Family Foresters Workshop shares tech, sustainability skills for woodland professionals

Woman forester planting seedings

Family-owned forests are vital to the economy and quality of life in the Inland Northwest. Building the unique skills for foresters and woodland professionals, the upcoming Family Foresters Workshop is Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, at Coeur d’Alene Inn, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The event is led by University of Idaho and WSU Extension Forestry experts. It provides a forum for updates on emerging technology and knowledge applicable to family forestry. Presentations will include:

  • Where is Biochar Going in the Pacific Northwest?: Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Everything Foresters Should Know About Recognizing Cultural Resources on Family Forests: Kevin Lyons, Kalispel Tribe
  • Connecting Family Forest Owners to Carbon Markets – Resources for a Fluid Environment: Jacob Putney, Oregon State University Extension
  • Pre-Harvest Designs for Maximizing Wildlife after Timber Harvest, Rod Pfeifle, Washington Department of Wildlife
  • New Ideas for Post Fire Wildlife Habitat Recovery Matt Eberlein, Washington Department of Wildlife
  • Mapping the Forest with Lidar: Paul Gessler, University of Idaho
  • Family Forest Economics/Policy Update: Greg Latta, University of Idaho

Society of American Foresters and Idaho Pro-Logger continuing education credits are available.

Registration forms are available at local University of Idaho and Washington State University Extension Offices and should be returned by Jan. 19. A $110 registration fee covers handouts and refreshments. Online registration with a credit card is available by visiting the University of Idaho Marketplace, then scrolling to and clicking on “University of Idaho Extension: Panhandle Forestry.” 

For information, contact U of I’s Chris Schnepf at (208) 292-1288 or WSU Extension Forester Andy Perleberg at (509) 667-6540.