Each year, the Idaho Forest Products Commission hosts a forest tour to provide Idaho opinion leaders with an opportunity to meet some of the people working in Idaho’s forest businesses and associated agencies and to learn about the opportunities, issues and challenges facing Idaho’s forests.

The 2018 Miracle At Work Forest Tour will be held September 13 – 14 in north Idaho.

2017 Agenda

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:15 a.m. Bus Departs Templin’s Resort in Post Falls with local & driving participants

414 East First Avenue, Post Falls

8:00 a.m.  (Pacific Time)  Arrive in Coeur d’Alene

Resort Aviation Services Conference Room (772-3731)***

                      11101 Airport Drive, Hayden Lake

Welcome, Tour Overview & Ground Rules

Why We Do What We Do – Products for You!

Stop #1 “Logs To Lumber: Technology, Products & Certification” ***

Mike Henley & Crew, Idaho Forest Group – IFG Chilco Mill

Stop #2 “Producing Paper… and So Much More…in Idaho” ***

Matt Van Vleet, Clearwater Paper

Stop #3 “Truckin’: Moving Logs, Lumber and Chips” ***

Frank Buell, Buell Trucking

Noonish Delicious Lunch – Cedar Mountain Tree Farm – Daryl Ann and Al Kyle

25249 N. Hatch Road, Athol

Stop #4 “Does Money Grow on Trees?” ***

Kevin Boling, NW Rural Properties + UI Information

Stop #5 “The Nuts and Bolts of How Trees & Forests Work”

In the woods at Sage Creek

Barry Armstrong, Stimson Lumber Company;

Paul Buckland, Inland Empire Paper;

Dan Miller, Precision Forestry

Meet the Natives; How Things Work; Forest Management;

Stop # 6 “Insects, Disease and Invasive Species Oh My!” ***

Sandra Kegley, USFS and Tom Eckberg, ID Dept. of Lands

Stop #7 “Welcome to Farragut – Managing Forests in a State Park”

Erin McKindree, Farragut State Park

Stop #8 “Wildlife in the Woods: Managing Forests for Critters”

Laura Wolf, Idaho Fish and Game

5:30ish Delicious Dinner – Sunrise Shelter***

7:15ish p.m. Arrive at Hotel/ Check In

EXIT 5 – Red Lion Templin’s Hotel, 414 East First Avenue, Post Falls, ID Tel: 208/773-1611     

Friday, September 15, 2017                                                                                   

6:30 – 7:00 a.m.  Rise & Shine, It’s Time to Eat Again – Breakfast available from 6:30 a.m.

Templin’s Resort Depart at 7:15 a.m.

Stop #9 “Timber for Sale: How it works”

In the woods at Signal Point – Tyler Nimke, Stimson Lumber Company

Stop #10 “Logging in Idaho: The Modern Paul Bunyan” ***

Tim Foust, Foust Logging

Stop #11 “Best Management Practices: Protecting Forests and Water” ***

Gary Hess, Idaho Department of Lands

Stop #12 “Certification: What’s Behind that Cute Symbol?” aka “Proof is in the Audit”

Jim Colla – Veritas

Stop #13 “Reforestation: The Beginning of Future Forests” USFS Nursery***

Emily Overton or Nathan Robertson, U.S. Forest Service CDA Nursery   

Stop #14 “This Land is Our Land – Meet the Funks ” ***

Steve & Janet Funk, Edgecreek Tree Farm

Noon      Sumptuous Lunch – Edgecreek Tree Farm ***

4873 South Wolf Lodge Creek Road

Stop #15 “Forest Ownership, Management Objectives and Forestry” ***

This land is YOUR land: Public Forests – National Forests and State Forests

This land is MY land: Private, Industrial, Tribes

Kennon McClintock, The Nature Conservancy; Mary Farnsworth, USFS; and

David Groeschl, Idaho Department of Lands

Stop #16 “Managing National Forests: It Takes a Village” ***

Good Neighbor Authority

Mary Farnsworth, USFS & David Groeschl, IDL

Stop #17 “Wildfire Policy: One Hot Topic” ***

F.S. Perspective – Mary Farnsworth – US Forest Service

IDL Perspective – David Groeschl – Idaho Department of Lands

What Can Be Done? – Robert Keefe – University of Idaho

Stop #18 “Firefighting: Hotshots of the Woods” – WUI Area, Blue Alder Road

Shane O’Shea & Fire Crew – Idaho Department of Lands

“How Fire Works” – Michelle Youngquist, IFPC

Stop #19 “Old Growth Walk: Is Preservation Possible?” ***

Dan Miller, Precision Forest Management – Mullan Tree

Stop #20 “The Big Picture”

Tour Wrap Up and Depart for Home

5:30 p.m.     Coeur d’Alene Airport ***

*** Restrooms available at these locations