2020 WIR Conference


2020 WIR Conference

The safety and wellbeing of conference participants is our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after much thoughtful discussion, the WIR Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the WIR conference. 
Tue. May 12
9:00 am

Established in 1890 and located just two miles from Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite is one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. With an annual operating budget of $27 million and 800 employees during the summer tourism season to manage nearly 800,000 acres of pristine landscape, the National Park Service provides a first-class experience to Yosemite’s visitors daily. During this mobile workshop, participants will learn directly from the staff who run day-to-day operations of the Park about management needs and take in some of the most iconic sites in the United States.

Buses will depart from Tenaya Lodge. Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. Lunch will be provided.

1:30 pm

Yosemite Valley sits in the shadows of iconic rock formations and waterfalls which have caused the park to be named a World Heritage Site. Warm, dry summers leave the area exceptionally fire prone, which negatively impacts tourism, and the presence of bears can jeopardize the wellbeing of campers and hikers. During this mobile workshop, learn how Park management works to decrease the threat of catastrophic fire to the landscape and people while also reducing negative interactions between people and wildlife.

Buses will depart from Tenaya Lodge. Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes.

Wed. May 13
8:00 am

WIR Conference Registration

Wed. May 13 | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
9:00 am

WIR Board of Directors Meeting

Wed. May 13 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
12:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

Wed. May 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

State Executives Lunch

Invitation Only

Wed. May 13 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
1:30 pm
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee
  • Joint Public Lands Policy Steering Committee & Energy, Environment and Land Use (EELU) Policy Steering Committee
6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Wed. May 13 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Thu. May 14
7:30 am

WIR Conference Registration

Thu. May 14 | 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
8:30 am

Opening General Session

Thu. May 14 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am
10:15 am

Workshop Block 1

Thu. May 14 | 10:15 am to 11:45 am
12:00 pm

Attendee Luncheon

Thu. May 14 | 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
1:30 pm

Workshop Block 2

Thu. May 14 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Thu. May 14 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
3:30 pm

Federal Agency Partner Session with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service

Thu. May 14 | 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
6:00 pm

Conference-wide Dinner Event

Thu. May 14 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fri. May 15
8:00 am

WIR Conference Registration

Fri. May 15 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
8:30 am

WIR Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers

Fri. May 15 | 8:30 am to 9:00 am
9:00 am

General Session

Fri. May 15 | 9:00 am to 10:30 am
10:45 am

Workshop Block 3

Fri. May 15 | 10:45 am to 12:15 pm
12:15 pm

Box Lunch

Fri. May 15 | 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
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