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68th Western Forest Insect Work Conference - Denver CO, March 26 - 29

WFIWC 2018 - "Coming together across the Great Divide"

We're very excited to be hosting the 68th Western Forest Insect Work Conference in Denver March 27-29, 2018! Please find your guide to registration below.
See the latest FINAL AGENDA (.pdf)
Please consider joining us at our venue for easy access to all the exciting program elements of the WFIWC. The Sheraton Downtown is offering booking rates BELOW per diem! They've generously extended this rate to three days before and after the WFIWC program.  
Hotel Registration   -   Must be completed by March 5th to get the group rate
Concurrent Sessions
The Program Committee invites meeting participants to submit ideas for additional concurrent sessions for the 2018 meeting.  Concurrent sessions are 1.5 hours in length, and several slot are available (see draft agenda).  In particular, if you are interesting in organizing and chairing a concurrent session please send relevant information (e.g., title, proposed speakers, etc.) to Chris Fettig (, with a CC to Sky Stephens (, by Friday, December 15, 2017.
The program committee of the 2018 Western Forest Insect Work Conference invite meeting participants to contribute to the program through poster presentations. Posters will be displayed near the conference meeting rooms allowing all meeting attendees the opportunity to view your work. For poster submission please send the title and list of authors with affiliations to Monica Gaylord ( or 928-556-2074) by the end of the day February 9, 2018.  Please contact Monica with other questions regarding the poster session.  Poster dimensions should be no larger than 3.5 ft wide x 3.5 ft tall (~ 1m x 1m).
Open Session(s)
Similar to last year, in an effort to provide additional opportunities for members to participate in the conference, we are offering an OPEN SESSION for 15 minute oral presentations. Please submit a title and author list, and any questions, to Monica Gaylord (; 928 556 2074) no later than January 12th.
Graduate Students
The program committee of the 2018 Western Forest Insect Work Conference invites graduate students to contribute to the scientific program through oral presentations. Graduate students, please send the title and list of authors with affiliations to Erika Eidson ( by the end of the day on Friday December 15th. Please contact Erika (208 666-8625) with other questions regarding the graduate student session.
Founder’s Award
The Founder’s Award Committee wants to remind members that nominations for the 2018 Founder’s Award are due January 31, 2018. Information regarding the Founder’s Award can be found on the WFIWC website ( Please direct nominations or questions to Joel McMillin (
Silent Auction
Don’t forget to start planning now for the 2018 silent auction.  Bring your donation to the meeting in Denver or mail items to Sky Stephens (1617 Cole Blvd. Lakewood CO 80401).  Examples of items to donate include insect themed jewelry, books, historical items, or ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF.  If you have questions please contact Monica Gaylord (; 928 556 2074)
Photo Salon
Submissions are limited to digital media. Please submit photos in as large a format/file size as possible and uncompressed to Tom Eckberg, Deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to allow for slideshow preparation and judging. 
Unless photographers specify otherwise, the winning images will be added to Forestry Images, Please consider the guidelines suggested on the Forestry Images website:
If possible, use at least a 4 megapixel digital camera 
Images should be taken at the largest size and best quality setting the camera is able to produce
Images MUST be at least 700 pixels on the longest side to be used
Very good quality can be obtained in high-resolution JPEG files. 
We prefer you send the unedited, least compressed jpeg file available. Experienced personnel are on hand to edit your image
JPEG uses a compression scheme that degrades the image each time it is saved. It is important you do everything possible to avoid repeatedly saving the file before submission. If you do edit, crop or enhance the JPEG before submitting, be sure to save the image at the highest quality possible and try to do all edits at one time to avoid repeatedly saving the file 
Retain a copy of the original file from the digital camera in case you need to start the editing process over again 
Weather and Climate
March can be an unpredictable time of year so consult our forecast prior to your departure. Denver, the Mile High City, may present some elevation challenges to some of you. Remember to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated during your stay will ease any altitude discomfort.
Public Transit
Downtown Denver is readily accessible off of Denver's main public transit line and taking the Train to the Plane will save you time and money - no parking fees or rental car expense and you let someone else do all the driving.
Around Town
Downtown Denver is also home to all of Colorado's major sports teams, numerous performing art houses, museums, the Denver mint, and over 100 breweries in the Denver metro area
How can you get involved?

We’ll need items for the Silent Auction.

Posters and Presentations!

See you soon!
Sky Stephens
Local Arrangements Chair 303-236-9552



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