Forestry Shortcourse - St. Maries - June 2024

Date: June 12, 20, 26 & July 3, 10 & 17, 2024 
Time: 9:00 am - Noon 
Location: Federal Building Meeting Room, Corner of 7th Street and College Avenue - St. Maries, Idaho

Many Idaho forest landowners desire a better understanding of "what makes their forest tick" and how they can better manage their forest property. The Forestry Shortcourse will help you:
• understand basic principles of forest ecology and silviculture,
• apply that knowledge to your forest to meet your goals, and
• develop a written forest management plan for your property.

Forestry Shortcourse Outline
Session 1: tree identification, identifying forest management goals, forest management planning
Session 2: forest ecology, forest soil/water stewardship
Session 3: forest insects/disease
Session 4: silvicultural systems, thinning, reforestation, pruning, fertility
Session 5: forest wildlife habitat, forest water quality, recreation and aesthetics, controlling access
Session 6: accomplishing forest management tasks, keeping records, forest income and property tax laws, Idaho forestry laws, financial and technical assistance

The program includes activities, presentations from several agencies’ experts, discussion, videos, and other learning experiences designed to help you understand and apply basic forestry concepts.

In the process, you will be coached on how to write a plan that provides a long-term framework to help you manage your forest to meet your goals. The plan will also help you qualify for Idaho forestry property tax categories, the American Tree Farm Program, and financial assistance for forest improvements, such as tree planting, thinning, or pruning.


Teacher Credit: To help support forest science in the classroom, this program is eligible for two University of Idaho professional development credits (total cost: $120).

Idaho Dept. of Agriculture pesticide recertification: 2 Credits

Idaho Pro-Logger Program: 18 Credits

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