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Western Regional Panel on ANS Annual Meeting 2019

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Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown

200 South Pattee Street

Missoula, MT 59802

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We are excited to be convening in the beautiful town of Missoula, MT for our 2019 WRP Annual Meeting. This event will bring together AIS experts and enthusiasts from across the West. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula is surrounded by miles of hiking trails. It is a hub of music and art with numerous venues, galleries, stores, and restaurants in the downtown area built around the shores of the Clark Fork River.

Host: The annual meeting will be hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Location: The 2019 WRP Annual Meeting will be held at The Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown at 200 South Pattee Street, Missoula, MT 59802. The hotel is located on the edge of the Clark Fork River and within walking distance to a variety of amenities.

Hotel: The Holiday Inn is offering WRP meeting participants a rate of $95 plus taxes and fees per night. The cut off for booking your room is September 5, 2019.

You may book your room online here. Use group code WFS.

Should you have any questions or difficulties regarding booking a room, please contact our WRP Coordinators at leah@stopais.org or mason@stopais.org.

The Holiday Inn Downtown offers complimetary parking and in-room wireless internet.

General Information: The meeting will be two days of presentations, discussions, and a business meeting held on October 9-11. On October 9th, participants will learn and participate in a variety of presentations and discussions. On October 10th, the WRP will hold their business meeting interspersed with a mix of presentations. On October 11th, particpants can enjoy the field trip to local areas exploring regional AIS issues.

The meeting will be held October 9-10, beginning at 8 am and adjourning at 5 pm. On the 11th, the field trip bus will depart from the hotel at 8 am, travelling to local areas Mill Town, Rock Creek, and one more location TBD. The bus will return in the early afternoon. Please plan your flights accordingly to particpate and enjoy the entire meeting agenda.

October weather in Montana can be variable. In Missoula, October will likely have temperatures in the mid-50s during the day and down to the 30s at night; it could snow (maybe) or it could be a beautiful sunny fall week. Either way, be sure to pack accordingly, including footwear and jackets based on the forecast.

Transportation from the Airport: If you are travelling from outside the Montana area, the recommended travel option is to fly into the Missoula International Airport. The airport is approximately 6 miles from the hotel. All major airlines serve the airport to meet your travelling needs.

The Holiday Inn will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.

Taxis and Uber are also an option.

Local Area Highlights: Visit Destination Missoula for information on local attractions and things to see.

Draft Agenda: The agenda at a glance will be as follows-

Tuesday October 8, 2019 (TBD) - WRP Committees, state partners and federal partners may assemble for per-panel meetings.

Wednesday October 9, 2019 (8am - 5pm) - WRP will hold their annual meeting.

Thursday October 10, 2019 (8am - 5pm) - WRP will hold their business meeting as well as relevant presentations.

Friday October 11, 2019 - The WRP attendees can take part in a field trip to local areas to learn about AIS issues. Participants will gather at 7:30am in the hotel lobby and return to the hotel in the early afternoon.

You can access the agenda on the WRP's website: https://www.fws.gov/answest/meetings.html

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