Educational Programs and Workshops
University of Idaho Extension Forestry programs canceled or postponed through June 1, 2020.
Due to the University of Idaho's COVID-19 policy on gatherings of 10 or more over the next eight weeks, speaker and participant travel limitations, and other concerns associated with COVID-19, we have canceled or postponed all UI Extension Forestry programs originally scheduled through June 1, 2020. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation and policies, and make any necessary decisions regarding classes scheduled after June 1.
After things have settled down a bit, we will look at alternative reschedule dates for programs that were postponed — most likely this summer or next fall, depending on when speakers are available and COVID-19 status. After rescheduling a date, we will hold the program again, if we have enough participants who still wish to attend.
If you have already registered for a program originally scheduled during this time frame and would like a refund, please contact our office to make this request: 208-885-7718 or email@example.com. Alternatively, you can stay registered for any program that we expect to offer at an alternative date.
Thank you for your patience as we all navigate the current reality. If there is anything we can do to serve you during this time, please let us know.
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)
2019-2020 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills events are designed to help family forest owners and those who work with them strengthen their forest stewardship skills.
Chainsaws 101 — Canceled
Thinning and Pruning Field Day — Canceled
Forest Insects and Disease Field Day — Status TBD
A full day of first-hand contact with insects and diseases that affect forest growth and health, with discussions of related management strategies. (IMFS)
Moscow, Friday, July 24, 2020
Bonners Ferry, Friday, July 31, 2020
Registration details to follow
Forestry Shortcourse 2020 — Status TBD
Enriches family forest owners’ basic understanding of forest planning, forest ecology, silviculture, insects, disease, wildlife habitat, taxes and other forest stewardship topics (Two U of I credits available).
Cottonwood, Aug. 10-12, 2020
St. Gertrude’s Monastery, 465 Keuterville Rd.
Registration information to follow
Forestry for Southern Idaho — Status TBD
This one-day workshop will introduce farmers, ranchers, and other forest owners to silviculture, forest insects and diseases, and thinning methods.
McCall, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020
Registration details to follow
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 2019-2020 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.
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.
LEAP 2020 — Postponed
Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold the LEAP program in Moscow this April. We are working with the Idaho Associated Logging Contractors to determine what they may still require of you in 2020. At the moment we plan on offering this program again in 2021.
LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for loggers to build on LEAP with in-depth training on forestry topics. The program also helps loggers meet Idaho Pro-Logger BMP training and continuing education requirements. For more information on the Idaho Pro-Logger program and credit requirements, contact the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho (ALC) at 208-667-6473.
LEAP Update events are complete for 2020. Please check back in August for the 2021 dates.
If you have questions regarding your Pro-Logger certification, please contact the Idaho Associated Logging Contractors, Inc. office by phone 208-667-6473 or by email.
If you have questions regarding upcoming LEAP Update events, please contact us by phone 208-885-7718 or by email.