The 60th annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference will be held
23-26 July 2019 (Tuesday – Friday)
in Savannah, Georgia!

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Final Program

The SFIWC 2019 registration form is available exclusively online through Eventbrite again this year.  Go to to register.  The registration fee is $350 ($190 for students and retired members), which includes a ticket to the Thursday night banquet for the registrant.  Extra banquet tickets for guests are $60 (for children 11-and-under, it’s only $30).  Registration receipts and name tags will be distributed at the registration table.

Pre-registration on the Eventbrite website will be accepted until Friday, July 5, 2019.  After this date, only on-site registration will be available.

IMPORTANT!!!:  If you choose, you can pay your registration fee online at the Eventbrite website ( with a credit card prior to the meeting!  Please be aware that the deadline for paying via credit card is July 5, 2019.  Credit card payments will NOT be accepted after this date!  Credit card payments will NOT be accepted “at the door!”

IMPORTANT!!!:  If you are not paying your registration fee with a credit card, please go to Eventbrite website ( to fill out the registration form, indicating your payment preference.  There is a dropdown menu under “Payment Method” on the online registration form with options for paying via mailing a check to me (“Pay by check”) or using a check or cash at the meeting (“Pay at the door”).

Please be aware that an additional $8.00 fee applies to all Canadian and other non-U.S. checks.

If you are mailing a check, please make it out to “SFIWC”, indicate whose registration fees are being paid, and send it to:

Will Shepherd, SFIWC Treasurer

USDA Forest Service SRS

2500 Shreveport Hwy.

Pineville, LA  71360

This year’s banquet is a Southern Buffet with several delicious choices: we’ll have Cole SlawPotato SaladSeasoned Collard GreensMacaroni and Cheese; and a Tossed Salad with choice of dressing.  Entrées include Fried ChickenShredded BBQ Pork; and Baked Basa Fish with pico picante cream sauce.  Corn bread, biscuits, and dessert also will be available.  We will have a vegetarian option at the banquet; please indicate your preference on the order form.  One banquet ticket (for yourself) is included in your registration fee.  Extra banquet tickets for adult ($60) and child ($30) guests can be purchased using the online registration form.

If you do not want to pay for your extra banquet ticket(s) using a credit card, please select the number of tickets you want and then choose your preferred method of offline payment.  If you are paying for your extra banquet ticket(s) separately from your registration fee, please fill out separate online forms for your registration fee and ticket(s).

We have chosen the Savannah Marriott Riverfront for our meeting. I encourage you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.  We have a block of 75 rooms (Tuesday-Thursday nights) and 30 rooms (Monday night) set aside for the group until June 24, 2019, so make your reservations by this date.  Don’t miss out on the special pricing!

Meeting Hotel Details:

23-26 July 2019

Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia

Phone reservations:
Mention that you are in the group: 60th Annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference 2019.


Online reservations link:
Self-parking is available at the hotel for $17 per day plus tax.

Visit for hotel information.

Room rates are:
$116.00 per night plus tax for up to double occupancy ($20/night for each additional person).
Remember, this low rate is valid only until June 24, 2019, and only for the first 75 rooms (first 30 on Monday, July 22).  Make your reservation right away!


If you reserve your hotel room now, we will be able to determine if we need to open additional rooms at the group rate, and can ensure that everyone who needs a room gets one!  Please be considerate to your fellow attendees and reserve your room as soon as possible.



This year’s Final Program is now available!  Thanks to all of the people who volunteered to moderate sessions. Please contact Program Co-Chairs, David Coyle ( or Kelly Oten (, if you have any questions.


Open Sessions

There will be 2 open sessions with no defined topic for those wishing to make a presentation at SFIWC.  Please send your title, name, and affiliation to Program Co-Chairs, David Coyle ( and Kelly Oten (  Time slots will be approximately 15 minutes, including questions.  Titles due by Friday, June 7.


A.D. Hopkins Award & Roger F. Anderson Award

Nominations for the 2019 A.D. Hopkins Award, which recognizes outstanding record of service to Southern forest entomology, must be sent to Lynne Rieske-Kinney ( by Friday, June 14.

The 2019 Roger F. Anderson Award will be presented to an outstanding graduate student in Southern forest entomology; send nominations to Kamal Gandhi ( by Monday, June 10.

Please see the above links for the “2019 A.D. Hopkins Award” and “2019 Roger F. Anderson Award” for detailed information on nomination submissions.


Poster Session

The poster session and reception will be held on Wednesday, July 24.  The deadline for poster title submissions is Friday, June 7.  Please send your title, authors, and affiliations to Kendra Wagner ( and Jess Hartshorn (, and use the following format:

David Coyle1, Brittany Barnes1, Gary Green1, Kier Klepzig2, John Nowak3, and Kamal Gandhi1. University of Georgia1, USDA-FS-SRS2, and USDA-FS-FHP3. Regional relevance of southern pine decline and its impact on landowner knowledge and attitudes.

Posters should be no larger than 4’ x 4’.  Mounting materials will be provided.  Posters can be set up starting Tuesday, July 23 and will be displayed throughout the meeting.


Graduate Student Session

The Graduate Student Session will be held during the afternoon of Wednesday, July 24.  Please see the above link for presentation submission details.  Titles, authors, affiliations, and abstracts (REQUIRED; 350-word limit) should be sent to Kristy McAndrew (, Kendra Wagner (, and Elizabeth Benton ( by Friday, June 7.


Photo Salon

Please contact Brittany Barnes ( with any questions or pictures that you would like to submit to the 2019 SFIWC Photo SalonOnly digital submissions will be accepted, and they must be received by Friday, July 5.


Field Trip

This year’s SFIWC Field Trip will be held on Thursday, July 25, 1:00-5:00 pm.  Participants will tour the East Coast Terminal, hosted by Jackson Westberry with Peeples Industries.  You will see pellets shipped to the European Union, chips shipped to Turkey for OSB, and hopefully other products being shipped like cement, gypsum, or fertilizer.  Please go to to learn more.

Participants also will be going to a separate log yard that ships pine logs to China in steel shipping containers.  At this stop Steve Davis, USDA-APHIS, will talk about the need for phytosanitary certificates for this export.  After leaving the log yard, you will return to Savannah and cross the Tallmadge Bridge to take a look at the Port of Savannah.

If you want to go on the Field Trip, please indicate this on the SFIWC registration form (space is limited to the first 24 responders).  There is NO additional cost for the Field Trip; lunch will NOT be provided.  We will need to collect some personal identification information from participants via email after receipt of the registration form: namehome address, and date-of-birth, as they appear on your driver’s license.


Southern Pine Beetle Working Group

Call for southern pine beetle presentations!  If you would like to make a presentation on SPB-related research, management or technology development to the SPB Working Group, please contact John Nowak (  The SPB Working Group meeting is scheduled for 1:00 – 2:45P on Tuesday, July 23.


2019 SFIWC Food Drive

This year’s SFIWC Food Drive will benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. As usual the Food Drive will accept cash, checks, or food and supply donations at the SFIWC registration table. The following are the canned food items requested by the food bank: canned chicken, ham, mackerel, meat spreads, salmon, sardines, tuna, beef stew, soup, peanut butter, canned beans, peas, corn, or other canned veggies.


Frontalis Cup

The Frontalis Cup will be contested on Thursday, July 25, at The Club at Savannah Harbor Golf Course (  Interested players should contact Bob Coulson (  We need a firm headcount in order to secure reservations.


Frustrana Cup

This year’s Frustrana Cup will be ladder toss, which, according to the rules, does not actually involve throwing ladders.  The Cup will be contested at Moon River Brewing Co., which is just a short walk from the meeting hotel.  So BOLO for bolos from 2-5 pm on Thursday, July 25.