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)
2018-2019 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills events are designed to help family forest owners and those who work with them, strengthen their forest stewardship skills.
Please check back soon for our 2018-2019 Strengthening Forest Stewardship Skills list of events.
Identifying Idaho’s Trees
Learn to identify Idaho’s native forest trees and some common forest shrubs. Sessions may be indoors or in the field.
- Additional sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.
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.
- Sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.
Enriches family forest owners' basic understanding of forest planning, forest ecology, silviculture, insects, disease, wildlife habitat, taxes and other forest stewardship topics (2 U of I credits available) (IMFS).
- Coeur d'Alene — Thursdays, Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15 and Dec. 6, 13, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Sandpoint — Wednesdays, June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon.
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 2017-2018 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.
Idaho Master Forest Stewards 2018
- Core 1: Twinlow Camp (near Rathdrum, ID) — Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Core 2: Camp Grizzly (Near Harvard, ID) — Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Core 3: Priest River Experimental Forest (near Priest River, ID) — Saturday, June 16, 2018
- Core 4: Camp Wittman (near Lewiston, ID) — Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Program participants also meet twice a year:
- IMFS Spring Gathering, Sandpoint, Friday, May 18, 2018
- IMFS Fall Gathering, Cottonwood, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
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.
There are no further sessions planned for this program in 2018. Please check back this fall for our 2019 event calendar.
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, two-day session (the first aid training and LEAP Update together yield 12 credits of continuing education).
There are no further sessions planned for this workshop in 2018. Please check back this fall for our 2019 event calendar.