This page contains information pertaining to on-site arrangements during the conference.
The conference location overlooks Lake Superior in the historic Fitger’s Complex, 600 E Superior St, Duluth MN 55802 (map). The registration desk will be on the Theater Level, 3rd Floor, near the central stairs and elevator. Most conference activities will occur in the Spirit of the North Theater and August Fitger Room on the Theater Level or in the Fireside and Harborview Rooms on the Courtyard Level, 1st Floor. Here is the Fitger’s Complex layout.
For serious accidents, medical emergencies, or urgent police calls, dial 9-1-1 to summon the appropriate emergency medical or law enforcement authorities. For more minor medical needs, urgent care services tend to be far less expensive than hospital emergency rooms. Two nearby urgent care facilities are St. Luke's Hospital Urgent Care at +1 218 249 6095 or Essentia Health Urgent Care at +1 218 786 8364. This map includes both facilities.
For more general safety information while visiting field sites, we urge you to carefully review and inform yourself about tick safety. We recommend this Minnesota tick safety information or the brochure included with your conference packet.
General inquiries are best directed to the registration desk at the Fitger’s Complex. For more urgent conference-related inquiries, contact Eli Sagor via SMS/text or WhatsApp at +1 612 360 4476.
Free parking is available in the parking ramp southeast of the Fitger’s Complex (here). Take a ticket when you enter the ramp. When you depart, tell the agent that you are attending the IUFRO Small-scale Forestry conference and you will not be charged.
Two open WiFi networks are available for use by conference attendees, depending on your location within the building. Connect to Fitger's Theater or Boat Club Guest. You will need to provide an email address to connect to the Boat Club Guest network.
Evening reception: Those arriving Sunday evening are invited to an informal reception with light hors d’oeuvres in the Harborview and Fireside Rooms and, weather permitting, on the patio overlooking Lake Superior. Be sure to check in at the registration desk on the Theater Level before the reception. The reception will run from 19:00 to 21:00. Here is the Fitger’s Complex layout.
Plenary session and scientific program: Conference check-in begins at 8:00am on the Theater Level, 3rd Floor. If you have not yet checked in, please do so at the registration desk. The plenary session begins at 9:00am. For more detail on the plenary and subsequent sessions, including the poster session, consult the conference schedule or your printed program.
Concurrent session locations: Throughout the conference, concurrent sessions will occur in the Spirit of the North Theater, the Harborview Room, and the Fireside Room. For room locations, consult the Fitger’s Complex layout.
Evening reception: Beginning at 18:00, we invite you to join us for an informal reception with light hors d’oeuvres in the Harborview and Fireside Rooms and, weather permitting, on the patio overlooking Lake Superior.
In-conference tours: At the conclusion of Tuesday morning’s concurrent sessions, beginning at 12:00, box lunches will be available. Buses will depart from the north side of the Fitger’s Complex on Superior Street at 12:30 sharp. Lunches may be consumed on the bus during the approximately 30-minute drive to our tour stops. Here is more detail on the in-conference tours.
Tours will return to the Fitger’s Complex no later than 17:40.
Those lodging off-site will not have time to run to your room and back before the buses depart, and should bring sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots with you on Tuesday morning.
Evening boat tour: All registered conference attendees are invited to an evening tour of the St. Louis River Harbor and Lake Superior on Tuesday evening on the Vista Star. The boat opens at 19:00 and will depart shortly thereafter. You will embark at 323 Harbor Drive Duluth (map). To get there, you have the option to take a free chartered shuttle bus from the Superior Street Fitger’s Complex entrance at 18:30 sharp, join a guided walk along Duluth’s Lakewalk departing from the lakeside patio at 18:30 sharp, or arrange your own transportation.
A full dinner will be served on the boat, as will beverages.
The boat tour will include the presentation of this year’s Brandl Award as well as an informative and fun presentation from Cindy Hagley of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant, discussing regional water issues and Lake Superior.
The boat tour will conclude at 21:30, at which point shuttle bus transportation will be available back to the Fitger’s Complex.
Those who registered for the post-conference tour have received information from the tour hosts, and may also find basic information on our post-conference tour page.