Tree Talk Articles

Spring 2017

IFM Young Guns

Over the years our clients have become well acquainted with our older established foresters. But as time goes by IFM has also been blessed with the opportunity to bring on board younger, and very skilled, graduate foresters. I would like to introduce some of our newer faces. Ryan Pennick Ryan has worked with IFM since… Read More »

What’s Up With Cedar Prices?

In case you haven’t heard, cedar logs and poles are commanding astronomical prices at mills in the Inland Empire. What is causing this phenomenal run-up? And how long will it last? Neither question comes with easy answers. When asked for his opinion, one forester with four decades of cedar experience responded, “I don’t know, so… Read More »

Fall 2016

UNINVITED VISITORS: TRESPASS POSTING PROVISIONS

In the maiden issue of Tree Talk way back in 1997, a feature article discussed Idaho trespass laws and the steps landowners can take to minimize trespassing on their property. Since this continues to be a hot topic and, in 2014, Idaho Senate Bill 1241 modified trespassing statutes, we felt it would be appropriate to… Read More »

Spring 2016

Bark Beetles Attracted to Storm Damaged Trees

Recent history seems to indicate that we are experiencing more windstorms with greater frequency and intensity. Most of us recall the back-to-back windstorms that occurred in July and August 2014. They resulted in road closures, power outages, building damage and many downed trees, in both urban and wildland forests. Another doozy of a storm blew… Read More »

What Kind of Tree is This?

Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard: “Hey, you’re a forester; what kind of tree is this?” For many foresters, we would rather confront a bear in the woods than hear that brief question. We’re fine answering that question in our local forest with native trees, but while looking at a non-native tree we’re… Read More »

Fall 2015

Fire Season 2015: It’s not over ’til it’s over

Back in the 1980s, I met a forest landowner with an interesting story to tell.  She grew up on her family’s homestead at Glengary along the west shore of Lake Pend Oreille and even though she was just a youngster of 10 years old, she vividly remembered the epic 1910 Fires.  More than seven decades… Read More »

Spring 2015

What you don’t know that you don’t know?

Forestry, like any other profession, contains certain terms or practices that become so commonly used that their origin is sometimes forgotten. There is a constant need to measure various aspects of the forest environment including distance and area. You may have heard of a linear measure called a chain, or of something called the Scribner… Read More »

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Fall 2014

Inland Forests’ Biggest Pests

What pest problem has the greatest influence on the health of Inland Northwest forests: Bark beetles? Stem decays? Root diseases? Needle casts? Dwarf mistletoes? Rusts? White Pine Blister Rust From an historical perspective, many foresters argue that white pine blister rust has had the biggest impact on forest health. Because of this introduced disease, as… Read More »

Spring 2014

THE MOST IMPORTANT LAND-USE DECISION

At the close of the 19th century as the last trees were harvested from the Lake States, the timber barons’ attention turned to the vast virgin forests of the Pacific Northwest.  Around 1900, several family-owned timber companies sent timber cruisers to tally stands of western white pine and redcedar in Idaho and Washington. Much of… Read More »

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