Program

The following schedule is from the 2019 Summer Meeting. Please check back soon for a preliminary 2020 agenda. 

The dress code is business casual throughout the meeting. The dress code for the Awards Dinner is business professional.

Thursday, July 11, 2019
8:00pm - 5:00pm CHAT Technical Working Group and Policy Working Group Joint Meeting (invitation only) McDowell
8:00pm - 5:00pm Fish & Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap Coordinating Team Meeting (invitation only) Offsite
1:00pm - 5:00pm WAFWA Directors Workshop (only State and Provincial Directors plus invitees) Tuttle
3:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Ballroom Prefunction & Cottonwood
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Hilton Garden Inn - Room 222
Friday, July 12, 2019
7:00am - 12:00pm Joint Directors' and Commissioners' Retreat (invitation only) Offsite - Acorn Lodge
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Ballroom Prefunction & Cottonwood
8:00pm - 5:00pm Fish & Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap Coordinating Team Meeting (invitation only) Offsite 
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
9:00am - 4:00pm

Western Native Trout Initiative

  • 9:00am - 3:00pm - Public Session; Open to All 
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Executive Session; Invitation Only
Kings
9:00am - 5:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group (invitation only) Tuttle
12:00pm - 5:00pm Joint Directors' and Commissioners' Meeting (invitation only) Offsite - Acorn Lodge
CANCELLED CANCELLED: Monarch Working Group (invitation only) N/A
CANCELLED CANCELLED: Monarch Working Group (Public Session) N/A
6:00pm - 9:00pm Directors’ and Commissioners’ Reception and Dinner (invitation only) - Co-sponsored by Mule Deer Foundation and Brandt Information Services Offsite
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open - Sponsored by Gordon-Darby Flint Hills Discovery Center - Rooftop Terrace
Saturday, July 13, 2019
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet - Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Basin & Kaw Nation
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Ballroom Prefunction & Cottonwood
7:30am - 5:00pm Fisheries Chiefs Retreat Offsite
7:30am - 6:30pm Wildlife Chiefs Retreat Offsite
7:30am - 9:30pm Law Enforcement Chiefs Retreat Offsite
7:45am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: Kayak the Kaw 
Fee: $15pp (Price includes transportation, snacks, beverages and kayak rental; lunch and wine will be at your own expense)
 
Meet in the lobby for a 7:45 a.m. departure. Join Little Apple Paddlers on the Kansas River to set a new World Record, “Longest Canoe/Kayak Parade”. This 10-mile water trail will start your day off right. After paddling we will grab lunch in downtown Manhattan to dine like a local. We will end the day trip at Oz Winery, where there is no place like Kansas to relax and “wine” down.  
{Activity Level: the kayak trip is geared toward all levels, however please take note this is a 10-mile trail}
Offsite
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 12:00pm AFWA Legal Strategies Advisory Council (invitation only) Kings
8:00am - 12:00pm Sagebrush Executive Oversight Committee McDowell
8:00am - 5:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group (invitation only) Tuttle
8:00am - 5:00pm Commissioners' Committee Meeting Flint Hills
9:00am - 12:00pm Exhibitor Set-up Ballroom Prefunction
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break Ballroom Prefunction
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Buffet - Sponsored by Aspira  Big Basin & Kaw Nation
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) - Sponsored by Kalkomey Fort Riley
12:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Ballroom Prefunction
1:00pm - 5:00pm WAFWA Legal Committee Executive Session (invitation only) Kings
1:00pm - 5:00pm Directors' Forum McDowell
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Sponsored by USDA Forest Service  Ballroom Prefunction
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open - Sponsored by Common Ground Capital  Flint Hills Discovery Center - Rooftop Terrace
Sunday, July 14, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only) - Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation Flint Hills
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Big Basin & Kaw Nation
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Ballroom Prefunction & Cottonwood
7:30am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Ballroom Prefunction
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 10:00am Western Quail Working Group Konza Prairie
8:00am - 12:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council (only State and Provincial Directors plus invitees) Tuttle
8:00am - 12:00pm Legal Committee Meeting Kings
8:00am - 12:00pm Wild Sheep Working Group (continued in the afternoon) Big Blue River
8:15am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: Flint Hills Tour
Fee: $58pp (Price includes transportation, snacks, beverages, sack lunch ziplining & gratuity; winery will be at your own expense)
 
Meet in the lobby for an 8:15 a.m. departure. Join us for a tour of the world-famous Flint Hills. We will start by ziplining at Wildwood Adventure Park (https://www.mhkadventures.com/safety-park-policies). If you think the Flint Hills are breathtaking from the road, wait until you see them from the sky. As we catch our breath, we will head to the Tallgrass Prairie Natural Preserve to see and feel the beauty of this ecosystem. As we make our way back to Manhattan we will stop in at Liquid Art Winery. 
{Zipline Requirements: close-toed shoes; max weight of 275 lbs.)
Offsite
9:00am - 12:00pm Resource Information & Education Committee McDowell
9:00am - 12:00pm Fisheries Chiefs Meeting Flint Hills Discovery Center - Flint Hills Room
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Archery Trade Association  Ballroom Prefunction
10:00am - 12:00pm Ad Hoc Lead and Wildlife Working Group Konza Prairie
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Buffet - Sponsored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Big Basin & Kaw Nation
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) - Sponsored by Aspira  Fort Riley
1:00pm - 3:00pm Lesser Prairie Chicken CCAA Participant Meeting (only State and Provincial Directors plus invitees) Tuttle
1:00pm - 3:00pm Habitat Committee Konza Prairie
1:00pm - 5:00pm Wild Sheep Working Group (continued from morning) Big Blue River
1:00pm - 5:00pm Law Enforcement Committee McDowell
1:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Health Committee Kings
1:00pm - 5:00pm Mule Deer Working Group Flint Hills
1:00pm - 5:00pm Inland and Marine Fisheries Committee Flint Hills Discovery Center - Flint Hills Room
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break Sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation  Ballroom Prefunction
3:00pm - 5:00pm Budget, Finance & Compliance Committee (invitation only) Alcove
CANCELLED (CANCELLED) Human Dimensions Committee Meeting N/A
3:00pm - 5:00pm Climate Adaptation Committee Konza Prairie
3:00pm - 5:00pm Wildlife Chiefs Forest Carnivore Committee Little Apple Boardroom
5:00pm - 6:00pm Women in Wildlife Conservation Reception  Fort Riley
6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome Dinner Offsite - Sunset Zoo
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open - Sponsored by Sovereign Sportsman Solutions Flint Hills Discovery Center - Rooftop Terrace
Monday, July 15, 2019
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Big Basin & Kaw Nation
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Ballroom Prefunction & Cottonwood
7:00am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open Ballroom Prefunction
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 12:00pm Plenary Session (view details) Big Basin & Kaw Nation
8:45am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: History and Heritage Tour 
Fee: $50pp (Price includes transportation, snacks, beverages, museum admission, lunch, art class) 
 
Meet in the lobby for an 8:45 a.m. departure. This tour will start in Abilene, home of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. This newly renovated museum will make sure you leave saying “I like Ike”.  This campus is also home to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Boyhood Home and the Place of Meditation. Next stop, Little Sweden, Lindsborg Kansas. We’ll start by eating a Swedish lunch in the castle at Coronado Heights. With full bellies we head to Hemslöjd, Dala Horse Factory for a tour. Next stop, Small World Gallery, home of National Geographic Photographer Jim Richardson. Choose between 2 classes, Bead Soup class, constructing your own piece of jewelry or a book making class to construct a journal. This stop will conclude with time to shop and explore. VÄLKOMMEN! 
Offsite
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break Sponsored by Swarovski Optik Ballroom Prefunction
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) - Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited  Fort Riley
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch On Your Own N/A
CANCELLED (CANCELLED) Human Wildlife Conflicts Committee N/A
1:00pm - 3:00pm Future Conference Coordination Meeting (current future host states invited)  McDowell
1:00pm - 4:00pm R3 Committee Kings
1:00pm - 4:00pm Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group Big Blue River
1:00pm - 5:00pm State/Federal/Tribal Communications Committee  Alcove
1:00pm - 5:00pm Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Tuttle
1:00pm - 5:00pm Mule Deer Working Group Flint Hills
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break - Sponsored by USGS - Climate Adaptation Science Centers Ballroom Prefunction
3:00pm - 5:00pm Western Bird Conservation Committee McDowell
3:00pm - 5:00pm Cougar Working Group Flint Hills Discovery Center - Flint Hills Room
3:00pm - 5:00pm Legislative Committee Konza Prairie
3:00pm - 5:00pm BFF Recovery Program Little Apple Boardroom
5:30pm - 9:00pm

WAFWA Awards Reception & Dinner
Join us to honor those nominated for special awards. Awards and cash bar at Hilton Garden Inn (Big Basin & Kaw Nation) from 5:30-6:30; Reception and Dinner at Flint Hills Discovery Center (Flint Hills Room/Blue Earth Room) from 6:30-9:00pm.

Awards: Big Basin & Kaw Nation; Dinner: Offsite - Flint Hills Discovery Center - Flint Hills Room/Blue Earth Room

8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open Flint Hills Discovery Center - Rooftop Terrace
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am Resolutions Committee Breakfast Little Apple Boardroom
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet Big Basin & Kaw Nation
7:00am - 12:00pm Exhibits Open Ballroom Prefunction
7:00am - 1:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open Ballroom Prefunction & Cottonwood
8:00am - 10:00am Executive Committee (invitation only) Alcove
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Gordon-Darby Ballroom Prefunction
10:00am - 12:00pm WAFWA Executive Session (only State and Provincial Directors plus invitees) Alcove
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) - Sponsored by Intermountain West Joint Venture Fort Riley
1:00pm - 5:00pm WAFWA Business Meeting - all welcome to attend! Big Basin & Kaw Nation


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