Montana State University

MSU Extension Forestry

Master Forest Steward Workshops

   

Forest Harvesting Practices and Advanced Silviculture, November 16

Credits

This is a core course of the Master Forest Steward Program.

Registration Fee

$20 per person,
Please register here by November 13.
Class size limited to 20 participants

Description

Located at Lubrecht Experimental Forest 30 miles NE of Missoula, the 1-day workshop will start at 9:00 AM at Castles Forestry Center.

This is an advanced class that will cover forest stand density assessment, tree species selection, natural regeneration needs, and tree crown selection for tree healthy and growth. Sack lunches will provided with registration. The format will be 1/3 day classroom and 2/3 day practical field tours and exercises. Expect to walk between ¼ and ½ miles across forested terrain. If you would like specific help with stand conditions on your property try to fill out the Stand Analysis form to the best of your ability and bring it along. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We will travel ½ hour after lunch to the Bandy ranch to view a recent harvest unit in the afternoon that will require walking a little over ½ mile. Please let us know if this might be an issue so we can adjust our field tour.

Class will start at 9:00 AM at the Castles Center (Turn left at the first “Y” intersection when you enter Lubrecht and then take the next right turn to the center) and end approximately at 4:00 PM. Lunch will be from 12:00 – 12:45 at the Lubrecht camp. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have (243-2773).

The cost of $20 per person covers a sack lunch and some of the handout materials.

Continuing education credits will be available to those requiring them.

Instructor

Peter Kolb (PhD), MSU Extension Forestry Specialist

Location

Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Castles Forestry Center

Time

Workshop begins promptly at 9 AM and will be completed by 4 PM


Slash Pile Burning and Restoration Practicum, November 17

Credits

This is an elective course of the Master Forest Steward Program.

Registration Fee

$20 per person,
Please register here by November 13.
Class size limited to 20 participants

Description

Located at Lubrecht Experimental Forest 30 miles NE of Missoula, the 1-day workshop will start at 9:00 AM at Castles Forestry Center.

Thinning, logging and just regular forest maintenance generates large quantities of logging debris that must be treated to comply with forest practices hazard reduction laws. Burning such debris as slash piles is an efficient and effective method for treating such debris, however, care must be taken when constructing and burning such piles. This practicum will show you where, how and when to burn slash piles and how to rehabilitate them. This is an entirely outdoor applied class where piles will be burned and restoration treatments can be examined. Please come prepared for all types of weather. Burning generates heat and sparks, thus appropriate clothing and boots will be required if you wish to participate other than spectating.

Clothing and gear required:
1. Cotton or wool clothing – No synthetics (they melt)
2. Hard hat and cotton or wool cap
3. Leather boots at least 6 inches tall and no-slip soles
4. Pair of leather gloves
5. Long handled shovel (if you wish to help)
6. Orange vest or jacket (it is hunting season)

Class will start at 9:00 AM and we will meet at Lubrecht Experimental Forest in the Castles Forestry Center for a morning introduction and briefing. At approximately 10:30 AM we will drive to the Bandy Ranch where the practicum will be held, weather permitting. You will be required to walk ½ to 1 mile. Sack lunches will be provided but you may want to bring additional water. Class will adjourn in late afternoon or when you want to leave. I will spend most of the evening there or until it is safe to leave the burn piles.

Because we can only burn when weather is permitting the date for this class may change to Monday or Tuesday the following week. Please make certain you provide us with an e-mail so we can contact you in advance!

The cost of $20 per person covers a sack lunch and some of the handout materials.

Continuing education credits will be available to those requiring them.

Instructor

Peter Kolb (PhD), MSU Extension Forestry Specialist

Location

Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Castles Forestry Center

Time

Workshop begins promptly at 9 AM and will be completed around 4 PM