PotlatchDeltic offered its support for this year's University of Idaho sixth grade resource tour via an $800 donation.
Allen “Bucky” Shoemaker said that the St. Maries lumber mill makes a donation every year and that it is involved in the resource tour as well.
“We usually donate every year and the children come down during the tail end of their tour to see the lumber and plywood facility,” Mr. Shoemaker said.
The UofI Extension educator, Gail Silkwood, said that the university still plans to host the resource tour if the governor's phased opening goes according to plan.
“According to the university we can't start overnight camps until after July 1. That is if we move through he phases smoothly,” Ms. Silkwood said. “No matter what we are committed to moving forward.”
She said that if the university can't do overnight camping with the sixth graders, they will find another way to get the children involved.
“If we can't do overnight we will do something with the kids,” Ms. Silkwood said. “Even if we happen to get shoved back to phase one, we will do something with them over Zoom.”
The resource tour is open to any child in the sixth grade. Ms. Silkwood said that they will accept students within the Kootenai, St. Maries and Avery Calder school districts.
If the phased reopening allows it, the children will be taken on a tour where they will visit local parks and historical sites such as Marble Creek, Hobo Cedar Grove, the Fossil Bowl and the Emerald Creek Garnet Mine.
Students will get the chance to participate in a variety of different activities and learn about forest ecosystems and why they are valuable to the local and state economy.
The resource tour is currently planned for July 15 and 16.
For more information and updates on the university's plan for the tour, call the University of Idaho's Benewah County extension office at 208-245-2422.