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2017 Northern Regional Meeting

May 2 - 4, 2017


Location: Wausau, Wisconsin

Plans are being finalized for the 2017 Northern Regional Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, May 2 to 4, at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin. The program is being organized by NCASI staff with guidance from NCASI’s Northern Regional Committee. This year’s meeting will continue the tradition of sharing technical and regulatory information of interest to the forest products industry in this region. The program will include workshops, discussions of NCASI and industry technical and forest management studies, as well as important regulatory developments. Attendance by member company personnel and regulatory and university researchers concerned with these areas is encouraged.

The preliminary meeting agenda and online registration are available at the 2017 Northern Regional Meeting site.

Meeting Overview

Workshops

On Tuesday (May 2), two workshops will be offered. Beneficial Use of Forest Product Industry Manufacturing Residuals will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Workshop topics will include an overview of NCASI resources on beneficial use, successes and challenges in implementing beneficial use programs at the mill and corporate levels, mill experiences obtaining regulatory approval for beneficial use applications, and a live demonstration of NCASI’s new Practical Guide to Beneficial Use of Forest Products Residuals (GuBu).

An emissions testing workshop titled Air Emission Measurement Methods – Issues, Limitations, and Watchouts will be held concurrently. This workshop will address important technical aspects of several test methods, and will provide insights concerning potential solutions. Primary focus will be given to PM2.5 measurement methods, with additional discussions covering test methods for filterable PM, mercury, sulfuric acid, and others.

Technical Sessions

The formal meeting will begin Wednesday, May 3, with a morning General Session focusing on topics of broad regional and national interest, including a review of current priorities at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the implications of updated water quality criteria, challenges facing the logging sector in the Lake States, and climate change policy developments and impacts to the forest products industry.

This year’s Forestry technical session will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 on Wednesday afternoon. Speakers from across the region will discuss topics ranging from the status and trends of the forest sector in Wisconsin, forest management and biodiversity, moose populations and water quality in the Lake States, to approaches for climate change adaptation and carbon management.

The Water Quality technical session on Wednesday afternoon will summarize key regulatory activities at the federal and state levels, including recent state activity on implementation of cooling water intake structure rules, revisiting DO/BOD limits for Wisconsin River mills, determining interim phosphorus limits, discussion of the variance process, mill water use reduction opportunities, nutrient management, aquatic biology updates, and TMDL developments.

Thursday’s program will open with Sustainability topics, including trends in sustainability and how forest products are perceived by the public, water use reduction at mills, updates on corrugated container life cycle assessment (LCA) and recycling fiber flow projects, development of sustainability reporting standards, and others. An Air Quality technical session will follow and run through the end of the day. Topics will include Wisconsin and federal regulatory updates, risk and technology review for kraft mills, VOC emissions from converting operations, a roundup of recent NCASI research, and others.

Luncheon

Wednesday’s luncheon will feature guest speaker Steve Kipfer, community identity advocate, who will present “The Golden Ratio in Natural Systems.” All registrants are invited to attend.

Reception

Attendees are invited to an open bar reception from 5:30 to 7:00 Wednesday evening. This event will provide participants time to meet with their peers in an informal setting. NCASI Sustaining Members are invited to set up tabletop displays to stimulate technical information sharing and networking.

Registration and Lodging

Registration fees for Member Company employees are $275 for the entire meeting or for Wednesday plus Thursday. Fees for Wednesday or Thursday only are $200. The Tuesday workshops are free if registering for any other day, or $75 if not attending any other paid meeting event.

Government agency personnel and university staff are asked to share the cost of the meeting by paying a reduced registration fee. The reduced fees for the entire meeting or Wednesday plus Thursday are $125. Fees for Wednesday or Thursday only are $75. Workshops are free if registering for any other day, or $75 if not attending any other paid meeting event.

Register online at the special Northern Regional Meeting site.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Jefferson Street Inn with a cutoff date of April 3 for the special meeting rate of $118.00 per night (plus taxes and fees). To secure the special room rate, reservations must be made by telephoning the Jefferson Street Inn at 866-855-6500 prior to the cutoff date. Mention the name of the room block, "NCASI GP NB," when making your reservations. Reservations made online will not qualify for the group discount.

More Information

If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Karen Phelps at 541-752-8801 x301 or kphelps@ncasi.org; or Paul Wiegand at 919-941-6417 or pwiegand@ncasi.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Northern Regional Meeting!