Registrations due December 6 for the Annual UI Extension Forest Health Program to be held in Coeur d’Alene Animals, plants, insects and diseases can sometimes impede reforestation, wildlife habitat or other forest stewardship goals.

Current Topics in Forest Health is an annual program that updates forest owners, foresters, and others on methods to improve forest health. Topics to be covered this year include:

  • Are conditions developing for the return of western white pine pole blight?: Paul Zambino, U.S. Forest Service
  • Grass control for reforestation: Tim Prather, University of Idaho
  • Weeds, climate change, and herbicide resistance: Doug Finklenburg, University of Idaho
  • Identifying grasses and grass-like plants in forest environments: Justin Trujillo, University of Idaho
  • Personal protective equipment for pesticide handlers: Carol Black, Washington State University
  • Tussock moth, budworms, and other defoliators of Douglas-Fir and grand fir: Tom Eckberg, Idaho Department of Lands
  • Product update: forestry site preparation and conifer release: Joel Fields, Wilbur-Ellis

Current Topics in Forest Health will be held in Coeur d’Alene, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, December 13, in Room 106 of the Meyer Health and Science Building at the North Idaho College. The program is eligible for five Idaho pesticide license re-certification credits, 5.5 Society of American Foresters continuing forestry education credits, and 5.5 Idaho Pro-Logger continuing education credits.

The program can accommodate up to 100 people.

Participants should pre-register by Friday, December 6, to ensure their place. Registration forms are available at local University of Idaho Extension Offices. A $24.00 registration fee ($26 for online registration with a credit card at www.uidaho.edu/ForestHealth) covers handouts and refreshments.

Current Topics in Forest Health is an Idaho Forest Stewardship program, co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension, the Idaho Department of Lands, and many other agencies and organizations.

For questions on the program, contact Chris Schnepf at (208) 446-1680.

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