Dear 2020 Central Hardwood Conference Participant:

I would like to update you on the status of the Central Hardwood Conference originally scheduled for March 18-20, 2020 in Charleston, WV. We delayed the conference with hopes of safely hosting it later this fall. Unfortunately, the continued travel restrictions at many universities and public agencies, and the uptick in new cases of COVID-19 have forced us to reassess hosting the conference this year.

The committee and I have made the difficult decision to cancel the conference for 2020. Rather than compete with other already scheduled conferences in the spring 2021, we plan to host the conference in the spring 2022, which would be back to its traditional biennial schedule. We will send out a new call for abstracts this coming spring.

We understand that this unwelcome news to many. Please understand that we are as disappointed as you, but we also value the health and safety of our friends and colleagues. We look forward to re-hosting in the spring 2022 in West Virginia.