2011-2012 Idaho Forest Stewardship Educational Programs Offered

Wednesday, October 12 2011

Roughly 40 percent of the forests in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai and Benewah counties are owned by family forest owners. Over the next year, University of Idaho Extension will again conduct a series of 12 forestry educational programs at over 20 locations throughout northern Idaho, to help strengthen family forest owners' abilities to manage their forest land to meet their goals.

Topics to be covered in this year’s Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills series include: forest management planning, white pine restoration, forest insects and disease, landowner successional planning, forest measurements, forestry education, backyard forestry, home wildfire protection, map and compass skills, thinning and pruning, global positioning systems (GPS), free mapping programs for forest owners, and more.

The programs will be held from October, 2011 through July, 2012. Calendars listing specific program dates and locations will be available at local University of Idaho Extension Offices this fall. Detailed information on the programs will also posted on the University of Idaho Extension Forestry website at www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry.

For more information on specific sessions in the series, contact Chris Schnepf at (208) 446-1680 or Randy Brooks at (208) 885-9663.

Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills is part of the Idaho Forest Stewardship Program, a cooperative effort of University of Idaho Extension, the Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Forest Service, and many other agencies and organizations.