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SAVE the DATE – Utah Chapter AFS Annual Meeting – March 12th-14th, 2019

The Utah AFS Chapter is excited to host its Annual Meeting at the Utah Valley Conference Center in Provo on March 12th-14th, 2019.  Our EXCOM first pursued a 2019 joint meeting with the Utah Wildlife Society, but unfortunately, that fell through.  We are still working with the Wildlife Society regarding a possible joint meeting in 2020. We next explored the possibility of holding the 2019 at Lake Powell, but Bullfrog could not provide the necessary meeting space and Wahweap proved too expensive at >$40,000 estimated meeting costs.  

Instead, our EXCOM decided to pursue a unique opportunity for our 2019 annual meeting.  We were approached by the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program (JSRIP) to co-host a Lake Sucker Summit as part of our annual meeting.  Our goal for this full-day symposium will be to bring in researchers from Utah Lake, Pyramid Lake, and Klamath Lake to talk about progress and issues toward recovering the T&E suckers in these unique systems.  We still have much to work through with regard to pulling off this summit, but if successful, we will have a National AFS quality symposium at our 2019 annual meeting!

In addition to the Lake Sucker session, we are planning on holding themed sessions including a Blue Ribbon Fisheries: Status, Research, and Future of Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries as well as a Wildfire: Preparation, Management, and Rehabilitation session.  If you have other ideas on themed sessions for the 2019 meeting, please let me know this fall. As always, we’ll have plenty of room for general contributed papers.

Please mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 2019 Chapter Meeting!

Tentative Schedule:

  • March 12th – Afternoon: Continuing Education Courses
  • March 12th – Evening: Social Dinner
  • March 13th – Lake Sucker Summit (Plenary and Afternoon Technical Papers)
  • March 13th – Afternoon: Themed Paper Session and Contributed Paper Session
  • March 13th – Evening: Banquet; Fundraising Event; Awards
  • March 14th – Morning (half day):  Themed Paper Session and Contributed Paper Session

The organization of this meeting will be similar to meetings in past years. Registration fees will cover meals and lodging as outlined in our Business Plan. Registration, first call for papers, and deadlines will be available later this fall.

If you have suggestions, comments, or questions feel free to contact me:

Paul Thompson

Utah Chapter President

801 538 7420

[email protected]


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