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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
frfs@uidaho.edu

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Randy Brooks

Randy Brooks


Office: CNR 102C
Phone: (208) 885-6356
Email: rbrooks@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Professor, Extension Forestry Specialist

Home Town: Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1991


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Forest Biomass Utilization, Biofuels, Water Quality & Quantity, Forest Herbicides, Forest Insects and Diseases, and Forest Operations
  • Biography
    Randy Brooks is the Extension Forestry Specialist for the University of Idaho, located on campus in Moscow, Idaho. He received his BS degree in Forest Management from Oklahoma State University in 1986, and MS (1989) and PhD (1996) degrees in Forest Science from Michigan Technological University. Randy spent five years as a water quality specialist in southern Idaho, and sixteen years as an area extension forester in north-central Idaho prior to becoming the Extension Forestry Specialist in January, 2011.
  • Selected Publications
    • Moroney, J. and R. Brooks. 2014. Putting Down Roots: Connecting Youth to Natural Resources in the Clearwater Basin. Journal of Forestry. Submitted.
    • Brooks, R., Y. Barkley, R. Keefe, M. Kimsey, and C. Schnepf. 2014. Forestry BMP’s for Idaho. 2014. University of Idaho, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Educational Communications. In review.
    • Saralecos, J.D., Keefe, R.F., Brooks, R.H., Johnson, L.R. Weight Scaling Review: Development and application of commercial weight scaling in western North America. 2014, The Forestry Chronicle, in review. 
    • Saralecos, J.D. ., Keefe, R.F., Brooks, R.H., Johnson, L.R. Influence of environmental and mechanical factors on predicting weight to volume relationships for commercial sawlogs in Idaho, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Submitted.
    • Moroney, J. and R. Brooks. 2014. Slash and Learn: A Youth Forestry Tour Evaluation. Journal of Extension. In review.
    • Brooks, R.H. and J. Moroney. 2014. Forestry Tour Educates Youth. Journal of Extension. In press.
    • Brooks, R.H., Hart, K.N., and Church, J.A. 2009. Farm and Forest Fair Educates Fifth Graders about Natural Resource Issues. Journal of Extension. Volume 47, Number 3, 3IAW4.
    • Brooks, R., A. McFarland and C. Schnepf. Grass Seeding Forest Roads, Skid Trails and Landings in the Inland Northwest. 2011. A Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University. PNW 628, UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Educational Communications.
    • Hart, Kenneth, Randall Brooks, and James Church. Pasture Principles for Smaller Acreages. 2008. University of Idaho. BUL 849, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Educational Communications.
    • Brooks, Randy and Ron Mahoney. Management Planning for the Family Forest Owner. 2007. University of Idaho. CIS 1141, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Educational Communications.
  • Research Projects
    • NARA – Northwest Advances Renewables Alliance (USDA NIFA) – statewide – this project will undertake comprehensive economic, environmental and social/policy assessment, and integrate research results into a web-based, user-friendly decision support system. Specifically, the project will explore recent advances in scalable thermochemical conversion technologies, which enable the production of advanced liquid biofuel and co-products on-site. A scalable biorefinery approach is a key element in making the use of insect-damaged trees as feedstock plausible. October 2013 – September 2018. https://www.nararenewables.org/
    • BANR – Bioenergy Alliance Network of Northern Rockies – statewide - Features a broad alliance of private industry and educational institutions, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) takes a holistic approach to building a supply chain based on using forest residuals to make aviation biofuel. The alliance is tasked with increasing efficiency for each supply chain step from forestry operations to conversion processes; creating new bio-based products; providing economic, environmental and social sustainability analyses; engaging stakeholder groups; and improving bioenergy literacy for students, educators, professionals and the general public. October 2011 – September 2016. http://banr.colostate.edu/
  • Outreach Projects
    • Forestry for Southern Idaho. McCall, Idaho. Field days with hands-on applications of forest management, insect and disease recognition, thinning and pruning concepts, and forest conservation practices. Annually in May.
    • Latah County Forest Stewardship Tour (organized, moderated, presented). Annually since 2013.
    • UI Experimental Forest Field Day (co-organized w. Keefe). Princeton, ID. Annually since 2013.
    • Safely Using Herbicides in Forestry (co-organized, presented). Coeur d’Alene, ID. Annually since 2013.
    • Plant Your Seedlings Properly. (organized, moderated, presented). Moscow, ID. Annually since 2013 (1 session).
    • Current Topics in Forest Health (organized, moderated, presented). Orofino, ID. Annually, 2nd Thursday in December since 1997. (14 sessions).
    • Forestry Shortcourse (six, three-hour sessions) (organized, moderated, and presented on: Forest Management Planning, Forest Ecology and Structure, Forest Insects & Disease, Silviculture, Forest Wildlife Habitat, Forest Recreation and Other Forest Resources, Planning Forest Activities, Forest Management Goal Setting, & Economics and Keeping Records - roughly 13 hours). Annually from 1997-present (8 sets of sessions in various north central Idaho locations).
    • Growing Superior Tree Seed. Presented on: “Cultural Methods to Stimulate Cone Production”, Moscow, ID. August 2003. Offered in north central Idaho bi-annually.
    • Measuring Your Trees. (organized and presented). Offered annually in north-central Idaho. 2009-present.
    • Forest Insects & Disease Field Day (co-organized and co-presented). Annually in various north central Idaho locations from 1998-present (11 sessions).
    • Thinning & Pruning Field Day (organized and presented) Bi-annually from 1998-present (9 sessions) in various north central Idaho locations.
    • LEAP (Logger Education to Advance Professionalism) (three-day program: organized, moderated, presented 1 day on water quality, riparian areas, soils, and road building and led field exercises). Annually from 1997-present (22 sessions) in various north central Idaho locations.
    • LEAP Update (1.5 day program: co-organized, moderated, presented). Annually from 2004-present (22 sessions) in various north central Idaho locations.
    • Scaling and Marketing Private Timber (co-organized, moderated, presented on: “Professional Forestry Assistance” and "Increasing Timber Sale Profits"). Annually from 1997-present (9 sessions) in various north central Idaho locations.
    • An Introduction to Conservation Easements (organized, moderated, presented on conservation easements) Offered annually since 2004 (4 sessions) in various north central Idaho locations.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Brooks, R.H., A. McFarland, P. Gessler, and C. Schnepf. 2010. National Association of County Agricultural Agents Western Region Winner and National Finalist Award in Remote Sensing Applications.
    • Brooks, R.H., Y. Barkley, R. Mahoney and C. Schnepf. 2010. Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals Gold Award for Career Leadership in UI’s Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills.
    • Schnepf, C., R. Mahoney, Y. Barkley, R. Brooks, and T. Prather. 2008. Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals Bronze Award for Outstanding Team Newsletter.