2018 NASF Annual Meeting - Whitefish MT

Whitefish, Montana
Monday, September 24, 2018


2018 NASF Annual Meeting - Whitefish MT
Monday, September 24, 2018 8:00 AM -
Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 PM (Mountain Time)

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
(406) 863-4000
1380 Wisconsin Avenue
Whitefish, Montana 59937
United States

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. You may register onsite in Whitefish on Monday, September 24.

Welcome to the 2018 NASF Annual Meeting!
Register now!  Registration closes September 14. The early bird rate 0f $525 for General Attendees and Current State Foresters is available until July 31.

Rooms at the Lodge are limited - book your hotel room early if your prefer to stay at the Lodge. Additional rooms are available at the the Firebrand. Visit the Lodging tab for details.

Greetings from Montana!

Welcome to the registration site for the 2018 National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting! The Forestry Division of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is pleased to partner with NASF to bring together the nation's forestry leaders at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, located just minutes from Whitefish, Montana. Whitefish is one of the major recreation centers of western Montana, surrounded by the Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain, Glacier National Park, Whitefish Lake, and a wide variety of other outdoor recreation opportunities. Inspired by historic grand lodges, with all of the conveniences of the present day, you will be surrounded by mountains and on the shore of Whitefish Lake throughout your stay. We look forward to hosting you for an exceptional week of business, learning, and networking from September 24-27, 2018.

Montana, the fourth largest state, is a state defined by its natural resources. The state's motto is "Gold and Silver," and is known as the Treasure State, both phrases illustrating the importance of natural resources to the state's history, identity, and economy. From the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains in the west to the wide sweeping Great Plains of the east, many of Montana's major industries derive from the state's abundant natural resources.

This year's meeting theme is "Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives." A few things to note about Montana:
  • Montanans are proud of our solid, long-standing forestry heritage. Our forests grow a wide variety of commercial quality, coniferous trees including red cedar, western larch, Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, true firs, spruce, and our state tree, the ponderosa pine. Virtually every western climate and habitat type you're familiar with is here in Montana. Montana's unique and extremely varied ecosystems also boast stands of white bark pine, a keystone species for high mountain habitat.
  • Our large land base spans 17,046 square miles, covering four different climate zones from one side of the state to the other. Of that about 20 million acres is manageable forest.
  • The state currently has 13 national champion big trees; including Rocky Mountain Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, and western larch.
  • We maintain a strong timber industry our great state. A robust and diverse forest products industry is the gateway to healthy forested landscapes; the more Montana wood we use, the more acres of forest land we can restore. Currently Montana has more than 100 forest products mills of all types in the state with 8 large sawmills, 2 MDF mills, and a large pulp log chipping facility. There are also many smaller mills that are well positioned across the state, utilizing wood products of all types.
  • Montana's forest products industry and conservation leaders understand the importance of protecting, restoring, and improving our forest resources. Montana DNRC works closely with several industry, conservation, and local government partners to improve forest stand conditions, restore watersheds, improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, improve recreational areas, and boost local economies.
  • Our National Forests play a significant role in Montana -- approximately 70% of the forest land in Montana is managed by the US Forest Service. Montana DNRC partners closely with the Forest Service on efforts such as wildfire community protection, the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, and Good Neighbor Authority, all supporting cross-boundary collaboration.
  • Through Montana's Forest In Focus program, Montana was the first state in the nation to implement a stewardship project on US Forest Service lands, and among the first to sign a Good Neighbor Agreement and implement a project using that authority. We are focused not only on outputs but on outcomes: healthier forests and more resilient watersheds.
  • Montana DNRC works with many state, federal, Tribal, and private partners to provide forest management grants of all types that treat many thousands of acres per year.

The Montana DNRC Forestry Division is proud to partner with NASF and excited to welcome you to our great state. Thank you for your interest in the 2018 NASF Annual Meeting. We're looking forward to seeing you in September.

Sonya Germann
Montana State Forester


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Payment Instructions

  • Early-bird pricing ends July 31, 2018.

    REGISTRATION CLOSES September 14, 2018.

    All payments should be received no later than September 14, 2018.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards online. If paying by check, please make checks payable to NASF and mail to:
    2018 NASF Annual Meeting
    National Association of State Foresters
    444 N Capitol St NW, Suite 540
    Washington DC  20001

    Paying by Purchase Order? Allow enough time for us to send you an invoice upon receipt of the purchase order number and for you to get a check to us. Remember that the Purchase Order does not constitute payment but simply directs us to send you an invoice to have a check issued. Payment is not made until the check is received. When paying by Check or Purchase Order, be sure to complete the online registration process.
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