Many Idaho forest landowners desire a better understanding of how forests grow and how they can better manage their forest property to meet their goals. Furthermore, forest landowners are often required to demonstrate planned, active forest management to qualify for lower forestry property tax rates and cost-share assistance for management activities such as thinning.

There will be a six-session program, titled the Forestry Shortcourse, for are forest land owners starting in November. The course includes instruction on forest ecology, silviculture, forest health, wildlife habitat, and other forestry topics. In the process, participants are coached by natural resource professionals on how to develop a management plan for their forest.

The Forestry Shortcourse will be Wednesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in in room 106 of the DeArmond Building at the North Idaho College Campus in Coeur d’Alene. The program is limited to 24 people.

A $38 registration fee includes a large binder of forest stewardship resource materials, including a wooden USB flash drive with over 120 extension publications. Those wishing to participate should pre-register no later than Wednesday, October 28 at the University of Idaho Extension office in Kootenai County (Phone: 208-446-1680).

The program is eligible for ten Idaho Pesticide Recertification credits. For $120, teachers can also sign up for two University of Idaho credits for the program.

If you have questions on the program, contact Chris Schnepf at 208-446-1680.

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