Forest Thinning & Pruning Field Day Set for St. Maries June 16, Cottonwood July 20

Saturday, July 21 2012

Local forest owners can learn how to implement these practices more effectively in Thinning and Pruning Field Days scheduled June 16 in St. Maries and July 20 in Cottonwood.

Trees killed by bark beetle attacks always make forest owners ask: “what can we do about it?” Whether you have problems with insects or disease, concerns about fire, or just want to help forest growth, the response from foresters is nearly universal: thin your forest.

This is especially true in northern Idaho, where forests frequently become overstocked. Thinning and pruning can favor better adapted tree species, improve tree quality, reduce fire risk, improve access, and enhance many other values.

The programs will feature:
  • Presentations on fundamental concepts of thinning and pruning, as well as financial and technical assistance to help forest owners improve their stands.
  • A field trip featuring: a thinned stand; a pruned stand; and demonstrations of manual and mechanical thinning and pruning tools, chainsaw safety, and forest genetics.
The St. Maries program will be held on Saturday, June 16th, at the Federal Building Meeting room on the first floor at the corner of 7th Street & College Avenue. The program will start at 8 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m.

Participants should pre-register by Friday, June 8. A $10 registration fee covers handouts and refreshments. For registration questions, contact the University of Idaho Extension Office in Benewah County at (208) 245-2422.

Registration forms can also be downloaded at For program questions, contact Chris Schnepf at (208) 446-1680.

The Thinning & Pruning Field Day is an Idaho Forest Stewardship program, co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension, the Idaho Department of Lands, and many other agencies and organizations. The program will also be held in Cottonwood, Idaho on Friday, July 20.

For more information on that session, contact Randy Brooks at (208) 885-6356.