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: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/56054).

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2019

Please forward titles/abstracts to: Dr. Richard Sniezko at rsniezko@fs.fed.us

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

Monday July 22 Tuesday July 23 Wednesday July 24 Thursday July 25 July 26-29
Breakfast On your own/ Registration Provided: IUFRO section meetings On your own Extended field trip to Banff, Jasper, Valemont* (optional)
Morning Presentations Field Trip Field trip *or* presentations
Lunch Provided Provided Provided
Afternoon Presentations Field Trip Presentations
Dinner/evening Registration On your own/Reception 19:00 Banquet On your own

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: reservations@copperpointresort.com. 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: www.copperpointresort.com
    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 July 9, 2019 the fees are as follows:

  • Regular Registration: US$ 300
  • Student Registration: US$ 190
  • Extended Field Trip: US$ 750
  • Spouse
    • Reception: $27
    • Banquet: $60

For those who register after to July 9, 2019 the fees are as follows:

  • Late Regular Registration: US$ 375
  • Late Student Registration: US$ 265
  • Late Extended Field Trip: US$ 935
  • Spouse
    • Reception: $27
    • Banquet: $60


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.