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)
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.)
Introduces forest owners to Google Earth, ArcGIS Explorer, and Web Soil Survey to improve forest management decisions.
- Bonners Ferry, Friday, March 3, 2017 (9 a.m. to noon)
Orientation to the growing number of android smartphone and tablet applications that can be used for forestry.
- Bonners Ferry, Friday, March 3, 2017 (1-3 p.m.)
Provides landowners and loggers with training on log scaling practices and how to manufacture and market logs for the best return.
- St. Maries, Friday, March 10, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 4 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
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 (Details TBA)
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.
This program features 2-3 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.)
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)
Conducting Your Own Timber Sale
A “how to” on planning and executing the harvest and sale of commercial timber on your property.
- Orofino, April, 2017 (Details TBA)
Developing Your Own Forest Plan
A “how to” on developing your own American Tree Farm or Forest Stewardship plan.
- Orofino, May, 2017 (Details TBA)
Firewise Principles & Practices: A modern title for an increasing complex subject.
Learn about Firewise approaches to wildfire: hardening structures, reducing landscape ignition potential, and evacuation strategies.
- Moscow, Thursday, May 18 (6-8 p.m.)
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.)
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.
- 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, August 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. 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, March 21-23, 2017
- 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).
Lewiston, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Sandpoint, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Coeur d’Alene, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)