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Family Forester Workshop Slated to Help Foresters Strengthen Skills

SPOKANE, Wash. — Consulting foresters and other natural resource professionals who help family forest owners manage and sustain their woodlands require a unique set of skills. The 19th annual Family Foresters Workshop will provide an opportunity for those professionals to strengthen their skills, and discuss emerging technologies and information applicable to family forestry.

The 2011 Family Foresters Workshop will be held on Friday, Jan. 21, from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur ‘d Alene, Idaho.

Attendance is limited to 120 people so early registration is encouraged. Online registration is available at www.regonline.com/Family_Foresters_Workshop. You can also download a brochure and registration form with more workshop details by going to http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry. The brochures also are available at local University of Idaho and Washington State University Extension offices.

The cost of registration is $85 until Jan. 14. After that date the fee is $95. The cost includes lunch and refreshments. A small block of rooms has been reserved at the resort. To reserve a room, call 800-688-5253 and mention the Family Foresters Workshop.

Among the topics for this year’s workshop are managing forests to produce biomass, managing early successional forest stands, the silviculture of biologically diverse forest stands, using handheld geographic information systems, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Participants may apply for continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters and the Association of Consulting Foresters.

For questions or more information on the program, contact Chris Schnepf, U of I Extension, at 208-446-1680 or Erik Sjoquist, WSU Extension, at 509-477-2175.

Media Contacts

Eric Sjoquist, WSU Extension Forestry Educator, 509-477-2175 erik.sjoquist@wsu.edu
Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho Extension Educator - Forestry, 208-446-1680 cschnepf@uidaho.edu