St. Maries Logger Education Workshop Registrations Due March 8

Thursday, March 1 2012

Over 1,400 Idaho loggers have taken the 3-day University of Idaho Extension program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or LEAP. LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for LEAP graduates to build on that professional development in forestry.
LEAP Update will be held in St. Maries, March 15-16. This year’s topics include: soil disturbance and productivity changes associated with timber harvesting, volcanic ash soil in the Inland Northwest and management implications, ecology & silviculture of Douglas-fir, and opportunities and challenges associated with forest biomass residues. The second day will feature tours of local forest products manufacturing plants.
LEAP Update is held in conjunction with Associated Logging Contractor’s ALC first aid training, which allows loggers to fulfill Idaho Pro-Logger program annual continuing education requirements in one, 2-day session. The session also meets Idaho Pro-Logger requirements for forest best management practice training.
Program enrollment is limited to 60 participants per session, to ensure an effective learning environment. Those wishing to participate should pre-register as soon as possible, but no later than March 8th. A $40.00 registration fee includes resource materials and refreshments. For registration questions, contact the University of Idaho Extension office in Benewah County (208) 245-2422.
For program questions, contact Chris Schnepf (208) 446-1680. Registration forms can also be downloaded at
Additional LEAP Update sessions are planned for Ponderay March 22-23 and Orofino March 29-30. For registration information, contact the University of Idaho Extension office in those counties. For more information on the Idaho Pro-Logger program or the logging safety/first aid sessions, contact the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho (208) 667-6473.