September Conference

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September NWAF! Conference Announcement


Please join us in September!

The goal of the NWAF! Coalition’s September, 2014 conference is to bring the voices of counties with national forests forcefully into the current national policy debate surrounding both the renewal of SRS and the forging of a new and lasting compact between forested counties and the federal government.  This one-day event will take place at the Wallace Inn, Wallace, Idaho on September 24, 2014.  The Coalition’s new 30-minute educational video, “Counties in Crisis,” will be screened and talks will be offered by a number of distinguished presenters.  Time will be set aside after each presentation for discussion and questions from the floor.

* Conference title derives from and is an extension of the “Now Without a Fight!” theme that names both our coalition and this blog.


  • Venue:  The Wallace Inn  
  • Registration fee:  $100
  • Presentation:  Julia Petersen’s luncheon presentation has been modified
  • Presentation:  Paul Pearce will not be able to attend but is sending a summary of his remarks


7:30 – 8:00 a.m. — Registration/sign-in

8:00 – 8:10 a.m. — Welcome & Information, Robin Stanley

8:10 – 8:15 a.m. — Introduction of video, Larry Yergler

8:15 – 8:50 a.m. — Video, “Counties in Crisis”

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. — Comment and discussion

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. — Jamie Lewis, “‘The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number’: Re-examining the Forest Service’s social contract with communities” (see video)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. — Comment and discussion

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. — Break

10:15 – 10:40 a.m. — Jim Petersen, “Equipping grass roots groups with the tools they need to forge change”

10:40 – 11:00 a.m. — Phil Aune, “How we got here and how we can forge change” (see video)

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. — Comment and discussion

11:15 – noon — Ron Roizen, “Washington, D.C.’s fiscal relationship to the federal government:  A closer look” 

noon – 12:15 p.m. — Comment and discussion

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. — Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 p.m., and concurrent with lunch break:

Julia Petersen, “What’s in our toolkit?  Building a unified strategy through science, collaboration, and paradigm shift” 

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. — [TBA — was Paul Pearce], Update on pending legislation and National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. — Comment and discussion

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. — Congressional update 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. — Comment and discussion

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. — Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. — Robert H. Nelson, “The ecosystem management disaster” (see video)

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. — Comment and discussion

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. — Panel discussion/questions

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. — Closing remarks/comments/suggestions 


  • Conference Registration Form may be downloaded here.  It is a Word document.  In order to avoid security risks posed by internet communication, please phone-in or s-mail your credit card info to  Cathy Anderson at the Mullan, Idaho school district office.  
  • Cathy’s phone:  208-744-1118
  • Cathy’s fax:  208-744-1119
  • Address:  Mullan SD address
  • A variety of lodgings available in Wallace; contact information for two provided on the registration form.  

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