The 2017 Annual Business Meeting of the Poplar and Willow Council of Canada (PWCC) is being held in conjunction with the 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW) in Edmonton. The Workshop runs from June 19th to June 22, with the PWCC meeting taking place on the evening of Monday June 19. During the meeting, reports will be received on Council activities in the past year, budgets and plans for the coming year will be discussed and elections will be held to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors. Holding the meeting in the context of the North American Forest Ecology Workshop means that participants in the PWCC meeting will be able to benefit from the program of the ecology workshop which will bring together more than 200 scientists and managers from across North America for technical presentations and field tours.
The 11th NAFEW is one of a series of biennial conferences which started in the mid-1990s with the aim of bringing together researchers, academics and managers to foster dialogue and discussion of current issues related to basic and applied research in forested ecosystems in North America. The 2017 workshop is being organized at the University of Alberta in Edmonton under the theme of 'Sustaining forests from restoration to conservation'. Following registration and an ice-breaker on the Sunday evening June 18th, the program includes three days of plenary, concurrent and poster sessions of technical presentations. The organizers have lined up four keynote speakers, including Lena Gustafsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Tony D'Amato of the University of Vermont, Sally Aitken of the University of British Columbia, and Stephen Murphy of the University of Waterloo. Many of the presentations are likely to be of interest to PWCC members.
An important feature of the NAFEW is the in-conference field tours, which offer five different options of one-day visits to sites of interest in the Edmonton area. Wednesday June 21st is devoted to these in-conference tours. The tours include: (1) Ecology and sustainable management of mixedwood forests in the area north of Edmonton; (2) Aspen and bison management in Elk Island National Park, just east of Edmonton; (3) Visits to the Alberta Tree Improvement and Seed Centre (ATISC) and the Smoky Lake nursery; (4) Edmonton's urban forests and urban forestry; and (5) Poplar genetics and management at the research fields of Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. north-east of Edmonton. The poplar tour will be led by Barb Thomas, past chair of PWCC. A three-day post-conference tour to Fort McMurray to learn about oilsands activities and reclamation is also being offered from June 23rd to 25th.
Registration for the 11th NAFEW is now open through the conference website. Early-bird registration rates of $400 for students, $475 regular are available until May 6. After that date, regular registration is available for $575, $475 for students. The fee covers the opening reception, all technical presentations, breakfast and lunch, and an in-conference field tour. A one-day registration fee of $225 is also available, covering presentations, breakfast and lunch. There is a banquet on the Tuesday evening June 20th at an additional cost of $50. Reasonably-priced accommodation is available at the University of Alberta Conference Centre or the nearby Campus Tower Suites Hotel.
11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop http://nafew.org
Program, incl. keynote speakers, field tours http://nafew.org/2017-agenda
Registration for conference http://www.nafew.eventbrite.ca
Local information, incl. accommodation http://nafew.org/2017-area-information/