Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend?


New technologies and processes are driving improved productivity and lower costs in the oleoresin extraction and processing industry.

This International Symposium will gather industry operators, experts and educators from around the world to discuss "best practices", new technologies and practical advances which are evolving for forestry management, tapping and resin processing. 

Presentations and lively discussions will provide the framework for new technologies to help you increase production and reduce costs for oleoresin, rosin and turpentine. Areas covered include:

  • Pine tree tapping and oleoresin production yields
  • Basic genetics and pine tree physiology and why they matter
  • Improving oleoresin production with hybrid trees
  • Developing high efficiency forests
  • Human resource management and safety
  • Forestry mechanization and logistics
  • Resin plant design and operation
  • Testing and quality control methods

The program will provide continuous translation between English, Portuguese.


What Is Covered?


  • Forest Management
  • Pine tree genetics and hybrids
  • Ecology and Physiology
  • Tapping Technology and techniques
  • Oleoresin processing to rosin and turpentine
  • Logistics
  • Human resource management and safety

When and Where is the Symposium?

The Spring Meeting will be held April 16 to April 18, 2018 at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel located at 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401.  Discounted room rates are available but Reservations MUST be made prior to March 16, 2018.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are to be paid in US Dollars.

  •  $995.00 per attendee

The course registration fee includes: all course materials, all breaks, breakfast on Thursday and Friday, Welcome Reception and Dinner Wednesday, and reception on Thursday.

Registrations made on-site in Savannah are subject to the Onsite Registration rate of $1,195.00 for Attendee. Attendee Name and contact information will NOT be printed in any rosters that are provided to Delegates (beyond printer cutoff date).

International Symposium Schedule 





Hotel Accommodations



Hotel reservations are separate from the course registration fee

Hotel reservations should be made directly with The Desoto by using this online reservation link, this housing form (fax to 1-912-231-1633 and email the attachment to,  or call The Desoto's Reservation Office Number: 1-800-239-5118. All callers will identify themselves as being with PCA 2018 International Symposium on Pine Oleoresin Production & Processing under Room Block:  PCA.

Does my conference registration act as a hotel reservation?

• NO! Attendees are responsible for all of their travel plans and hotel reservations.

I cannot attend the full meeting, is there a reduced rate or a per day rate for the course?

• NO! The registration fee is a flat fee, regardless of how many days you attend.


Normal business casual attire is acceptable for all events. Jackets are not required, but if you feel more comfortable wearing a tie, then by all means do so.


Registration check in will begin at Noon on Sunday, 15 April 2018 and will continue from 8am to 5:00pm on Monday. A registration desk can be found outside of the General Session room on Tuesday & Wednesday.


The official PCAi name badge will be required for admittance to all events. This requirement applies to all registrants and guests. Name badges must be worn for all meetings, social functions, and other conference events. Those not displaying the proper identification may be denied admittance.


Cancellations/Refunds Policy

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by 16 March 2018. A refund of the full conference fee, minus $150 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by that date. No refunds will be granted for requests postmarked on or after 16 March 2018. Submit all requests to PCA Registration via email at PCA regrets that refunds will Not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted! Substitutions of registrations are permitted prior to the conference and onsite. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution.

 Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.