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)
2017-2018 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 six-session workshop that enriches family forest owners' basic understanding of forest planning, forest ecology, silviculture, insects, disease, wildlife habitat, taxes and other forest stewardship topics (two UI credits available) (IMFS).
Sandpoint, six Wednesday mornings, June 13, 20, 27 & July 11, 18, 25, 2018 (9 a.m. to noon)
Learn to identify Idaho’s native forest trees and some common forest shrubs. Sessions may be indoors or in the field.
- Sandpoint, Friday, April 6, 2018 (2 to 5 p.m.)
Bonners Ferry, Thursday, May 10, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m.)
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.
- Sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.
Wildlife Habitat Management for Rural Landowners
Learn approaches for managing wildlife on your property.
Orofino, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2018 Family Forest Owners/Managers Conference — Securing the Future of My Forest: Balancing the Risks and Rewards (PDF brochure)
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. People interested in attending the Ties to the land session on sunday (3/25) can register using the same flyer.
Moscow, March 25-27, 2018
Covers the top offenders in the Clearwater Valley, time of year to treat, and which pesticides are most effective.
Orofino, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
Covers introduction to setting goals and planning, cash flow and budgeting, infrastructure and resource management basics.
Orofino, Thursday, March 15, 2018 (starts at 6 p.m.)
Manage your Land for Wildlife: An Introduction to Wildlife Management for Rural Landowners (PDF Brochure)
Learn the basic principles of wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, as well as specific habitat requirements and preferences of some of our most popular local wildlife species.
- Orofino, Thursday, March 22, 2018 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
Prepares rural property purchasers to make the best decisions for their needs and goals when buying rural land.
Lewiston, Thursday, April 12, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
How to Find Edible Forest Mushrooms
Learn how to locate and identify morels and other edible forest mushrooms in north central Idaho forests.
Orofino, Thursday, April 12, 2018
Ecologically-Based Forest Management Alternatives for North Central Idaho Forests
Reviews current research and approaches for forest management that are informed by natural disturbance patterns and biodiversity conservation.
Orofino, April 17 and 19, 2018
Includes two-three hours indoors, followed by a hands-on field tour to learn about forest growth, forest genetics, thinning and pruning (IMFS).
Bonners Ferry, Saturday, June 2, 2018
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, July 27, 2018 (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).
St. Maries, Saturday, June 30, 2018
Root Disease: The Hidden Menace
Helps forest owners, loggers, and natural resource professionals identify, assess, and manage forests with root disease issues.
Coeur d’Alene, Friday, July 13, 2018
Restoring Idaho Streams
Learn about stream restoration fundamentals as well as simple and elaborate techniques to improve stream health, function, and stability.
Coeur d’Alene, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Idaho Master Forest Stewards receive over 70 hours of training, much of which consists of selected existing UI Extension programs many Idaho forest owners may have already completed (credit is given for previous attendance). Training includes several of the workshops listed in the 2017-2018 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills calendar, indicated by (IMFS) at the end of the event description. But the program also includes new indoor and outdoor educational experiences designed to take participants to the next level of managing their forest and helping other forest owners to do the same. These four one-day “IMFS core sessions” are held at forested sites throughout northern Idaho to expose participants to a range of forest ecosystems.
Learn more about becoming a certified Idaho Master Forest Steward at the University of Idaho Extension Forestry Panhandle website or by calling Chris Schnepf at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Kootenai County at (208) 446-1680.
Enrollment is limited to 20 people per training group. Though Idaho Master Forest Stewards applications are continually accepted, those who want to participate in the 2018 group need to apply by April 1st, 2018.
Idaho Master Forest Stewards 2018
- Core 1: Twinlow Camp (near Rathdrum, ID) — Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Core 2: Camp Grizzly (Near Harvard, ID) — Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Core 3: Priest River Experimental Forest (near Priest River, ID) — Saturday, June 16, 2018
- Core 4: Camp Wittman (near Lewiston, ID) — Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Program participants also meet twice a year:
- IMFS Spring Gathering, Sandpoint, Friday, May 18, 2018
- IMFS Fall Gathering, Cottonwood, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
The Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program is a nationally acclaimed University of Idaho 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 10-12, 2018
- Moscow, April 17-19, 2018
Participants can register for either session online at the University of Idaho Marketplace.
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, two-day session (the first aid training and LEAP Update together yield 12 credits of continuing education).
- Lewiston, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
- St. Maries, Wednesday, March 21, 2018
- Sandpoint, Thursday, March 22, 2018