U of I to offer forestry programs in Orofino this month

The University of Idaho, through its Clearwater County Extension Office, will offer two programs this month for rural landowners and people interested in forestry.

The first workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. June 24th at the Best Western Plus Lodge at River’s Edge in Orofino. The workshop, which costs $10 per person, will introduce landowners to the basic principles of wildlife management and biodiversity conservation. It also will cover specific habitat requirements and preferences of some popular local wildlife species.

The second program, which costs $15 per person, is a one-day field trip from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25, also beginning at the Best Western. The field trip is designed to give participants firsthand exposure to a wide range of insects, diseases and parasitic plants that impair the growth of trees and forests in northern Idaho. Experts will be on hand to help identify insect and disease symptoms and discuss practical, long-term and short-term methods of dealing with them.