2019 Meeting Info

Greetings Western Forest Economists and Friends!

2019 Western Forest Economists Meeting 

June 2-4, 2019
Best Western Plus, Hood River, OR

The 2019 meeting will be held at the Best Western Plus in Hood River, OR on June 2-4, 2019. The WFE meetings bring together scholars and professionals to discuss topics related to forests and natural resources in the west. The conference has typically included a mix of research presentations, perspectives from both private and public sector participants and, most importantly, treasured opportunities to network with likeminded professional and scholarly colleagues.

Lodging Reservations

Lodging is available at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn by calling 800-828-7873. Mention Western Forest Economists to get single or double rooms reserved in a block starting at $135 plus tax. After May 9, rooms are subject to availability. Click here to book early!


The registration fee is $325 if received by April 22 or $375 if received after April 22. The fee for student attendees is $200 if received by April 22 or $250 if received after April 22. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association (WFCA). Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Tax id #930-331-712. Registration through WFCA is available here or by calling Melinda at (503) 226-4562.

Abstract submission now open: We invite existing and new members to submit abstracts for presentations, special sessions and posters. Our meeting greatly benefits from the wide variety of topics participants choose to present. Proposals should be a maximum of 1-page in length. We make an effort to include as many proposals in the program as possible.

Submit proposals to Kate Marcille at kate.marcille@business.umt.edu by Monday, March 25.

Three types of submissions will be considered:

1. Submit an abstract for an oral presentation

Oral presentations are typically 15-20 minutes, with sessions organized around common themes. Presentations on new or emerging research, case studies, industry analyses or economic updates are welcome. Potential topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):

  • Forest products trade
  • Wildland fire economics and management
  • Finance and investment
  • Bioenergy
  • Ecosystem services (e.g., water quality and supply, carbon sequestration, recreation)
  • Climate change and policy
  • Innovations in technology and modeling
  • Federal or State land management

Submissions should include your presentation title, presenter name(s) and an abstract.

2. Organize a special session

We invite the development and submission of organized special sessions. Organized sessions could take the form of a discussion panel on a given topic, or a group of presentations on a common theme. Submissions should include a proposed session title, abstract and the names of proposed presenters/panel members who have agreed to participate. Presenters may also submit 5 minute talks for those who are working on a topic and wish to use the question time for input and advice from the audience.

3. Submit a poster abstract

We encourage the submission of posters to take part in a poster session. Poster submissions should include the poster title, author name(s) and a brief abstract.