82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

March 4-11, 2017

Davenport Grand Hotel - Spokane, Washington

For more than 80 years, WMI has administered the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. The North American Conference sessions, workshops and more than 150 separate meetings and functions, serve as the annual forum to set conservation policy in North America.

Conference attendees include the administrators of federal, state and provincial wildlife and other natural resource agencies, college and university program leaders, heads of leading private conservation organizations, and other managers, scientists, researchers, officials and students of natural resources. The conference is a regular gathering of professionals to learn and exchange ideas, through a formal program, related meetings and other scheduled business, social and educational events.

The conference format is designed so that attendees leave with

  • A better understanding of the origins, complexities and likely solutions to current conservation issues, and
  • A better sense of the need for and the methods to achieve coordinated, cooperative management of the continent’s wildlife.

The “North American” is outlined annually by a Conference Program Committee, chaired by WMI. As many as 20 different agencies and private organizations have participated in helping set the agenda of the North American. In addition, agencies and organizations schedule more than 150 meetings and functions to overlap and occur in conjunction with each conference.

The Steering Committee for the 2017 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference has announced the event’s line-up of four concurrent Special Sessions scheduled to follow the Plenary Session on Wednesday, March 8.

Related meeting requests are now being accepted for committees and working groups, universities, organizations, agencies, and others interested in holding a meeting or social function in association with the 82nd North American Conference.

Download the meeting request form.

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Traffic Update: Please be aware that Spokane will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11th from 12-3PM. This will affect travel out of the Davenport Grand as the parade route comes over the bridge on Washington St., directly across from the Davenport; and in the past has traveled down Washington St. The city closes the streets of the parade route to vehicular traffic during the parade. Please keep this in mind as you make your travel plans on Saturday.