Cone Grill, Wanakena
Featuring Canal Street String Band

Thursday, August 3rd
7:15 – 7:45 am
The Landing (RS Dining Hall)
8:00 – 10:30 am
Accreditation, Certification and Assessment Tools and Their Role in Forest Technology Education
Barry Nehr Classroom
A discussion with Carol Redelsheimer, the Director of Science and Education for the Society of American Foresters.
11:00 – 12:00 noon
Travel to Tupper Lake, with a brief stop at Richards Forest Products log yard
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Big Tupper Brewing, Tupper Lake
1:30 – 4:15 pm
Visit The Wild Center and Wild Walk*
A natural history museum of the Adirondacks and elevated walk through the forest canopy.
4:15– 5:00 pm
Travel back to Wanakena
5:30 – ?
Dinner with Annual CEFTS Auction*
RS Picnic Pavilion

Friday August 4th
7:15 – 7:45 am
The Landing (RS Dining Hall)

*Included in registration.

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2017 Meeting Update

Click here to see the tentative schedule for the upcoming meeting in August. Travel and stay information is included as well.

The registration cost is $150 for anyone staying at the Ranger School, $125 per person staying elsewhere. Guest registration costs are the same cost. This includes all meals except lunch on 8/3. Admission to the Wild Center is also included. A separate fee of $30 will be collected from each school at the business meeting for annual dues.

For more information or to register, contact: Greg Vaverchak @ or 315-848-2566×107.

Please register by July 1st.

 To prepay, you can mail a check made out to “SUNY ESF” to SUNY ESF Ranger School, PO Box 48, Wanakena, NY 13695.

To register, please provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Guest Name(s)
  3. College
  4. Address
  5. Preferred Email
  6. Office Phone
  7. Cell Phone
  8. Where will you be staying?
  9. Dietary Restrictions
  10. How will you arrive? Do you need a shuttle from/to Syracuse Hancock International Airport? When?

We look forward to seeing you all in August.

Greg Vaverchak
Jamie Savage

2017 CEFTS Meeting Co-chairs

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Introducing The North American Wildlife Technology Association

The North American Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA), established in 1984, is the accrediting organization of Wildlife and Fisheries Technology programs in North America.  NAWTA’s membership is a great group of like minded college instructors of wildlife/natural resources from Canada and the United States.  The goals of NAWTA are to maintain historic accreditation standards while providing individual program recommendations for improvement, provide educational conferences to its members, conduct site visits to the accredited institutions, recognize students, and share ideas/concerns within and out of the organization.

For more information:

Jim Westerhold
HGTC – Wildlife

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Highlights from the 2016 Meeting in Georgetown, SC

Here are some pictures.

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CEFTS Meeting 2002

Since we just finished the 2016 meeting at Horry Georgetown Technical College, I thought it would be great to show some pictures from the 2002 meeting.


Hobcaw Barony

CEFTS Hobcaw Visit 2002

Unusual Tours Duck Boat Trip

CEFTS Duck Boat tour 2002

Mead Westvaco lands around Georgetown, SC visit

CEFTS Meade Westvaco Visit 2002

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Activities for the 2016 meeting in Georgetown, South Carolina

Here’s a map of the places visited.


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CEFTS 2016 Meeting Preview

Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools Annual Meeting 2016

Georgetown, South Carolina

The Annual Meeting of the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools is fast approaching. Shown below is the schedule of events. There are a variety of airlines servicing either Myrtle Beach International Airport to the North or Charleston International Airport to the South of Georgetown, SC. We are equal distance from both. In addition, there is Amtrak service available in the area, although schedules may not be the most convenient.

Monday, July 25th

5:00 – 6:00pm Early check in

Tuesday, July 26th

7:00am Breakfast (provided @ motel)

8:30am Leave for kayak / canoe trip on Black River

12:00 – 6:00pm Annual Meeting check-in (motel)

7:00pm Supper (BBQ) & Social @ The Wildlife Pavilion on Campus

8:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 27th

7:00am Breakfast (provided @ motel)

8:00am Depart for Tour – ArborGen’s Research Lab in Summerville, SC

10:00am Arrive @ ArborGen

ARBORGEN – A WORLDWIDE LEADER IN COMMERCIAL FORESTRY is a leading producer of tree seedling products and one of the largest providers of conventional and technology-enhanced seedlings to the forestry industry. With a long history of tree improvement research and expertise in forestry, ArborGen is developing products designed to meet the challenges facing the global commercial forestry industry.

Through innovations in both conventional breeding and biotechnology, we develop high-value seedling products that significantly improve the productivity of a given area of land by enabling our customers to grow trees that yield more wood per acre with greater consistency and quality in a shorter period of time.  These advanced and technology-enhanced products are designed to improve growth rates, yields, stress tolerance, uniformity, wood quality and processing efficiency of trees.

Combining superior nursery management practices and methods, conventional tree breeding, species selection, advanced tree improvement and biotechnology to produce trait-specific superior trees, ArborGen is working to ensure that our customers get the most out of every tree they grow.

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – Tour of Francis Marion National Forest – Carolina Bay Habitat

5:00pm Supper – Low Country Seafood Fare (Shrimp & Crabs and Alternatives)

7:30pm Cracker Barrel – possible topics Recruitment & Retention, 4-year Articulation, Accreditation

Thursday, July 28th

7:00am Breakfast (provided @ motel)

8:00am Tour of Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center (Boat trip??)

Background on the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center one of the most outstanding gifts to wildlife conservation in North America, the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center was willed to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in 1976 by the late Tom Yawkey, owner of the Boston Red Sox. Composed of 31 square miles of marsh, managed wetlands, forest openings, ocean beach, Longleaf pine forest and maritime forest, the preserve is principally dedicated as a wildlife preserve, research area and waterfowl refuge.

In addition to protecting game species such as White-tailed deer and Eastern wild turkey, the Yawkey Center is a haven for nongame and endangered species. The diversity of habitats support over 200 species of birds, rivaling the variety and rarity documented at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge located just to the south. An unusual number of raptorial birds frequent the area to rest during migration, to nest or feed. They include hawks, ospreys, peregrine falcons, golden and bald eagles.

The uplands on the Yawkey Center protect a diversity of plant species and provide habitat for small mammals such as raccoons, fox squirrels and otters. The federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker also inhabits the longleaf pine uplands of the preserve.

Because the Yawkey Center’s beaches are undisturbed, they provide protected feeding and resting areas for various seabirds including the Brown pelican, Least terns and the federally threatened Piping plover as well as excellent nesting locations for the federally threatened Loggerhead sea turtle.

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:30pm – 4:00pm Tour of Hobcaw Barony (Lee / Richard 843-546-4623)

History of Hobcaw Barony

A 16,000 acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. The Native Americans called it “hobcaw,” meaning between the waters. In 1718, the land became a colonial land grant or barony. Sold and subdivided into plantations, the land was part of profitable rice production until the beginning of the 20th century. M. Baruch, Wall Street financier and adviser to presidents, purchased the property in 1905 for use as a winter hunting retreat. After 50 years, he sold all the land to his daughter Belle Baruch. At the time of her death in 1964, she created a foundation to manage the land as an outdoor laboratory for the colleges and universities in South Carolina.

On site research facilities include Clemson University’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center and the University of South Carolina’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Although privately owned, Hobcaw Barony provides staff-guided access through tours and programs offered by the foundation and universities.

5:00pm Supper

6:00pm Business Meeting followed by social

Friday, July 29th

7:00am Breakfast (provided @ motel)

8:00am Depart for home or various locations

Contact Information: If you have questions or need to arrange pick up at one of the airports, please call Brian Clark @ or Work: 843-520-1418, Home: 843-527-7570, Mobile: 843-359-9379.

Hotel – Quality Inn & Suites, 210 Church Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 / (843) 546-5656. The rate will be $89.99 / night. When making a reservation with the Hotel directly, use Group Name: HGTC Meeting and Group Acct. SC302.

Air Transportation

Myrtle Beach, SC – Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Elite Airways, Porter Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, ViaAir (Berkley, WV), WestJet

Charleston International Airport, SC – American Airlines, United Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest, Delta, Alaska Airlines (Seattle)

Rail Service – Amtrak Service to Florence, SC, Kingstree, SC or Charleston, SC. Silver Meteor / Palmetto Line Service with major stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Richmond, etc. May not be the fastest way to travel, but some might want to review it as an option.

For more information, contact: Brian Clark @ or 843-520-1418 daytime or 843-527-7570 evenings.

Meeting Registration Form

Name: _____________________________________________
College: ____________________________

Mailing or Street Address: _______________________________________________________

City: _______________________________
State / Province / Territory: _________________________
Zip or Postal Code: ___________________
Office Phone: ______________________________
Mobile Phone: _____________________________

Preferred Email for Meeting Announcements: _________________________________________________

Anticipated meeting out of pockets costs are $100.00 USD.

_____ I would like an alternative to the Shrimp & Crab Boil being offered on Wednesday evening.

_____ I plan on making the Tuesday, July 26th kayak trip on the Black River.

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Evolving Forestry

The Society of American Foresters has just released a video about the need to work more closely with other natural resource professionals to increase the membership and effectiveness. This initiative can have an effect on forest technician education that we should be considering.



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