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Optional Workshop – Growth Rings: Professional Development and Communication Skills

Course offered by the Western Forestry & Conservation Association (WFCA) and the Forisk Continuing Education Program (FCEP)

9:00 AM

  • How to Deliver a Presentation in a Variety of Settings
    This session includes an overview of what forestry communicators have gotten right and wrong (“the good, the bad, the ugly”). Then we review how to deliver a talk (presentation) under a range of circumstances.
  • How to Answer Questions After a Presentation
    Encouraging and answering questions from the audience completes a presentation. This session includes a framework and approach for handling Q&A and includes a group activity to practice this key communication skill.
  • How to Make Comments in a Public Setting (and How to Make an Effective “Pitch”)
    This session provides a framework for organizing, supporting and delivering a key point in real time at a meeting or conference. We also discuss the components of delivering an effective pitch, of having a plan to maximize the success and receptiveness of what you might propose to executives or customers.

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 PM

  • How to Give (and Receive) Feedback
    In this session, we review the importance of clearly communicating and reinforcing expectations. Session includes examples from sports and forestry, and a hands-on small group activity, along with guidance for “both sides of the table.”
  • How to Take Notes at Work, Time Management and Setting Priorities
    Being effective is, in great part, a function of how we manage our time and focus our energy. This session is about time management, setting priorities and capturing information during meetings and conferences. The way we take notes and organize information either reinforces or confuses priorities and calendar management.
  • How to Stay Current and Informed Inside and Outside of the Forest Industry
    How do successful forest investors and managers stay current? This session reviews key forestry data sets along with recommendations and examples of what to read. The discussion reinforces the habit of reading to stay informed, current (and Interesting).

3:00 Adjourn

2019 Inland Empire Reforestation Council Meeting

Click on any of the green titles below to view a PDF of that presentation.

8:00Welcome and IntroductionPatrick Whalen, 2019 IERC Chair and Inland Empire Paper

8:05Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Tending the WoodratTyler Nelson, Idaho Dept of Lands

8:45Cone Collection: Timing and Selection of Crop TreesRich Schaefer, Alpha Services

9:30   Break

10:00Gallons Per Acre: How Much Does it Really Matter? The Ins and Outs of Aerial Application RatesCorey Fransen, Wilbur Ellis

10:452019 Silvicultural and Harvesting Cost Survey Results – Dan Opalach, Forest Biometrics Research Institute

11:15Competition and Site Interactions Experiment: Understanding Vegetation Management Treatment ResponsesMaxwell Wightman, Vegetation Management Research Cooperative, Oregon State University

Noon   Lunch

1:00Beyond Averages, Transforming Your Regen Plots into Useful InformationBruce Ripley, Hancock Forest Management

1:45Incorporating Competing Vegetation and Seedling Quality Into an Early Seedling Performance ModelAndrew Nelson, University of Idaho

2:15   Break

2:30Using UAVs to Conduct Surveys, Herbicide Applications, and Aerial Seed Deployment in Forests and RangelandsMatthew Aghai, DroneSeed

3:00Panel Discussion: The Real Life Nuts and Bolts of Forestry Operations:

  • Bill Pittman, Stimson
  • Ben Rost, Hancock
  • Chance Brumley, Potlatch Deltic
  • Phil Anderson, WA State Dept of Natural Resources
  • Julie Donohoe, Idaho Dept. of Lands

4:30   Adjourn and reception

Slope Stability and Landslide Management in the Pacific Northwest

April 11, 2019


9:00Slope Movement and Mechanisms
Types of Slope Movement and Instabilities.

  • What is a landslide?
  • What drives landslides to occur?
  • How to identify landslide features in the field.
  • Rock-fall and rockslides.
  • Translational and rotational failures.
  • Debris flows and rapidly moving landslides.
  • How to recognize landslide types.

10:30   Break

10:45Slope Movement and Mechanisms, (continued)
Slope stability concepts

  • Assessing driving and resisting forces.
  • Reviewing geologic conditions.
  • Examining soils and topography.
  • Evaluating surface and groundwater conditions.
  • Methods of slope stability analysis.
  • Natural slopes versus engineered slopes.

Noon   Lunch

1:00Identification of Landslide Features using Remote Sensing Data

  1. Basic Features of Landslides
  2. Identifying Landslide Features using Aerial Photography
  3. Identifying Landslide Features using Contour Maps/Digital Elevation Models
  4. Identifying Landslide Features using LiDAR
  5. Available State Resources and Landslide Inventories
  6. Class Mapping Exercise

2:30Slope Stabilization Methods

  1. Drainage
  2. Use of Vegetation (Bioengineering)
  3. Surface Protection
  4. Unloading
  5. Buttressing and Shear Keys
  6. Installing Earth Retention Structures
  7. MSE Walls
  8. Reinforced Steep Slopes
  9. Soil Nails
  10. Scaling, Containment, and Rockfall Mitigation

3:30Slope Stabilization Case Studies

  1. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Retaining Walls
  2. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Geosynthetics
  3. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Earthworks
    • Shear keys and buttresses
    • Unloading
  4. Examples of Slope Stabilization Using Drainage

4:30   Adjourn

April 12, 2019

8:30Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessment

  1. Definitions and Elements of Landslide Hazard and Risk
  2. Risk-reduction Strategies (objectives for landslide mitigation)
  3. Considerations for Harvest Layout.
  4. Applications

10:00   Break

10:15Introduction to Soil Mechanics

  1. Soil and Rock Mechanics
  2. Basic soil and rock properties
  3. How are soil properties measured?
  4. The influence of water

Noon   Lunch

1:00Application of Slope Stability Analysis

  1. Coulomb Wedge
  2. Infinite Slope
  3. Bishop’s Method
  4. Consideration of Water, Seismic, and Reinforcement
  5. Back-Analysis

2:30Activity – Applying Slope Stability Analyses with Computers
Activity – Applying Slope Stability – Exercises (with answers)

Exercise Worksheet (Excel)

  1. Coulomb Wedge
  2. Infinite Slope
  3. Bishop’s Method

4:30   Adjourn

Forest Biomass and the Bioeconomy: Using Forest Residues for Profit, Carbon Sequestration and Soil Restoration

Click on any of the green titles below to view a PDF of the presentation slides.

8:00Welcome and introductionDeborah Page-Dumroese and Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Moderator: Melissa Pingree

8:10Case study: Project Planning for Biomass Utilization – Green Diamond Resource CompanyMike Alcorn, Green Diamond

8:30Efficient and Cost Effective Forest Biomass Operations: How can Biomass Logistics and Supply Chain management be improved?Han-Sup Han, Northern Arizona University

9:15Value-added Products and Markets: What Can be Done With all That Woody Biomass? Jim Dooley, Forest Concepts

10:25   Exhibitor Talk

10:35   Break

10:50Biochar as a Forest Industry Co-product: Is There Space For New Products in Traditional Manufacturing Operations?Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

11:15 Economics of Equipment and Biochar Valuation: What Makes and Loses Money in the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Market?Kamalakanta Sahoo, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service

11:35   Exhibitor Talk

11:45   Lunch (included with registration)

Moderator: Nate Anderson

1:00Building Soil Organic Matter With Biochar: What Are The Important Connections Between Carbon Sequestration, Soil, and Forest Health?Deborah Page-Dumroese, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

1:30Case study: Making Biochar and Bioenergy at a Fixed-Location Biochar PlantGrant Scheve, Rogue Biochar

1:50Forest to Farm: What are the Connections Between Biochar From Forest Biomass and Adding Value in the Agricultural Sector?Jim Archuleta, USDA Forest Service

2:10   Exhibitor Talk

2:20   Break

2:45Connections to Natural Soil Carbon: Can Prescribed Fire Help Restore Charcoal to Forest Soils? Tom DeLuca, University of Montana

3:05Revitalizing Rural Economies With Woody Biomass, Bioenergy and Possibly Biochar: What are the Trends and Opportunities?Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Department of Forestry

3:25Case study: Mobile Pyrolysis and Fuel Treatment to Reduce Fire RiskDarren McAvoy, Utah State University

3:45Make Your Own Biochar: What Technologies are best for Small Scale Production? (kilns, pits, and boxes)Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates

4:05   Exhibitor Talk

4:15   Wrap-up

4:30   Reception with speakers and attendees

2019 Scaling for Non-Scalers: Understanding the Scaling Process, Log Rules, Sorts, Grades and Accountability

9:00Scaling Bureaus: How they operate and their role in log marketsTom St. Laurent

  • How bureaus fit into the log buying and selling process
  • Represent both the log buyers and sellers
  • Apply log scaling rules
  • Provide qualified scalers
  • Serve as independent third parties

9:30What does a log scaler do?Mike Belfry

  • How scalers fit into the log transaction process (only measure volume, not value)
  • What is their relationship to log buyers and sellers
  • Different points in log transport where scaling can occur
  • What is log volume and how is it calculated?
  • What are the specific measurements and data collected on a typical log?
  • Log documentation
  • Understanding gross and net volume
  • Why did my load scale out at a lesser volume? Reasons for volume deductions

10:30   Break

11:00Northwest Log Scaling Rules: Applying uniformity and standardization within the Doug-fir processing areaTom St. Laurent

  • Function and role of the rules
  • What they cover
  • How they are maintained and revised

11:30Special requests: Using procedures in addition to the NW Log Scaling RulesTom St. Laurent

  • Why special requests are made
  • Common examples
  • Documenting special requests

Noon   Lunch

1:00Understanding log grades and sortsMike Belfry

  • What is the difference between grades and sorts?
  • Why do sorts vary from company to company?
  • What is the difference between a good #2 sawlog and a rough #2 sawlog
  • What is the pulp sort?
  • What is a cull?

2:00   Break

2:15Log accountability: Tracking the log load from landing to millMike Belfry

  • How is data collected? Load receipts, weight reports, sample scales, sample expansion, log tags, scale tickets and certificates
  • Understanding the paperwork: Examples will be provided of load receipts, scale tickets and certificates and each form will be reviewed in detail.
  • What are the standard procedures for documentation and changes?
  • How is the data stored, disseminated and then accessed by clients?

3:45Catch-all short topicsMike Belfry and Tom St. Laurent

  • Difference between westside and eastside scaling
  • Understanding cubic measurements
  • Deciphering overrun and underrun
  • Volume conversion factors
  • Using taper factors and actual taper
  • Scaler cost and value

4:15   Adjourn

Fundamentals and Best Practices for Forest Inventories

8:00Building Blocks of Sound Inventory Design

  1. What is a working forest inventory? The evolution over 30 years from strata averages and yield tables to individual stand structures within strata.
  2. Why you should be cruising for inventory versus harvest. Your cruising objective is to capture silvicultural growth capacity and setup the ability to re-merchandize as markets change.

8:30Sample Designs – Strata

  1. Stratifying the whole forest – What are the right classifications and levels of strata?
  2. Breaking the strata into unique stand polygons –Why we need unique stand identification.
  3. Sampling stands within each strata for cruising – Getting the right distribution, intensity and frequency of sampling and working with riparian buffers and setasides.

10:00   Break

10:20Sample Design – Plots

  1. Distributing your plots across the entire stand –Why this makes a difference.
  2. Including small tree frequencies to define density.
  3. How large tree frequencies define silvicultural options and asset values.
  4. Defining clumpiness with systematic spatial plot patterns to quantify the impact on yield capacity.
  5. Determining the right plot frequency and distribution within each stand.

12:00   Lunch

1:00Sample Design – Trees

  1. Sampling all trees of all species and sizes within each stand makes a difference.
  2. Applying a combination of prism-sweep and fixed area plot designs for sampling.
    • Tally frequencies by species and size class, never by species alone.
    • When and why to record tree condition and vigor class in cruise design.
    • Methods for selecting large trees height samples – why this makes a difference.
    • Estimating live crown length and percent defect in large trees.
    • When and how to measure taper.
    • When and why to measure age
  3. How to use a 1/20th acre fixed area circular plot for standing dead trees.
  4. Sampling down woody material using a minimum 100-foot transect line.

2:00   Break

2:20Cruise Compilation Methods

  1. Compiling each stand cruise versus compiling by strata – within and between stands.
  2. Height estimation methods – why tree heights vary with silviculture.

3:30Expanding the Cruise to Un-sampled Stands

  1. Assigning a stand structure to un-sampled stands from an average tree list generated from sampled stands – when and why these methods are important to understand and use.
  2. Do’s and don’ts of cruise expansions–methods, timing, frequency and assumptions.

4:15Year-end Updates and Reporting – Getting the Sequence and Components Right

  1. Incorporating all new harvest units, deletions,acquisitions and boundary adjustments in a GIS stand polygon layer.
  2. Updating the GIS road network and road class buffer widths.
  3. Updating the GIS stream courses and riparian buffer widths.
  4. Updating all administrative, silvicultural and operational costs.
  5. Running reports for year-end harvest volume and value reports.
  6. Growing stands for one year from the previous year for annual growth reporting.
  7. Updating the inventory with all new cruises from all sampled stands within current year – identifying the actual impact of new information.
  8. Producing forest-wide reports of new current standing forest inventory.

5:00   Adjourn

Reviewing a Timberland Appraisal for Accuracy and Credibility

Wednesday – May 29, 2019

1:00 pmIntroduction: Course Overview and Objectives

  • Welcome
  • Facilities
  • Introductions – speakers and attendees
  • Course Outline
  • Handouts/Background Reading

1:20Overview of Forest Management Concepts & Terminology

  • What are the major timber producing regions of the U.S.?
  • What are the major timber types within each region?
  • Site productivity: the potential of an area to grow trees
  • Timber stands: the basic units of management
  • Management strategies: even-aged and uneven-aged management
  • When to harvest: rotation length & financial vs. biological maturity
  • Logging methods for timber harvest: ground vs. cable and types of equipment
  • Where do logs go? Timber products, relative values, and their end-use markets
  • Land Expectation Value
  • Stumpage value

2:00Drivers of Timberland Value

  • Biological factors
  • Physical factors
  • Location
  • Access
  • Management history
  • Regulatory & environmental issues
  • Discount rate

3:00   Break

3:15Key Concepts & Principals of Valuation

  • Market and other types of value
  • Elements of market value
  • The concept of Highest & Best Use
  • Contributory value
  • Economic principles underlying valuation
  • Appraisal standards
  • Scope of work

4:00The Three Approaches to Value & Their Use in Timberland Appraisal

  • Income Capitalization Approach
  • Sales Comparison Approach
  • Cost Approach

5:00 Adjourn day 1

Thursday – May 30, 2019

8:00 amApplication of the Income Approach to Small Properties

  • Conversion Return method for merchantable timber
  • Valuation pre-merchantable timber
  • Contributory value of land
  • Sources of data

8:30Income Approach Exercise

  • Split into groups for 60 minute exercise and compare group results for last 30 minutes.

10:00   Break

10:15Application of the Income Approach to Large Properties

  • Modeling discounted cash flow for large properties
  • Key factors affecting discounted cash flow valuations
  • Projecting log prices
  • Determining the market discount rate
  • Determining the growth & yield of the forest
  • Calculating production & management costs
  • Reversion value

11:15Selection of Sales & Adjustments Under the Sales Comparison Approach

  • Sources of sale data
  • Selecting “comparable” sales
  • Elements & units of comparison
  • Sale adjustments and analysis

Noon   Lunch (included with registration)

1:00Sales Comparison Approach Exercise

  • Split into groups for 60 minute exercise and compare group results for last 30 minutes.

2:15Reconciling to a Final Value Opinion

  • Strengths and weaknesses of each approach – discussion
  • Final reconciliation of the group exercise results

2:45   Break

3:00Effective Appraisal Review & Interaction with the Appraiser

  • How to select the right appraiser
  • Providing the right data to the appraiser
  • Appraisal review checklist

4:00   Wrap up, Q and A and adjourn

An appraisal review checklist will be provided with the course materials. Use this checklist for a structured and systematic approach to reviewing an appraisal for USPAP compliance as well as evaluating key components of the analysis.

Advanced Insect and Disease Field Session: Identification, Life Cycles, Control Measures and Silvicultural Regimes

Monday, June 17, 2019

11:00   Field Session orientation and registration – Best Western Hood River Inn parking lot, Hood River, OR

11:30   Group departs for the field from BW Hood River Inn. Transportation and lunch provided.

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics:
1. Steps of diagnosis
2. Ips beetles
3. Red turpentine beetles
4. Woodborers
5. SOD and other invasive pathogens
6. Aerial survey overview

5:00   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

7:30   Depart from BW Hood River Inn
Morning Topics:
1. Overview of root diseases
2. Armillaria root disease
3. Mountain Pine Beetle
4. Thinning to prevent mt. pine beetle
5. Western spruce budworm
6. Douglas-fir tussock moth

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics and activities:
7. Indian paint fungus
8. Annosus root disease
9. Fir engraver
10. Dwarf Mistletoes
11. Group Exercise- Eastside Prescription

5:30   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

8:00   Depart from BW Hood River Inn
Morning topics:
1. Pine needle diseases
2. White pine blister rust
3. Stem decays

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics and activities:
4. Laminated Root Rot
5. Schweinitzii root and butt rot
6. Douglas-fir beetle
7. Team Exercise- Westside Prescription

5:30   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30   Depart from BW Hood River Inn

Morning topics and activities:
1. Team Exercise – Pruning Western White Pine
2. Larch casebearer
3. Larch needle diseases
4. Balsam woolly adelgid
5. Tree survival after fire

Lunch (included with registration)

Afternoon topics and activities:
6. Class Exercise – Identify Me!
7. Western pine beetle
8. Dwarf mistletoe recap – ponderosa pine
9. Class Exercise – Rating Dwarf mistletoe
10. Team Exercise – Dry Ponderosa pine Prescription
11. Session wrap – up

5:00   Arrive back at BW Hood River Inn and session adjourns.

2019 NW Seed Orchard Managers Annual Meeting

Draft Agenda

Tuesday June 18th

Breakfast on your own
8:15 amWelcome and IntroductionsLauren Magalska
8:30 amDrone applications and limitationsNathan Moses-Gonzales
9:00 amOrchard pollination with droneMike Winch
9:30 amFire rehabilitation and reforestation – an industry perspectiveMark Gray
10:00 amFire rehabilitation and reforestation USFS perspectiveJoe Sherlock
10:30 am   Coffee break
10:45 amSeed production in other conifersArnaldo Ferreira
11:15 amSeed orchard research needs – round table discussionAnna Magnuson
12:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 pmOrchard tagging and inventoryLauren Magalska
1:30 pmUpdate on ArborJet injectablesDon Grosman
2:00 pm   Afternoon break
2:15 pmRevisiting abandoned Port Orford cedar common garden tests – Ron Rhatigan
2:45 pmRound table discussionLead by Mike Crawford
3:30 pmNWSOMA leadership and planningLead by Lauren Magalska
3:45 pm   Adjorn
4:30 – 5:00 pm Optional ArborJet injectable demonstrationSPI Orchard, 16315 Old Westside Rd, Gazelle CA
5:30 pm   Gather for Evening Social at Mt. Shasta Brewing Co., 360 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094, (530)938-2394
6:00 pm   Dinner at Mt. Shasta Brewing Co.

Wednesday June 19th

Breakfast on your own
8:00 am   Depart Best Western
9:10 am   Arrive Cal Forest Nursery (1838 Eastside Rd, Etna CA)
10:10 am   Depart
11:10 am   Arrive Belcampo (Lunch stop) 4720 Scarface Rd, Gazelle
12:30 pm   Depart
12:45 pm   Arrive SPI orchard (16315 Old Westside Rd, Gazelle CA)
1:45 pm   Depart
2:30 pm   Arrive Ash Creek progeny test (10 miles east of McCloud on Hwy 89)
3:30 pm   Depart
4:00 pm   Arrive Best Western – meeting adjourned

2019 Joint Annual Meeting: Northeast and Southern Forest Conservation Nursery Associations

Monday, July 22

Travel day.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm   Registration in front of Mambo meeting room, Havana Tower
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Icebreaker at the Mambo Room (located in the Havana Tower)

Tuesday, July 23

(Mambo Room – Havana Tower)
6:30 – 8 am   Continental breakfast
8:15 am   Welcome – Todd Wycoff, Bureau Chief
New Jersey conservation program
8:30 amForestry in NJBill Zipse
9:00 amPine barrensAndrew Anderson
9:30 amStewardship in NJJon Klischies
10:00 am   Morning break
Plant propagation
10:30 amFumigation trials in WisconsinRoger Bohringer
11:00 amAuburn Nursery CoopRyan Nadel
11:30 amCape May PMCScott Snell
12:00 pm   Lunch (Mambo Room)
Insects and diseases
1:00 pmPathogens in NJRich Buckley
1:30 pmSpotted LanternflyRosa Yoo
2:00 pmSouthern Pine BeetleKen Clark
2:30 pm   Afternoon break
Seed sourcing
3:00 pmSeed source identificationTom Knezick
3:30 pmSeed storage and conservationEd Toth
4:00 pmEastern Seed Zone forum updateCarrie Pike
4:30 pm   Meeting of NE Nursery Association
5:00 pm   Dinner ON YOUR OWN

Wednesday, July 24

(field tour)
6:30 am   Breakfast TBD
7:45 am   Board buses
8:00 am   Travel to Pineland nursery
9:00 am   Tour Pineland nursery
10:30 am   Refreshment break
11:00 am   Drive to NJ State nursery
12:00 pm   Lunch at NJ state nursery
1:00 pm   Tour NJ state nursery
3:00 pm   Return to hotel
5:00 pm   Depart for evening banquet
9:00 pm   Return from evening banquet

Thursday, July 25

Optional field trip to Cape May – we will carpool to Cape May, and find lunch.
12:00 pm   adjourn

IUFRO 2019 Joint Conference: Genetics of Five-needle Pines & Rusts of Forest Trees


This international meeting will address:

Other interested parties are invited to attend regardless of affiliation. Membership in the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is not required.

Western Gall Rust gall. Photo by: Ward Strong

The conference will be held in conjunction with interested local attendees from other groups, including the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, the Governments of BC, Alberta, and Canada, the USDA Forest Service, local universities, and industry partners. There will be 1.5-2 days of indoor presentations, a poster session, and 1-1.5 days of field trips to sites of local interest in 5-needle pines and forest pathology. This meeting follows up on previous successful meetings, including the last one in 2014 (see proceedings at:

Call for Abstracts


UNTIL APRIL 30, 2019


Please submit abstracts to: Dr. Richard Sniezko at



ABSTRACT INFORMATION REQUIRED: Presenter’s Name; Presenter’s email address; Title; Abstract max 250 words; Authors with affiliation; Presentation type (oral or poster). Click here to download an abstract template (word doc)

We are accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. If you are submitting an oral presentation, please indicate whether you are willing to change to a poster, in case there are not enough time slots for all requested oral presentations.

Conference Size Limitation

The number of participants will be limited to 80 due to venue size limitations. Participation in the Extended Field Trip will be limited to 33 due to hotel room limitations.

Preliminary Agenda

Draft Agenda PDF

Extended Field Trip

Comandra Blister Rust on Lodgepole Pine. Photo by: Ward Strong

If there is sufficient interest, an extended field trip (3 days plus 1/2 day return travel) after the main meeting will explore the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We will overnight in Golden, BC, Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta, and Canmore, Alberta (subject to change if needed). Along the way we will visit sites of natural beauty, historical interest, and relevance to forestry. Trip fees will cover accommodation, transportation, lunch, and park fees every day. Participants are responsible for breakfast and dinner each day. Some participants may be asked to drive shared cars for transportation. Participation will be capped at 33.

Please note, the extended field trip will be cancelled with less than 10 registrations.


Invermere, British Columbia, Canada. This beautiful site is in the headwaters of the Columbia Basin, flanked to the west by the Purcell Mountains and to the East by the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are many opportunities to tour sites with forest research establishments, forestry diseases, and 5-needle pines.

Venue and Lodging

The conference will be held at Copper Point Resort, Invermere, BC. This is a full-service resort, conference center, and golf course, with stunning views and excellent facilities. A block of rooms is being held for the Conference until May 22, 2019. Rooms include regular hotel rooms (CDN $165 + tax), one-bedroom suites ($265+tax), and two-bedroom suites ($335+tax). Book early to ensure you secure a room. You can cancel within 2 days of the event with no penalty; If you cancel within 2 days you will be charged one night’s stay plus tax. Booking methods are below:

Whitebark Pine tree near Lillooet, BC. Photo by: Ward Strong
    • Phone: call the central reservations line at: 1.855.926.7737. Request the group rate for this meeting.
    • Email: Request the group rate for this meeting.
    • Online: In order to make online reservations, please follow these steps:

      1. Go to Copper Point Resort website:
      2. Click “Check Availability” on home page
      3. Click “Add Code”
      4. Select “Group Attendee” from the drop-down list
      5. Type in your group code: FLNRO5N2019
      6. Select your stay dates, room type and then click to confirm your reservation

Stalactiform Blister Rust on Lodgepole Pine. Photo by: Ward Strong.[/caption]
Other lodging options include: the Best Western Hotel, Invermere (4 km), the Gateway hotel, Radium (14 km), the Cedar Motel, Radium (14 km), and Panorama Mountain Resort (23 km). Because these rooms are a considerable distance from the meeting venue, we encourage participants to stay at the Copper Point Resort.


Stalactiform Blister Rust on Lodgepole Pine. Photo by: Ward Strong.

For those who register prior to May 22, 2019 the fees are as follows:

  • Regular Registration: US$ 300 (CAD$ 400)
  • Student Registration: US$ 190 (CAD$ 250)
  • Extended Field Trip: US$ 750 (CAD$ 1,000)
  • Spouse
    • Reception: US$ 27 (CAD$ 35)
    • Banquet: US$ 60 (CAD$ 80)

For those who register after to May 22, 2019 the fees are as follows:

  • Late Regular Registration: US$ 375 (CAD$ 500)
  • Late Student Registration: US$ 265 (CAD$ 350)
  • Late Extended Field Trip: US$ 935 (CAD$ 1,200)
  • Spouse
    • Reception: US$ 27 (CAD$ 35)
    • Banquet: US$ 60 (CAD$ 80)


Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. If you need wire transfer information, please contact us using the contact form below or call Melinda at 503-226-4562.


The closest domestic airport (Cranbrook) has frequent air service from both Calgary and Vancouver, but is 140 km away from Invermere, so a car rental will be necessary. The closest international airport is Calgary (291 km, a beautiful 3-hour drive through the Canadian Rockies). From there a car can be rented to travel to Invermere.


Proceedings will be published after the meeting as a Scientific Special Report of the Government of British Columbia Forest Service. Special Reports are routinely indexed by the major scientific abstracting services, as well as Google Scholar.

Proceedings submissions will be accepted from July 15, 2019 through November 30, 2019.

We will accept submissions of 3 types:

  • Full-length Paper
  • Extended Abstract
  • Meeting Abstract (as submitted for your presentation)

Formatting guidelines for all three types can be found here: [1]. If you do not submit a Full-length Paper or an Extended Abstract, we will default to your submitted Meeting Abstract. For Meeting Abstract submissions, please consider revising your original if needed, to provide a take home message or conclusion instead of just making a statement such as “we will discuss our current results”.

For all options, we ask that you have your manuscript reviewed by at least two peers before submitting it and provide the reviewers’ names upon submission. Additional peer-review may be provided through the editors, as indicated in the instructions.