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Technical Field Tours

All fieldtrips have an outdoor emphasis with walking and scenic viewing. Late October may bring bright sunshine and 70 F or snow and 28F. Come equipped with rain gear, warm hat, gloves, fleece, water resistant boots and the hope of a sunny day.

All tours will depart from and return to the Spokane Convention Center and will occur regardless of the weather. Please contact SAF for information regarding ADA accessibility for individual tours.

Wednesday October 24

T1 - Measuring and Mapping Forest Site Capacity
Estimated CFEs: 5.0 in Category 1-CF(Note: CFEs may change as tour details are developed.)
Fee: $75 (Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and beverages)

Depart: 8:00 am Return: 4:00 pm

This hands-on field workshop will be about measuring and mapping forest site capacity across an ownership, watershed orforest. The Forest Biometrics Research Institute has developed an effective methodology for identifying and classifying natural sitegrowth capacity. It may be applied in any region and on any tree species. This method provides a means to extrapolate site growth capacity across non-forested and heavily cut-over forest acres,provides a strong and stable productivity basis for long-term forest planning, and has shown great potential as a basis for quantifying possible shifts in growthcapacity due to climate change in past decades.

Each field location will have felled sample trees for making detailed measurements on site.Two or three sites will be visited representing different soil types, climate andtopography.All participants will obtain complete written details on computing and using the 10-meter siteindex methodology on individual trees and methods of building forest-wide GIS site maps.

T2 - Urban Forests of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene
Estimated CFEs:4.0 in Category 1-CF(Note: CFEs may change as tour details are developed.)
Fee: $75 (Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and beverages)

Depart: 8:00 am Return: 4:00 pm

This tour looks beyond the aesthetic beauty of city trees and shows how urban communities are using trees to provide valuable ecosystem services. The cities of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene will showcase how they work together with forestland-management agencies, organizations and landowners to create healthy forests from Main Street to mountaintop.Regional urban and community forestry specialists will highlight how trees are part of the solution for a number of emerging urban challenges such as storm water mitigation, air pollution, water quality, energy conservation, invasive species management, and WUI fuels reduction. Stops will include Palisades Park in Spokane and Tubbs Hill Natural Area in Coeur d'Alene. Palisades Park and Neighborhood, a scenic recreational area nestled above the volcanic bluffs overlooking downtown Spokane is a conservation area championed by its many neighbors who, in cooperation with local and state agencies, are its caretakers and guardians. Tubbs Hill Natural Area is a 135-acre city park on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene that feels like wilderness. Tour participants will follow wooded hillside paths to picturesque lake views while discussing urban forest management issues on-site. This tour through Idaho and Washington urban forests will provide a snapshot of innovative projects and treatments, as well as a look at how communities quantify canopy values and utilize urban forests as functional green infrastructure-for the goal of healthier communities.

T3 - Mica Creek Experimental Watershed(Limited to 24 participants.) SOLD OUT
Estimated CFEs: 3.0 in Category 1-CF(Note: CFEs may change as tour details are developed.)
Fee: $50 (Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and beverages)

Depart: 7:00 am Return: 5:00 pm

Sponsored by:
The Mica Creek Study examines the effectiveness of contemporary forest practices on stream flow, sediment, nutrients, stream temperature, and the aquatic ecology of headwater streams in northern Idaho. Located in the scenic St. Joe River area, this study is now in its 20th year and has yielded a wealth of information that is being broadly communicated to the forestmanagement and research communities. The experimental design for the study is focused primarily on evaluating forest practice regulations and harvest activities in a truly "working" watershed. Participants will discuss the site history, see the harvest units and roads being evaluated in the study,and discuss the research instrumentation. Travel to the site will be through the rolling hills, mixed conifer forests and scenic, rugged mountains of northern Idaho. Participants seeking an adventure into a remote landscape and desiring to see some of Idaho's best timber-producing land should find this tour interesting. Speakers will include Dale McGreer, who pioneered the project, and will be followed by a technical session later in the week that will be dedicated to study results.

- Travel will be via passenger vans. Restroom facilities at the first stop of the day and rest area on the return trip only.

T7 - Mount Spokane Inland Empire Paper Company Timberlands SOLD OUT
Only students may register for this tour. Limited to 42 participants.
Fee: $13.00 (Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks, and beverages)

Depart: 9:00 am Return: 3:00 pm

Sponsored by:
Inland Empire Paper Company is a privately owned paper mill that has been producing paper since 1911. IEP started acquiring timberland in the Mount Spokane area in 1952 and currently owns and manages over 116,000 acres. Active timberland management in close proximity to the metropolitan city of Spokane and the largest State Park in Washington offers both challenges and opportunities. This timberland tour will drive through the heart of IEP ownership from Mount Spokane down to the town of Spirit Lake, Idaho, seeing a diverse mix of forest types and management activities along the way. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, forest management philosophy/history, Inland Northwest silviculture, recreation management, forest inventory, road/trail maintenance, water quality conservation, and public relations. The tour will be led by Dennis Parent, CF and Paul Buckland, CF - the second and third Forest Managers in IEP's long history. This is an opportunity for students to see the "forest management balancing act" firsthand and discuss the various issues with its practitioners.

Sunday October 28

T4 - Northeast Washington Forestry: Increasing Dry Forest Resilience through Stakeholder Collaboration
Estimated CFEs: 4.0 in Category 1-CF(Note: CFEs may change as tour details are developed.)
Fee: $75 (Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and beverages)

Depart: 7:00 am Return: 6:00 pm

The tour provides a northern perspective of dry mixed-conifer forests of the Inland Northwest and is designed to see the results of collaborative efforts between the Colville National Forest and the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition. These entities have been actively engaged in extensive collaborative efforts for almost a decade by focusing on improving the resilience of the forests, communities and economy of northeast Washington. Their efforts have resulted in numerous on-the-ground accomplishments with only one administrative appeal and no lawsuits for the last 25 projects involved in their collaborative efforts. The tour will visit active and completed projects to see the on-the-ground results. The tour stops will highlight the importance of having an active integrated forest products industry available to implement a major portion of each of these projects. The tour will stop at Avista 50-megawatt biomass power plant and the Vaagan Brothers sawmill in Colville. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with many of the key individuals who made this collaborative effort one of the most successful in the nation.

T5 - Dry and Moist Forest Ecology and Silviculture(Limited to 30 participants.) SOLD OUT
Estimated CFEs: 5.5 in Category 1-CF(Note: CFEs may change as tour details are developed.)
Fee: $75 (Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks and beverages)

Depart: 8:00 am Return: 5:30 pm

This tour will focus on the diversity of complex vegetation, disturbance, and the resilience of the dry and moist forests of the northern Rocky Mountains. Participants will visit a portion of the Coeur D'Alene Mountains east of Spokane where forests are highly productive, disturbance-driven ecosystems and have many unique features. The tour will also address the challenges and opportunities associated with managing these forests and introduce the collaborative efforts being conducted by the Panhandle National Forests. Participants will luncheon at the Montford Creek Natural Area, a remnant of what these forests once were prior to the introduction of white pine blister rust. Stops in the Deception Creek Experimental Forest, which is one of the wettest and most productive forests in Idaho, will show a variety of research on silviculture treatments and even- and uneven-aged silviculture systems that have been conducted since the 1930s. Participants will learn about the ecology, climate, soils, and disturbance of these forests and discuss what combinations of events -in conjunction with the diverse vegetation - provide opportunities that make these forests resilient.

- Travel will be via mini-coach or passenger vans. No restroom facilities.

T6 - Wallace and the Great Fire of 1910
Estimated CFEs: 1.5 in Category 1-CF(Note: CFEs may change as tour details are developed.)
Fee: $85 (Includes transportation, gondola ride, lunch, entry fee to the Cataldo Mission, snacks and beverages. Entry fees to attractions in Wallace are not included, since these are optional.)

Depart: 7:30 am Return: 5:30 pm

Over 3.1 million acres of northern Idaho and western Montana forests were impacted by the Big Burn of 1910. This tour will provide an opportunity to view the effects of the fire 100 years later in the Silver Valley of Idaho. After a scenic drive to Kellogg, participants will ride longest aerial transportation system (gondola) in the US to Kellogg Peak. Views from the gondola include landscapes burned in 1910, mining activities and reclamation, and western white pine forests planted since the 1970s. Presentations will put the Big Burn into context of normal fire regimes of the moist forests and discuss the major impacts on management and ecology.

Following lunch and the return gondola trip, the tour will go to Wallace, where participants may choose to hike the Pulaski Tunnel Trail,which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has interpretive signs explaining the story of Ranger Ed Pulaski and his heroic saga to save the lives of 38 men. The total elevation change from trailhead to loop is about 800 feet with uphill sections that are relatively short with most located near the end of the trail. Those choosing not to hike may explore the downtown area,which offers a unique walking tour of mining, railroad, and bordello museums and many gift shops that provide a flavor of the Old West with the stories of miners, railroad and forest workers.

On the return trip, the tour visitsCataldo Mission, the oldest building in the state of Idaho, built by Jesuit missionaries and tribal people. See the new exhibit "Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West", which includes artifacts from some of the most important exhibits in the world including the Smithsonian and Museum of Natural History. IMPORTANT: If each technical tour has not met the acceptable attendee total by Friday, September 14, 2012 they will be subject to cancellation. Participants will be notified via email by Tuesday, September 18 only if a tour has been cancelled. SAF will not be held responsible for the reimbursement to any person(s) for any travel expenses made in connection with the tours in the event they are altered or cancelled.