Tree Talk Articles

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 »

Fall 2013

Welcome Kathleen…

We are excited to welcome our new office manager, Kathleen Hubener, to the IFM family. Over the last few years, Karen Bradetich, IFM co-owner, has handled this responsibility, but she is looking forward to partial retirement in 2014. With that in mind, we began an extensive search this year to find Karen’s replacement. Fortunately, we… Read More »

NRCS Sign-up

As you may know, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), has money available to help landowners manage their forest land. These funds can be used for a variety of projects including forest management planning, tree planting and pre-commercial thinning. In order to qualify for planning or thinning money,… Read More »

Spring 2013

Improving Log Markets

Finally, after wallowing at low levels for four years, the log market has come to life and prices are moving upward! Although log values are far from 2006 historic highs, most species are returning to a price where landowners can feel good about selling timber and addressing the forest health needs. Many factors are contributing… Read More »

Green at Last!

As spring brings longer days, the transformation of drab landscapes into lush, green environments begins. Our spirits soar. Green is a fascinating color. Ruminations about it could fill volumes. Green is soothing and relaxing. As such, it is used by many to symbolize peace and ecology. (Ironically, green also may be the color some think… Read More »

Fall 2012

Firewood

Every good intention I had to get my firewood in early this year met an equally good excuse. First it was too cold then too hot, too wet then too dry, too many bugs, gas prices too high, too many huckleberries to pick, and then the fly fishing was way too good, and now it’s… Read More »

Spring 2012

Bugs Turning Hillsides Brown

Drive south of Coeur d’Alene along Highway 95 and it’s hard to miss the hillsides of brown trees, particularly in the Worley-Plummer area. What, you may ask, is causing this? The culprit is Douglas-fir Tussock Moth (DFTM), a forest pest that feeds on the needles of Douglas-fir, true firs and ornamental spruce trees. DFTM is… Read More »

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