2019 NASF Annual Meeting - Asheville NC

Asheville, North Carolina
Monday, September 23, 2019
Shared Stewardship: Shared Outcomes

The National Association of State Foresters 2019 Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina

2019 NASF Annual Meeting - Asheville NC
Monday, September 23, 2019 - Thursday, September 26, 2019

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Asheville
(828) 254-3211
1 Resort Drive
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
United States

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We look forward to seeing you in Asheville!

Welcome to North Carolina!

The North Carolina Forest Service is pleased to be hosting the 2019 National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting in the beautiful City of Asheville. The conference will take place September 23-26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and promises to be extraordinary week of fellowship, learning, networking and business accomplishments that brings together our nation’s forestry leaders.

Forestry is part of North Carolina’s culture and is reflected in our state toast, which begins with “Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine.” We are home to the Cradle of Forestry, the birthplace of forestry in America. The “Down Home State” is also aptly named the “Tar Heel State,” a name synonymous with the long history of forest products from the historic naval stores that helped launch thousands of ships, to the hardwoods in the west and everything in between.

This meeting helps to highlight the great cooperation between the states of this great nation. Last summer the N.C. Forest Service was privileged to be able to send resources across the country to aid with wildfires. In the fall we were grateful for the assistance that came from other states when we were pummeled by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. This kind of collaboration is due to the networking and fellowship that comes from meetings like this.

About North Carolina:

  • Of the 18.8 million acres of forestland in the state, 14.7 million acres is in the hands of non-industrial private landowners.
  • In FY 2017-18, the N.C. Forest Service provided educational or technical assistance to 26,794 landowners.
  • The North Carolina forest products industry represents:
    • A robust $32.7 billion to the state’s economy while attracting new industry,
    • About 150,000 full and part time jobs with a payroll of $7.8 billion,
    • Export activity to 120 nations, representing approximately $1.6 billion in trade, and 
    • $894.1 million to state and local taxes and $878.8 million to federal taxes
  • North Carolina is home to the third largest military population in the United States:
    • Through Sentinel Landscapes and the N.C. Department of Agriculture, our parent agency, we continue to conserve farms and forestland across North Carolina.
    • Bladen Lakes State Forest hosts training grounds for the Navy and landing fields for Marine Corps Osprey.
    • The National Guard Army Corps of Engineers built a road on DuPont State Recreational Forest as part of a training exercise.
    • We are also an active participant in the Federal Excess Property Loan Program and the Department of Defense Purchasing Program helping to supply equipment to fire departments across the state.
  • In response to the 2018 Hurricanes Florence and Michael:
    • The N.C. Forest Service Incident Management “Red” Team operated a Receiving, Staging, On-ward movement and Integration facility to house, feed and supply Hurricane Florence responders from across the nation in unified command with N.C. Emergency Management and the N.C. National Guard. This partnership processed more than a thousand resources through its facility.
    • The N.C. Forest Service Incident Management “Green” Team assisted the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service Emergency Operation Center.
  • The N.C. Forest Service also:
    • Aided resources staged at the Forest Service Training Facility in Kinston,
    • Assisted various county Emergency Operations Centers,
    • Removed debris, provided saw crews, delivered hay to farmers in need, and
    • Provided a variety of other resources and overhead personnel through the state.
We hope you learn a lot while you’re here and find some time to enjoy the City of Asheville located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. There is the 19th-century Biltmore Estate, where the first school of forestry in North America was founded and operated by Carl Schenck. In addition to its many microbreweries and great dining, Asheville is also known for its arts scene, including the nearby River Arts District, galleries and museums, as well as historic architecture, such as the Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

Please be sure to partake in some of what Asheville has to offer while doing the important work that helps each of our states and the nation.


Scott Bissette
North Carolina Assistant Commissioner

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Payment Instructions

  • Early-bird pricing ($575 for general attendees and state foresters) has been extended to August 9, 2019!

    REGISTRATION CLOSES September 13, 2019.

    All payments should be received no later than September 13, 2019.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards online. If paying by check, please make checks payable to NASF and mail to:

    2019 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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