|2014 NANFA Convention|
Western North Carolina
June 5 - 8, 2014
The 2014 NANFA annual convention will be held June 5-8 at the North Carolina Forest Service Training Facility
located on the banks of the Linville River in Crossnore, North
Carolina, which is about 30 minutes south of Boone. This place is
closely located to the Catawba, Nolichucky (Tennessee) and New River
watersheds.While the event runs from 5-8 June, arrangements are being
made to stay on the 4th and depart on the 9th for those who want to do
are 5 dormitories available with 45 rooms for a maximum of 88 beds.
Most rooms have 2 single beds and a sink. Buildings A and B are closest
to the dining facility and each have 14 double rooms and 1 single, all
with sinks. Building A, which will be our primary gathering place, has
separate men and women’s restroom/showers. Single women would most
likely stay in this building, as well as couples. Our registration
and auction can be held here. Building B has the same number of rooms
but only one unisex shower/rest room. Both have microwaves,
refrigerators, and TV. There is a large burn pit outside these
buildings for gatherings. The Mountain Lodge sleeps 11 (1 single) and
has a unisex shower/restroom. It also has a full kitchen. The River
Lodge is the newest and sleeps 9 – one room has 3 beds. No sinks in
these rooms. There are 2 shower/restrooms in this building so couples
and single females could stay here also. Large gathering room upstairs.
The Helitack Building is about a ¼ mile away and sleeps 10, no sinks in
the rooms. It has a full kitchen with 2 bathrooms.
Check out the following for more details: Facility Information
to stay here are very reasonable. If you come in on Thursday and leave
Sunday, room and meals will be $154, plus registration. Registration
will be $75 for members, $105 for non-members (includes 1 year
membership), $ 35 for students and collecting spouses, and $12 for
non-collecting spouses (if they are coming to the banquet). All registrations include cook out on Friday.
Since the Forest Service needs to know how much food to buy, you will
need to send your final payment to NANFA by May 9th in order to allow
them to buy the right amount of food (but see below about early
registration). Late comers may be able to stay at the facility but keep
in mind that numbers are limited and they DO NOT take credit cards.
You can register and select your housing options (which includes meals) and pay via PayPal by clicking here.
are a number of campgrounds in the area including the one at Linville
Falls operated by the National Park Service, which is only 6 miles
away. Two motels are located in Linville Falls and one in Pineola, both
about 5 miles away. There are a number of good restaurants in nearby
Linville Falls, Crossnore, and Newland. The nearest airport is in
Asheville some 70 miles and 90 minutes away.
those arriving sometime on Thursday, we hope to meet the WRC biologists
and their electro-fishing boat on the French Broad River for
electrofishing and seining. Friday
will consist of collecting/snorkleing in nearby watersheds with arrival
back at the facility at a reasonable time to enjoy the cook out and
auction. Saturday will also be more collecting/snorkeling but there
will also be a collecting challenge between 2 teams who will visit the
same 4 sites, in reverse order – all catch and
release. Numbers will
be limited on these teams so when registration opens up, if you wish to
compete, be prepared to register. There will an extra fee ($10) for
this which will go to the funding of t-shirts for the winning team.
Sunday will be more of the same
with some groups heading in different directions on their way home or
staying in the area.
will try and get trip leaders under the scientific collecting permit of
the host so no other licenses will be needed unless you decide to
collect on your own, before or after the convention.