Program

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The following schedule is subject to change; please check back for updates (as of June 18, 2018). Download a print-friendly version (PDF). 

The dress code is business casual throughout the conference. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm Colorado River Fish and Wildlife Council Seeger/Joplin
9:00am - 12:00pm WAFWA Directors Workshop Sousa
1:00pm - 5:00pm CHAT Technical Working Group and Policy Working Group Joint Meeting Sousa
3:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Desk Open & Business Center Open Conference Center Lobby
5:30pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Vistas, 12th Floor
Friday, July 13, 2018
7:00am - 12:00pm Joint Directors' and Commissioners' Retreat (invitation only) Offsite
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk Open (Business Center opens at 12:00pm) Conference Center Lobby
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Lobby
8:00am - 12:00pm CHAT Technical Working Group and Policy Working Group Joint Meeting Sousa
9:00am - 4:00pm Western Native Trout Initiative Bloch
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Monarch Working Group 

  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Invitation Only Meeting
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Public Session
Studio B&C
1:00pm - 5:00pm Cougar Working Group Sousa
1:00pm - 5:00pm Joint Directors' and Commissioners' Meeting Offsite
5:00pm - 9:00pm Directors’ and Commissioners’ Reception and Dinner (invitation only)
Sponsored by Brandt Information Services and Mule Deer Foundation
Offsite
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Vistas, 12th Floor
Saturday, July 14, 2018
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Williams/O'Neill
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only)
Sponsored by Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson Inc.
Design (1st Floor)
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Conference Center Lobby
7:30am - 9:30pm Law Enforcement Chiefs Retreat Offsite
7:30am - 9:30pm Wildlife Chiefs Retreat Offsite
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 12:00pm Legal Strategies Advisory Council (invitation only) Board (Mezzanine Level)
8:00am - 12:00pm Sagebrush Executive Oversight Committee Sousa
8:00am - 5:00pm Fisheries Chiefs Retreat Offsite
8:00am - 5:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group (invitation only) Seeger/Joplin
8:00am - 5:00pm Trapping Matters Workshop (view flyer) Studio B&C
8:00am - 5:00pm Commissioners' Committee Meeting Bloch
8:00am - 5:00pm Guest Field Trip: Tour of Central Oregon Coast (view flyer
Visit the historic riverfront town of Florence and the Central Oregon Coast an hour west of Eugene. The full day trip will include riding dune buggies at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Other attractions may include Heceta Head Lighthouse, Cape Perpetua, sandy beaches, whale watching, shopping and plenty of fresh, salty air.
  • Trip Details: $40 per person. Includes transportation, lunch, snacks, beverages, and dune buggy fee (including gratuity). Estimated time from 8am - 5pm.
Offsite
9:00am - 12:00pm Exhibitor Set-up Conference Center Lobby
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break
Sponsored by University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program
Conference Center Lobby
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Buffet Williams/O'Neill
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by Kalkomey Enterprises LLC
Design (1st Floor)
12:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Conference Center Lobby
1:00pm - 5:00pm Joint Habitat/Legal Committee Workshop: Wild Horses and Burros Board (Mezzanine Level)
1:00pm - 5:00pm Directors' Forum Sousa
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Conference Center Lobby
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Vistas, 12th Floor
Sunday, July 15, 2018
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only)
Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation
Design (1st Floor)
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Williams/O'Neill
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Conference Center Lobby
7:30am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Conference Center Lobby
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 10:00am Western Quail Working Group Hellman
8:00am - 11:00am Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council (invitation only) Seeger/Joplin
8:00am - 12:00pm Fish Chiefs Meeting Ferber
8:00am - 12:00pm Legal Committee Meeting Sousa
8:00am - 12:00pm Wild Sheep Working Group (continued in afternoon) Studio B&C
8:00am - 12:00pm Management Assistance Team Training Workshop (view flyer) Vistas, 12th Floor
9:00am - 12:00pm Resource Information & Education Committee Hansberry
9:00am - 12:00pm Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group Bloch
9:00am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: Rafting the McKenzie River (view flyer)
Join us for a trip down the world-famous McKenzie River east of Eugene. The McKenzie is a river you won’t forget. It’s cold, clear water originates in the high elevation snowpack of the Cascade Mountains and it separates Eastern and Western Oregon. On this half-day guided raft trip with gentle rapids, you’ll see why the McKenzie is one of the nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers and is well-known for world class angling and abundant wildlife.
  • Trip Details: $70 per person. Includes transportation, lunch, snacks, beverages, and rafting fee (including gratuity). Estimated time from 9am - 4pm.
Offsite
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break  Conference Center Lobby
10:00am - 12:00pm Ad Hoc Lead and Wildlife Working Group Board
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Buffet Williams/O'Neill
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited and Canadian NAWMP
Design (1st Floor)
1:00pm - 3:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council Partners Forum Seeger/Joplin
1:00pm - 3:00pm Nominating Time and Place Committee Ferber
1:00pm - 3:00pm Habitat Committee Sousa
1:00pm - 5:00pm Wild Sheep Working Group (continued from morning) Studio B&C
1:00pm - 5:00pm Law Enforcement Committee Board
1:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Health Committee Hellman
1:00pm - 5:00pm Mule Deer Working Group Bloch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Inland and Marine Fisheries Committee Studio A
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Conference Center Lobby
3:00pm - 5:00pm Budget, Finance & Compliance Committee Ferber
3:00pm - 5:00pm Human Dimensions Committee Meeting Sousa
3:00pm - 5:00pm Private Lands Access and Conservation Committee Hansberry
3:00pm - 5:00pm Climate Change Committee Seeger/Joplin
3:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Chiefs Wolverine Sub-committee Directors (Mezzanine Level)
6:00pm - 8:30pm Welcome Reception at WildCraft Cider Works
Enjoy locally harvested cider, beer and food truck specialties at this new venue walking distance from the Hilton.
Offsite - WildCraft Cider Works
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Vistas, 12th Floor
Monday, July 16, 2018
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' ESA-SARA Working Group Breakfast (invitation only) Design (1st Floor)
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Williams/O'Neill
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Conference Center Lobby
7:00am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Conference Center Lobby
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 12:00pm Plenary Session (view details) Hellman/Williams/O'Neill
9:00am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: Local Flavor of Western Oregon (view flyer)
Experience some of the sights, sounds and tastes that make Western Oregon unique. The historic Hull-Oakes Lumber Mill is the last steam powered lumber mill left in the United States. For more than 80 years, the mill has turned out some of the largest one-piece beams in the country, including beams of up to 85-feet long. You’ll visit a Christmas tree farm, and learn why Oregon is the #1 grower of Christmas trees in the country. Your trip will also take you to the Benton-Lane Winery in the foothills of the Willamette Valley Coast Range. The rich volcanic jory soils and mild weather are perfect for producing award winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
  • Trip Details: $30 per person. Includes transportation, lunch, snacks, beverages, and wine tasting fee. Estimated time from 9am - 4pm.
Offsite
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break 
Sponsored by National Rifle Association
Conference Center Lobby
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by Wild Sheep Foundation
Design (1st Floor)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch is on own N/A
1:00pm - 2:00pm Black Footed Ferret Advisory Team Board (Mezzanine Level)
1:00pm - 3:00pm R3 Committee Seeger/Joplin
1:00pm - 3:00pm Human Wildlife Conflicts Committee Studio B&C
1:00pm - 4:00pm Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. What does that mean for us? Workshop (view flyer) Hellman
1:00pm - 5:00pm State/Federal/Tribal Communications Committee  Sousa
1:00pm - 5:00pm Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Hansberry/Ferber
1:00pm - 5:00pm Mule Deer Working Group Bloch
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Conference Center Lobby
3:00pm - 5:00pm Western Bird Conservation Committee Studio B&C
3:00pm - 5:00pm Legislative Committee Directors (Mezzanine Level)
5:30pm - 9:00pm WAFWA Awards Reception & Dinner
Join us to honor those nominated for special awards. Cocktails and dinner to follow. This event will be held at the historic Eugene Planing Mill, a short walk from the Hilton.
Offsite - The Planing Mill/Venue 252
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Vistas, 12th Floor
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only)
Sponsored by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Design (1st Floor)
7:00am - 8:00am Resolutions Committee Breakfast Hotel Restaurant
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Williams/O'Neill
7:00am - 12:00pm Exhibits Open Conference Center Lobby
7:00am - 1:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Conference Center Lobby
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 10:00am Executive Committee Board (Mezzanine Level)
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break Conference Center Lobby
10:00am - 5:00pm WAFWA Business Meeting - all welcome to attend! Hellman
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only)
Sponsored by Intermountain West Joint Venture
Design (1st Floor)

 

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