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Find Out Who is Attending!

Curious if any of your friends and former co-workers will be attending the Reunion? Check out the registration list to see who has signed up!

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Visit our National Forests here in the South!


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Your can order your shirts, hats, etc. online, or you can contact Staci Ribbity Ribbitz via email or call her at (678) 660-3346. 

See the web site for more items and colors. This is not one of our official fund raisers but Staci will make a donation to the Reunion based on the amount of merchandise ordered.


The First Retirees National Reunion is
Coming to the South!

Welcome to the "Reunion at the Cradle" webpage!  The first Southern-hosted Forest Service Retirees National Reunion will held on September 24 to 28, 2018 in Asheville, NC.

The Southern Forest Service Retirees Association (SFSRA) is thrilled to host the Forest Service Retirees and help them experience the unique ties of our Forests to the Southern Appalachians.

This web page is intended to be a helpful and growing source of information for Reunion Registration, Crowne Plaza lodging Reservations, travel and overall information about the Reunion Program and Committees.

As this web page evolves, we hope to share with you more information about the history, resources and culture of the Southern Appalachians, the Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest, the Biltmore Estate, Asheville and the unique natural resources of one of the most biologically diverse regions of the nation.

Need help? Download the guide for planning your tripThe 2018 Reunion in Asheville derives its 501(c) 3 non-profit status from the National Museum of Forest Service History.   The Museum recently reached another milestone with the ceremonial ribbon cutting on July 20, 2017.  Executive Director, Lisa Tate sends this article highlighting the official opening of the Ranger Cabin Visitor Center and the Forest Discovery Trail.

We are thrilled for this recent achievement and are looking forward to many more Museum successes at the site and across the country.

Courtesy of ExploreAsheville

Some Quick Facts About the Reunion:

Q: When is the Reunion?

A: The Reunion will be held from September 24-28, 2018. The first social gathering will take place on the evening of Monday, September 24, 2018.


Q: Where will the Reunion be held?

A: At the Crowne Plaza Resort, about one mile west of downtown Asheville. Reservations for the hotel will open in October, 2017, with a priority for early Reunion Registrants.


Q: How can I Register for the Reunion?

A: Registration is currently open.  You can send your personal check to John Lamb, Chair of Registration, please see Registration page for details.


Q: How much will it cost?

A:  REUNION REGISTRATION - Registration fee is $245 with a discount to $200 if paid by March 31, 2018. Registration fees will cover the cost of most meals served during the Reunion week.

RESERVATIONS FOR LODGING - The Crown Plaza's charge for Standard rooms is a very reasonable rate of $119, without taxes and fees.  A smaller number of King rooms will be available for $139.  Villas are available for $159 for a one-bedroom and $189 for a two-bedroom. 

FIELD TRIPS AND THINGS TO DO. Costs vary depending on the field trip.  Learn more about what we have to offer!


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