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Posted: Oct 21, 2015
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Back in Vail, Lou Romero stated: "It's going to be hard to top this (2012 in Vail) reunion, so we aren't going to try. Our focus is going to be different. To produce a uniquely Southwestern Reunion that rekindles the sense of pride and fulfillment our careers have contributed to the Forest Service heritage; and a celebration of fond memories with former associates, mentors, spouses, families and friends."

To that aim we have adopted as our reunion theme:


National Forest Service Retirees Reunion
Rally on the Rio….Celebrating Forest Service Families
October 11-16, 2015

Sunday, October 11
  1:00pm Registration opens at the Marriott Pyramid
  5:00pm Casual reception for early Balloon Fiesta arrivals
Monday, October 12
  Travel and arrival day for participants. Registration open at the Marriott Pyramid
    NAFSR Board Meeting

Meeting of all Retiree Organization Representatives from every region - Representative Officers can share best practices and current membership status & goals.

    NAFSR Open meeting
    NMFSH Board meeting

The Glow After - An Evening BBQ reception in the theme of a "Ballooning Tailgate Party" featuring the Smokey Bear Balloon cold inflatable.

Tuesday, October 13
  7:00am Breakfast
    Oral histories interviews start

Welcome to the Southwest Region - featuring an energetic, creative, and lively production featuring SW history, culture, landscapesm unique FS accomplishments, etc.


Aldo Leopold – A Standard of Change: A one-man performance by celebrated Aldo Leopold impersonator Jim Pfitzer, exploring the intersection of human progress and wilderness and featuring so of the Southwestern influences on Leopold's development.

    Plated (sit down) Lunch

Celebrating FS Families – a lively collection of stories told by the families who lived them as they did their part to achieve the Forest Service Mission.


Gathering of Regions social - this is an open "ballroom" environment with regions, stations/area, and WO assigned different sections so participants can move freely among the regions. No formal presentations just two hours to socialize with others you may have worked with in the various offices in your career. After 7:30 you have the rest of the evening to visit with friends out on the town.

Wednesday, October 14
  7:00am Breakfast
    Field Tours Day - register directly with Destinations Southwest, DSW

10:00 - 4:00

Not going on a Field Tour? Join us for Rally with the Forest Service of the Southwest. A interactive forum where retirees and employees from all the SW Forests can meet informally. These visits can leave retirees feeling appreciated for the contributions fo the FS heritage and sacrifices their families made as well as a sense of optimism about the competence and dedication of the SW Region employees they meet.


No evening activities are planned for Wednesday evening . This allows for reunion attendees to plan their own dinners and social activities.

Thursday, October 15
  7:00am Breakfast

Remember When? This social segment is intended to produce an interactive litany of FS memories regarding ways in which the agency was quite different and work was accomplished differently.


Rangers of the Southwest - A Profile of Change - by Char Miller - Featuring the uniqueness of the Southwest and the evolution of the Southwestern Ranger Districts and District Rangers as well. The presentation will show changes in policies, practices, and behaviors that have evolved over the last 50+ years; how the lives fo employees and their families and the contributions they made to local communities have evolved and changed.

    Chief’s Comments
    Plated (sit down) Lunch

Concurrent Sessions - a variety of sessions specially crafted

  • National Museum of Forest Service History Annual Meeting
  • Developing Forest Service Leaders - An authoritative Briefing: Learn what the latest competencies, skills, and training methodologies the FS is currently investing in the development of leaders from entry to senior levels, at all units service-wide.
  • Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) - The Southwest is a landscape shaped by wind, water, and wildfire. Learn how the Southwest Region is on the cutting edge of Landscape scale restoration of the fire adapted Ponderosa Pine ecosystem and get a peek into 4FRI that has led to the largest stewardship contract in history!
  • Cornelia Bryce Pinchot: A Passion for Conservation, Equality, and Peace presented by Susan Butruille.
  • Ft. Valley - The First Experimental Forest (and Exhibit)
  • 10th Anniversary of the Albuquerque Service Center
  • The importance of Water & Climate Change in the Southwest.
  • Capturing Memories - How to document your career and accomplishments for posterity presented by the Staff of the Forest History Society. You made lot's of memories during your Forest Service career. But how do you capture them for future generations. Topics will include how to organize your papers, establishing a personal or family archival collection, determining the most suitable methods for recording and storing information, and options for publishing.
  6:30pm Dinner Banquet; Live Auction (tentative); Awards; Entertainment
Friday, October 16
  8:00am Vaya Con Dios Breakfast