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.

2015-2016 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills Calendar of Events

All times are Pacific Standard or Daylight Savings Time.
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
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).

  • Rathdrum - Tuesdays, November 10, 17, 24 & December 1, 8, 15, 2015. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rathdrum City Hall Meeting Room, 8047 West Main, St. Rathdrum, ID.
  • Sandpoint - Wednesdays, June 15, 22 & July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., UI Extension Bonner County Office, Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, ID.

Current Topics in Forest Health

Provides updates on methods to manage animals, plants, insects, and fungi when they impede forest stewardship goals.

  • Orofino, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
  • Coeur d’Alene, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 (8 am to 3:30 pm)

Family Foresters Workshop

Annual UI/WSU Extension program updating foresters and other professionals on emerging technology and knowledge applicable to family forests.

  • Spokane, Friday, January 15, 2016 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Identifying Idaho’s Trees

Learn to identify Idaho’s native forest trees and some common forest shrubs. Sessions may be indoors or in the field.

  • Coeur d’Alene, Monday, February 1, 2016 (6:00 to 8:00 pm)

Additional sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more

Landscaping for Fire Prevention

Forest homeowners learn how to make their home site less likely to burn and easier for firefighters to access in the event of a local forest fire.

  • Coeur d’Alene, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 (6:00 to 8:00 pm)
  • St. Maries, Saturday, March 12, 2016 (10:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Additional sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more

Clearwater Basin: Ecological & Policy History

Ecological change and the evolving social and policy context for natural resource management in the basin

  • Orofino, February (Details TBA)

LEAP Update

Deepens and expands on training provided in Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP). Program details will be announced this winter.

  • Coeur d’Alene, March 8-9, 2016
  • Ponderay, March 15-16, 2016
  • Orofino, March 22-23, 2016
  • St. Maries, March 29-30, 2016
  • Kamiah, March 31-April 1, 2016
  • Moscow, April 4-5, 2016

Rural Land Purchasing 101

Prepares potential rural property owners to make the best decisions regarding legal and financial issues when purchasing rural land.

  • Lewiston, March (details TBA)

Idaho Master Forest Stewards 2016

Idaho Master Forest Stewards receive over 70 hours of education to help them better manage their forest and help other forest owners. The training includes several of the sessions listed on this calendar - see (IMFS), and the following four 1-day “core sessions”:

  • Core 1: Twin Lakes, Friday, April 22, 2016
  • Core 2: Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, Friday, June 3, 2016
  • Core 3: Priest River Exp. Forest, Friday, July 22, 2016
  • Core 4: Shoshone Base Camp Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
  • IMFS Spring Gathering, Sandpoint, Fri., May 20, 2016
  • IMFS Fall Gathering, Orofino, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Note: More IMFS program information on the UI Extension forestry web site this winter.

Family Forest Owners/Managers Conference

Focuses on topics of interest to family forest owners and serves as the annual meeting for the Idaho Forest Owners Association and Idaho Tree Farm program.

  • Moscow, March 28-29, 2016

Forestland Grazing

Participants learn about specific management tools that produce forage and promote forest health, while cattle and other livestock graze in forested areas.

  • Bonners Ferry, Saturday, April 9,, 2016 (1:00 to 5:00 pm)

Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP)

Helps loggers improve their skills related to forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality.

  • Coeur d’Alene, April 12-14, 2016
  • Moscow, April 26-April 28, 2016

Growing Forest Mushrooms

Learn how to grow a variety of edible forest mushrooms on artificial substrates or natural settings.

  • Sandpoint, Thursday, April 14, 2016 (6:30 to 9:00 pm)

Non Timber Forest Products

Learn more about mushrooms, floral greens, specialty woods, medicinals, and similar materials collectively referred to as "Non-Timber Forest Products".

  • St. Maries, Friday, April 15, 2016 (1:00 to 5:00 pm)

Forest Edibles

Learn about huckleberries, mushrooms, medicines, herbs, and a variety of other foods that can be harvested in forests for personal or commercial use.

  • Moscow, Saturday, April 16, 2016 (1:00 to 5:00 pm)

Top 10 Weeds and How to Control Them

Covers the top offenders in the Clearwater Valley, time of year to treat, and which pesticides are most effective.

  • Orofino, April (details TBA)

Variable Density Thinning

Variable density thinning seeks to mimic natural disturbance patterns and fit multiple forest stand conditions and landowner management objectives.

  • Orofino, April (details TBA)

Measuring Your Trees

Participants learn how to measure species composition, density, and other forest characteristics to better inform management decisions (IMFS).

  • Bonners Ferry, Saturday, May 7, 2016 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Forestry for Southern Idaho

This one-day workshop will introduce farmers, ranchers, and other forest owners to silviculture,

  • McCall, Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rural Land Ownership 101

Strategic planning, infrastructure development, and natural resource management principles landowners can apply to their property.

  • Orofino, May (details TBA)

Pruning to Restore White Pine

Covers blister rust disease cycles and identification, and pruning methods to reduce western white pine mortality from blister rust.

  • Sandpoint, Friday, June 17, 2016 (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Thinning and Pruning Field Day

Includes 2-3 hours indoors, followed by a hands-on field tour to learn about forest growth, forest genetics, thinning, and pruning (IMFS).

  • Plummer, Sat., June 18, 2016 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Creating Fire Resistant Landscapes

Will inform landowners and natural resource managers on current research on management to reduce wildland fire severity at the landscape scale.

  • Orofino, June (details TBA)

Forest Shrubs Field Day

Field tour on shrub identification, ecology, and management strategies especially in relation to forest regeneration.

  • Coeur d’Alene, Friday, July 8, 2016 (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Forest Insects & Disease Field Day

A full day of first-hand contact with insects and diseases that affect forest growth and health, with discussions of related management strategies (IMFS).

  • Bonners Ferry, Friday, July 15, 2016, (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Restoring Idaho Streams

Learn about stream restoration fundamentals as well as simple and elaborate techniques to improve stream health, function, and stability.

  • St. Maries, Friday, August 26, 2015

Reducing Wildland Urban Interface Fire Risk

Informs landowners on fire ecology, defensible space, wildland fire behavior, WUI firefighting strategies, and emergency preparedness.

  • Orofino and Kamiah, (details TBA)

Fire Recovery Programing

Additional programs to respond to the 2015 fires may be added based on ongoing assessments of fire recovery needs.

  • North Central Idaho (times and locations TBA)
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
  • U.S.D.A. Forest Service
  • Idaho Forest Owners Association
  • Idaho Tree Farm Program
  • Consulting Foresters
  • Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts
  • U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • U.S.D.I. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Idaho Nature Conservancy
  • Idaho Association of RC&D Councils
  • Intermountain Forest Association
  • Nez Perce Tribal Forestry
  • Idaho Native Plant Society
  • Idaho Forest Products Commission
  • Idaho Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee
  • Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho