Program

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The following schedule is from the 2017 Annual Conference which has passed. A preliminary schedule for the 2018 Annual Conference will be posted this Winter; please check back for updates.

The dress code is business casual throughout the conference. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm Colorado River Fish and Wildlife Council Ground Level: Sun Down
3:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Desk Open & Business Center Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Registration Desk
5:30pm - 10:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Presidential Suite #749
Friday, July 7, 2017
7:00am - 4:30pm Directors' and Commissioners' Retreat (invitation only)
Update: The Directors and Commissioner Joint meeting is cancelled. The Directors will meet in Executive Session after the retreat and lunch. Commissioners will be transported back to the Vail Marriott at 12:30pm
Offsite
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk Open (Business Center opens at 12:00pm) Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Registration Desk
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Upper Level: Starbucks
9:00am - 4:00pm Western Native Trout Initiative Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-C
5:30pm - 9:00pm Directors’ and Commissioners’ Reception and Dinner (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Brandt Information Services, Inc. and Mule Deer Foundation
Offsite
5:30pm - 10:30pm Hospitality Suite Open Presidential Suite #749
Saturday, July 8, 2017
6:30am - 9:00am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Sovereign Sportsman Solutions
Ground Level: Sun Down
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Registration Desk
7:15am - 5:30pm Field Trip: Tour of the Rockies (additional fee of $45) (view flyer)
Join us for an adventure to one of the most idyllic destinations in Colorado, the Maroon Bells. Here we’ll explore glacial valleys surrounded by 14,000ft. peaks, view vast fields of wildflowers and immerse ourselves in nature. We’ll load up in vans and head west. We will spend about an hour and a half at the Maroon Bells Scenic Area outside of Aspen and provide lunch while we’re there. On the way back, we can take a break and explore the historic town of Aspen and fulfill any shopping desires you may have. Trip Details: $45 per person includes transportation, lunch, snacks, beverages, and park entry fees.
Offsite - Meet in Front Lobby
7:30am - 5:00pm Fisheries Chiefs Retreat Offsite - Sylvan Lake State Park
7:30am - 10:00pm Law Enforcement Chiefs Meeting Offsite - Blue Valley Ranch
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
8:00am - 12:00pm Sagebrush Executive Oversight Committee Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 1-2
8:00am - 1:00pm Wildlife Chiefs Retreat Offsite - Leadville
8:00am - 5:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group (invitation only) Upper Level: Eagle Bahn Boardroom
8:00am - 5:00pm Trapping Matters Workshop (view the flyer with agenda)
Hosted by: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Many wildlife professionals shy away from trapping-related discussions, because it is considered a controversial wildlife management technique. Yet, it is essential that wildlife professionals understand the diverse ways that regulated trapping provides environmental & social benefits. This workshop will help participants understand & better communicate the benefits of regulated trapping to wildlife management. Participants will leave with scientifically sound information & be trained in skills that will make them effective communicators on this subject.
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-B
8:00am - 5:00pm Commissioners' Committee Meeting Upper Level: Mountain View 1-2
9:00am - 12:00pm Exhibitor Set-up Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Kalkomey Enterprises 
Ground Level: Sun Down
12:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
1:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Chiefs Meeting Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon C-D
1:00pm - 5:00pm Legal Committee Executive Session Lower Level: Blue Sky
1:00pm - 5:00pm Directors' Forum Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 1-2
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
5:30pm - 10:30pm Hospitality Suite Open Presidential Suite #749
Sunday, July 9, 2017
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only)
Sponsored by: National Wild Turkey Federation
Ground Level: Sun Down
7:00am - 9:00am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Registration Desk
7:30am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
8:00am - 10:00am Western Quail Working Group Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 1
8:00am - 12:00pm

Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council

  • 8:00am - 10:00am | By Invitation Only
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm | Public Session
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon C-D
8:00am - 12:00pm Legal Committee Meeting Lower Level: Blue Sky
8:00am - 12:00pm Wild Sheep Working Group Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon G-H
8:00am - 12:00pm Management Assistance Team Training Workshop: Exercising Leadership for Change (invitation only)
Impacting change relies less on command-and-control paradigms and increasingly more on developing a broad capacity for the exercise of leadership. Influencers develop through knowledge, experience, and an ability to challenge and advance self and others on a shared purpose. Founded on a belief that leadership qualities are available to everyone, this workshop combines thought provoking concepts, theories, tools, and practice to advance your leadership capacity.
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon I-J
9:00am - 12:00pm Resource Information & Education Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-B
9:00am - 12:00pm Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 2
9:00am - 2:30pm Field Trip: Keeping it Local (additional fee of $25) (view flyer)
Since its founding in 1962 Vail has been a destination for travelers world-wide. We’ll take a walking tour of historic Vail Village and Vail’s alpine treasure, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Between tours we’ll take time for you to try one of Vail’s excellent restaurants. The founders of Vail were members of the 10th Mountain Division, so we’ll learn about the training center that was based at Camp Hale, south of Vail and its impact on current day Colorado. Sunday is also the day for the Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show to find that perfect souvenir. Trip Details: $25 per person includes transportation and tour fees. Lunch will be on your own.
Offsite - Meet in Front Lobby
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Fresh Air Educators
Ground Level: Sun Down
1:00pm - 3:00pm Habitat Committee Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 1
1:00pm - 3:00pm Budget, Finance, and Compliance Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon G-I
1:00pm - 5:00pm Law Enforcement Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon C-D
1:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Health Committee Upper Level: Mountain View 1-2
1:00pm - 5:00pm Mule Deer Working Group Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 2
1:00pm - 5:00pm CHAT Technical Working Group Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon J
1:00pm - 5:00pm Inland and Marine Fisheries Committee Lower Level: Blue Sky
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
3:00pm - 5:00pm Human Dimensions Committee Meeting Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 3
3:00pm - 5:00pm Private Lands Access and Conservation Committee Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 1
3:00pm - 5:00pm Climate Change Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon G-I
3:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Chiefs Wolverine Sub-committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-B
6:00pm - 8:30pm BBQ on Top of Vail Mountain: We’ll take the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village to the top of Vail Mountain for an evening of spectacular vistas and Colorado BBQ. Cash bar. Entertainment provided by New Latitude, featuring CDPW IT Manager Deon Kuhl. Offsite - Meet at Eagle Bahn Gondola (walking distance from hotel)
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open
Sponsored by Gordon-Darby Inc.
Presidential Suite #749
Monday, July 10, 2017
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' ESA-SARA Working Group Breakfast (invitation only) Ground Level: Sun Down
7:00am - 9:00am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Registration Desk
7:00am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Upper Level: Starbucks
8:00am - 12:00pm Plenary Session and Attendee Breakfast Buffet Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-F
8:00am - 4:30pm Field Trip: Sylvan Lake State Park (additional fee of $40) (view flyer)
Sylvan Lake State Park is often considered the most beautiful of Colorado’s 42 State Parks. Join us as we take a guided walk on the 1.5 mile trail around the lake that sits at 8,500’ elevation. We’ll take some time to discuss the history of the area, the history of the park and the natural systems. You will have an opportunity to paddle around in a canoe or kayak and view any of the four trout species found in crystal-clear waters of Sylvan Lake. We will stop by the Visitor Center for a chance to learn more about the picturesque Brush Creek Valley. Trip Details: $40 per person includes transportation, lunch, snacks, beverages, and park entry fees.
Offsite - Meet in Front Lobby
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: National Rifle Association
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited
Ground Level: Sun Down
1:00pm - 2:00pm Black Footed Ferret Advisory Team  Upper Level: Eagle Bahn Ballroom
1:00pm - 3:00pm Hunter, Angler, Shooting Sports, and Wildlife Recreation Participation Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon G-H
1:00pm - 3:00pm Human Wildlife Conflicts Committee Lower Level: Blue Sky
1:00pm - 5:00pm CHAT Policy Working Group Ground Level: Sun Up
1:00pm - 5:00pm State/Federal/Tribal Communications Committee Panel Discussion: Wilderness Policy Interpretation Implementation Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-D
1:30pm - 5:00pm Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Upper Level: Mountain View 1-2
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break
Sponsored by University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
3:00pm - 5:00pm Western Bird Conservation Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon G-H
3:00pm - 5:00pm Legislative Committee Lower Level: Blue Sky
5:30pm - 6:30pm WAFWA Awards Reception
Join us to honor those nominated for special awards. Cash bar opens at 5:00pm.
Upper Level: Colorado Ballroom Salon 1-3
6:30pm - 9:00pm Field to Table Dinner Featuring Colorado Specialties
Entertainment by: Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s own Mark Leslie and his band, High Plains Tradition (www.highplainstradition.com)
Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon A-F
9:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Presidential Suite #749
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Ground Level: Sun Down
7:00am - 8:00am Resolutions Committee Breakfast Ground Level: First Chair/ Restaurant
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
7:00am - 12:00pm Exhibits Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:00am - 1:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Registration Desk
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
8:00am - 9:00am Nominating, Time and Place Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon C-D
8:00am - 10:00am Executive Committee Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon G-H
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:00am - 5:00pm WAFWA Business Meeting - all welcome to attend! Lower Level: Grand Ballroom Salon E-F
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by: Intermountain West Joint Venture 
Ground Level: Sun Down

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