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.

2013-2014 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills Events
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. Professional development, pesticide recertification and Pro-logger credits are available - see flyer for details.
  • Bonners Ferry, ID. June 11, 18, 25, and July 2, 9, 16, 2014. Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the UI-Boundary Co. Extension Office, 6447 Kootenai, Bonners Ferry, ID.

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.
Rural Land Purchasing 101
Prepares potential rural property owners to make the best decisions regarding legal and financial issues when purchasing rural land.
  • Lewiston, Details TBA.
Idaho Master Forest Stewards 2014
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, Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • Core 2: Palouse Divide Lodge, Sat., June 14, 2014
  • Core 3: Priest River Exp. Forest, Sat., July 12, 2014
  • Core 4: Shoshone Base Camp Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
  • IMFS Spring Gathering, Sandpoint, Fri., June 6, 2014
  • IMFS Fall Gathering, Orofino, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
2014 Idaho Master Forest Stewards application

LEAP Update
Deepens and expands on training provided in Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP). Program details will be announced this winter.
  • New Meadows, May 14, 2014
Successful Tree Planting
Features 2-3 hours indoors on reforestation planning and planting techniques followed by tree planting field activities.
  • Moscow, Friday, April 11, 2014 (1pm-5pm)
  • Orofino, Details TBA.
Ties to the Land
Helps families use succession, estate, and family business planning to maintain family ties to the land between generations.
  • Sandpoint, July 15 & 22, 2014 (9am to 12pm)
Forest Economics and Contracting
Will highlight log price forecasts, alternative investments, property tax options, and timber harvest planning and contracting.
  • Orofino, Details TBA.
Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP)
Helps loggers improve their skills related to forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality.
  • Coeur d’Alene, April 15-17, 2014
  • Moscow, April 29-May 1, 2014
Measuring Your Trees
Participants learn how to measure species composition, density, and other forest characteristics to better inform management decisions (IMFS).
  • Sandpoint, Saturday, May 3, 2014 (8am to 5pm)
  • Moscow, Friday, May 30, 2014 (8am to 5 pm)
Forestry for Southern Idaho
This one-day workshop will introduce farmers, ranchers, and other forest owners to silviculture, forest insects & disease, and thinning methods.
  • McCall, May 15, 2014
Root Disease: The Hidden Menace
Helps forest owners, loggers, and natural resource professionals identify, assess, and manage forests with root disease issues.
Idaho/Washington Forest Owners Field Day
Features short field presentations and exhibits from a variety of agencies and organizations that support family forest owners.
  • Elk, WA, Saturday, June 21, 2014 (8am to 4pm)
Pruning to Restore White Pine
Covers blister rust disease cycles and identification, and pruning methods to reduce white pine mortality from blister rust.
  • Coeur d’Alene, Friday, June 27, 2014 (8am to 4pm)
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).
  • Bonners Ferry, Sat., June 28, 2014 (8am to 5pm)
  • Orofino, Friday, July 18 (8am to 5pm)
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).
  • Sandpoint, Friday, August 8, 2014, (8am to 5pm)
Using your GPS
Introduces participants to the science underlying Global Positioning Systems or “GPS”, followed by field exercises on basic GPS tasks.
  • Coeur d’Alene, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 (9am to 12pm)
Growing your Own Tree Seedlings
Participants will learn about forest genetics, assessing seed sources and cone crops, and how to grow their own tree seedlings.
  • Coeur d’Alene, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 (8am to 5pm)
Forest Stewardship Field Tour
A tour of forest properties that have implemented cost-shared forest management practices, including thinning, pruning, and planting.
  • Moscow, (Details TBA)
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