Program Topic: Opinion Leader Forest Tour
Opinion Leader Tour: A Miracle at Work
Showcasing the importance of Idaho’s forest to our economy and environment
The “Miracle at Work” forest tour is designed especially for Idaho thought leaders such as state legislators and elected officials, leaders from the business, media and academic communities and representatives from state agencies.
The Commission provides an opportunity for these leaders to gain a better understanding of Idaho’s forests, their ecology, and the role this great resource plays in our state’s environment and economy. Our guides are professionals from the private, state and federal sectors who work in Idaho’s forest. Participants interact with foresters, scientists, land managers, forest owners, loggers, truckers, firefighters, tree farmers and business owners and learn of the latest issues, challenges and opportunities they face.
Tour participants get a first-hand look at the sustainable business of producing the wood and paper products we all use daily and check out the latest technologies used in the woods and the mills; learn how forest systems work; see the link between water quality and forest management; consider the tie between forest management and fish and wildlife habitat; visit with firefighters and discuss current fire issues; talk to small and large forest landowners and state and federal forest managers; find out what’s “bugging” Idaho’s forests; learn how Idaho is leading the nation on projects such as “shared stewardship” and “Good Neighbor Authority”; enjoy a walk through an old-growth forest; tour a high-tech sawmill and much more.
This tour is usually held in the fall. If you are interested in participating, contact the Commission at IFPC@idahoforests.org.