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Family Forester Training, Forum, and Workshop Slated

Washington State University and the University of Idaho extension programs plan two days of trainings and discussion specifically for foresters who primarily work with family forest owners Jan. 22 in Spokane and Jan. 23 in Coeur d’Alene.

On Thursday, Jan. 22, a three-hour tree farm inspector training will be held beginning at 9 am at the WSU Spokane Extension office at 222 N. Havana in Spokane.

The training is open to all foresters and is designed for both new inspectors and previously qualified inspectors who are not currently qualified under new Standards of Sustainability guidelines. No registration fee is required, and the training is approved for six Society of American Foresters continuing forestry education credits.

That afternoon a forum will be held at the same location beginning at 1 pm for Washington and Idaho foresters who work with family forest owners to exchange information and hear updates from the two university extension programs and other natural resource agencies.

On Friday, Jan. 23, the 17th annual Family Foresters Workshop will held at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn Conference Center, 506 W. Appleway Avenue in Coeur d’Alene.

The day-long workshop begins at 8 am and will cover a variety of topics including tapping the carbon-credit market, producing energy from forest fuels, climate change and forest insects and diseases, flexibility in forest practice regulations, and living with wolves.

Workshop participation qualifies for six hours of category one SAF continuing forestry education credits. Participants may also apply for Association of Consulting Forester continuing education credits.

The Coeur d’Alene program is limited to 120 participants and advance registration is required. The registration fee is $85 ($95 after Jan. 16) and includes lunch and refreshments. Online registration is available at www.regonline.com/FFW. Phone registration is available toll free at (800) 942-4978 (or (509) 335-3530). You can also register by email by contacting wsuconf@wsu.edu .

For more information contact Andy Perleberg at (509) 667-6658, Chris Schnepf at 208/446-1680, or Janean Creighton at (509) 477-2199

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Media Contacts

Andy Perleberg, WSU Extension Forestry Educator, 509-667-6658
Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho Extension forestry educator, 208-446-1680