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

8:30 Executive Committee/ Core Team  Meeting (Magnolia Room)
9:00 - 5:00 Registration, Exhibits, Silent Auction, Oral Histories Setup, Explore Asheville Hospitality Desk Setup, Setup and Test Audiovisual Equipment

10:00 - 2:00 NMFSH Board of Directors Meeting (Foxfire 1 Room)

Lunch Lunch on your own. Afternoon open to Explore Asheville if not in the NMFSH or other organizational meetings

1:00 - 5:00  Oral Histories Open (Foxfire II Room)

2:00 - 4:00 NMFSH Annual Membership Meeting. All are welcomed. (Foxfire I Room)
2:00 - 4:00 Meeting of the Regional Retiree Organization Representatives. Representatives can share best practices and current membership status, goals, etc.  (Dogwood Room 1)
5:00 - 7:00 Welcome Reception with light snacks and cash bar (EXPO Center) Sponsored by NAFSR.

Tuesday, September 25

7:00 - 8:15 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)

8:30 Opening Ceremony (Ballroom)

8:35  Welcome to the Reunion at the Cradle (Malcolm Gramley and Dave Jolly)
9:15 - 10:30  - Dave Jolly: Introduction Special Guest

- Mac Gramley: Introduce th3 2018 Reunion Master of Ceremony Dave Hammond

- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Color Guard: Presentation of Colors

- Tammy Brown Freeman: National Anthem
(Tammy Brown Freeman is the Alabama National Forests Public Affairs Officer. Tammy is also a Forest Service Leadership Coach for the Middle Leader Program.)

- Moment of Silence honoring deceased Forest Service employees and retirees

- Dr. Mike Holder: Invocation
(Dr. Mike Holder is Senior Pastor of the First Brevard United Methodist Church in Brevard, North Carolina.)

9:00 Ms. Bibi Gaston (Great-grandniece of Gifford Pinchot)

10:00 Break

10:15 Presentation by Lisa Tate

11:15 -  1:15 Lunch Break (Lunch at noon in the Expo Center)

1:30 Presentation by Mr. Chase Pickering

2:30 pm Presentaion by Dr. James Lewis

6:00 - 8:00  Gathering of Regions/Stations Reception at the EXPO Center

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)

7:30 Executive Committee and Core Team Meeting (Magnolia Room)
8:00 - 5:00 Registration, Exhibits, Silent Auction, Oral Histories (open), Explore Asheville Hospitality Desk (open)

Organized Field Trips

- 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 - 8:15 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)

  General Sesson - Ballroom
8:30  - 9:15 Presentation by David Lane

(David Lane is the North Carolina State Forester. He is responsible for managing 10 state forests containing more than 18.8 million acres, or 60 percent of the State's land area.)

9:15 - 10:00 Presentation by Dr. Robert (Rob) Doudrick

(Dr. Doudrick is the Director of the USDA-Forest Service Southern Research Station. The Southern Research Station is one of seven units that make up the U. S. Forest Service Research and Development organization – the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world.)

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:00 Presentation by Ken Arney

(Ken Arney is the Acting Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service. As Regional Forester, he oversees National Forest System lands that encompass 13.3 million acres across the 13 southern states and Puerto Rico.)

11:00 - Noon Presentation by Vicki Christiansen

(Vicki Christiansen is the interim Chief of the USDA Forest Service. Prior to that she was Deputy Chief for State and Private. She joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management. Vicki has worked extensively on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy bringing her experience as a line officer, land manager, wildland fire fighter and State Forester to the effort.)

Noon - 3:30  Lunch on your own;  explore Asheville, etc.

3:30 - 5:00 USDA - Forest Service Southern Region Focused Conversation Panel

Allen Nicholas

(Allen Nicholas is the Supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina. He oversees more than 1.25 million acres of public land in the state’s four national forests. His career thus far has spanned more than 30 years and included stops in the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, and the Eastern Regional Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with titles ranging from deputy manager to acting director before his most recent role as forest supervisor. JaSal Morris is the Supervisor of the Cherokee National Forest.)

JaSal Morris

(JaSal Morris is the Supervisor of the Cherokee National Forest with headquarters in Cleveland, TN. He is responsible for managing 655,598 acres of national forest land. Morris began his Forest Service career in 1988, working in Virginia on the George Washington National Forest in administrative programs. Other assignments include working as a human resources specialist on National Forests in Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Alabama, and in the Washington Office. He worked as an equal employment specialist in the Forest Service’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta before moving to South Carolina.)

Betty Jewett

(Betty Jewett is the Supervisor of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest with headquarters in Gainesville, GA. Her first experience with the Forest Service was as a volunteer at Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area. Then, following graduation from Clemson University in 1989, she began her 20 plus-year Forest Service career as a forester trainee on the old Chattooga Ranger District. She came back to Georgia from the Prescott National Forest in Prescott, Arizona, where she served as Forest Supervisor.)

5:00  Silent Auction closes. Pickup and payment from successful bidders.

5:45 - 8:30 “Reunion At The Cradle” Banquet (Expo Center)

Prayer: Dr. Mike Holder

Entertainment: Bailey Mountain Cloggers

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers were organized in 1974 by students at Mars Hill College in the mountains of North Carolina, near Asheville. The Bailey Mountain name is derived from the mountain adjacent to the college campus. This college clog team carries influence from an older championship team in Mars Hill called Bailey Mountain "Square" Dance Team. Comprised of young adults from the college and town, these dancers in the spring of 1950 toured the Southwest with Bascom Lamar Lunsford, who is credited for giving the name Bailey Mountain to the team. By the late 50's, precision clogging entered the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville with James Kesterson and the Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers. Until then, only Smooth Big Circle Dance, called Mountain "Square" Dance, and freestyle clog dancing were part of the folk festival. One such precision clog team influenced the Bailey Mountain Cloggers in their early years; the Green Grass Cloggers.

Friday, September 28

7:00 - 8:30 Seated Breakfast (EXPO Center)

9:00 - 11:00 Closing Ceremony (Ballroom)

- Awards
- Recognition of Voluteers
- Passing the Torch ($5,000 check to the 2021 Reunion Hostess Nancy Gibson
- Slide Show / Video:  A Review of the "Reunion at the Cradle"