Upcoming Meetings

2024 International Society of Forest Resource Economics Symposium (ISFRE)

What’s Over the Horizon? Future Challenges and Opportunities Facing Sustainable Forest Management

April 1-3, 2024
Arkansas Center for Forest Business, College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
Little Rock, Arkansas

The 2024 ISFRE annual meeting will be in-person in Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 1-3, 2024. The event includes keynotes, general, and poster presentations on the meeting theme.

  • April 1, registration in the afternoon
  • April 2, whole day meeting and poster presentations throughout the day
  • April 3, morning meeting and afternoon tour


  • Keynote topics include the forest non-market evaluation given by Congressman Bruce Westerman who represents Arkansas’s 4th congressional district. He is the only forester in the United States Congress currently, he holds an MS in forestry from Yale, and a BS in engineering from Arkansas-Fayetteville. Congressman Westerman will discuss congressional initiatives he thinks will benefit forests and forest landowners and provide insights into what challenges and opportunities for sustainable forest management he sees on the horizon.
  • There will also be a 4-person panel of industry professionals who will discuss what they see as research needs in the field of forestry and what challenges and opportunities industry is facing and may face soon with respect to sustainable forests.
  • The field trip will take place on the afternoon of April 3, 2024 at the Wilson Brothers Sawmill and Forestry Operations. This is a unique setup as they utilize their own logging workforce and work closely with nearby landowners on a continuing basis to ensure timber supply. You will get an up-close look at the mill and hear from Frank Wilson how the company has adapted to market changes over the last several decades and where he sees opportunities and challenges longer term.
  • General presentations include topics in the economics of forestry, forest management, forest carbon, climate change, wildfire, non-market and ecosystem services, economic contributions, timberland investments, timber market, policy and trade, etc.
  • Student posters will be automatically enrolled for Student Poster Awards.
  • Continuing education credits from Society of American Foresters will be provided.
  • Student research presentations will be automatically enrolled for the Forest Business Economics Awards sponsored by the Journal of Forest Business Research. Three Winners will receive free page charges in the Journal of Forest Business Research, there is no cash award.
  • Student posters will, as in previous years, compete for small cash prizes and awards, that will be announced at breakfast Wednesday morning.




The 2024 ISFRE is hosted in Little Rock Marriott. Please book your hotel by March 1, 2024, to get a discounted rate: Book Your Group/Corporate Rate | Marriott International.

The conference will provide breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a lunch and liquid refreshments during breaks. Dinner will be on your own. Wednesday lunch is covered if you are registered for the tour, otherwise that will be on your own. Monday night we will have an informal get together in the hotel bar and restaurant area. Please join as your schedule permits.


We would like to extend our appreciation to the Journal of Forest Business Research for sponsoring the event! If you are interested in supporting this event through sponsorships or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Shaun Tanger at tanger@uamont.edu.

Call for Presentation Abstracts

The 2024 ISFRE Annual Conference will offer a general session on the meeting theme and two concurrent sessions relating to general forestry economics, management, policy, timber supply and markets, and finance topics for meeting participants to deliver oral presentations and field audience questions.

Abstracts should be emailed to Shaun Tanger at tanger@uamont.edu by February 15, 2024. Please use “ISFRE Abstract” as the email subject. Authors will receive acceptance notification no later than February 20, 2024. If demand is high enough, we may create additional “short presentation” sessions. Also, there is the option of presenting a poster (size 35 X 47) should there not be sufficient time to fulfill all presentation requests.

Include the following information when submitting an abstract:

  1. Oral Presentation: 15 minutes (an additional 5 minutes for questions)
  2. Title
  3. Authors with titles and affiliations
  4. Body text(no more than 250 words)
  5. Keywords (please include as a keyword either economics, management, or finance if applicable [this will aid in the selection of the appropriate concurrent session track])
  6. Please add two to three additional key words of your choosing that you think appropriate.

Should you have any questions, please contact Shaun Tanger at tanger@uamont.edu.


The Journal of Forest Business Research is now sponsoring 3 Awards to young scholars at ISFRE 2024 (each award of $200). These will be for presentations by student presenters and will be graded by selected non-student attendees. In addition, every winner will get a free publication option at the JFBR.

Everyone else attending the ISFRE 2024 meeting will receive a 25% discount on page charges, as we offer this discount to all who submit their paper to JFBR for the first time.

We highly encourage members to peruse the journal website and consider submitting a manuscript after the meeting.