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Two-day workshop for loggers offered in locations throughout northern Idaho in March, 2010

Nearly 1,400 Idaho loggers have taken the 3-day University of Idaho Extension program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or “LEAP”. LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for LEAP graduates to build on that professional development in forestry.

LEAP Update will be held in locations throughout northern Idaho in March, 2010. This year, topics include: forest biomass assistance payments from the USDA, assessing and reducing slash hazard, Douglas-fir tussock moth and presentations and field exercises on forest density and leave tree selection.

LEAP Update is held in conjunction with Associated Logging Contractor’s (ALC) first aid training, which allows loggers to fulfill Idaho Pro-Logger program annual continuing education requirements in one, 2-day session. The session also meets Idaho Pro-Logger requirements for forest best management practice training.

Program enrollment is limited to 60 participants per session, to ensure an effective learning environment. Those wishing to participate should pre-register as soon as possible. 2010 LEAP Update sessions are scheduled for: Orofino (March 3-4), Post Falls (March 9-10), Troy (March 11-12), St. Maries (March 16-17), and Bonners Ferry (March 24-25). A $40.00 registration fee includes resource materials and refreshments. For registration questions, contact your county’s University of Idaho Extension Office. For program questions, contact Chris Schnepf (208-446-1680). Registration forms can also be downloaded at http://www.cnr.uidaho.edu/extforest/Calendar.htm

For more information on the Idaho Pro-Logger program or the logging safety/first aid sessions, contact the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho (208-667-6473).

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Chris Schnepf is an extension educator for District 1 for the University of Idaho

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