Newsletter Winter 2018

Winter 2018
Idaho Tree Farm Program
P.O. Box 2659 • Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 • (T) 208.667.4641, ext 503 • (F) 208.664.0557
www.idahotreefarm.org • admin@idahotreefarm.org
Idaho Tree Farm Program

2018 Annual Meeting

Family Forest Landowners and Managers Conference

March 25-27, 2018, Moscow, ID

 

With the days getting longer and spring starting to appear on the radar, that means one thing for sure – It’s time to pack your bag and make plans to attend the Family Forest Landowners and Managers Conference in Moscow! The 2018 conference will be held March 25-27 at the University Inn Best Western and the theme for this year is “Securing the Future of My Forest – Balancing the Risks & Rewards”. As in the past the annual meeting of our Idaho Tree Farm Program will be held Monday night (26th) at 6:30 PM and all are welcome.     There will be some appetizers and a no host bar, updates on last year’s accomplishments, a look at what’s in store for the upcoming season, and the crowning of our Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmer, Inspector, and Logger of the year.

The schedule for the conference this year will be a “Ties to the Land” session Sunday facilitated by Kirk and Madeline David followed by a “Get Acquainted” no-host social. Monday will cover various issues surrounding forests and fires, with a showing of the video “The Era of Megafires”. Topics will cover updates on the federal level regarding fire funding, the use of prescribed fire on private lands, and what to do to prepare for & work through the event when fire comes your way.     Tuesday morning the classes will center around “Making Management Pay”, with various breakout sessions in the afternoon on “Forest Critters and Forest Intruders”. There will definitely be something for everyone about caring for your Tree Farm – fires, funding, forest health improvements, and much more.

In addition to the Idaho Tree Farm Program annual meeting, there will also be a business meeting for the Inland Empire Society of American Foresters at 4:00 PM Monday, and the annual meeting of the Idaho Forest Owners Association at 7:00 AM Tuesday.

Plan to come for learning, socializing & networking with landowners, foresters and agency personnel from all facets of private timberland ownership.

 

2017-2018
Officers:
•   President –Russ Hegedus
Idaho Forest Group
(T) 208.255.3250•  Vice President –
Sean Hammond
(T) 208.610.8754•  Treasurer –
Steve Cuvala
Idaho Dept. of Lands
(T) 208.245.4551

•  Administrator –
Colleen Meek
ID Tree Farm Program

admin@idahotreefarm.org

(T) 208.667.4641

2017-2018
District Chairs:

District 1 Chair –
Andy Eckberg
Idaho Forest Group
aeckberg@idfg.com

(T) 208.255.3276

District 2 Chair –
Tim Schaffer
Bennett Lumber Products
(T) 208.819.1214

•  District 3 Chair –
John Lillehaug
All About Forestry
(T) 208.630.4076

 

 

 

 

Fee Structure to be Implemented for Idaho Tree Farm Program

 

What is being a Tree Farmer worth to you? Program costs continue to rise, and we have discussed the possibility of a fee system to cover these for some time now. Most likely this will be put in place for 2019. The Idaho Tree Farm Committee is currently considering an annual charge of $10.00 per Tree Farm and plans a final vote on this at the April 2018 committee meeting.

Tree Farming means many things to many landowners. Caring for a special timbered tract, creating a plan to reach your personal goals, access to new information as it comes along, socializing with other landowners, and being a part of the largest and oldest private land stewardship organization in America – these are all part of ATFS.

The thing that sets the Tree Farm program apart from others though is that it exists as a certification body. As a certified Tree Farm your land is recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as meeting required standards for sustainability. As such, products from your land can be sold into various markets as sustainably certified, which is becoming increasingly important to manufacturers.       Many of you will remember the “State Voice, State Choice” discussion we had regarding whether to remain a certified program and our vote to go ahead with this in April 2015.

This certification hinges on regular 3rd party audit review of each state’s program. Up to this point our parent organization, American Forest Foundation (AFF), has borne the entire cost of the 3rd party review. Beginning in 2019 though, they have given notice a $10.00 charge for each Tree Farm will be assessed to the various state programs. As part of our decision to continue as a certified state program, we need to provide AFF with a financial plan by the end of 2018 as to how we will generate this assessment, hence the need now to begin a fee system.

Keep in mind, the charge from AFF to each state is by Tree Farm, not Tree Farmer. Those of you that own a single Tree Farm will be assessed a single $10.00 fee, but those with multiple tree farms will be assessed $10.00 for each Tree Farm number in our system.

If you have any questions or desire more information, we will go over this as well at our annual meeting during the Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference in Moscow this coming March. You may also contact our State office at 208-667-4641 or admin@idahotreefarm.org

 

 

In our last newsletter we told you a little about the University of Idaho Nursery and Seedling Research committee and the role it plays in developing the best seedlings to meet our needs. Currently, Tree Farm is not represented on the research committee and we have formally requested a seat at the table. They are considering this request and have asked for some information as to what Tree Farm is all about, which we have provided them. We will keep you abreast of their decision and whatever information is available regarding seedling research and development news of importance to Tree Farmers.
U of I Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research

 

Project Learning Tree Update

 

Change and Stability: PLT Moves into Fifth Decade

The past year brought big changes for Project Learning Tree (PLT). In mid-2017, after many decades with the American Forest Foundation, PLT became a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI). Integration into SFI provides PLT with opportunities to expand its reach and impact. In turn, PLT helps with SFI’s increasing focus on community engagement.

Idaho PLT continues to operate as in the past. Since 1993, PLT has served as the anchor environmental education program of the Idaho Forest Products Commission. IFPC is funded by mandatory assessments paid solely by the forest industry. Additional Idaho PLT funding partners include the Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Firewise, Timber License Plate fund, Idaho Tree Farm Program, and a variety of competitive grants.

Each year, roughly 400 PreK-12th grade teachers and youth leaders participate in Idaho PLT professional development workshops. These educators can easily reach over 25,000 youth every year. IFPC also provides tree cookie kits and Idaho-specific and forestry related printed and digital resources that are classroom appropriate and readily augment PLT. Additional opportunities for this key audience include the Sustainable Forestry Tour for Teachers & Counselors, Forest Products Week Essay Contest, Arbor Day Student Photo Contest, Papermaking and Forester Tools lending kits, Forest Education Grants, social media and a comprehensive website, idahoforests.org.

Of particular interest to family forest owners are PLT’s Nature Activities for Families. Nearly forty activities are available FREE for download at https://www.plt.org/activities-for-families/. Explore PLT’s website to get acquainted with the many exciting things PLT is doing. The most recent additions to PLT’s extensive menu of teaching resources include innovative new E-Units. These units provide the hands-on, minds-on indoor and outdoor activities you expect from PLT, with the curriculum and resources accessible online. Teachers applaud the E-Units’ intuitive instructional design, and the ease with which they can meet academic standards.

As PLT moves into its fifth decade of teaching students how to think – not what to think – about the environment and their responsibility for it, PLT and SFI will work closely together to expand environmental and sustainability education in diverse ways. Idaho PLT looks forward to working with our local partners to achieve this in our beautiful Idaho back yard!

Learn more at www.idahoforests.org. Contact Idaho PLT at plt@idahoforests.org or you may call Michelle Youngquist at 208-334-4061

 

 

Upcoming U of I Extension Forestry Classes
Nearly everyone has seen dead trees dotting northern Idaho forests. Most of the trees you notice were killed by bark beetles, but many other insects and diseases kill trees, often in less visible ways.

On Friday, July 27th, the Forest Insect and Disease Field Day will give participants first-hand exposure to a wide range of organisms that impair the growth of trees and forests in northern Idaho, including: western pine beetle and other bark beetles; Armillaria and other root diseases; white pine blister rust; indian paint fungus, pini rot and other stem decays; and dwarf mistletoes. Experts will help participants identify insect and disease symptoms and discuss practical long and short term methods of dealing with them.

 

Forest Thinning & Pruning Field Day to be held in Bonners Ferry, June 2nd

 

Trees killed by bark beetle attacks always make forest owners ask: “what can we do about it?” Whether you have problems with insects or disease, concerns about fire, or just want to help forest growth, the response from foresters is nearly universal: thin your forest. This is especially true in northern Idaho, where forests frequently become overstocked. Thinning and pruning can favor better adapted tree species, improve tree quality, reduce fire risk, improve access, and enhance many other values.
Forestry Shortcourse offered in Sandpoint, Wednesday mornings, June-July, 2018

 

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.

This summer, a 6-session program, titled the Forestry Shortcourse, will help enrich forest landowners’ understanding of 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.

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For more information on specific sessions in the series, contact Chris Schnepf at (208) 446-1680

 

“Forest Insect & Disease Field Day” to be held July 27th in Sandpoint

 

Forest Health Updates, Idaho Department of Lands

Pine Slash and Bark Beetles – Tom Eckberg. Entomologist

In the middle of winter, we don’t often think about bark beetle problems, but when you have ponderosa or lodgepole pine, you need to consider the pine engraver, Ips pini. This is a very common bark beetle that has the potential to cause problems in the late spring and summer, but the problems often start in the winter. Due to access and logistical issues at sawmills, pine stands that are in lower elevations are often harvested in the winter or spring. During the cooler times of year, pine log decks do not have as many problems with staining due to the symbiotic blue stain fungi that bark beetles transmit. While this is a valid concern, untreated pine slash created in the winter and spring can cause unwanted mortality the following summer if precautions are not taken.

Pine engraver prefers to breed in fresh pine slash >3” in diameter, such as topwood and cull logs; branches are usually not a problem. When slash piles are created in the winter or spring, it will be green and is infested by overwintering beetles which emerge from the duff or from beneath bark of dead trees when temperatures reach about 60O F. Since this species has 2-3 generations per year, the next flight of beetles emerges about six weeks the piles are first attacked (usually June). If the beetles cannot find fresh slash, they will attack standing trees. Mortality usually occurs in dense stands of small diameter trees, often in close proximity to slash piles. During the last two years, we have seen three or a partial third generation in the Coeur d’Alene area where two generations is the norm.

If you create slash in the winter or spring, it’s almost a certainty that pine engraver will find it, so if pine harvest or management activity occurs during this time, you should take precautions to treat the slash. The idea is to make the slash unavailable or unattractive to the beetles, and can be accomplished by lopping it into smaller pieces and scattering it to aid drying. Using the slash as a mat for equipment will remove the bark and destroy the food source for the beetles. Removing as much topwood as possible, either as sawlogs or as pulp is an excellent option where markets allow. Burning pine slash as you go also removes the problem, if it can be done safely and where regulations allow.

Leaving small pine slash piles or log decks in a stand to be burned in the fall is a recipe for tree mortality. The piles will get infested, dry out and emerging beetles will attack nearby standing trees. If there are landing piles that won’t be burned, try to leave long butts, cull logs and topwood at the bottom and space the piles throughout the stand. These larger piles tend to stay green longer and beetles will reinfest the piles. This technique has been successful, but failures occur during droughts and hot summers.

The best advice is to NOT create slash during the winter and spring, but if this is unavoidable, take precautions to prevent unwanted “thinning” by the pine engraver.

 

Same site in July before slash pile is burnt and later in November after the pile was burned. Note the beetle activity throughout the understory.

 

Events to Highlight

March 25-27, 2018 – Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference and Exposition, Moscow, ID

March 26, 2018 – Idaho Tree Farm Program Annual Meeting, Moscow, ID

April 19, 2018 – Idaho Tree Farm     Committee Meeting, CDA, ID

 

Welcome New Members!

 

The Idaho Tree Farm Committee extends a special welcome to the 26 newest Idaho Tree Farm Program’s certified members.     Thank you to the District Chairs and Inspecting Foresters for promoting membership in the Idaho Tree Farm Program through the American Tree Farm System®.

As a current member, and a steward of the land, we appreciate your current support of the program and your management of the forestland for pride and pleasure. Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting watersheds and wildlife habitat, conserving soil and, at the same time, producing the wood America needs and uses.

 

Tree Farm Member Acreage County Inspecting Forester
Joseph Gamon 19 Bonner Van Smith
Joan Spencer 374 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Leonard Wood – Ely Place Tree Farm 80 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Gary & Debra Little 156 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
SPG Tree Farm #2 160 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Wuennecke Jachetta Road Tree Farm 12 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Wuennecke Dufort Road Tree Farm 30 Bonner Tim Kyllo
PRLC Frost Peak 2 300 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Mary Strom Bernard 30 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Teresa Highsmith 11 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Steve Wood Colburn Tree Farm 157 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Steve Wood Center Valley Tree Farm 28 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Steve Wood Gold Creek Tree Farm 40 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Steve Wood Grouse Creek Tree Farm 10 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Steve Wood Grouse Ck Rd Tree Farm 40 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Thomas Mackey 42 Boundary Russ Hegedus
Richard Dombrowski 100 Kootenai Meghan McEldery
Banks Family Trust 72 Bonner Doug Bradetich
Janet Hume 130 Bonner Mike Wolcott
Jacob Soni 10 Bonner Doug Bradetich
Brian Hooker 25 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Fernan Lake Tree Farm 10 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Dennine Fatato 29 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
McFaddan Tree Farm 11 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Patrick Santy 19 Kootenai Dennis Parent
Dale Hutchings 26 Ada Tim Kennedy

 

 

Stay Informed…..

In case you are ever wondering what is going on at the committee level, our Minutes are now being posted on the Idaho Tree Farm Program website. Just log onto our website for Minutes of previous sessions, contact information, upcoming events, and other news of note to help you in your Tree Farm endeavors.

 

 

We’re on the Web!

Learn more at:

www.idahotreefarm.org

 

About Our Organization…

The purpose of the Idaho Tree Farm Program is to promote better forest management among nonindustrial forest owners. The vehicle for achieving this aim is the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), sponsored nationally by the American Forest Foundation (AFF), state wide by the Idaho SFI State Implementation Committee (SFI SIC), and administered by the Idaho Tree Farm Committee (State Committee).

 

We look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting in Moscow.

Think Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Idaho Tree Farm Program
P.O. Box 2659 • Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 • (T) 208.667.4641, ext 503 • (F) 208.664.0557
www.idahotreefarm.org • admin@idahotreefarm.org

Idaho Tree Farm Program Annual Meeting
2017-2018
Officers:

• President – Russ Hegedus
Idaho Forest Group (T) 208.255.3250
• Vice President – Sean Hammond (T) 208.610.8754
• Treasurer – Steve Cuvala
Idaho Dept. of Lands (T) 208.245.4551
• Administrator – Savannah Miller
ID Tree Farm Program (T) 208.667.4641
2015-2016
District Chairs:

• District 1 Chair – Andy Eckberg Idaho Forest Group aeckberg@idfg.com (T) 208.255.3276
• District 2 Chair – Tim Schaffer Bennett Lumber Products
(T) 208.819.1214
• District 3 Chair – John Lillehaug
All About Forestry (T) 208.630.4076
Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year 2017
Wood Wizard Tree Farm,
Kurt & Sandy Koetter, Rathdrum, ID
The annual meeting of our ID Tree Farm Program was held March 27 during the Family Forest
Landowners Conference and Exposition in Moscow, ID. Both the conference and our meeting were very
well attended this year. Current Program President Russ Hegedus gave a rundown of 2016 activities
and those planned for the upcoming season.

The main portion of the meeting was the announcement of our recipients for Outstanding Idaho Tree
Farmer, Inspector and Logger of the Year. This year the award for Tree Farmer went to Kurt and
Sandy Koetter of Rathdrum. They began their journey just out of college by purchasing a wood lot
near Bonners Ferry. Later they found 13 acres near Rathdrum where Sandy was teaching. As the years
went by they continued to purchase adjacent parcels until finally reaching the current total of 113
acres in their Wood Wizard Tree Farm.

The Koetters have been active through the years in Idaho Forest Owners Association, Tree Farm,
Master Forest Steward Program, and the Idaho State Forestry Contest. Kurt served many years as the
advisor for the Post Falls High School team, and they opened their Tree Farm to many groups of
students as a place to learn about and appreciate forestry. One of their early pupils, Sean
Hammond, was enthused enough to make working in the woods his profession. Sean was able to pay back
a bit for his experiences with the Koetters as their Nominating forester for this well deserved
award!

ITFC President Russ Hegedus and Vice President Sean Hammond presenting the Koetter’s their plaque
for ID Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year 2017

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Kurt and Sandy have spent a great deal of “sweat equity” over the years in stand improvements such
as planting, road stabilization, precommercial thinning, and watershed restoration. They continue
to harvest a few loads each year to keep up with growth & mortality. Wildlife flourish on the
parcel and the view looking out over the prairie is definitely something to behold. You will all
get a chance to see it in person when we hold the Fall Tour on their Tree Farm this September, so
make plans to join us. Congratulations Kurt and Sandy!!
Also recognized at our awards program is the recipient for Idaho Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of
the Year. Our Inspectors remain the backbone of all the state programs and we appreciate their
efforts greatly.

The Outstanding Inspector this year is Chris Gerhart, Private Forestry Specialist for the ID Dept
of Lands in the Clearwater Area.

Chris has been active with both the Forest Stewardship and Tree Farm programs for a number of
years. During our recent certification audit, he was very helpful in making sure all the Tree
Farmers selected for review in his area were well prepared and free of any issues. His efforts
were a big part of the reason our field audits went so well. His nominating Forester, Russ Hegedus,
says “Chris has a heart for landowners and doing the right thing for them”.

Well said, and a big “Thank You” to Chris from all of us for his hard work and dedication!

Chris Gerhart –
ID Outstanding Inspector of the Year
ITFC Past Chair Doug Bradetich (l) with John Kinne of Odenwald Forestry (r) presenting the
Outstanding Logger of the Year award.
As every landowner knows, a good logger is critical to doing a good job. For the last 25 years John
Kinne of Odenwald Forestry in Kootenai, ID has been doing above and beyond simply “good”. His work
on private tracts both small and large is great by any standards
& we are proud to name him Outstanding Logger of the Year. The true test of any contractor is
whether he is asked back for a return visit. John has an impressive string of family forest owners
that regularly seek him back for continued care of their parcels. In addition to his high level of
harvesting, John is also a Tree Farm Inspector and served a term as our District 1 Chair. He is
truly an ambassador for our program and an asset to stewardship in this area.
When it came time for the nominating Forester, Doug Bradetich, to log his own place he simply said
“My first choice was John”.

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Forest Health Issues – What a Difference a Year Makes…
Tom Eckberg, Idaho Dept of Lands Entomologist

The last several years have been drier than average and forest insects, especially bark beetles,
are able to take advantage of drought stressed trees. Pine engraver (Ips pini) is especially adept
at causing mortality in dense, overstocked stands of lodgepole and ponderosa pines; and fir
engraver (Scolytus ventralis) kills grand fir of all sizes during droughts. Idaho Department of
Lands (IDL) Forest Health personnel responded to 20 bark beetle/drought requests for assistance
coming in from January-April 2016, mostly for pine engraver and fir engraver compared to five this
year. Drought puts trees into stress and lowers their ability to defend against bark beetles. Pitch
is the tree’s defense, and water is necessary to make pitch and move it to the beetle galleries to
try and push them out. When sufficient water is not available, especially when trees are growing on
marginal sites or in overstocked stands, bark beetle mortality is very common. So far in 2017, the
Coeur d’Alene area has five inches (50%) more precipitation than normal. This is very good news for
trees, not so good for bark beetles. As we know, weather can change and pretty soon northern Idaho
will be experiencing our normal dry summers. This means that we still have to follow best
management practices for bark beetles. Proper density management of stands is the best prevention
strategy. Also remember that the best time to harvest or thin pines is during the
mid-July to November time frame. Creating pine slash so it is available to pine engraver in the
spring is inviting trouble. Even though the threat is diminished when there is ample moisture,
mortality in nearby stands is still possible. Slash that is generated in the winter or spring
should be treated by burning (when safe), chipping or masticating, dozed trampling or large piles.
Consult US Forest Service or IDL management publications for more information on pine engraver
management.

NOTE: If you desire more information on bark beetles, Extension Forestry is offering a field day
on June 30 in Coeur d’Alene. See the Extension Forestry calendar article on the next page.

Page 4 of 8 Idaho Tree Farm Program Forestry for Southern Idaho –
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Lucky Peak Nursery – 15169 East Highway 21, Boise, ID
We began partnering in a forest field day specifically targeted at the southern end of our state a
few years ago and it has become very popular with many of our members. This year the tour will be
in the Boise area beginning at Lucky Peak Nursery. It will start with a coffee social hosted by our
ID Tree Farm Program. Topics for discussion will include Forest Practices updates, the EQIP
program, and current forest health issues.

The group will tour Lucky Peak Nursery then board a bus for several stops on the Walker and
Baumhoff family properties. Items to view will include sediment control structures, tree planting,
results of a thinning and subsequent harvest in one of the Baumhoff stands, and rehabilitation
after the Pioneer Fire of 2016.

Here is an excerpt from the informational flyer:
“Whether you have 5 acres or 2,000 acres, this tour will give you a look at different management
practices implemented by family forest landowners. This program will allow participants to interact
with landowners, loggers and natural resource professionals through discussion focusing on managing
forest lands and applying various stewardship practices at each stop. The program will be
instructed by John Lillehaug & Tim Kennedy, Idaho Department of Lands Private Forestry Specialists,
Tom Eckberg, IDL Forest Health Specialist, and Forest Landowners/managers at each respective stop.”

USFS Lucky Peak Tree Nursery, Boise, ID Wednesday, May 17, 2015 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) Meet at Lucky
Peak Tree Nursery15169 E Hwy 21 Boise, Idaho 83716
22 miles South of Idaho City on Hwy
12 miles north from I-84 Gowan Road on Hwy 21
. – Bus will be provided for tour

Please bring a sack lunch and dress for field and weather conditions.

For program questions contact Tim Kennedy at 208-334-3488 or email tkennedy@idl.idaho.gov

Upcoming Events on the Extension Forestry Calendar
The University of Idaho Extension Forestry Program does a wonderful job providing classes and
training for landowners. Here are some upcoming events for May & June:
Natural Resource Planning for Rural Landowners:
Creating Your Own Forest Plan– May 11 and 18, 2017 in Orofino Firewise Principles and Practices –
May 18, 2017 in Moscow Bark Beetle Field Day – July 30, 2017 in Coeur d’Alene
For a complete list of events log onto http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry or contact:

Chris Schnepf (208)-446-1680 Bill Warren (208-476-4434)
Randy Brooks (208)-885-7718
(Coeur d’Alene) (Orofino)
(Moscow)

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Idaho Tree Farm Program – Member Outreach Efforts
Over the past year, we have worked to increase outreach to our Idaho Tree Farmers. One of the
simplest ways to do this is to ensure Tree Farmers are being visited and inspected every 6 years.
We know that some of you are past due for this and our committee is working to bring the
inspections more current. To help facilitate it we have begun sending out postcards to individuals
currently listed in the program but showing as due for a field visit. Some of you may have
received one of these in the mail already. The postcards are being sent out in groups starting with
the members most overdue for inspection and working towards those most current.

The postcards ask three simple questions: Do you wish to be in the Tree Farm Program? Would you
like to schedule a field visit from an Inspector?, and Do you have a management plan to the current
standards?.

This will allow us to stay in contact with active members and help keep our database up to date,
which will also aid in subsequent program audits by our national office. If you happen to receive
one of these, please take a moment to fill it out and return it to our State Administrator for
action.

We have also worked to partner in more field tours, workshops and socials in order to better serve
our members and keep you engaged. If you have any other ideas regarding outreach efforts, please
let us know!

Idaho Forest Owners Association / Forest Seedling Program
2017 proved to be a banner year for delivery of forest seedlings to the four Northern Soil and
Water Conservation Districts. A total 193,000 seedlings were distributed this April.

All the seedlings are currently grown out in 8 or 15 cubic inch plugs, discontinuing the use of 5
cubic inch plugs. The larger are proving to be more vigorous.

This is the fourth year the IFOA/FSP has been distributing seedlings since assuming management from
the RC&D Program. Their first delivery was around 80,000 seedlings to the current delivery of
193,000 and continues to grow! The Program has a target of 236,000 seedlings for the 2018 grow-out

NOTE: Please order NOW for your 20018 and/or 2019 seedling delivery. These orders are processed on
a first come/first serve basis. Please contact your Soil & Water Conservation District for order
placement.

Benewah SWCD – 208-686-1699, ext 109 or email leann.daman@id.usda.net Bonner SWCD – 208-263-5310,
ext 100 or email amanda.abajian@id.nacdnet.net Boundary SCD – 208-267-3340, ext 107 or email
cassie.olson@id.nacdnet.net Kootenai-Shoshone SWCD – 208-762-4939, ext 101 or email
ksswcd@yahoo.com
Wood Family advances to Regional Level
The national ATFS office recently announced our 2016 ID Outstanding Tree Farmers of the year, the
Wood Family Tree Farms, are one of the finalists for the Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the
Year award. This is exciting news for them and our state as well. We wish them the best as the
process goes along. As those who attended the Fall Tour last year can attest, they are very
deserving of this honor.

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Idaho Forestry Day at the Legislature

Shortly after the opening of each legislative session, particular days are set aside to highlight
the various sectors of business throughout the state. Our Idaho Tree Farm Program routinely takes
part in the day set aside to showcase forestry issues to our lawmakers. It is a great way to
reinforce what we do to the returning senators and representatives, as well as introduce our issues
to those new to the offices. This year Forestry Day at the Legislature luncheon was held January
31st in Boise, and was hosted by Society of American Foresters, Idaho Chapters. The featured
speaker was University of Idaho wood technology professor Dr. Tom Gorman, Ph.D., P.E., who
presented on innovations in wood products, and the potential for cross-laminated timber. The
luncheon was very well attended by legislators and members from forestry and paper product
industries.
ITFC’s John Lillehaug, Tim Kennedy and Savannah Miller attended and hosted a display at the event.
Next year’s FDAL Luncheon is scheduled for January 24th, 2018 in Boise.

Thanks Tim, Savannah and John for staffing again this year! (l-r) Inspector Tim
Kennedy, State Administrator
Savannah Miller, and District 3 Chair John Lillehaug at the Idaho Tree Farm Booth
Idaho State Forestry Contest – May 11, 2017 – ( 35th Anniversary!!)
Delay Family Tree Farm, Careywood, ID
One of the most anticipated events each spring is the Idaho State Forestry Contest. Each year since
1983 students, coaches and volunteers from all over the state gather at the Delay Family Tree Farm
in Careywood, ID as teams compete in 10 areas of forest management: 1) log scaling, 2) timber
cruising, 3) tree identification and tree planting, 4) map reading, 5) compass and pacing, 6) tool
identification, 7) soils and water quality, 8) tree health, 9) silviculture and 10) noxious weeds.

The contest has grown tremendously over the last 35 years and currently several hundred students
from 2nd grade through high school compete in Novice, Rookie, Junior and Senior divisions. The day
ends with a BBQ lunch and awards ceremony. This year appears to be on course to break all
attendance records. The staff indicates they are planning to feed as many as 900 people at the
lunch!

As you would think this much participation calls for a great deal of planning and volunteer help.
It is a very enjoyable day out in the fresh air with a bunch of eager students. Anyone wishing to
help out – whether you are an old hand in the woods or just getting started – can most likely be
put to good use.

For more info call Karen Robinson at ID Dept of Lands, Sandpoint ph 263-5104 or
krobinson@idl.idaho.gov

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Events to Highlight

May 11, 2017 – Idaho State Forestry Contest, Delay Farms, Careywood, ID

July 20, 2016 – Idaho Tree Farm Committee Meeting, CDA, ID

Sept 9, 2017 – Idaho Tree Farm Program Fall Tour, Wizard Tree Farm, Rathdrum, ID
Stay Informed…..
In case you are ever wondering what is going on at the committee level, our Minutes are now being
posted on the Idaho Tree Farm Program website. Just log onto our website for Minutes of previous
sessions, contact information, upcoming events, and other news of note to help you in your Tree
Farm endeavors.
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Learn more at:
www.idahotreefarm.org

About Our Organization…
The purpose of the Idaho Tree Farm Program is to promote better forest management among
nonindustrial forest owners. The vehicle for achieving this aim is the American Tree Farm System®
(ATFS), sponsored nationally by the American Forest Foundation (AFF), state wide by the Idaho SFI
State Implementation Committee (SFI SIC), and administered by the Idaho Tree Farm Committee (State
Committee).

Welcome New Members!
The Idaho Tree Farm Committee extends a special welcome to the 36 newest Idaho Tree Farm Program’s
certified members. Thank you to the District Chairs and Inspecting Foresters for promotin
membership in the Idaho Tree Farm Program through the American Tree Farm System®.

As a current member, and a steward of the land, we appreciate your current support of the program
and your management of the forestland for pride and pleasure. Thank you for your continued
commitment to protecting watersheds and wildlife habitat, conserving soil and, at the same time,
producing the wood America needs and uses.

Tree Farm Member Acreage County Inspecting
Forester
Stanch Tree Farm 55 Kootenai Tim
Kyllo
Wurster Tree Farm 10 Kootenai Tim
Kyllo
Dunn Trust Tree Farm 42 Kootenai Tim
Kyllo
Maryann Denning 27 Bonner Tim
Kyllo
Charles Gordon 19 Bonner
Tim Kyllo
John Mott 350 Kootenai
Dennis Parent
Carl Dunn 18 Kootenai
Tim Kyllo
Henning and Patricia Otto 19 Bonner Tim Kyllo Fitzpatrick
Lakeview Powerline 1 22 Bonner Tim Kyllo Fitzpatrick Lakeview
Powerline 2 72 Bonner Tim Kyllo Fitzpatrick Lakeview Powerline 3
12 Bonner Tim Kyllo John Montandon
285 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Dale Lunderse 1110 Nez Perce
Clark Christiansen
Josh Spencer 22 Bonner
Tim Kyllo
Passer Living Trust 29 Kootenai
Tim Kyllo
Jaime and Susan Gordan 40 Bonner Tim
Kyllo
Ahren and Lori Spilker 18 Boundary Tim
Kyllo
Michael and Jacinta Rutledge 16 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Cynthia Foot-Struble 10 Bonner Tim
Kyllo
Tom and Charlene Polek 22 Latah
Robert Barkley
Gary Van Stone 141 Bonner
Tim Kyllo
Van Stone Oden Tree Farm 18 Bonner Tim Kyllo Gary
Van Stone Meryle Tree Farm 21 Bonner Tim Kyllo Dale Van Stone
13 Bonner Tim Kyllo Gary Van Stone
Brown Tree Farm 141 Bonner Tim Kyllo
Linden Timberlands, LLC 35 Latah
Robert Barkley
Larry Williams 40 Boundary
Andy Eckberg
Anna Marie Fels 21 Bonner
Tim Kyllo
Mickey Leiding 10 Kootenai
Erin Bradetich
Mike Fritzsche 48 Bonner
Russ Hegedus
Leland Spindler 72 Bonner
Tim Kyllo

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Welcome New Members (Continued from Page 6)
Tree Farm Member Acreage County Inspecting
Forester
Glen Rolofson 80 Bonner
Tim Kyllo
Christian Fultz 20 Bonner
Doug Bradetich
Jory Gulman 14 Bonner
Tim Kyllo
Paul Tallman 74 Bonner
Russ Hegedus
Doug and Lisa Gadwa 40 Latah
Robbie Easley

Congratulations once again to Kurt and Sandy Koetter 2017 Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmers of the
Year!

Make Plans to attend the Fall Tour on September 9th

ITFC Meeting Minutes April 12th, 2017

IDAHO TREE FARM PROGRAM
Idaho Tree Farm Committee Meeting
9:30am- 12:00pm, Wednesday April 12th, 2017
University of Idaho Extension Office – Kootenai County
1808 N 3rd St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

MINUTES

1. Call to Order
President Russ Hegedus called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Those present for all or part of the meeting were:
Russ Hegedus, ITFC Chair/IFG; Proxy for Jane Thornes, PLT
Savannah Miller, ITFP Administrator
Tim Kyllo, ITFC/IFG
Tom Bollacker, Tree Farmer at Large
Doug Bradetich, IFG
Erin Bradetich, ITFC Communications, IFG
Mary Fritz, IDL
Andy Eckberg, ITFC District 1 Chair/IFG
Rob Keefe, U of I -CNR
Steven Cuvala, ITFC Treasurer/Tree Farmer
John Lillehaug, ITFC District 3 Chair/Tree Farmer
Tim Schaffer, ITFC District 2 Chair/BLP; Proxy for, Tom Biltonen, Bennett Lumber
Steve Funk, ITFC Past Chair/Tree Farmer; Proxy for Janet Funk, Tree Farmer
Chris Schnepf, ITFC/U of I Extension
Sean Hammond, ITFC Vice Chair/Tree Farmer
Kurt Koetter, Tree Farmer of the Year

2. Anti-Trust Statement
President Hegedus reviewed the Anti-trust Statement with the Committee.

3. Approval of Q1 2017 Treasurer’s Report and January Meeting Minutes
Doug Bradetich reviewed Q1 of 2017 Treasure’s Report. Sean Hammond moved and John Lillehaug seconded to approve the report as presented. The motion carried unanimously. Doug Bradetich moved and Sean Hammond seconded to approve the January Meeting Minutes without any corrections. The motion carried unanimously.

4. Review of April Treasurer’s Report
Steve Cuvala gave the Treasurer’s Report and Doug Bradetich reviewed the 2017 Budget against actual income and expenditures as of April 10, 2017. All expenses are in line. Cash balance is currently $27,408.50 in the positive. Doug reminded the Committee of the motion passed at January’s meeting to set aside funds to prepare for the next audit, whenever that may be. The line item, “AFF/SFI Program Audit” on the 2017 Budget reflects that January motion, and shall be carried on to every year’s budget going forward. Sean Hammond moved to accept both the Treasurer’s Report and Budget as presented. Kurt Koetter seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

5. ILRCC (Idaho Lands Resource Coordinating Council) Report Updates – Mary Fritz
Mary Fritz updated the Committee on the latest developments to the Forest Action Plan. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is considering contracting the plan out to garner assistance with its completion. Current goals include identifying priority areas in the state as well as opportunities on state, federal and private lands for work, awareness, and education. IDL has been working with a University of Idaho policy analysis group to create a survey which would help the U of I forestry extension program and ITFP be more efficient and farther reaching. The last survey of this kind was done in 1987. The proposed target audience would be non-industrial family forest landowners in Idaho – those who pay a fire assessment as reported to the IDL. The analysis group are in the process of deciding what exact information they’re wanting to know from the data and are working on questions to include in the survey. IDL will be meeting with Forest Stewardship Managers and Forest Legacy Managers the first week of June to focus implementing programs on federal levels. Meeting will include a field trip to Clagstone Property, Steve and Janet Funk’s property and stewardship tree farms to give the managers a view of all participatory involvement, such as ‘Ties to the Land’.

6. Communications Report
Communications Chair Erin Bradetich updated the Committee on communication efforts with Tree Farmers. She and Doug Bradetich are currently working on the Spring Newsletter, which will touch on all of the Outstanding 2016 Awardees and ceremony, the Forestry Day at the Legislature, and the post card campaign. Those Tree Farmers who have an email will receive the Newsletter via Constant Contact.

7. Old Business
a. Spring 2017 Awards Ceremony
The Award Ceremony was well attended this year. Kurt and Sandy Koetter of Wood Wizard Tree Farm in Rathdrum won Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector this year is Private Forestry Specialist Chris Gerhart at ID Department of Lands in the Clearwater Area. Outstanding Logger of the Year went to John Kinne of Odenwald Forestry in Kootenai, ID.

b. Post Card Campaign for Tree Farmer Status
Communications Chair Erin Bradetich and Administrator Savannah Miller have sent out the second batch of the 50 oldest Tree Farm post cards. Each District Chair will be consulted prior to all future batch mailings to streamline decertifying/certifying those Tree Farmers who may have already contacted a Chairman or an Inspector.

c. 501(c)3 Status (Steve Funk)
Steve Funk informed the Committee that he is finishing up paperwork to obtain 501(c)3 status, and will be sending it to the Bynum Group shortly. Any updates will be provided at the next meeting in July.

8. New Business
a. PLT Report “Is It Arbor Day or SFI”
American Forest Foundation (AFF) will be transferring Project Learning Tree (PLT) to either Arbor Day of SFI by June 2017, and an official announcement is expected by July.

b. Inspections Update by District Chairs
i. Required amount assigned and required already turned in.
All required inspections have been assigned and almost all have been completed. District I has 7 left to complete, District II has 5 left to complete, and District III has completed all of their assignments.
ii. Optional and Pioneer’s seeking Federal funds to get assistance.
National has asked State Committees to evaluate and either certify or decertify the inventory of Pioneer inspections that we have in our state, and have offered grants to assist in bringing Pioneers up to Certified status. The Committee continues to discuss potential plans to complete these.

c. Wood Family
Jim and Virginia Wood of Sandpoint (2016 Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year), have made it as one of this area’s Regional Finalists for the Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. A National Inspector will make a trip out to their property in May and will make their final decision for the running 1-2 weeks after the visit.

d. New Tree Farmer Recognition from the State Level
Chair Russ Hegedus and Administrator Savannah Miller are in the process of drafting a Welcome Packet to new Tree Farmers. This packet will include a welcome letter and a certificate displaying their Tree Farm ID Number, Tree Farm Name/Owners, and the Inspecting Forester, signed and dated by the Chair. The welcome letter will also include an explanation of program benefits to the Landowner, such as education, recognition, and AFF representation. The final draft will be provided for consideration at the next Committee meeting in July.

e. 004 Form Completion Emailed Updates
When completed and signed 004 forms are entered by the Administrator, confirmation of their entry into the database will be sent via email to the Inspecting Forester and Landowner (if they’ve provided an email). A physical letter will also be sent to the Landowner’s mailing address recognizing their tree farm’s re-certification to the updated standards. Tim Kyllo moved to form a sub-committee in charge of writing an SOP for inspections, data input and file retention. Doug Bradetich seconded the motion and the Committee approved unanimously. The sub-committee includes Tim Kyllo, Doug Bradetich and John Lillehaug.

9. Other Business:
a. Next meeting date: Thursday July 20, 2017 at the U of I Extension Office in Coeur d’ Alene, ID at 9:30 a.m.
b. All are welcome to attend the Foresters for Southern Idaho Tour at the USFS Lucky Peak Nursery in Boise, ID on May 17, 2017. Idaho Tree Farm Program Donated $100 to Squaw Creek Soil Conservation District for the tour.
c. Koetter Tree Farmer of the year Fall Tour Meeting in Rathdrum: September 9, 2017
A map to the property and invitation letter will be sent to Tree Farmers in July or early August.

10. Adjourn
President Hegedus adjourned the meeting at 11:05 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Savannah Miller
ITF Administrator

ITFC Meeting Minutes January 19, 2017

IDAHO TREE FARM PROGRAM
Idaho Tree Farm Committee Meeting
9:30am- 12:00pm, Thursday, January 19th, 2017
University of Idaho Extension Office – Kootenai County 1808 N 3rd St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

MINUTES

1. Call to Order
President Russ Hegedus called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m. Those present for all or part of the meeting were: Doug Bradetich, IFG
Russ Hegedus, ITFC Chair/IFG
Savannah Miller, ITFP Administrator
Tim Kyllo, ITFC/IFG
Tom Bollacker, Tree Farmer at Large
Dan Myers, Tree Farmer at Large
Frank Gariglio, ITFC/USDA-NRCS
Joe Larson, Stimson Lumber
Erin Bradetich, ITFC Communications, IFG
Andy Eckberg, ITFC District 1 Chair/IFG
Rob Keefe, U of I -CNR
Gretchen Lech, ITFC/SFI-SIC/HFM
Steven Cuvala, ITFC Treasurer/Tree Farmer
John Lillehaug, ITFC District 3 Chair/Tree Farmer
Tim Schaffer, ITFC District 2 Chair/BLP
Steve Funk, ITFC Past Chair/Tree Farmer
Janet Funk, ITFC/Tree Farmer
Chris Schnepf, ITFC/U of I Extension
Sean Hammond, ITFC Vice Chair/Tree Farmer
Kurt Koetter, Tree Farmer

Excused: Janes Thornes, PLT; Mary Fritz, IDL

2. Anti-Trust Statement
President Hegedus reviewed the Anti-Trust Statement with the Committee.

3. Approval of October Meeting Minutes
John Lillehaug moved and Kurt Koetter seconded to approve the October Meeting Minutes without any corrections. The motion carried unanimously.

4. Budget Review and Treasurer’s Report
a) Steve Cuvala gave the Treasurer’s Report and Past Chair Bradetich reviewed the 2016 budget against actual income and expenditures as of December 31, 2016. Most expenses remained in line except for the Fall Field Tour that spent about $2,000 over the original estimate due to the surprisingly large group who attended the tour. Cash balance was $20,523.32 as of January 1, 2016. The 2016 Year-end balance and beginning balance as of January 1, 2017 was $28,662.68. The cash balance as of January 17, 2017 is $27,665.19. Sean Hammond moved to file both the December 31, 2016 and the January 17, 2017 Treasurers Reports for review. Tim Kyllo seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
b) Doug Bradetich reviewed the proposal for the 2017 Budget. Kurt Koetter suggested setting aside funds to prepare for the next audit, whenever that may be. Doug added a line item, “AFF/SFI Program Audit” to the 2017 Budget which shall be carried on to every year’s budget going forward. Kurt Koetter moved to approve the budget draft with a preface that the amount of money set aside for the next audit will be determined based on whether the audit is a lump sum cost or to be split into annual payments. Steve Cuvala seconded and the motion unanimously passed. John Lillehaug suggested adding a line item of $100 for help with expenses at the Forestry for Southern Idaho tour. Janet moved to add that line item, Tim Kyllo seconded, and the motion unanimously carried.

5. PLT Report – Jane Thornes
Jane Thornes was not able to attend the meeting in person, but provided information via email for the Committee’s consideration. They are currently setting up workshops for spring and summer. There are several workshops set up in southern Idaho. In the Coeur d’ Alene area, there will be an Early Childhood teacher workshop this spring; and in June and July they will be having 15 hour workshops on Early Childhood and ‘Walk in the Forest’.

PLT continues to work with school districts to meet the needs of teachers. One way that they’re doing this is by trying to coordinate with teacher professional development days.

6. ILRCC Update and Upcoming Events – Janet Funk
Janet Funk reviewed latest updates from the Idaho Lands Resource Coordinating Council. Next meeting is on February 27th and 28th in Boise. A state umbrella collaborative group, the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership (IFRP), is also meeting on March 1st and 2nd to discuss forest health improvements. Janet also relayed current news from the IDL, which are in the process of selling some of their buildings.

7. Communications Report
New Communications Chair is Erin Bradetich, and she is currently working with the past Communications Chair to learn the Constant Contact Program. Also, she will be working with Doug Bradetich to produce an ITFP Newsletter in the spring.

8. Old Business
a) 2016 Inspections Recap
i. Vote for 2017 Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmer Inspector of the Year President Hegedus nominated Chris Gerhart, a private forestry specialist, to be the inspector of year. Andy Eckberg seconded that.

b) Post Card Notices for Tree Farmer Status
The next 50 oldest Tree Farm post card notices will be sent out in February.

c) 501(c)3 Status
Doug Bradetich moved and Steve Funk seconded to update the By-laws and other documents appropriately when and if required due to the implementation of officer’s new titles of ‘President’ and ‘Vice President’. The motion carried.

9. New Business
a) 2017 Committee Roster
As of January, Russ Hegedus is the President, Sean Hammond is the Vice President, Steve Cuvala remains Treasurer, Erin Bradetich is the new Communications Chair, and Dan Myers and Tom Bollacker are the new Tree Farmers at Large.

b) 2017 Inspections Update by District Chairs
i. Required inspections assigned and/or completed ITFP is off to a great start with all districts ahead of schedule on completing most or all of their required inspections. District I has all assigned and only eight left to complete. District II has all required assigned and one is complete. District III has completed all of their required inspections.
ii. Optional and Pioneer inspections
National has asked State Committees to evaluate and either certify or decertify the inventory of Pioneer inspections that we have in our state. Currently Idaho has 14 to complete.

c) 2017 ATFS National Leadership Conference, February 24-27, Greenville, SC
This year ITFC will be represented by Steve & Janet Funk and also current Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Kurt & Sandy Koetter.

d) Annual Award Meeting, March 27th, Moscow, ID
The ITFP meeting will include appetizers prior to the award presentations and business meeting. Also a dessert and wine social for the awardees following the meeting. Those interested in attending the Award Meeting and would like to stay at the Best Western University Inn are encouraged to reserve their accommodations before 2/27 to take advantage of the FFLC group rate discount. Those with questions about reserving a room may contact Savannah Miller.

10. Other Business
a) Annual Report to ATFS due 3/15/2017
President Hegedus is working on the Annual Report and will submit it by March 15th to National.

b) RTFOY
The Wood Family has been submitted to National for Regional Tree Farmers of the Year

c)Donation to previous ITFOY, Rusty and Linda Fitchett
Steve Cuvala moved and Doug Bradetich seconded that the Committee provide a $300 gift card to Home Depot for the Fitchett’s to help cover costs as they rebuild their home. The motion carried unanimously. John Lillehaug also encouraged everyone in the group look into their photo history and see if they have any pictures of the Fitchett’s Tree Farmer of the Year Ceremony.

d)Next ITFC Meeting Date The next meeting will be on April 20th, 2017 at a location to be decided.

11. Adjourn
President Hegedus adjourned the meeting at 11:20 am
Respectfully submitted,

Savannah Miller, Administrator
Riley and Associates, LLC

ITFC Meeting Minutes October 20, 2016

IDAHO TREE FARM PROGRAM
Idaho Tree Farm Committee Meeting
9:30am- 12:00pm, Thursday, October 20th, 2016 Coeur d’Alene Fire Department, Station 3
1500 N 15th St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
MEETING

1. Call to Order/Quorum
Chair Funk called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Those present for all or part of the meeting were:
Steve Funk, ITFC Chair/Tree Farmer
Joe Larson, Stimson Lumber
G. Kirk David, ITFC Inspector Training Facilitator/Tree Farmer
Madeline David, ITFC Communications/Tree Farmer
Tim Schaffer, ITFC District II Chair/Bennett Lumber
Doug Bradetich, ITFC Past Chair/IFG; proxy for Ray Getchius/Tree Farmer
Russ Hegedus, ITFC Vice Chair/IFG
Andy Eckberg, ITFC District I Chair/IFG
Steve Cuvala, ITFC Treasurer/Tree Farmer
Gretchen Lech, ITFC/SFI-SIC/HFM
Chris Schnepf, ITFC/U of I Extension
Kurt Koetter, Tree Farmer
Savannah Miller, ITFP Administrator
Mary Fritz, ITFC/IDL
Janet Funk, ITFC/Tree Farmer
Jane Thornes, ITFC/PLT
Jim Thornes, Tree Farmer
Excused: John Lillehaug, ITFC District III Chair; Ray Getchius, Tree Farmer

2. Anti-Trust Statement
Chair Funk reviewed the Anti-Trust Statement with the Committee

3. Approval of July Meeting Minutes
With some corrections, Doug Bradetich moved and Janet Funk seconded to approve the July Meeting Minutes. The motion carried unanimously.

4. Review of October Treasurer’s Report

a. Treasurer Cuvala reviewed the latest Treasurer’s Report with the Committee. All expenses remain in line with budgeted amounts. Russ Hegedus moved and Madeline David seconded to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion carried unanimously.

b. The Committee agreed that officer updates and contact information need to be available online as well as access to the latest Minutes, events and newsletters. Madeline David moved and Janet Funk seconded for the Administrator to learn the process of updating the current website to keep content up to date, and to utilize the funds from ITFC account to pay for such training. The motion carried unanimously.

5. PLT Report
Jane Thornes reviewed the latest updates from PLT. From February to October, (19) workshops were offered for teachers working on professional development. Many teachers are aiming to incorporate more science into their curriculum. Jane reminded the Committee that during Forest Products Week (Oct 16th-22nd) the Idahoforests.org website was doing an essay contest until November 2nd, for ages K-12, offering cash prizes to winners.

Janet Funk reviewed the Teachers Tour held in June, which hosted 43 teachers and included a tour of federal, industry, state and private lands. IDL gave a fire demonstration on the Funk property and teachers were able to socialize and see different tree species and Forester’s tools. Overall the tour was a success and the teacher feedback and evaluations were very positive.

6. ILRCC Report
Janet Funk reviewed latest updates from the ILRCC. Next meeting is in Boise on February 27th and 28th. A state umbrella collaborative (Idaho Forest Resource Council) is also meeting on March 1st-2nd to discuss forest health improvements. ILRCC is now receiving all news and updates coming from the IDL, as well as the various activities that the IDL is participating in.

7. Communications Report
Madeline David put out the newsletter, the invitation to the Teacher’s Tour and a notice to inspectors for nominations through Constant Contact. She advised that the ITFC is still under utilizing the outlet and recommended using it more to promote local State interests and needs. Madeline will be stepping down as Communications Chair and at this time the person to fill that vacancy is still to be decided.

8. OLD BUSINESS

a. Document Storage
The Committee discussed storage of ITF documents, inspections and marketing materials and possible movement from the storage unit to a different location. After review of possible options, the Committee decided to continue renting the current storage unit to house all documents and materials.

b. Inspections: District Chairs input on completion i. Required – (2017 deadline 12/9/16)
Five (5) Tree Farms are still needing inspected and entered into the database.

ii. Assigned
All Tree Farms have been assigned to appropriate inspectors.

c. Post Card Notices for Tree Farmer Status
Kirk and Madeline David re-sent 40 post card notices the first week of October with a deadline of October 26th for response. Those Tree Farmers who wish to stay in the program must have an assigned inspector out to review their property and update their farm to the current 2015-2020 standards. After the 26th, all those who haven’t responded will be put on a list for decertification. Paper files of those Tree Farms that are decertified shall be kept in a designated ‘decertified’ box to be destroyed after two years.
The next batch of 50 post card notices will be sent out in early January.

d. 501(c)3 Status
Chair Funk had to apply for a new EIN from the IRS. He’s started the process for the Articles of Incorporation with the Bynum Group. Due to this new status, changes will be implemented regarding officer titles, such as: Chairman and Vice Chairman will be changed to President and Vice President respectively. Kurt Koetter moved and Russ Hegedus seconded to update By-laws and other documents appropriately when and if required. The motion carried.

e. 2016 Idaho Outstanding Tree Farm Tour – Recap
Doug Bradetich reviewed the Idaho Tree Farm Tour, which hosted over 120 attendees plus the Wood Family for a total of about 180 people. The tour went over budget by about twothousand dollars, but everyone was fed well and had a great time socializing and engaging in Tree Farm education. Senator Sage Dixon attended for a short period of time and overall this was a wonderful event with fantastic turnout.

f. Idaho One Plan Template
Doug Bradetich reviewed the latest update of the Idaho One Plan Template, Stewardship and the NRCSS. Mary Fritz incorporated the latest feedback from the group and the Template should be ready for posted for viewing before the ITFC meeting in January.

g. Committee Vote for 2017 OTFOY and 2017 OTFLOY

i. Kirk David relayed the TFOY nomination by Sean Hammond for Kurt and Sandra Koetter. The Executive Committee did a field inspection on the Koetter Tree Farm and examined their plan. The Committee were all in favor on nominating Kurt and Sandra Koetter for 2017 TFOY.

ii. After much group discussion concerning nominees for the Logger of the Year award, Chair Funk asked the Committee to vote. Nine (9) counts were in favor of John Kinne, officially making him the decided nominee. John Kinne has had committee involvement, shown service to the logging committee and demonstrated promotional activity to the ITFP.

h. Wood Tree Farm Regional Tree Farm
Andy Eckberg and Russ Hegedus will follow up with the Wood family to see if they are still interested in working towards the Regional nomination.

9. NEW BUSINESS a. Election of 2017-2018 President, Vice President, and Treasurer
Janet Funk moved and Andy Eckberg seconded that Russ Hegedus be appointed ITFC President starting January 1, 2017 for the next two consecutive year period. The motion carried unanimously. There are a few interested for the position of Vice President, however, the seat will remain open at this time until there is a firm agreement from a candidate to step in. Janet Funk moved and Russ Hegedus seconded the motion for Steve Cuvala to serve as Treasurer for one more year. The motion carried unanimously.

b. 2017 President’s Roster of 2017 Committee Members for Committee Approval
Russ Hegedus appointed Andy Eckberg as District I Chair, Tim Schaffer as District II Chair, and John Lillehaug as District III Chair for the next consecutive two year term. Hegedus also appointed Kurt Koetter as a Tree-Farmer-at-Large and is considering Tom Bollacker as a potential option. The Committee approved the appointments.

10. 2017 ATFS National Leadership Conference, February 24-27, Greenville, SC
The conference will be attended by Steve and Janet Funk and Kurt and Sandra Koetter. The Committee will most likely need to pay for only one registration as two registrations are always sponsored by National and a third registration is usually covered for a first timer, which Kurt qualifies as. Savannah Miller will hear from National in regard to the third registration being covered after December 15th. Steve Funk has already applied for grants from National to help with additional travel costs.

11. Deadlines for: 2017 ITFC Roster to ATFS; 2016 Annual Reports to ATFS (3/15/17) Roster will be completed as soon as a Vice President is nominated and elected. Russ Hegedus will have the Annual Report turned in by 3/15/17.
12. Other Business
Janet Funk reminded the Committee that ATFS is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year and will be having an award ceremony on Capitol Hill in December with the National Tree Farmer winners.

ITFC’s next meeting date will be on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at a location still to be decided.

13. Adjourn
Chair Funk adjourned the meeting at 11:48 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Savannah Miller