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Annual Family Foresters Workshop to be held via Zoom on Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Family-owned forests are vital to the economy and quality of life in the Inland Northwest. These lands are critical for wildlife habitat, timber supply, water quality, and many other values. Unique skills are required of foresters and other natural resource professionals who help family forest owners manage their property. The Family Foresters Workshop is designed to strengthen the skills of consulting foresters, state-employed service foresters, and other natural resource professionals who work with family forest owners. It serves as a forum to provide updates on emerging technology and knowledge applicable to family forestry.

This year’s program will be held online via Zoom on Friday, January 22, 2021. Presentations will include:

  • Douglas-fir Tussock Moth: Tom Eckberg, Idaho Department of Lands and Glenn Kohler, WA DNR
  • Root Disease Issues in Ponderosa Pine: Dan Omdal, Washington Dept. Natural Resources
  • Family Forest Owners and Fire – Sociological Issues: Mark Billings, Washington State University
  • Forest Habitat for Wolverines, Fishes, Lynx and Other Meso-Carnivores: Ken Bevis, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Considerations with Camera Trapping – Reducing Theft: Damon B Lesmeister, USFS PNW Research Station
  • Plotting and Communicating Individual Leave Trees with GPS Technology: Mike Borowski, USFS Tonasket RD
  • Drones – More than Aerial Imagery: Miles Micheletti, Washington DNR
  • Forest Bee Pollinators: Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Smoke Management on Family Forests (Panel): Tom Leuschen, WDFW (ret); Roger Ottmar, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station; Carolyn Kelly, DNR
  • Family Forest Economics/Policy Update: Gregg Latta, University of Idaho

There is no registration fee this year, but those wishing to participate should register at by Friday, January 15, 2021. For questions on the program, contact Chris Schnepf at / (208) 446-1680; Sean Alexander at / (509) 680-0358, or Andy Perleberg at / (509) 667-6540.

Pesticide License Testing
TOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhe Columbia County Extension office offers WSDA Study Publication books at cost and pesticide testing.

It is strongly recommended that you obtain these publications prior to testing. Our office can order these publications for you, if we do not have them in stock. We try to keep a couple on hand at all times. Ordered publications will usually arrive in 2 to 3 days.

Our office is approved to monitor the following pesticide exams:

  • Private Applicator
  • Limited Private Applicator
  • Rancher Private Applicator

License fees vary depending on the exam. WSDA will notify you directly with your exam results and your license if you were successful. Please contact the Columbia County Extension Office at (509) 382-4741 to schedule an exam or order study materials.

Additional exam requirement assistance, required publications, and current fee schedules are located online. If needed you can contact WSDA toll free at 1 (877) 301-4555.

Other contacts at the WSU campus in Pullman: (509) 335-2830 or (509) 335-9222.