Educational Programs and Workshops
Idaho’s family forest landowners have diverse goals for their property. One common goal is to be good stewards.
Our educational programs and workshops are designed to increase the knowledge base that Idaho’s forestland owners and managers use to plan and implement natural resource management activities.
Find educational programs that help forestland owners and managers strengthen forest stewardship skills. Learn how to become an Idaho Master Forest Steward. Locate events that offer continuing education and certification credits for:
- Idaho Department of Agriculture pesticide recertification
- Idaho Pro-Logger program
- Society of American Foresters Certified Forester program
- Idaho schoolteachers (through the University of Idaho)
2016-17 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills events are designed to help family forest owners, and those who work with them, strengthen their forest stewardship skills.
In this program, we discuss basic thinning and pruning concepts, then expand on those concepts in a hands-on field tour.
- Sandpoint, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Coeur d’Alene, Saturday, June 17, 2017 (9 a.m.to 5 p.m.)
The Forestry Shortcourse is a series of six sessions that enriches family forest owners' basic understanding of forest planning, forest ecology, silviculture, insects, disease, wildlife habitat, taxes and other forest stewardship topics (2 UI credits available) (IMFS).
- Hayden, Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
- St. Maries, Wednesdays, June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 2017 (9 a.m. to noon)
This one-day field trip will give participants first-hand exposure to a wide range of insects, diseases and parasitic plants that impair the growth of trees and forests in northern Idaho.
Coeur d'Alene, Saturday, November 19, 2016 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
St. Maries, Friday, July 28, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Participants learn how to measure species composition, density and other forest characteristics to better inform management decisions (IMFS).
- Coeur d’Alene, Friday, December 2, 2016 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
This workshop is an annual program that updates forest owners, operators and natural resource professionals on methods to improve forest health.
- Coeur d’Alene, Friday, December 16, 2016 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
This workshop is a forum for foresters and other natural resource professionals who works with family forest owners.
- Coeur d’Alene, Friday, January 20, 2017 (8:30 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 6, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)
Additional sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.
Small forest acreage homeowners learn how to apply basic forestry concepts to “home landscape” forests.
- Coeur d’Alene, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 (6-8 p.m.)
Ties to the Land
Helps families use succession, estate, and family business planning to maintain family ties to the land between generations.
- Bayview, Saturday February 4, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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 27-28, 2017
So you Want to Buy a Ranch - 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, 2017
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.
- St. Maries, Monday, April 17, 2017, (1-4 p.m.)
Sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.
Map and Compass for Forest Owners
This program features 2-3 hours interpreting topo maps, followed by field activities using magnetic compasses to identify locations and distances.
- Coeur d’Alene, Saturday, April 22, 2017 (9 a.m. to 4)
Growing Forest Mushrooms
Learn how to grow a variety of edible forest mushrooms on artificial substrates or natural settings.
- Coeur d’Alene, Thursday, April 27, 2017 (6:30-9 p.m.)
Learn about huckleberries, mushrooms, medicines, herbs, and a variety of other foods that can be harvested in forests for personal or commercial use.
- Coeur d’Alene, Friday, April 28, 2017 (1-5 p.m.)
Non Timber Forest Products
Learn more about mushrooms, floral greens, specialty woods, medicinals, and similar materials collectively referred to as "Non-Timber Forest Products".
- Orofino, Saturday, April 29, 2017 (1-5 p.m.)
Common Broadleaf 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, 2017 (details TBA)
Conducting Your Own Timber Sale
A “how to” on planning and executing the harvest and sale of commercial timber on your property. Topics covered include contracts, interviewing contractors, marking trees and cutting units, skid trail and landing placement, slash disposal, and other topics related to conducting a successful harvest
- Orofino, April, 2017 (Details TBA)
Developing Your Own Forest Plan
A “how to” on developing your own American Tree Farm or Forest Stewardship plan. Topics include setting goals, multiple resource management and ecological principles, specific requirements to have a plan approved, and strategic thinking on accomplishing your general land-use goals. Forest plans are required to receive NRCS cost share for conducting fuels reduction treatments, pre-commercial thinning, tree planting, and other conservation practices.
- Orofino, April, 2017 (Details TBA)
Firewise Principles & Practices: A modern title for an increasing complex subject.
Firewise refers to a way of being, living, and doing that minimizes the risk of wildfire while preparing for its possibility. This workshop focuses on today’s three-pronged approach to wildfire preparedness by addressing hardening your home and other structures, designing and maintaining landscapes to reduce ignition potential and flammability, and knowing how and when to evacuate safely.
- Moscow, Thursday, May 18 (6-8 p.m.)
Bark Beetle Field Day
Learn about bark beetles that kill Idaho trees and cultural methods, pheromones, and other strategies to prevent bark beetle mortality.
- Coeur d’Alene, Friday, June 30, 2017 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Peer Learning Forest Management Field Day
Learn from your neighbors and fellow landowners about their experiences managing their property. What has worked for them and what hasn’t, techniques and strategies that they’ve used to accomplish their land management goals, including experience in cost-share assistance from NRCS. Lots of opportunity for group discussion around adaptive management principles.
- Orofino, May or June, 2017 (Details TBA)
Idaho Master Forest Stewards receive over 70 hours of education to help them better manage their forest and help other forest owners. Participants in the program also meet twice annually:
- IMFS Spring Gathering, [Panhandle], Fri., May 19, 2017
- IMFS Fall Gathering, Moscow, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Learn more about becoming a certified Idaho Master Forest Steward at the University of Idaho Extension Forestry Panhandle website.
The Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program is a nationally acclaimed Extension program. It began at the request of loggers who want to improve their skills, document and market their services and communicate more effectively with family forest owners and managers. Credits are available to participants to fulfill continuing education requirements of the Idaho Pro-Logger Program.
- Coeur d’Alene, April 11-13, 2017
- Moscow, April 25-April 27, 2017
LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for loggers to build on LEAP with in-depth training on forestry topics identified each year by loggers and meet Idaho Pro-Logger forestry best management practices (BMP) training requirements. The program is held in conjunction with Associated Logging Contractor’s (ALC) first aid training, to allow loggers to fulfill the Idaho Pro-Logger program annual continuing education requirement in one, 2-day session (the first aid training and LEAP Update together yield 12 credits of continuing education).
- Coeur d’Alene, March 8-9, 2017
- Lewiston, April 4-5, 2017