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.
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).
- St. Maries, Wednesdays, June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 2017 (9 a.m. to noon)
Prepares potential rural property owners to make the best decisions regarding legal and financial issues when purchasing rural land.
- Lewiston, April 12, 19, 26, 2017 starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m.
This program features two to three hours interpreting topographic 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 p.m.)
What's Wrong With My Tree?
- Moscow, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, 1724 East F Street, Moscow, ID. Register by going to the Moscow Parks and Rec website.
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.)
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 (Details TBA)
Common Broadleaf Weeds
Covers the top offenders in the Clearwater Valley, time of year to treat, and which pesticides are most effective.
- Orofino, April, 2017 (Details TBA)
A “how to” on planning and executing the harvest and sale of commercial timber on your property.
- Orofino, Tuesday and Thursday, April 11 and 13, 2017
A “how to” on developing your own American Tree Farm or Forest Stewardship plan.
- Orofino, May, 11 and 18, 2017.
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 and addresses hardening structures, designing and maintaining landscapes to reduce ignition potential and flammability, and knowing how and when to evacuate safely.Learn about Firewise approaches to wildfire: hardening structures, reducing landscape ignition potential, and evacuation strategies.
- Moscow, Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, 1724 East F Street, Moscow, ID. Register by going to the Moscow Parks and Rec website.
Includes 2-3 hours indoors, followed by a hands-on field tour to learn about forest growth, forest genetics, thinning and pruning (IMFS).
- Coeur d’Alene, Saturday, June 17, 2017 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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.
- Orofino, June, 2017 (Details TBA)
Forest Insects and 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).
- Orofino, June, 2017 (Details TBA)
- St. Maries, Friday, July 28, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Restoring Idaho Streams
Learn about stream restoration fundamentals as well as simple and elaborate techniques to improve stream health, function and stability.
- St. Maries Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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). Participants in the program also meet twice annually:
- IMFS Spring Gathering, Priest River, Fri., May 19, 2017
- IMFS Fall Gathering, Moscow, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Reveley Classroom at the University of Idaho Pitkin Forest Nursery.
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.
- Moscow, April 11-13, 2017
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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).
Please check back in the fall for the 2018 dates and locations.