The 2018 PLF Annual Meeting will be held at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana, September 11-14, 2018. The theme for the meeting will be access to public land; this includes easement acquisition, land acquisition, exchanges, legal access, and physical access.
Members of the Board of Directors and others interested in attending the Board meeting on Tuesday, September 11, should plan on arriving in Billings on Monday, September 10, as the Board meeting will start first thing on Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday, September 12, the BLM Billings Field Office will lead a tour that will highlight some of the access issues in the Billings area and illustrate access issues in general. The tour will include lunch at Pompey’s Pillar National Monument. In the evening, there will be a BBQ dinner with cash bar selling wine and beer that will be held outdoors at the Big Horn Resort.
Thursday, September 13, will be the general meeting. Several speakers will address issues associated with the theme of access. The PLF banquet and silent auction will be held in the evening.
The Board of Directors will meet again on Friday morning, September 14, before adjourning by noon.
Meeting, registration, and additional information will be provided in the summer edition of The Monitor. If you have any questions, please contact Beau McClure by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (623) 587-7883.
A block of nonsmoking rooms has been set aside at a rate of $99 (plus tax) for a King Bed or 2 Queen Beds. You must make your own reservations by calling (406) 839-9300 or (877) 995-8999 no later than August 18, 2018. Please mention the Public Lands Foundation in order to receive the discounted rate. If you need to cancel your reservations, it must be done by 4:00 pm Mountain Daylight Savings Time the day prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty.
Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am. The Big Horn Resort has complimentary parking and hot breakfast buffet. It also has a fitness center. There is no restaurant at the hotel, but both The Montana Club and Montana’s Rib & Chop House are adjacent to the hotel and serve lunch and dinner (The Montana Club also serves breakfast if you don’t want to partake of the hotel’s free breakfast.) For more information about the Big Horn Resort, visit www.thebighornresort.com.
Rental cars are available at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). The Big Horn Resort also offers a shuttle from the airport to the hotel for guests; it operates from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. Please call the hotel directly in advance to schedule the shuttle. The Reef Indoor Water Park is located at the resort. There is a separate admission fee to use the park, but guests receive a discount. For additional information, visit www.thereefindoors.com. The resort is near ZooMontana if people want to visit it.