University of Idaho Extension Forestry

Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills

Idaho Forestry Stewardship Program Idaho’s Family Forests
Idaho has abundant forest land. Many people do not realize that over 2 million acres of Idaho Forests (over 40% of the forests in some Idaho counties) are owned and managed by thousands of family forest owners. Each landowner usually has many unique goals for their forest property. However, one goal common to most forest landowners is to steward their forest land, for their own goals and future generations. The educational programs listed herein are designed to help family forest owners and those who work with them strengthen their forest stewardship skills.

All programs require pre-registration (including a small fee to off-set program costs). To register for a program, contact the University of Idaho Extension office in the county where that program will be held. Linked program flyers (below) provide specific program information.

2014-2015 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills Events
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Landscaping for Fire Prevention
This program helps forest homeowners make their home site less likely to burn and easier for firefighters to access, in the event of a local forest fire.

  • Additional sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.
Forestry Shortcourse

This multi-session program enriches family forest owners' basic understanding of forest management planning, forest ecology, silviculture, insects, disease, goal setting, record keeping, and other forest stewardship topics. (2 UI credits available).
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID. Six Wednesday evenings (November 5, 12, 19 & December 3, 10, 17l, 2014) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. UI-Kootenai Co. Extension Office, 1808 N. 3rd.
  • Priest River, ID. Six Friday mornings (June 12, 19, 26 & July 3, 10, 17, 2015) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. West Bonner Library, 188 Main Street.
Current Topics in Forest Health

Animals, plants, insects, and fungi can sometimes impede forest stewardship goals. This annual program updates forest owners and natural resource professionals on methods to manage these organisms (pesticide recertification credits available).

  • Coeur d'Alene, ID. Friday, December 19, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Coeur d'Alene Inn (near the intersection of I-90 and Hwy 95).
For more specific information on these and other UI Extension Forestry programs in your locale, see the following contacts:

Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, & Kootenai counties:
Chris Schnepf, Area Extension Educator - Forestry
University of Idaho Extension - Kootenai County Office
1808 North 3rd Street,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 446-1680

Clearwater County:
Bill Warren, Extension Educator – Economic Development/Land Stewardship
University of Idaho Extension - Clearwater County Office
2200 Michigan Ave. Box E,
Orofino, ID 83544
Phone: (208) 476-4434

All other Idaho counties:
Randy Brooks, Extension Forestry Specialist
Extension Forestry
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1140
Moscow, ID 83844-1140
Phone: (208) 885-6356
Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills programs are supported in part by the Idaho Forest Stewardship Program, a cooperative effort of the following agencies and organizations:
• Idaho Department of Lands
• University of Idaho Extension
• USDA Forest Service
• Idaho Forest Owners Association
• Idaho Tree Farm Program
• Consulting Foresters
• Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts
• USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
• Idaho Department of Fish and Game
• USDI Fish and Wildlife Service
• Idaho Nature Conservancy
• Idaho Association of RC&D Councils
• Nez Perce Tribal Forestry
• Idaho Native Plant Society
• Idaho Forest Products Commission
• Idaho Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee
• Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho