Sustainable Forestry Tour

Sustainable Forestry Tour

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On one of our "field trips," we came across a lot of spittlebugs. Here are my photos of one (actually a nymph, not an adult), and some info I found online:

"Spittlebugs overwinter as eggs in hollow stems, behind leaf sheaths, or among plant debris. Nymphs hatch in the spring, seek sheltered, humid, hiding places among plants, and begin feeding. Soon they exude a white, frothy "spittle" mass which protects them from natural enemies and desiccation. Nymphs feed for at least a month and develop through four instars before becoming adults. Adults live about three weeks and the females spend the last two weeks of this period depositing eggs. Hatching occurs about two weeks later."
Michelle found a friend!
I highly recommend this book for all you scientists and plant lovers out there!
Close-ups at the tree nursery.

The Sustainable Forestry Tour is held in the June, and is headquartered in Post Falls, Idaho. The Sustainable Forestry Tour is a tour of Idaho forests and forest products businesses offered to teachers and counselors.

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05/10/2021

Are you a 6th-12th grade Idaho teacher or counselor looking for a unique and inspiring professional development opportunity that will place you in some of the most beautiful outdoor settings Idaho has to offer? Join us for a Mini-Sustainable Forestry Tour! We have created an amazing 2-credit experience that allows you to safely tour beautiful forests and high-tech mills, meet and learn from passionate people, eat delicious food, get proven activities for the classroom and be treated like the VIP that you are! This is an excellent professional development opportunity for those who engage youth through career education, agriculture/natural resources, CTE, sciences, social studies, language arts, and other STEM subjects and skills. Learn more and sign up today at https://idahoforests.org/content-item/sustainable-forestry-tour/ Travel reimbursements are available!

Are you a 6th-12th grade Idaho teacher or counselor looking for a unique and inspiring professional development opportunity that will place you in some of the most beautiful outdoor settings Idaho has to offer? Join us for a Mini-Sustainable Forestry Tour! We have created an amazing 2-credit experience that allows you to safely tour beautiful forests and high-tech mills, meet and learn from passionate people, eat delicious food, get proven activities for the classroom and be treated like the VIP that you are! This is an excellent professional development opportunity for those who engage youth through career education, agriculture/natural resources, CTE, sciences, social studies, language arts, and other STEM subjects and skills. Learn more and sign up today at https://idahoforests.org/content-item/sustainable-forestry-tour/ Travel reimbursements are available!

04/02/2021

April 16th deadline. Idaho 5th-12th grade students - give us your best shot!

To celebrate Arbor Day (the last Friday of April and our favorite holiday), the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsors an annual Arbor Day Student Photo Contest. The contest is open to Idaho 5th-12th graders. Students may enter two digital photos expressing the theme “look to the forest.” Winners receive cash and other prizes, are honored at Arbor Day festivities and their photos are shared online. Deadline for submitting photos is April 16th! Learn more at https://idahoforests.org/c…/arbor-day-student-photo-contest/

04/02/2021

We are so excited to announce the Idaho Forest Products Commission's "Mini" Sustainable Forestry Tours (yes, we said Tours!) for 6th-12th grade Idaho teachers and counselors! What does "Mini" mean? Learn more and sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience at IdahoForests.org/tour

We are so excited to announce the Idaho Forest Products Commission's "Mini" Sustainable Forestry Tours (yes, we said Tours!) for 6th-12th grade Idaho teachers and counselors! What does "Mini" mean? Learn more and sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience at IdahoForests.org/tour

12/08/2020

Who were the winners of the 26th annual IFPC Forest Products Week Essay Contest? See below.

We are excited to announce the winners of the 26th annual IFPC Forest Products Week Essay Contest. Essays were received from throughout Idaho, and represented all grades from Kindergarten through high school. The contest judges had a difficult and enjoyable task! Four first place winners were awarded, and numerous honorable mentions were named. Winners and their classrooms received cash prizes! See the winning essays at https://idahoforests.org/content-item/2020-essay-contest-winners/. You’ll enjoy hearing from Idaho youth, and learning what they think about trees, forest products and forest management.

bonnercountydailybee.com 11/20/2020

Parade pays tribute to longtime logger

A nice tribute to logger Pat Mason

bonnercountydailybee.com Both in the woods and with his family, Edwin “Pat” Mason was a redwood of a man — quiet and serious one minute, then booming with laughter the next. He loved the outdoors and was a skilled logger, but he also was a man of faith who cherished his family and friends and would do anything for tho...

11/03/2020

Idaho STEM Action Center

Idaho LAUNCH is a statewide commitment to lift up ALL of Idaho, one job seeker at a time. Here, Idahoans can learn about in-demand skills, training opportunities, and apply for funds to cover training costs. Some training funds will still be available after Dec. 31, but the opportunity is greater for those who can get through the process before that deadline.

https://idaholaunch.com/toolkit/

10/28/2020

Deadline for K-12 Student Essay Contest is November 6th!

The deadline for Idaho K-12 students to enter the essay contest sponsored by the Idaho Forest Products Commission is NOVEMBER 6! Each winning essayist receives a certificate and a cash prize (K-1 $25; 2nd-5th $50; 6th-8th $75; 9th-12th $100). Winners' classrooms receive $100, and their teacher receives a voucher to attend a Project Learning Tree workshop, plus posters and other resources. Essays can be submitted online at https://idahoforests.org/content-item/essaycontest/.

10/21/2020

Interesting!

As we learn about the Great Basin Bureau of Land Management Smokejumpers, we’ll explore some of their #FirefightingResources gear – the jumpsuit. Smokejumpers make their entire jumpsuit. The suit starts out as bulk fabric, which is called a bolt of Kevlar. The material is puncture resistant, not fire resistant, since they do not jump directly into a fire and remove the jumpsuit once on the ground. The jumpers have patterns and plans they follow in order to cut, sew, and assemble an entire suit. They will make 10 to 20 suits at a time, which usually takes a team of five to six people two weeks to complete. #NotYourOrdinaryJob #FireJob

Photos by Great Basin Smokejumpers

10/07/2020

Idaho Project Learning Tree

Sign up for Idaho Project Learning Tree's SHORT ONLINE TRAININGS. You can sign up and complete anytime. Go at your own pace. We’ve got something for all grade levels: PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, Middle and High School. Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt. Many of these courses offer Idaho STARS hours.

10/07/2020

Forests Today & Forever

Do you work with students aged 14-18 in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington? The #ThruTheTreesVideoContest is the perfect assignment for high schoolers!

By researching a career in #Forestry through creative video storytelling, students will become inspired to learn about the many jobs available — and could even win cash prizes up to $1,000!
Entries will be accepted between Oct. 1 - Nov. 13, 2020; learn more at www.ThruTheTrees.org.

Forests Today & Forever is a proud partner of this exciting contest!

10/07/2020

Idaho Project Learning Tree

Sign up for 1-credit, virtual professional development workshops with Idaho Project Learning Tree. Have fun, earn credit, recharge your teacher battery and leave with terrific activities to use with your students – no matter where they’re learning!🌲

10/05/2020

Idaho Project Learning Tree

Sign up for one, two or three 1-credit recertification virtual workshops from Project Learning Tree and partners. Learn and Teach About Idaho Natural Resources Oct 20-Nov 17 (for teachers of all grades); Idaho Ecosystems with Projects WILD, WET & PLT Nov 5 – Dec 1 (for upper elementary teachers); and Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Oct 24-Nov 21 (for middle/high school teachers & counselors). Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

10/05/2020

Idaho Project Learning Tree

In this virtual 1-credit class, receive training and award-winning materials from Project WILD, Project WET and Project Learning Tree to engage upper elementary students in learning about Idaho ecosystems. The class includes three synchronous Zoom sessions (up to 4.5 hours), with most course work done asynchronously. For part of the class you will choose one of the curricula (WILD, WET or PLT) to explore in more depth, and will receive that program’s comprehensive activity guide(s). You will leave with plans to use materials from the course with students, whether teaching in the classroom or remotely – both indoors and out. Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

10/02/2020

This is a terrific way for students to develop their research and writing skills. Note - there's a new writing prompt for 6th-12th grade!

Idaho K-12th grade students are invited to participate in this statewide essay contest to observe National Forest Products Week (the 3rd full week in October). The 16th annual contest, sponsored by the Idaho Forest Products Commission, encourages students to learn more about Idaho’s forests, build vocabulary and work toward mastering Idaho Content Standards. Cash prizes are awarded to winning writers and their classrooms! Learn more at IdahoForests.org/essaycontest

10/01/2020

Idaho Project Learning Tree

Check out this brand new video contest for high school students in ID, WA, OR and MT!

Thru The Trees is a video contest for students ages 14-18 years in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. #ThruTheTrees gives students a chance to explore the diverse employment opportunities in the forest sector. From logger to forester, sawmill worker, human resources administrator and company CEO, the forest sector offers high-demand employment with living wages, benefits and a good quality of life. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000! Learn more and enter the contest at ThruTheTrees.org

10/01/2020

Great "sampler platter" of three Idaho natural resource education programs!

Sign up for this virtual 1-credit workshop from Idaho Ag in the Classroom, Project Learning Tree and the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission. Learn about our proven activities and resources for engaging students in place-based learning. You’ll leave with plans to nurture student literacy about Idaho’s working landscapes while addressing your curriculum and state standards whether teaching in the classroom or remotely – both indoors and out. The course starts and ends with zoom sessions, but the rest is at your own pace. Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org/plt

10/01/2020

New Career Education Resources - from PLT!

Are you a middle/high school teacher or counselor or someone who works with youth ages 12 to 25 years? Sign up for our virtual workshop Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers. This self-paced 1-credit workshop will acquaint you with PLT’s new Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Educator Guide. You will leave equipped and motivated to use these learning activities with young people. The course includes online training and exploration, outdoor activities, collaboration with peers, and reflection and planning time. The course includes three 1-hr zoom sessions, but the rest is at your own pace. Learn more and sign up at IdahoForests.org.

yaleclimateconnections.org 07/29/2020

Western states, province work together on forest health » Yale Climate Connections

yaleclimateconnections.org Government agencies are sharing data and strategies to protect forests as wildfires grow larger.

07/24/2020

University of Idaho

The Idaho Central Credit Union arena is the first mass timber sports arena in America. It not only will host sports and events; it will serve as an educational structure — providing an unrivaled example of engineering with wood. Industry partnerships with PotlatchDeltic, Boise Cascade and QB Corp strengthen the learning and career networking opportunities offered to University of Idaho students.

07/17/2020

Idaho Project Learning Tree

Erin Bradetich always knew she’d end up working in the woods. At 23, she went to work as a forester, but her drive to work in the woods has been present from an even younger age. Take the Green Jobs quiz from Project Learning Tree at https://cc.plt.org/greenjobsquiz. Learn more about Erin at https://idahoforests.org/profiles/.

capitalpress.com 07/09/2020

Idaho ag, resource groups join to offer continuing education

It's not too late to sign up for these classes!

capitalpress.com Two virtual course sessions offered in wake of COVID-19 event displacements.

06/26/2020

Idaho Forest Products Commission

We're excited to announce that University of Idaho student Claire Trout was recently awarded first place in the University of Idaho 2020 Architecture & Engineering “Design with Wood Competition-Innovation” sponsored by Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC). IFPC's Design with Wood Competition seeks to provide hands-on opportunities for architecture and engineering students to learn about Idaho forests, sustainable forest management, wood products and manufacturing while fostering learning experiences about the energy efficiency and the environmental and structural benefits of wood. The focus of this year’s competition was design of the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport.

“Timber is an innovative building material that features a lighter carbon footprint and benefits occupants’ mental well-being," said Trout, who has completed her 3rd year at the UI College of Art & Architecture. "As education increases around the benefits of this material, the choice to use wood in projects will hopefully replace single-use materials. Working and designing a timber-based building creates a broader understanding of ways to influence visitors while responsibly sourcing materials.”

After graduation, Trout plans to find an apprenticeship in a Seattle- or Portland-based architecture firm with a focus on innovative and sustainable designs.

Learn more at https://idahoforests.org/forest-information/

06/23/2020

North American Association for Environmental Education - NAAEE

New webinar announcement! In this NAAEE webinar, "The Circular Economy: Creating the World We Want," two international environmental experts will demystify the concept of the circular economy to show how it directly addresses the major environmental challenges we face, ways to advance it through education, and how it can strengthen STEM teaching. Thursday, July 16, 2020, 3:00pm to 4:15pm Register now: https://bit.ly/2YLL7WC

06/05/2020

Idaho Department of Lands - Idaho Land Board

Watch for logging operations around Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

News Release: Forest visitors, including hikers and mountain bikers should be aware that logging contractors removing dead trees with Douglas-fir dwarf mistletoe are working along the Bogus Basin Road north of the resort and areas around Bogus Basin. Forest users may encounter delays up to one hour along National Forest System (NFS) roads 297, 374 and 374E. Trails may be temporarily closed only while the contractor is working in the area. One to two logging trucks are expected on those roads per day with operations taking place Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We have not a set schedule for which trails will be temporarily closed, but they will be signed and we urge visitors to use caution when in the area,” said John Wallace, Assistant Timber Management Officer, Idaho City Ranger District. “Roads are remaining open and for driver’s personal safety, they should alert the logging operator of their presence before proceeding through active operations. There should be enough room for vehicles to pass between log decks, slash piles and equipment parked along the roadside. In some instances vehicles may have to wait for the road to be cleared to pass, or to turn around.”

The logging contractor is expected to be working on NFS roads 297, 374E and 374 through the middle of July. Operations will impact access to the Shafer Butte Campground during that time. No logging operations will occur within the Shafer Butte campground and the campground will remain open after its scheduled opening, June 14, 2020.

The Good Neighbor Authority timber sale is administered by the Idaho Department of Lands as part of USDA Forest Service’s Bogus Basin Forest Health Project.

#Forestry

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Venetia Gempler, Boise National Forest | (208) 373-4105| [email protected]
Sharla Arledge, Idaho Department of Lands | 208-334-0236 | [email protected]

05/20/2020

HAPPY NEWS!!
Congratulations to these talented Idaho students, and big thanks to their incredible teachers! Enjoy their beautiful photos and writing.

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Arbor Day Photo Contest. Idaho 5th-12th grade students from all over the state submitted nearly 200 photos to our annual contest. The beautiful photos showcase a range of interpretations of the "Look to the Forest" theme. The student statements show the connection they feel to Idaho trees and forests, including the peaceful respite nature provides during a tumultuous time. Check out the winning entries from these talented young photographers at https://idahoforests.org/content-item/2020-arbor-day-student-photo-contest-winners/

05/06/2020

Here's an interesting article on McLaughlin Logging - a long-time supporter of the Sustainable Forestry Tour.

Scaling Steep Slopes: McLaughlin Logging profits from unexplored landscapes thanks to a forward-thinking mindset.⁠

Operating primarily out of Clearwater County near Orofino, McLaughlin Logging harvests approximately 20 loads of timber daily for PotlatchDeltic. Beyond traditional logging efforts, Mick’s company has adapted to harvesting timber on difficult-to-reach slopes. This decision has led to improved harvest volume and increased profits for McLaughlin Logging.⁠

📸: Mick McLaughlin⁠

Read More: https://forestnet.com/TWissues/2020-march-april/scaling.php

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