The first IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) joint conference of the Genetics of Five-Needle Pines working group, Rusts of Forest Trees working group, and the genomics group Strobusphere met in Fort Collins, Colorado, on June 15-20, 2014.
The conference included two days of presentations and four field trips (southern Wyoming, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Goliath Research Natural Area, and the Agricultural Research Service National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation) to learn about current forest conditions, ongoing research, and conservation of pines and rusts and to visit limber pine (Pinus flexilis) and Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine (P. aristata) forests.
The 106 attendees included representatives from 16 countries, 17 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces; students, active researchers and professionals and retired experts participated. Financial contributions by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, American Forests, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, Sierra Pacific Industries, and IUFRO helped make the conference a success.
Anna Schoettle, a Deputy Coordinator for the IUFRO Five-Needle Pine working group, co-organized the conference with Richard Sniezko, Richard Hamelin, and David Neale, and she was the local coordinator with help from Kelly Burns and others.