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2014 Winter Technical Meeting & 30th Anniversary of the Cooperative

This year's Technical Meeting will mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the INGY Cooperative, and will be held on March 25th at the Coeur D'Alene Resort in Coeur D'Alene, ID. The meeting will open for registration from 8:30-9:30 am (Pacific time).  The formal agenda and presentations will begin at 9:30 am and run until approximately 4:45 pm, with a break at noon for catered lunch.

Agenda ◊ Registration ◊ Venue ◊ Steering Committee Meeting

Agenda

The 2014 Technical Meeting will provide a forum for presentations and discussion of research related to recent INGY investments in tree biomass estimation, sapling and small tree growth, and stand productivity.  This year's agenda includes:

  • A keynote presentation from Dr. Bruce Borders, Professor of Biometrics and Mensuration (University of Georgia), on "Quantitative Timber Management Planning: Growth & Yield Models and Timber Inventory Data"
  • A panel discussion on the future of forest growth modeling and inventory research as well as the role of cooperative research.  Invited panelists include:
    - Bruce Borders, University of Georgia
    - John DeGroot, Nez Perce Tribes
    - Steve Fairweather, Mason Bruce & Girard
    - Russell Graham, Rocky Mountain Research Station
    - Peter Gould, Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Presentations of recent and ongoing research concerning
    • FVS projections of pre-commercial thinning in ponderosa pine
      Dave Affleck, U Montana
    • Initial analyses of small tree height dynamics from the STCV study
      Ryan Schlecht, U Montana
    • Regeneration and productivity trends for the Lower Middle Experiment
      Fred Martin, Washington DNR
    • TopoFire: a system for mapping high resolution soil and fuel moisture in regions of complex topography
      Zack Holden, US Forest Service
    • Mapping site index in western Montana using topographic and climatic variables
      Matt Perry, U Montana
    • Review of weight-scaling methods from western North America
      Jarred Saralecos, U Idaho
    • Conifer biomass: crown and stem modeling results
      Dave Affleck, U Montana

Registration

Registration fee of $85 will cover meeting room rental, lunch, and coffee. Registration can be paid by credit card by contacting Marie Rothell (Univ. Montana, Dept. of Forest Management) at 406-243-5529 or marie.rothell@umontana.edu.  Fee is also payable at time of registration as cash, check, or purchase order - but please provide advance notice for attendance planning.

Venue

The Coeur D'Alene Resort located at West 303 North River Drive in downtown Coeur D'Alene - right on the lake. The hotel is approximately 40 minutes east of Spokane International Airport, and can be accessed from Interstate 90 (Exit 11) or Highway 95 (Northwest Boulevard).  Detailed directions can be found here.

The Coeur D'Alene Resort has set special room rates for the group .  Room reservations may be made individually by calling 1-800-688-5253 and requesting the rate for the "INGY Cooperative Winter Meeting". 

Parking at the Coeur D'Alene Resort is available but not included in registration; parking is also available in the adjacent Independence Point Park as well as in city lots and parkades nearby.

Steering Committee Meeting

The INGY Steering Committee will meet the following morning, March 26th, from 8:15-11:00am.