Backyard Forests workshop date set

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Homeowners with five acres or less of forestland do not usually want to manage them intensively for timber harvest. Most owners of these “backyard forests” are primarily interested in keeping their trees healthy and attractive. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not consider doing anything actively until backyard forest trees are visibly suffering from some kind of insect or disease problem. By the time they bring a sample into the Extension Office or some other expert, it is often too late. Remedies for bark beetles, root disease and similar forest health problems are usually preventative.

A two-hour workshop titled Backyard Forests will help forest owners apply basic concepts of forest ecology to keep their trees healthy. Participants will learn about: tree species native to north Idaho; how forests grow and change over time; common forest insects & diseases; methods to improve forest tree health and reduce potential insect, disease and fire problems; and ways to enhance forest wildlife habitat.

Backyard Forests will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 1-4 p.m. in the meeting room at the University of Idaho Extension office in Boundary County, 6447 Kootenai, behind the courthouse in Bonners Ferry.

The program can accommodate a limited number of people. Those wishing to participate should pre-register at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Kootenai County by Thursday, Jan. 30. A $10 registration fee covers handouts and refreshments. For registration questions, contact the University of Idaho Extension Office in Boundary County at 208- 267-3235. The program is co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Department of Lands.

The program will also be held on Monday evening, May 18, in Coeur d’Alene. For more information on that session, contact the UI Extension office in Kootenai County at 208-446-1680.

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