2018 Western Regional Meeting

September 24 - 26, 2018

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Plans are being finalized for the 2018 Western Regional Meeting, scheduled for September 24-26 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington. The program is being organized by a team of NCASI Staff with guidance from the West Coast Regional Committee.

NCASI Regional Meetings are a “must-attend” for mill, forest landowner, and corporate environmental professionals, regardless of job experience. These meetings are the primary forums connecting NCASI technical studies to real-time issues impacting facilities and working forests. Regional Meetings also serve to highlight the breadth and depth of NCASI expertise and resources available to Member Companies. Attending the meeting is the best way to leverage this information toward solving operational issues.

It is NCASI’s goal to have every Member operating facility represented at one of the Regional Meetings and celebrations. 

Download the Final Call & Updated Agenda (PDF) 


Monday, September 24

Three workshops are planned for Monday afternoon:

  • Environmental Regulations “Bootcamp” covering essential federal environmental regulations and their application in the forest products industry. Available as a webcast >>
  • Two sequential roundtable discussions on water and air permitting (concurrent with the Bootcamp).
  • A combined workshop on Leveraging NCASI Resources.

Immediately following the workshops on Monday, NCASI will host a reception to welcome all attendees to the Western Regional Meeting.

Tuesday, September 25

General Session 
Tuesday morning’s General Session will feature a keynote speech, provide summary perspectives on NCASI’s contributions over 75 years, and cover topics of general interest.

Technical Sessions 
On Tuesday afternoon, the Water Quality Technical Session and the Wood Products Technical Session will be offered concurrently.

Dinner Cruise 
Registrants are invited to participate in a dinner cruise on the Portland Spirit on Tuesday evening in celebration of NCASI’s 75 years of service to the industry. Buses will provide transportation to and from the meeting hotel. The cruise and dinner are included with registration to the meeting, and non-participating guests may attend for a nominal fee. Please note: RSVP deadline for the cruise is Monday, September 10. 

Wednesday, September 26

Technical Sessions 
The Sustainability and Climate Technical Session will be followed by the Air Quality Improvement Session. An all-day Forestry Technical Session will be held concurrently.

Exhibitors will be available during an extended lunch reception.


Those planning to attend the meeting can register online at the 2018 Western Regional Meeting website. Please note that government agency personnel and university staff are asked to share the cost of the meeting by paying a reduced registration fee. Lunch will be provided on each day for those who pre-register, and all registrants are invited to attend the Monday reception and the Tuesday dinner cruise.

Those with Professional Engineering, Certified Forester, or other certifications should note that NCASI is an approved Continuing Professional Competency sponsor and can offer professional development credits to those attending this Regional Meeting.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Heathman Lodge with a cutoff date for reservations of Sunday, September 9. Reservations can be made by telephoning the Heathman Lodge at 888-475-3100 prior to the cutoff date and requesting NCASI’s room rate. A special rate of $143.00 (plus taxes and fees) per night has been arranged for the NCASI Western Regional Meeting. Upgrade to ‘Business Level’ is available for an additional fee. Note that the room block rate is not available when making reservations online.

More Information

The meeting agenda is included in the Final Call. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Paul Wiegand (919-941-6417 or pwiegand@ncasi.org). Jake Verschuyl (360-293-4748 or jverschuyl@ncasi.org) can assist with matters regarding the Forestry Session. For general information, contact Karen Phelps (kphelps@ncasi.org) at the West Coast Regional Center.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Western Regional Meeting!