Program Overview

General Sessions will be held in the Ballroom.
Meals and Receptions will be held in the Expo Center.

Sunday, September 23

1:00 - 5:00 Registration Booth Setup, Exhibits Setup, Explore Asheville Convention & Visitor Bureau Hospitality Desk Setup


Monday, September 24

Travel and arrival day for most participants

9:00 - 5:00 Registration, Exhibits, Silent Auction, Oral Histories (open), Explore Asheville Hospitality Desk (open)

10:00 - 5:00 NMFSH Board Meeting

10:00 - 5:00 Smoke Jumpers Meeting

Lunch You're on your own for lunch. Afternoon open to Explore Asheville if not in the NMFSH or Smoke Jumpers meetings.

1:00 - 5:00  Oral Histories (open)

2:00 - 4:00 Meeting of Regional Retiree Organization Representatives

2:00 - 4:00 Retiree Organizations Newsletter Editors

5:00 - 7:00 Welcome Reception with light snacks and cash bar (EXPO Center)


Tuesday, September 25

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet (Expo Center)

7:30 Executive Committee and Core Team Brief Meeting

8:00 - 5:00 Registration, Exhibits, Silent Auction, Oral Histories (open), Explore Asheville Hospitality Desk (open)

9:00 Opening Ceremony (Ballroom)

9:15 - 10:30  - Welcome to Reunion at the Cradle” Video
- Introduction of Special Guests by Dave Jolly
- Master of Ceremony, Dave Hammond
- Presentation of Colors - Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Color Guard (invited)
- National Anthem
- Moment of Silence honoring deceased Forest Service employees and retirees
- Invocation - Local Clergy
- Welcome Video(s) from Southern Region and Southern Research Station
- Welcome Comments from SFSRA President, Regional Forester, and Southern
   Research Station Director

10:30 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Ms. Bibi Gaston (Great-grandniece of Gifford Pinchot)

12:00 -  1:30 Lunch (Expo Center)

1:30 - 5:00 - Mr. Chase Pickering (Great-grandson of George Vanderbilt)
- Field trips preview
- Break
- Ms. Lisa Tate (NMFSH Executive Director)
- Film America’s First Forest introduced by Dr. James Lewis, Forest History Society

6:00 - 8:00  Gathering of Regions/Stations — This is an open social event with regions, stations/area, and WO assigned to different sections of the room where participants can move freely among them, reconnecting with friends they've worked with during their careers. Cash Bar and appetizer stations (EXPO Center).

 

Wednesday, September 26

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet (Expo Center)

8:00 - 5:00 Registration, Exhibits, Silent Auction, Oral Histories (open), Explore Asheville Hospitality Desk (open)

Organized Field Trips (Optional)

- Lunch on your own (or might be part of field trips)
- Dinner on your own
- Evening is open for reunion participants to plan their own dinners, social activities, and see old friends.

 

Thursday, September 27

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet (Expo Center)

7:30 Executive Committee and Core Team Brief Meetings

8:00 - 5:00 Registration, Exhibits, Silent Auction, Oral Histories (open), Explore Asheville Hospitality Desk (open)

9:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

- USDA - Forest Service Representative
- North Carolina State Forester David Lane

12:00 - 3:30 Lunch break (on your own) and your chance to explore Asheville

3:30 - 5:00 USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue (tentative) OR USFS Southern Region focused conversation panel

4:00  Silent Auction closes

5:00 - 5:30 Silent Auction pickup and payment from successful bidders

5:45 - 8:30 “Reunion At The Cradle” Banquet (Expo Center)
Entertainment: Southern Appalachian Music Group


Friday, September 28

7:30 Exec Committee and Core Team Brief Meetings

8:00 - 11:00 Closing Ceremony (Ballroom)

- Seated Breakfast & Closing Ceremony (EXPO Center)
- Awards
- Passing the Torch
- A Review of the Reunion at the Cradle (video)