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 (9 a.m. to noon)
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 (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 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Learn from your neighbors and fellow landowners about their experiences managing their property. bring a snack and sack lunch and please wear appropriate clothing as the tour will go on rain or shine.
- Orofino, Thursday, June 8 (9 a.m to 5 p.m.)
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.
Learn about stream restoration fundamentals as well as simple and elaborate techniques to improve stream health, function and stability.
- St. Maries Thursday, Aug. 17 (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.
Please check back in the fall for our 2018 program dates and locations.
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.