IEG 40:
Incorporating Genetic Advances
into Forest Productivity Systems:
Value for All Landowners

June 26-29, 2006
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront

  (Formerly the Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront)

Site Index

l Welcome

l Benefits of Attending

l Loblolly Pine Genome Workshop

l Area


l Who Should Attend

l Call for Posters

l Registration Information

l Conference Purpose

l Tentative Agenda

l Meeting Site & Accommodations

l For More


l Programmatic Topics

l Optional Field Trip

l Transportation


Please join us at this year’s IEG-40 - Incorporating Genetic Advances into Forest Productivity Systems: Value for All Landowners Conference to be held at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida from June 26-29, 2006. Learn about the current status and future vision of forest genetics research, share scientific information, and synthesize multi-disciplinary information for a better understanding of the role of genetics in productivity improvements. Participate in discussions aimed at outlining ways to accelerate clonal forestry and new models for funding and valuing genetic research.


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Who Should Attend?

  • Academicians

  • Forest Operation Managers

  • Industrial Scientists

  • State and Federal Government Employees

  • Tree Breeders

  • Landowners

  • Consultants

  • Company Managers

  • Students

  • Wood Procurement Managers

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Conference Purpose

The purpose of the IEG-40 Conference is to share information, transfer knowledge, encourage networking, and initiate discussion between researchers and new timber managers and landowners.


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Programmatic Topics

  • Session I - Opportunities to Accelerate Tree Improvement
                         & Deployment of Improved Varieties

  • Session II - Integrating Genetic Research into Deployment Decisions

  • Session III - Knowledge Needed for Successful Deployment of Elite Germplasm

  • Session IV - Modeling the Value of Improved Germplasm for Various Landowners

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Benefits of Attending

  1. Advanced methods and knowledge to improve forest operations

  2. State of the art in breeding and deployment of improved germplasm

  3. Valuation methods for genetic resources

  4. View of the future of forest genetic research & deployment

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Call for Posters

All individuals involved in forest genetics research are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster presentation. All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference book of abstracts to be distributed at the meeting.

Posters will be on display throughout the conference with authors available for material discussion, and a formal poster session and reception will be held Tuesday evening. Posters will be limited to a space of 4 feet high x 6 feet wide.

If you wish to present a poster, please submit an abstract no later than May 1, 2006. Abstracts MUST be emailed to Gary Peter at


Click appropriate link for abstract formatting instructions.
[MS Word format | Adobe PDF format]

Volunteer poster presenters are expected to register for the conference.


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Tentative Agenda

Monday, June 26

12:00am – 4:00pm

Golf – Cimmarrone Golf Club

 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Registration Open   [Foyer Area of Duval Ballroom]

 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Poster Presenter Set-up   [St. John’s Room]

 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Welcome Reception   [St. John’s Room]


Tuesday, June 27

7:30am – 5:00pm

Registration Open   [Foyer Area of Duval Ballroom]

7:30am 12:00pm

Poster Presenters Set-up by 12:00pm   [St. John’s Room]

7:30am – 8:45am

Morning Refreshments   [St. John’s Room]

8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome – Tim White, University of Florida   [Duval A]

Session I – Opportunities to Accelerate Tree Improvement & Deployment of Improved Varieties   [Duval A]

Moderator - Thomas Bryam, TFS/WGFTIP

9:00am – 9:30am

Correlated Genetic Advance and Dispersed Genetic TestingMark Dieters and Ian De Lacy, The University of Queensland

9:30am – 10:00am

Opportunities to Accelerate Varietal Forestry in the SE USA – Phil Dougherty, MeadWestvaco and Jeff Wright, ArborGen 

10:00am – 10:30am

Refreshment and Networking Break   [St. John’s Room]

10:30am – 11:00am

Molecular Breeding in Loblolly Pine– Dana Nelson and Craig Echt, Southern Institute of Forest Genetics, US Forest Service

11:00am – 11:30am

Association Genetics & Breeding – John Davis, Dudley Huber, and Tim White, University of Florida

11:30am – 12:00pm

Panel Discussion – Davis, Dieters, Dougherty, Nelson, Wright

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch On Own

Session II – Integrating Genetic Research into Deployment Decisions  
[Duval A]

Moderator – Mike Cunningham, International Paper

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Site Specific Deployment of Genetic Resources at Rayonier – Early McCall, Rayonier Inc 

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Arauco GENE Project on Radiata Pine – Claudio Balocchi, Bioforest S.A. 

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Refreshment and Networking Break   [St. John’s Room]

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Implementation of Multi-Varietal Forestry in Eastern Canada- Yill-Sung Park, Canadian Forest Service and Greg Adams, J.D. Irving

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Clonal Variation in Wood Properties of Pinus taeda L. – Ben Hornsby, Laurence Schimleck, University of Georgia and Alex Clark, III, US Forest Service

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Panel Discussion – Balocchi, Hornsby/Schimleck, Park, McCall

4:30pm – 5:00pm

SIFTIC Business Meeting   [Duval A]

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Formal Poster Session & Networking Social 
[St. John’s Room]


Dinner on own


Wednesday, June 28

8:00am – 9:00am

Morning Refreshments   [St. John’s Room]

Session III – Knowledge Needed for Successful Deployment of Elite Germplasm   [Duval A]

Moderator – Tim White, University of Florida

9:00am – 9:30am

Forestry Management to Extract Clonal Value from Radiata Pine – Charles Sorensson, Horizon2 Ltd

9:30am – 10:00am

Family x Environment Interactions for Loblolly and Slash Pine Plantations in the SE USA – Brian Roth, Eric Jokela. Tim Martin, Dudley Huber, Tim White, University of Florida

10:00am – 10:30am

Refreshment and Networking Break   [St. John’s Room]

10:30am – 11:00am

Projecting Gains from Young Stands of Mass Controlled Pollination Families John Johnson, MeadWestvaco 

11:00am – 11:30am

Predicting Realized Gains in Volume per Hectare for Slash Pine at Age Eight from Progeny Test Genetic Value Predictions Using Data from Full-sib Block PlotsDudley Huber, Greg Powell, Tim White, University of Florida

11:30am – 12:00pm

Panel Discussion – Johnson, Huber, Roth, Sorensson

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Buffet Provided   [St. John’s Room]

Session IV – Modeling the Value of Improved Germplasm for Various Landowners   [Duval A]

Moderator – Gary Peter, University of Florida

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Uniformity and Value Creation: Implications of Clonal vs. Non-clonal Plantations – Bruce Borders, University of Georgia and Rafael De La Torre, Cellfor

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Valuating Tree Improvement and Silvicultural Inputs – How Important is Improved Forest Productivity to Landowners? Steve McKeand, Christian Montes, B.C. Smith, Robert Abt, and H. Lee Allen, North Carolina State University

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Refreshment and Networking Break   [St. John’s Room]

3:00pm – 3:30pm

SILVIS: Sawlog Simulation Software for Pine Tree Breeders – Charles Sorensson, Horizon2 Ltd 

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Trait Valuation in Varietal Forestry – John Pait and Rafael De La Torre, CellFor

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Panel Discussion – Borders, McKeand, Pait, Sorensson

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Wrap up & Adjourn


Poster presenters to remove posters   [St. John’s Room]


Dinner on own


Thursday, June 29 -- Optional Field Trip / Optional Loblolly Pine Genome Workshop

7:00am – 7:30am

Morning Refreshments for Field Trip participants  
[Hotel Lobby]


Field Trip participants board vans and depart from the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront


Box lunch for Field Trip participants


Field Trip participants return to the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Loblolly Pine Genome Workshop                                   [Duval A]


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Optional Field Trip -- (7:00am-1:30pm, Thursday, June 29)

$25.00 Registration Fee

This optional field trip will include field plantings of study sites around the Jacksonville area. Transportation and a box lunch will be provided.

Tentative Field Trip Agenda
Thursday, June 29


Meet in hotel lobby for Morning Refreshments


Depart Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront


Box lunch


Return to Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront


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Loblolly Pine Genome Workshop
-- (2:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday, June 29)

RSVP only; no extra fee

This informal workshop will focus on Loblolly Pine Genomes. There is no additional fee to participate in this workshop. If interested, please RSVP on the registration form.










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What Does the Registration Fee Include?

The registration fee includes full participation in the conference, including attendance at the Monday night Early Bird Social, the Tuesday night Welcome Reception and Social, lunch on Wednesday, opportunities to network, one copy of the Abstract Book, and all conference materials. The fee also provides for morning, mid-morning and afternoon refreshments. On Thursday, June 29th, an optional field trip (7:30am-2:00pm) is being offered for an additional fee of $25.00 and the Pine Genome Workshop (2:00pm-6:00pm) is being offered at no extra charge.


Registration Fees

Early Reduced Registration Fee
(On or before April 10, 2006)

Before clicking on the Register Now link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.


Register Now!

Regular Registration Fee
(On or before May 15, 2006)

Late Registration Fee
(After May 15, 2006)



Optional Field Trip
(Thursday, June 29th)


Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before May 29, 2006. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after May 29, 2006.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within Florida.

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Meeting Site and Hotel Accommodations

1201 Riverplace Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Ph (904) 398-8800
Fax: (904) 398-9170
(As of April 1, 2006 the Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront became the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront.)

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront is a beautiful 10-story hotel overlooking the scenic St. John's River. With 292 guestrooms the hotel offers either a sunset or river view. All guestrooms have walk out balconies, great for enjoying the view and Jacksonville's fresh coastal air. The hotel features the latest in in-room amenities for your convenience and comfort. All guest rooms are non-smoking. The Crowne Plaza is ideally located downtown, only 15 minutes from the airport and close to the Prime Osborne Center, Alltel Stadium, the Jacksonville Landing and historic San Marco neighborhood shops and restaurants. If leisure is your aim, the beaches, tennis and golf are all within a short 20 minute drive.

Room Rate Information: The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront is pleased to offer all IEG-40 participants the special rate of $98.00 per night, plus 13% tax (or tax exempt with proper tax exemption form). If you would like a Riverfront Guest room, add $10.00 per night.

Each additional person is $40.00 per night with a maximum of 4 people per room. Rates are offered for three (3) days prior and post the IEG-40 conference dates only. Any extensions prior to or past the current block are subject to availability.

To make a reservation:

Contact the hotel directly at: 1-904-398-8800

- OR -

Click here to book online. Enter the following Group Booking Code to receive the group rate: IEX

Be sure to specify you are a participant of the IEG-40 Conference to receive the group rate. All hotel reservations must be made by Friday, June 2, 2006. After this date, neither availability nor the discounted group rate is guaranteed. (To receive tax exempt status, payment must be made in the form of a government issued check, credit card or purchase order, and, be accompanied by a Florida sales tax exemption certificate presented at check-in.)

Covered self-parking is complimentary for all IEG-40 attendee’s. The current rate is $8.00 per day. Valet parking is also available at $12.50 per day.

Special Notes: All reservations must include a valid method of payment such as direct bill approval, check, money order or valid credit card equal to one night’s room rate plus applicable taxes, which is currently 13%. Guaranteed reservations are held for arrival until midnight on the day of arrival. Deposits in the form of direct bill approval, check, money order or credit card are refundable if the hotel receives notice of cancellation 72 hours prior to arrival. Any cancellation made after the 72-hour time period is subject to payment of one night’s room and tax.

Check in time is 4:00 PM. All guests arriving before this time will be accommodated as rooms become available. Luggage Storage is available in the event rooms are not available. Check out time is 11:00 am. Arrangements can be made for luggage storage in the vent the guest’s departure is planned for a later time. Requests for rooms beyond the standard check out time should be directed to the front desk.

The Hotel discourages overselling and makes its best effort to forecast full nights. Guests are asked to verify their check out date upon check in. Any guests checking out early of a room prior to the scheduled departure date, except for medical emergency reasons, will be subject to a $50.00 early departure fee.

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront is an entirely non-smoking/smoke free establishment as of January 2, 2005. All of our guestrooms have balconies. We are pleased to offer you this added amenity. Any persons choosing to smoke inside one of our guestrooms will have a one time cleaning fee of $100.00 assessed to their bill upon departure.

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Transportation Information

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront is conveniently located only 20 minutes/miles away from the Jacksonville International Airport. Transportation to and from the airport is available via the Express Shuttle for $20.00 each way, or by taxi, which costs approximately $30.00 each way. For downtown transportation, the Skyway Express is available around town and across the river for $.35 (35 cents) per person each way; as well as the water taxi for $3.00 per person each way.


Jacksonville International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Taxi Service

Gator City Taxi is the official taxi company serving Jacksonville International Airport. Service is available at the entrance to JIA, or call Gator City Taxi at (904) 741-0008 or (904) 355-8294. Fare runs approximately $30.00 each way.

Driving Directions

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Mileage Chart

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Area Information


Jacksonville & The Beach
Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Jacksonville Landing

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

River Cruises, Inc.

Other Cities to Visit While in Florida

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For More Information

Registration Questions
Tracy Nininger, Conference Coordinator
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 110750
Building 639, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
PHONE: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

Programmatic Questions
Gary Peter, Conference Organizer
Associate Professor
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
326 Newins-Ziegler Hall
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
PHONE: 352-846-0896

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