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The 15th Meeting of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases

November 19-20, 2019

Presented by: The Nature Conservancy

Event Information

The Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forests Insects and Diseases cultivates and catalyzes collaborative action among diverse interests to abate the threat of North American forests from non-native insects and diseases.

The Continental Dialogue meeting will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s agenda includes a series of expert talks and breakout groups, Wednesday’s agenda continues Dialogue meeting sessions in the morning in coordination with the Partners in Community Forestry Conference, and the “#GreenCityBlueLake” Field Experience in the afternoon. Registration for the 2-day option also includes an invite to the Partners in Community Forestry networking reception, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday evening.

For a detailed version of the Continental Dialogue agenda, please visit the Continental Dialogue 2019 Meeting Information Page.

Registration Fee

Full Meeting (Tuesday and Wednesday)

$305 early bird price until August 11

$315 after August 11


Tuesday only

$165 early bird price until August 11

$175 after August 11

Registration includes continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, Field Experience on Wednesday, Networking Reception on Wednesday evening, and all conference materials.

Tentative Agenda detailed agenda coming soon

date  November 18

  • 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Social Hour for Early Arrivals (location TBD)
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

date  November 19

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration Open
  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast (buffet, included with registration)
  • 8:30–8:45 a.m. Introductions, Meeting Objectives, and Agenda Review Leigh Greenwood, The Nature Conservancy
  • 8:45–9:15 a.m. National Forest Health Outlook
  • 9:15–10:15 a.m. Panel #1: Regional Forest Pest Issues
  • 10:15–10:30 a.m. Coffee break
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Panel #2: Looking Beyond Emerald Ash Borer
  • 11:30–11:45 a.m. Federal Perspectives in Invasive Species
  • 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch (buffet, provided)
  • 1:00–2:15 p.m. Panel #3: Prevention Strategies within the International Supply Chain
  • 2:00–3:15 p.m. Lightning Round Updates
  • 3:15–3:25 p.m. Briefing on Breakout Groups and Locations
  • 3:25–3:45 p.m. Coffee, Bathroom, and Move to Breakouts
  • 3:45–4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  • 4:45–5:00 p.m. Report out on Breakouts as time allows
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

date  November 20

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration Open
  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Partners in Community Forestry Exhibitors (buffet, provided)
  • 8:30–10:00 a.m. Welcome to Cleveland!
  • 10:10–10:40 a.m. Break with Partners in Community Forestry Exhibitors
  • 10:40–11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session
  • 11:25–12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00–4:30 p.m. Field Experiences

    Note: While attendee may select any Field Experience they would like, all CFD attendees are encouraged to select the #GreenCityBlueLake tour.

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  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Partners in Community Forestry Networking Event