Travel and Logistics


Typical accommodations: 3-4 star hotels and motels. Seminar participants will have shared accommodations during the seminar – usually two persons per room. Self-operated laundry facilities will be available at the hotel in Fort Hall.

During the seminar, we will have an opportunity to stay on a working horse and cattle ranch. The Cottonwood Ranch is located in northeastern Nevada in a remote area of the country. The Ranch has limited Wi-Fi and cell phone service, and the areas surrounding the Ranch do not have phone service. The Ranch is located in a remote site and there are no restaurants or shops, so we remind participants to bring everything they need with them, especially any medications.

During our time at the Ranch, the family will provide all of the meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner and we will eat in a large family-style setting. Rooms are limited at the Ranch and everyone will likely share a room with 2-4 participants.

Finally, the ranch family is going to provide a horseback tour of the ranch for everyone one afternoon. Please notify the seminar coordinators if you have any allergies to horses or are unable to participate in this activity (if you have not done so already).

Overall, it should be a good time to reflect, learn about unique aspects of American culture, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

July 15-19 Boise, Idaho
Hampton Inn & Suites
495 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

July 19-22: Wells, Nevada
Cottonwood Guest Ranch
HC 62 Box 1300, ONeil Route
Wells, NV 89835

July 22-24: Fort Hall, Idaho
Shoshone Bannock Hotel
777 Bannock Trail
Fort Hall, Idaho 83203

July 24-28: Hailey, Idaho
Wood River Inn
603 North Main Street
Hailey, ID 83333

July 28-30: Boise, Idaho
Hampton Inn & Suites
495 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702


The seminar staff will contact each participant individually regarding flight arrangements, as each participant’s itinerary will be unique. Participants can expect to fly into Boise, Idaho (BOI) on July 15, then fly out of Boise on July 30. Seminar staff will provide all ground transportation to and from the airports. (See “Arrival” section below.)

Note: All requests for specific travel arrangements must be submitted to seminar staff no later than July 1. Requests received after July 1 will not be accommodated.

While in Idaho, the seminar will travel between meeting locations in a large bus. When we travel between different towns where we will be staying, we will be doing extensive highway driving in these vehicles, upwards of 5 hours. We will plan for frequent stops during these long drives, but please be prepared to be in vehicles for long trips during our travel days. In addition, our vehicles will have limit space to hold everyone’s luggage. Please pack lightly so we have space for everything.

Arrival Information

When you arrive at Boise Airport, you will be met at the baggage claim area assigned to your flight by at least one of the Seminar staff members – Brehan Doud, Alison Holt, Annie Fritz, Rick Forsman, or Pam Foster. We will have a sign that says USFS Rangeland Management Seminar. Boise’s airport is relatively small, so we should be easy to find!

Please read these resources to help you know what to expect for your travels to the United States and arrival at Boise Airport (BOI):

Overview of US Airport Security
Arriving in Boise

If you miss your flight or are delayed during your trip to the US, please call one of the seminar coordinators to advise of your situation. Contact numbers for each coordinator can be found under “Contact Information” on this website.

Tips for Traveling

  1. Prepare for long wait times in customs and immigration.
  2. Arrive at the airport very early to check-in.
  3. Carry LGM Seminar contact information with you (coordinators and International Visitor specialist Lee Blaser).
  4. Be aware that you may be detained or sent to secondary inspection. If this happens, you will need to have your acceptance letter and be able to clearly explain why you are visiting the United States.


When you arrive, you will receive a debit card that includes your total per diem allowance for the seminar, which is intended to cover the cost of all your meals during the seminar. You will not pay for lodging and applicable taxes during the seminar; however you will be responsible for telephone use and other personal expenses and services at the hotel. To help you keep track of charges to your debit card, you will receive a daily log sheet that lists per diem rates for each day (because the rates are different for each city).

Medical Insurance

A medical insurance policy will be issued for each participant. This insurance covers the cost of medical care for any illness or injury that occurs while in the United States for treatment sought during the timeframe of the stay. Treatment related to pre-existing medical conditions (such as pregnancy, cardiac conditions, physical injuries incurred before your trip, etc.) are not covered by this health insurance. You will be responsible for the payment of any medical expenses above and beyond those covered by the insurance policy. For more information about the insurance, please refer to the policy brochure:

CISI Brochure 2016-17