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Fall 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

Fall Field Tour 2018 Recap

Kroetch Land and Timber

The annual Fall Field Tour of the Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year, Brian Kroetch, was September 8, 2018 with 62 Tree Farmers and guests in attendance.  It was a beautiful, clear Fall day and a great opportunity to get out and enjoy a day in the field.

The founder of the Kroetch Empire was Joseph J Kroetch, Brian’s great grandfather.  He started the family operation in 1881, buying land to supply their sawmill.  They currently own 21,615 acres. Brian started in the woods in late 1970’s, and ran dozer for several years. By 1990 he needed to make a decision to continue logging or go another direction. Brian attended college at the University of Idaho and afterward started a forest consulting business. His first big client was Inland Empire Paper.  He began running property lines, doing plantation surveys, and marking timber for them.  After spending some time honing his forestry skills with IEP he eventually settled in to managing his family holdings full time.  He describes his goal as producing a steady future income from a sustainable supply of timber.  They currently have 54 tree farms.

For our tour Brian lead the group through portions of his 6,000 acre Mica Bay Tree Farm area south of CDA. During the day we viewed an active logging job with new road construction and looked at some of the regrowth in areas that had been logged several years ago.  Brian discussed his program of partnering with the Idaho Fish & Game Department.  Their program allows hunting access on the Kroetch lands with the IF&G controlling the roaded access.  The tour was capped off with a very interesting visit to a fish rearing operation and a catered lunch.

 

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 Ex 503

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

 

 

Trout Rearing Pond

 

Current Logging Site

 

Idaho Tree Farm Program Assessment – Coming in 2019

 

 

Idaho Tree Farm Fee System Approved
As we stated in our Spring newsletter, the Idaho Tree Farm Committee voted earlier this year to begin a fee system for our program.  This will help cover administrative expenses and allow us to continue expanding outreach activities to our Tree Farmers.  After much discussion we settled on a flat annual fee of $10.00 per Tree Farmer, with spouses counted as single Tree Farmer.  It was discussed to have the 2019 billing due in April of 2019, then each subsequent calendar year due by the end of December.

Our National office in Washington D.C. has indicated they will require a financial plan from each state detailing how they will maintain stability of their program.  Our Idaho Program currently is funded by a small amount of funds (a little over $4.00 per tree farm) from National, and part of the incentive bonus Idaho Forest Products pays for logs delivered to them from certified Tree Farms.  By instituting a small fee system we will have a third source of funding and be in much better shape to continue with tours, coffee socials, newsletters as well as cover the administrative costs to operate our program.  If you have any other ideas for increasing our member outreach, please feel free to contact our State Administrator Colleen Meek at (208)-667-4641, ext 503.

The end of 2018 also marks the end of our current term of committee members and officers.  Russ Hegedus will be stepping down as President – a big thank you to him for the past two years of service! – and Sean Hammond will take the reins as President.  Many of the other committee members have agreed to continue for another term but we are always on the lookout for fresh faces as well.  If you have been looking for ways to be more involved in our program please consider serving on the state committee.  Regular meetings are quarterly the third Thursday of January, April, July and October.  Our committee members serve for two year terms, with 2019-2020 being the next term.

If you are interested and have any questions, contact your District Chair or our State office for more information.

New Year, New Committee
Part of being a “Certified” Tree Farm Program is the requirement every 3-5 years of a 3rd party assessment to ensure we are in compliance with all the current certification standards.  We have been informed that 2019 will be the next audit/assessment year so we need to begin getting things in motion to be ready.  Early in 2019 officials from the 3rd party organization, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and representatives from our National ATFS office will travel to Idaho and decide on which parcels to visit.  Our record keeping and procedures will be checked, but the main thing for member Tree Farmers to address will be your management plans.  If you haven’t regularly done so, now would be a good time to locate, dust off, and update as necessary your management plan to ensure it complies with the current certification standards.  If you are unsure or have any questions on any of this, contact your Inspecting Forester or call our state office at 208-667-4641 Ext 503 or email to admin@idahotreefarm.org.

 

Modernizing the Forest Stewardship Program

By Mary Fritz, Idaho Department of Lands, Forest Stewardship Program Manager

 

Over the last several months, the US Forest Service together with state forestry agency representatives from across the country began efforts to develop options for modernizing the Forest Stewardship Program. This is due to decreasing appropriations for the program. Nationally, the program has experienced a roughly 50% decline in funding since its creation in 1990.Forest Stewardship Program has a unique niche; it is the only national technical assistance program that provides a comprehensive and consistent approach to influence management of family owned forests to sustain healthy, working forests. The program complements and enhances other federal, state, and private programs and, as a result, delivers outcomes on the ground. For example, Forest Stewardship is a portal to such programs as insects and disease identification and treatment, fire risk reduction, and landowner cost share programs. The program is key in delivering habitat improvement and sustainably supplying timber products from the nation’s non-industrial private forestlands. The program targets priority landscapes vital to sustaining the nation’s national resources and works across public and private lands to create more resilient ecosystems. 

The program is evolving to address four national priorities. Forest health is addressed through these priorities.

  • fire (fuels reduction, prescribed fire),
  • water (water quality, clean drinking water, watershed management),
  • jobs (rural prosperity), and
  • wildlife habitat.

USFS Cooperative Forestry leadership organized a working group of key external partners and agency staff to develop options to better focus and prioritize federal investment, achieve outcomes on priority lands, serve landowners and leverage partnerships. Currently, assistance to landowners has been on a first come, first service basis and the future direction is to focus planning and technical assistance in priority landscapes to address resource issues.

In 2010, Idaho’s Forest Action Plan delineated priority areas using a collaborative process. Currently, IDL is updating the Forest Action Plan with the help of many partners. https://www.idl.idaho.gov/forestry/forest-action/index.html

In Idaho, the Forest Stewardship Program is administered by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Many forest owners have benefited from the services IDL Private Forestry Specialists provide that includes planning, technical assistance and education. How will Idaho’s Forest Stewardship Program change? That is yet to be determined and will be based on the final national recommendations. The Forest Service and

state coordinators as well as other partners will work to design and reshaped program in 2019 (which may require revised program metrics, allocation formula, database and data needs) in 2019, with program implementation anticipated in 2020.

For more information contact: Mary Fritz, mfritz@idl.idaho.gov or phone: 208-666-8667

 

Ties to the Land Session – Thompson Falls, MT

November 10, 2018 at Thompson Falls Community Center

Are you concerned about your family heritage and planning for an orderly transition of your Tree Farm?  Kaniksu Land Trust and Montana State University Extension are presenting a Ties to the Land session in Thompson Falls, Montana on November 10 to help you prepare.

Ties to the Land is an award winning curriculum developed by leading estate planning experts at Oregon State University Extension and the Austin Family Business Program.  An excerpt from the notice on this session reads:

Do you own and care for ranch or forest land?

If so, you probably have strong feelings about leaving your land in good condition for the future. 

Succession Planning – the human side of Estate Planning – focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address those challenges. 

Facilitators of this session will be long time Tree Farmers, Kirk and Madeline David.  Kirk and Madeline have a wealth of experience with forest products industry, forest management and family succession planning.

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Workshop Content

Ties to the Land includes presentations, video clips, and interactive exercises on the following topics:

·       10 Steps to Successful Succession Planning

·       Passion, Preparation, and Planning

·       Family Ties, Differing Objectives

·       Generation Gaps

·       The Heirloom Scale, Values and Goals

·       Conflicting Roles of Family and Business

·       Tips for a Successful First Family Meeting

·       Guidelines for Good Communication

·       Choosing the Best Team of Advisors for You

·       Putting the Plan Together, Success Strategies

·       Transferring Ownership

·       Legal and Financial Instruments

The Session is open to forest landowners and ag producers

The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family.  To register or learn more, contact:

July Thurston at – (406)-827-6934

 

Upcoming University of Idaho Extension Forestry Classes
Here are a few of the opportunities currently offered by U of I Extension this winter.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –Forestry Short course 

Enriches family forest owners’ basic understanding of forest planning, forest ecology, silviculture, insects, disease, wildlife habitat, taxes, and other forest stewardship topics (2 UI credits available) (IMFS).

Moscow, Six Tuesday/Thursday afternoons, January 29 & 31; February 5, 7, 12, & 14, 2019

Sandpoint, Six Wednesday mornings, June 12, 19, & 26; July 10, 17, & 24, 2019

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Identifying Idaho’s Trees 

Learn to identify Idaho’s native forest trees and some common forest shrubs. Sessions may be indoors or in the field.

Sandpoint, Saturday, December 1, 2018 (9am to 12pm)

Coeur d’Alene, Mon. February 4, 2019 (6pm to 8pm)

St. Maries, Thursday, April 11, 2019 (1pm to 4pm)

Additional sessions of this program can be scheduled for interested groups of 10 or more.– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Turning Idaho Trees into Wreaths 

Learn to make a fresh wreath using native evergreens. A presentation and demonstration will be followed by hands-on time to create your own wreath.

Sandpoint, Saturday, December 1, 2018 (1pm to 3pm)- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Current Topics of Farm and Forest Health: Climate Change 

Learn how climate change is expected to influence agricultural pests, invasive weed spread, cattle and grazing systems, and forest insects in the Inland NW.

Orofino, Thursday, December 13, 2018- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Family Foresters Workshop 

Annual UI/WSU Extension program updating foresters and other professionals on emerging technology and knowledge applicable to family forests.

Spokane Valley, Friday, January 18, 2019- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 For more information or to register, contact 

Chris Schnepf – Area Extension Educator, CdA – (208)-446-1680 cschnepf@uidaho.edu 

Bill Warren, Extension Educator, Orofino – (208)-476-4434 williamw@uidaho.edu 

Randy Brooks, Extension Forestry Specialist, Moscow – (208)–885-6356 rbrooks@uidaho.edu

 

Forest Health Updates, Idaho Department of Lands

Tom Eckberg. Forest Health Program Manager Idaho Dept of Lands

Through the spring and summer of 2018, Department of Lands personnel received many reports of fir engraver (Scolytus ventralis) killing grand fir in northern Idaho. This bark beetle attacks stressed or weakened trees of all sizes, and dry weather during the growing season is an effective stressor. Northern Idaho has had dry summers (when trees are actively growing) the last four years. Grand fir growing on drier sites may be fine during years when precipitation is normal, but during drier years, fir engraver activity picks up. Aerial surveyors mapped over 100,000 affected acres of fir engraver activity in 2018 compared to 55,000 acres in 2017. This is a reminder that grand fir is adapted to moister sites, and in drier areas, landowners should consider managing for other species.

Douglas-fir tussock moth has been defoliating Douglas-fir and grand fir in southern Idaho, mostly on the Boise National Forest and adjacent state and private lands south of Cascade. There was limited defoliation in 2017 west of Smiths Ferry, and an isolated outbreak near Craters of the Moon National Monument. Egg mass surveys indicate that there will be one more year of defoliation before the populations crash due to a virus disease specific to this insect and predators and parasites. Some areas had severe defoliation, with as much as 90% of the needles lost to feeding injury. Where there are large populations of caterpillars and little available food, starvation will result.

Moderate Douglas-fir tussock moth defoliation of grand fir and Douglas-fir on the Packer John State Forest in October 2018
Douglas-fir tussock moth frass and fallen needles beneath a grand fir on the Boise National Forest, October 2018.
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IDL received some reports from landowners in the St. Joe and Clearwater Valleys of large numbers of moths flying in the woods and in town in September. US Forest Service and Department of Lands personnel have been seeing large numbers of hemlock looper moths in gypsy moth and Douglas-fir tussock moth traps when the traps were collected in September and October. Defoliation of grand fir and abundant adults were observed during ground checks in the Nez Perce National Forest southeast of Kooskia. Western hemlock looper is an “inchworm” moth caterpillar that periodically causes damage to grand fir, Douglas-fir, subalpine fir and western hemlock. The last outbreak was in the Clearwater River Valley in 2010 and 2011. Like Douglas-fir tussock moth, western hemlock looper outbreaks usually subside after a year or two due to natural controls (predators and parasites). Defoliation occurs later in the season, so it is not always recorded during the aerial survey.
Western hemlock looper larva.
Western hemlock looper adults in puddle. Photo by L. Pederson, USDA Forest Service. Nez Perce National Forest, September 21, 2018.
Forest Health Updates, Idaho Department of Land

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Events to Highlight

Nov  10, 2018 – Ties to the Land, Thompson Falls, MT

Jan 17, 2019 – Idaho Tree Farm Committee Meeting, CDA, ID

Feb 6-7, 2019 – Forester Forum, CDA, ID

March 24-26, 2019 – Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference and Exposition, Moscow, ID

Welcome New Members!

 

The Idaho Tree Farm Committee extends a special welcome to the 8 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
John and Susan Vowell 120 Boundary Andrew Eckberg
Bart and Dawn Stryhas 212 Idaho David Summers
U of I Experimental Forest 1386 Latah Robbie Easley
U of I Experimental Forest 994 Latah Robbie Easley
U of I Experimental Forest 2121 Latah Robbie Easley
U of I Experimental Forest 47 Latah Robbie Easley
Breckenhauer Family Trust 20 Kootenai Remington Daniels
Northwest Lands Unlimited LLC 130 Kootenai Remington Daniels

 

 

 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Newsletter 2018-Idaho Tree Farm

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 Progra

admin@idahotreefarm.org

(T) 208.667.4641 Ex 503

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

Our annual Fall Field Tour of the Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year is scheduled for September 8, 2018. Brian Kroetch will lead us through portions of his 6,000 acres in the Mica Bay Tree Farms area south of Coeur d’Alene. During the day we will view active logging and roads jobs showing how various prescriptions are being used to achieve the desired result on these working forests. We will stop at some of the white pine and larch plantations and discuss reforestation issues that accompany such a large acreage.

Other items to discuss are the challenges of working so closely in the wildland-urban interface near Coeur d’Alene, the relationship Brian has developed with the Idaho Fish & Game Department in helping manage access and game herds on the property, as well as working to combine sustainable forestry with the need for a sustainable income from the harvests.

As always, the tour is free and lunch & seating will be provided.     The plan is to meet on the Mica Bay Land Company Tree Farm property adjacent to Highway 95 about 2 miles west of Coeur d’Alene Lake and Mica Bay around 8:30 that morning.     Coffee, doughnuts, snacks and beverages will be provided by the Idaho Tree Farm Program.

Be sure to dress appropriately for outdoor field conditions and have proper footwear for the woods. We will send out another notice with a map and scheduled itinerary for the day, but if you wish to contact us just email admin@idahotreefarm.org or call our State Administrator Colleen Meek at (208)-667-4641, ext 503.Hope to see you there!

Idaho Tree Farm Program

Fall Field Tour 2018

Kroetch Land and Timber

Coeur d’ Alene, ID

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 Assessment – Coming in 2019

 

Part of being a “Certified” Tree Farm Program is the requirement every 3-5 years of a 3rd party assessment to ensure we are in compliance with all the current certification standards. We have been informed that 2019 will be the next audit/assessment year so we need to begin getting things in motion to be ready.       Early in 2019 officials from the 3rd party organization, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and representatives from our National ATFS office will travel to Idaho and decide on which parcels to visit. Our record keeping and procedures will be checked, but the main thing for member Tree Farmers to address will be your management plans. If you haven’t regularly done so, now would be a good time to locate, dust off, and update as necessary your management plan to ensure it complies with the current certification standards.       If you are unsure or have any questions on any of this, contact your Inspecting Forester or call our state office at 208-667-4641 Ext 503 or email to admin@idahotreefarm.org.
Two Idaho Tree Farm Committee Positions Filled
We are pleased to recognize two volunteers that have agreed to fill spots on our state committee.

Mary Fritz, Certification Chair.       Mary is a long time IDL employee who earlier worked on the Clearwater as a private forestry specialist and has been living in the Silver Valley since moving to Cataldo to fill a position as a private forestry specialist. Currently Mary works as program manager in forest stewardship in CDA.

Matt Engberg, Inspecting Forester Chair. Matt, a University of Idaho graduate, has been a Northwest Management Inc employee from the early 90’s to present.  Matt’s career started out falling snags on a wildland fire crew and then cruising timber, ran planting programs, precommercial thinning programs, timber sale layout & admin along with building roads and installing bridges, working wildland and prescribed fire programs for NMI and last but not least helping with Idaho tree farm on the Palouse.

Welcome aboard and thanks to both of you for stepping up to help our program!

Know Any “Outstanding” Candidates ??
Each year we honor some folks that have gone a bit above and beyond in the care for their land or the improvement of our program.       An Idaho Outstanding Tree Farmer, Inspecting Forester, and Logger is chosen from among our ranks and showcased during our annual meeting at the Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference in Moscow. We are in the midst right now of choosing our candidates for 2019 so if you know of a particular Tree Farmer, logger, or Inspecting Forester that has gone the extra mile, please let us know.

As we all know the workings of our program and the fine stewardship done on your land doesn’t happen on its own. It takes all of the dedicated volunteers working together and we want to honor those that are in the blue ribbon class. If you know of a particularly well cared for parcel, a logger that goes beyond what is required to make things shine, or an Inspector that is especially helpful to landowners, give us a all or email a note for us to consider them for special recognition.

 

Idaho Forest Products Commission – Sustainable Forestry Tour

 

Each year the Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) puts on a week-long tour for educators covering everything from soup to nuts regarding forestry in Idaho. In the IFPC wordsThey are immersed in the social, economic and ecological aspects of sustainable forestry, and receive proven activities and materials to take back to the classroom.” Our program thinks very highly of this outreach and sponsors an educator each year. Here is some feedback from one of the educators that took part in the 2018 tour:

“The Sustainable Forestry Tour has been the best short-term professional development experience I have taken part in during my 22 years as a teacher.  The Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) team did an outstanding job of handling logistics and being continual educators throughout the tour. I participated in several activities where I plan to use either the teaching strategy or the content of the lesson.  I gained a greater appreciation for our forests and the importance of managing them well. By the end of the tour I found myself wishing I was a lobbyist that could get policymakers to be a part of this tour. I believe the most effective, transformative way to get the information we gained this week into the hands of policy makers would be to have them participate in this tour in its entirety.  Trying to gain the same level of information and appreciation for the information through reading or listening to lobbyists, or even participation in a one-day conference is simply not as effective as being immersed in the activities we did, including touring the facilities and job sites we had the privilege of seeing. I will definitely be recommending this tour to my colleagues in education.  

In addition, my husband, Sean Hammond has been a sawyer for several area logging contractors for most of the last 30 years. This tour gave me a much greater appreciation for the work my husband does and the entire forestry industry.  At each tour stop, I found myself delighted in knowing some of what was being taught because of what Sean has taught me and our children. By the end of the week I found myself with a significant degree of pride in what my he does, his care for the land, and his integrity as now a private one-man logging operation.” 

Thank you Idaho Tree Farm for your sponsorship and participation in this incredible opportunity. 

Sincerely, Virginia Hammond

 

 

Idaho Master Forest Stewards Program Accepting Applications

University of Idaho Extension is seeking candidates for the Idaho Master Forest Stewards (IMFS) program. The Idaho Master Forest Stewards program was co-designed with forest owners to increase participants’ forestry knowledge and skills; enable them to provide educational assistance to forest owners and other groups; and provide a forum for richer peer to peer learning among forest owners. Over 100 people have participated in the program thus far.

Applications for the IMFS program are accepted continually. When we have at least ten applications by August of a given year, we schedule IMFS core sessions for the next. We are very close to reaching that threshold, so if you are currently interested in taking the training in 2019, send an application in August 2018. More information on becoming an Idaho Master Forest Steward and application materials can be downloaded at:

www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry/panhandle/programs/master-stewards.

The largest portion of the 2019 training would take place during four, one-day sessions held April thru September.

 

Put your Forest Plan into Action

Across the state, the Idaho Department of Lands employs Private Forestry Specialists (PFS) whose primary role is to provide forest landowners with information to help them meet their forest management goals. Our PFSs provide planning advice, assess insect and disease threats and design a variety of practices to help you manage your land. Some of these practices include thinning, tree planting, forest health improvement and fuel breaks. We collaborate with a wide variety of resource professionals and are long-time and strong supporters of the Idaho Tree Farm Program.

For landowner’s writing a forest management plan, IDL’s Forest Stewardship Program staff collaborated with the Idaho Tree Farm Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop the One Plan Template. Each of these three programs require a management plan and by working together, the One Plan allows a landowner to easily sign up for all three programs.

The Idaho Department of Lands administers the Forest Stewardship Program, a national program that provides funding to IDL to assist forest landowners. To become a Forest Steward, landowners must develop a management plan. The benefit of participating in Idaho’s Forest Stewardship Program includes a free site visit every five years and access to conference and educational opportunities. Many of our staff are also Tree Farm Inspectors that can enroll you in the Tree Farm Program.

You will find the One Plan Template on the Idaho Department of Lands Forestry Assistance webpage https://www.idl.idaho.gov/

If you need advice or technical assistance, you can call your nearest Private Forest Specialist for an appointment. Our PFSs can be contacted at anyone of these locations:

For more information on the Idaho Forest Stewardship Program contact Mary Fritz, mfritz@idl.idaho.gov or phone 208-666-8667.

Wanted: Email Addresses
We are always looking for ways to reduce clutter and streamline our process. If you are currently receiving your Tree Farm newsletter by mail and would like to switch to electronic, please contact us and have your email address listed as your preferred method of contact. Just email to admin@idahotreefarm.org or call Colleen at 208-667-4641, Ext 503
Idaho “One Plan” for Tree Farm, Stewardship and NRCS

Mary Fritz, Forest Stewardship Program Manager, Idaho Dept of Lands

 

Brown Needles – Are My Trees Dying? 

Chris Schnepf – Area Extension Educator, Forestry

Most people love healthy green tree foliage. When a tree’s foliage becomes less green, or worse yet brown, people are understandably concerned about tree and forest health.

Extension offices across Idaho frequently get calls about brown conifer needles, especially in the fall and spring. Brown needle causes vary from normal tree physiology to a wide range of insects and diseases. Unless the whole tree is brown, some brown needles are not necessarily a problem. 

Fall needle drop. Deciduous trees drop all their leaves every fall. But non-deciduous conifers drop leaves too – they just don’t drop them all every year. Older conifer needles are less photosynthetically efficient than younger needles, as they are often shaded by newer foliage. Conifers drop these older needles because those needles take more energy from the tree to stay green than the tree gets in return.

Trees vary in how many needles they keep on the tree. Some conifer species can keep 4 or more age-classes of needles. Needle drop on lodgepole, ponderosa, and white pines is often most noticeable, because every fall, three-year needles turn brown and eventually drop. If a pine had particularly good growth 3 years ago, putting on abundant needles, that needle-drop can look dramatic, but dropping those old needles helps the tree.

Needle diseases visible in spring. A variety of diseases infect needles. The most commonly noticed needle diseases are those visible on pines in the spring. It is usually worse in the lower parts of younger trees and in draws or low-lying areas where humidity is higher. One of the most dramatic examples is Lophodermella concolor, which sometimes affects whole mountainsides of lodgepole pine at high elevations. Sometimes in the spring it can look like a whole lodgepole forest is dying, until the new growth comes on shortly thereafter. Most pine needle diseases are worse in the lower and interior parts of the tree – the least efficient needles on the tree. Sometimes they look terrible, but trees almost always survive needle diseases.

An exception occurs for trees planted from seed sources which were too far removed from the site to be adapted to it (“off-site” trees). These trees are often more dramatically affected by or even killed by needle diseases. Therefore, needle diseases could be a way to monitor changing climate. If needle diseases are killing many naturally regenerated trees, it may be time to consider assisting the migration of better adapted seed sources to that site.

Brown branch tips. Various insects and diseases can turn individual branch tips brown. Some of the most common issues with pines are gouty pitch midge, pine shoot borer, Diplodia tip blight, and western gall rust. Some small bark beetle species also kill Douglas-fir branch tips. These organisms usually only kill a few branches or tips – they almost never kill a tree, unless it is seedling-size. They are generally considered non-economic pests in the context of forest management. 

Larch commonly has needle issues in the spring. Western larch needle issues are usually caused by three factors: larch needle cast, larch needle blight, and larch case bearer. Larch needle cast starts as small yellow-brown spots which grow and eventually cause the whole needle to turn brown and fall off the tree. Larch needle blight wilts whole clusters of needle downward (they look melted, like a Salvador Dali painting), eventually turning them brown. Larch case bearers are tiny insects that mine the inside of needles, turning them straw-colored

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Brown Needles – Are My Trees Dying?

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Good Neighbor Authority Field Trip

August 24-25 Priest River Experimental Forest

The Inland Empire Society of American Foresters (IESAF) would like to announce a two-day field trip to the Priest Lake Ranger District and the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF).       The dates are Friday, August 24 and Saturday August 25th, 2018. On Friday, the field tour will look at and discuss the results of the Good Neighbor Authority in action. The US Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) have pioneered this effort, and this will be a terrific opportunity for Tree Farm members, landowners and friends to see the first-hand results. The Good Neighbor Authority was recently expanded to include authorization for transportation that was not included in the original legislation. This new authority will be very helpful to expand and make the program more efficient and economical. This tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. by meeting to consolidate vehicles at the PREF. We will return to PREF for an evening meal and program for those that want to stay over for the Saturday tour of the Experimental Forest.

The Friday evening program will feature Dr. Russ Graham discussing the origins and history of PREF. Saturday’s field tour of the Experimental Forest will be a walking tour of the research projects in close proximity of the facilities at PREF. The travel route is on trails and roads covering generally flat and gentle terrain.

What to do if you are interested in possibly attending: Send an e-mail to inlandempiresaf@gmail.com stating your interest in one or both days, lodging, and meals by August 10th. You will be placed on our e-mail list for this field tour (only). You will receive a registration response with all of the final cost information and charges for your selected portion of tour.

and crinkling the tips. It is quite possible to have all three operating in the same larch tree at once. Some years are worse than others, but these maladies can look dramatic, particularly case-bearer. Luckily, none of these usually kill the tree. The wonderful thing about larch (in addition to root disease tolerance) is that it continues to grow new needles through the growing season. Trees that look brown in the spring are usually re-needled by mid-summer. The only impact might be slightly reduced stem diameter growth. 

Bark beetles? Root disease? If both new and old needles are not a healthy green, a tree is probably being affected by something other than needle maladies. If the whole tree fades over a period of years, it is likely root disease. If the whole tree turns brown within 6 months, it is more likely bark beetles. But if the symptoms are more like those described previously in this article, the tree will likely survive. Consider waiting before starting a salvage sale or cutting such trees for firewood.

If you are not sure, bring a fresh sample (and/or perhaps photos of the tree) into your local University of Idaho Extension or Idaho Department of Lands office.

 

IDL and US Forest Service are currently conducting the annual aerial survey of Idaho’s forest lands, and it looks like 2018 will be a big year for fir engraver (Scolytus ventralis). Fir engraver is a native bark beetle that attacks grand fir of all sizes. Trees that are under stress are most vulnerable. The dry weather during the summer of 2017 resulted in a surge of requests for technical assistance from private forest landowners in the spring of 2018. Minimize fir engraver damage by growing grand fir on suitable sites, avoiding drier aspects and rocky soils.

IDL personnel also received many calls from landowners reporting dead & dying Douglas-fir saplings. We have been seeing an increase in the occurrence of secondary bark beetles in small Douglas-fir. Scolytus monticolae and Scolytus unispinosus (Douglas-fir engraver) are minor bark beetle species that usually do not cause many problems. The dry weather in 2016 / 2017 is probably the main cause of this mortality. Most of the damage has been on sites with rocky or thin soils. As with fir engraver, maintaining proper density is important, especially if the soil is well drained or rocky.

Aerial observers are also reporting needle blight on western larch. This disease will quickly turn the needles red, and they will wilt and remain on the short spur. The disease is most common when conditions are wet in the spring when the needles are expanding. It rarely kills older trees, but can be mistaken for other, more serious problems. Fungicide sprays are rarely warranted, except for isolated small trees in ornamental settings. Increasing airflow (thinning) can lower infection by reducing humidity during the infection period (shoot elongation).

Aerial observers in southern Idaho report some Douglas-fir tussock moth defoliation in grand fir and Douglas-fir on the Payette NF southwest of Cascade Reservoir. Parts of the Boise and Sawtooth NF are also experiencing defoliation. Western spruce budworm is also defoliating grand fir and subalpine fir in parts of the Payette NF. With defoliating insects such as tussock moth and spruce budworm, selecting for nonhosts or less preferred hosts is a key management tactic. Pines and western larch are not commonly damaged by these defoliators. Damage is often worse in dense, multi storied stands with susceptible understory. Larvae feeding in taller firs or spruce will fall down on young trees, often causing severe defoliation. Grand fir is often more severely defoliated than Douglas-fir, so during harvest or thinning operations, grand fir should be discouraged as a leave tree.

IDL is receiving reports of “shiny, sticky” grand fir foliage and even broadleaf shrubs in the understory beneath grand fir. In 2013, there was a widespread outbreak of the balsam twig aphid (Mindarus abietis), a sucking insect that creates “honeydew,” a sticky, sugary secretion, which covers the needles and drips onto foliage below. This honeydew attracts attention from landowners, but trees are rarely seriously damaged. This honeydew is often a food source for insects such as wasps, yellow jackets and bald faced hornets, which can annoy woods workers. A good link to this insect can be found at this link:

https://tidcf.nrcan.gc.ca/insects/factsheet/5549. 

Late July through November is the ideal time to conduct thinning or other management activity in pines to minimize damage from the pine engraver (Ips pini). There is often temptation to time harvests or thinning during the winter through spring due to access, logistics or other reasons. Creating pine slash during these times can cause unwanted damage. Creating slash during the summer allows it to dry out and become unsuitable for overwintering adults and damage is often avoided.

Forest Health Updates, Idaho Department of Lands

Tom Eckberg. Forest Health Program Manager Idaho Dept of Lands

 

Events to Highlight

Aug 25-25, 2018 – Good Neighbor Authority Field Tour, Priest River, ID

Sept 8, 2018 – Fall Field Tour, Kroetch Land & Timber, CDA, ID

Oct 18, 2018 – Idaho Tree Farm Committee Meeting, CDA, ID

Welcome New Members!

 

The Idaho Tree Farm Committee extends a special welcome to the 4 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
Gale Cope 30 Latah Robbie Easley
Richard & Maryann Fryer 146 Idaho David Summers
Greg & Janis Worch 20 Benewah Jim Nichols
Tim Andersen 17 Idaho John Lillehaug

 

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 hope to see you September 8 for our Fall Field Tour on the Kroetch Family / Mica Bay Land Company Tree Farms

 

Spring Newsletter 2018

Spring 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

Outstanding Tree Farmer 2018

Kroetch Land and Timber

Coeur d’ Alene, ID

 

The annual meeting of our Idaho program was held March 26 at the Family Forest Landowners Conference in Moscow. Turnout was great with over 80 Tree Farmers and guests in attendance.     Program President Russ Hegedus gave a short recap of the program and what’s new in Tree Farming then turned to our program awards for 2018. This year the award for Outstanding Idaho Tree Farmer of the Year went to Brian Kroetch of Kroetch Land & Timber and Mica Bay Land Company.

 

Brian’s family has a long history in forestry, starting with roots in logging & milling in Germany before some of his ancestors immigrated to America and incorporated in the area near Coeur d’Alene in 1921.     Over the years they have continued to acquire land and are over 21,000 acres today. Working on a sustained basis, they grow and harvest 5-6 million board feet annually. Brian says, “We are particularly proud of operating a profitable business for the family in a way that’s both sustainable and environmentally sound”.     Congratulations to Brian and his family!

 

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

 

 

 

Left to right – Vice President Sean Hammond, President Russ Hegedus, Brian Kroetch, Dana Kroetch.

 

ITFC Annual Meeting (continued from page 1)

 

Our Idaho Outstanding Logger of the year for 2018 is Luke Peterson. Luke and his wife Amy operate Northwoods Forestry near Sandpoint. His fine work may be familiar to many of you from our Fall Tour a couple years back as he had done much of the logging for the Wood family, our 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Luke began his career in 2004 with just a saw and skidder. He has since expanded the operation to include a processor, buncher, several skidding rigs and a full-time employee.       Working with private landowners all around North Idaho, his gives a great deal of attention to leaving a site better than when he entered it. Good job Luke!
L-R – Northwoods crew member Matt Henry, truck driver Robert Laude (Woods Crushing and Hauling), Amy Peterson, Luke Peterson our Outstanding Logger of the year, Vice President Sean and President Russ
Also honored during our meeting were Outstanding Inspector and Outstanding Logger of the Year for 2018. The award for Outstanding Inspector of the Year went to Steve Cuvala, Private Forestry Specialist for the Idaho Department of Lands in the St Joe Area. Steve has been a long-time supporter of our program as both a dedicated Inspector and a Tree Farmer in his own right as well. In addition, Steve has served many years as our Idaho State Committee Treasurer.       President Russ thanked Steve for his long service to our program and presented him with a plaque and embroidered rain parka.
Steve Cuvala, Idaho Outstanding Inspector of the Year 2018

 

Forestry Tour for Southern Idaho

Wednesday, May 16 beginning 8:30 AM

 

Whether you own 10 acres of forest land or 2000, the Forestry Tour for Southern Idaho will provide the tools and information you need to improve the health of your private forest. If you want to harvest commercial timber, limit outbreaks of insects and disease, or reduce fuels near your home, you’ll learn some of the different management practices to accomplish your goals.

The Idaho Department of Lands brings the Forestry Tour for Southern Idaho to Adams County on Wednesday, May 16th. We’ll kick things off at 8:30 a.m. with a coffee social at the fairgrounds exhibition building, hosted by the Idaho Tree Farm Program. Then you’ll learn about “Bugs and Crud” that can affect your forest land, and how to estimate timber volume in “Log Scaling 101,” presented by IDL forestry professionals.

We’ll tour Western Timber Company and learn about their specialty lumber products and view a sawmill demonstration at a local mill. In the afternoon, we’ll visit two different private properties to take a look at examples of before-and-after recommended management activities, including pre-commercial thinning, bark beetle control and fuel reduction treatments.

Throughout the day, you’ll have a chance to talk with foresters and other resource professionals, loggers, and your fellow timberland owners. We limit the number of participants so that everyone has ample time to ask questions and discuss best management practices.

Register now by contacting the Adams SWCD office at 208-253-4668, or email aswd@ctcweb.net. The cost of the tour is just $10 to cover materials.

Please bring your lunch and dress for whatever our mid-May weather may throw at us.

Loggers and foresters can earn Society of American Foresters continuing education credits for this workshop. For more information, contact John Lillehaug, Private Forestry Specialist with IDL, at 208-634-7125.

This Idaho Forest Stewardship Program tour is brought to you by Idaho Department of Lands, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho Tree Farm Program, and the Adams Soil and Water Conservation District.

 

Idaho Tree Farm Committee Approves Fee System
As we discussed in the last newsletter our parent organization, the American Forest Foundation (AFF), has indicated they will be passing part of the cost of 3rd party forest certification on to the states. We will need to put together an economic plan to show AFF how we will cover this cost and the Idaho Tree Farm Committee voted at the April meeting to institute a fee system for our members. We created a subcommittee group to look into the specifics implementing this system and the exact cost for each Tree Farmer we would need to assess in order to keep our program fiscally sound. The subcommittee will be reporting back at our next quarterly meeting in July with a recommendation of how to proceed.       As we firm these details up we will be passing that information along to our members.

 

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

Current Projects Statewide – Erica Eidson. Forest Health Specialist

EDRR funnel traps placed near waste or recycling facilities
Another important reminder for this time of year relates to pine engraver beetle management. Now that the weather is warming up, folks are eager to start on forest management projects. Freshly cut (or storm damaged) pine is highly attractive to Ips pine engravers this time of year, as they are just beginning their first flight period. Fresh pine logs and slash on the ground are likely to become infested, and after about 6 weeks, a second generation of beetles can emerge from the down material and move into adjacent standing pine. We are starting to get some calls about this and seeing a number of new pine slash piles cropping up. Here are a few slash management suggestions for this time of year that might be a good reminder to help folks avoid problems with pine engraver outbreaks: https://www.idl.idaho.gov/forestry/forest-health/2017-single-pest-fact-sheet-pine-engraver.pdf

 

Currently, we are hard at work putting out MCH, which is an anti-aggregation pheromone of Douglas-fir beetle. It comes in small pouches or ‘bubble caps’ that can be stapled to trees for 1 year of protection against Douglas-fir beetle. https://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/technology/pdfs/MCH_handbook_11_15_508.pdf Recently burned areas with scorched Douglas-fir and storm damaged areas with recent (still green) Douglas-fir or larch blowdown are particularly good candidates for MCH treatment (Douglas-fir beetle can successfully attack and reproduce in down but not standing western larch). We treated several areas near Kamiah and will be treating additional areas in SE Idaho. Now is the best time of year to put out MCH, because Douglas-fir beetles will be emerging and looking for new hosts to attack soon.
This year, Idaho is participating in Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) surveys https://foresthealth.fs.usda.gov/edrr to monitor for invasive wood borers of deciduous and coniferous hosts, as well as for exotic species of Ips bark beetles. We are in the process of placing funnel traps (see attached photos) at 12 sites across the state and will be monitoring them for 12 weeks. We have selected sites in close proximity to wood waste facilities (i.e., transfer stations and wood recycling facilities) or areas that store imported goods with wood packing materials, such as wooden pallets (i.e., shipping yards, granite slab vendors). The idea is that potentially infested wood material may end up at these types of locations, and the EDRR trapping program could help us detect any new infestations at early stages, before exotic insects become established in an area.

 

Events to Highlight

May 16, 2018 – Forestry Tour for Southern Idaho, Adams County, ID

June 2, 2018 – Forest Thinning and Pruning Field Day, Bonners Ferry, ID

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

July 27, 2018 – Forest Insect & Disease Field Day, Sandpoint, ID

Welcome New Members!

 

The Idaho Tree Farm Committee extends a special welcome to the 8 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
Ben & Farrah Zumhoff 200 Clearwater Matthew Engberg
Jake & Karen Rajala 27 Latah Robert Barkley
Scott & Michelle Schlader 21 Nez Perce David Summers
Michael & Marcia Stayton 182 Latah Robert Barkley
Sam Duncan 20 Latah Robert Easley
Brandon & Rene Creed 20 Kootenai Tim Kyllo
Alan & Debbie Flory Tree Farm #2 10 Boundary Tim Kyllo
Roady Tree Farm 193 Boundary Russ Hegedus

 

 

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).

 

Congratulations Kroetch Family! 

Make plans to join us on the Fall Tour of their Tree Farms September 2018