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About Us

Founded in 1949, the Western Forest Insect Work Conference (WFIWC) meets annually to provide members with opportunities to exchange information and explore new ideas regarding forest entomology and related fields.

Membership is open to anyone interested in forest entomology. WFIWC meetings are generally held in March at various locations in western North America (past meeting locations). In some years, WFIWC meets with its western forest pathology counterpart (Western International Forest Disease Work Conference) or with other forest insect work conferences.

View a summary about the origin of the WFIWC written by Mal Furniss, minutes from the first meeting in 1949, or a description of WFIWC History and Objectives (written by an unknown author in 1949). The WFIWC Constitution is also available online.

The History Committee acquires, preserves, and publishes material involving historical letters, photos, and memorabilia related to forest entomology in western North America. View Historical Vignettes from the WFIWC archives, or a Bibliography of historical articles related to western forest entomology.

The official WFIWC Archive is the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives Library. To deposit historical material contact the library by phone (208) 885-5813 or email libspec@uidaho.edu. Finding Aids for Forest Entomology holdings are on the web under Forestry https://www.lib.uidaho.edu/special-collections/forestry.html. They include Forest Insect Reports (and bibliographic lists) of various agencies in western States and Regions including Alaska, Canada and US. Other finding aids pertain to Idaho Dept. of Lands (L. Livingston), Ronald W.Stark, James C. Evenden (Coeur d'Alene Forest Insect Lab), and WFIWC Archives. 

Our Purpose:

* to advance the science and practice of forest entomology
* to provide a medium for exchange of professional thought
* to serve as a clearinghouse for technical information on forest insect problems of the western North America