Tree Talk Articles

Spring 2012

National Forester Convention

Foresters and landowners from throughout the United States will descend on Spokane this fall for the national convention of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The theme of the 5-day convention is “Resilient Forests” and will include topics such as the legacy of the 1910 Big Burn, forest ecology, and resilient forests for the 22nd… Read More »

Idaho Property Taxes

In 2012 Idaho forest landowners will have an opportunity to redesignate their forest property tax option. Provisions of the 1982 tax law allow landowners the opportunity to change their tax option every ten years, and 2012 is a designated “change year.” Idaho forest landowners can select between two different property tax options – Productivity or… Read More »

Bill Love Joins IFM

We are excited to announce that long-time Idaho Department of Lands forester, Bill Love, recently joined the forestry staff of Inland Forest Management, Inc. Love, who recently retired from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), has a long and distinguished history of working with private forest landowners in Idaho in numerous capacities. His extensive knowledge,… Read More »

Fall 2011

Love and Passion Lead to National Tree Farm Award

Love and passion are the words that are repeated in virtually every conversation, newspaper article, or speech about the story behind our clients’ Steve and Janet Funk’s recent recognition as 2011 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System—the first ever winners from the State of Idaho in the Tree… Read More »

In Memory

IFM and the North Idaho tree farm family have lost some very special landowners over the last year or so. Two of these individuals, Bob Scates and Dean Stevens, just passed away within the last few months. Bob and Dean were a unique breed—dedicated to land stewardship and also active in the political realm of… Read More »

Making Homes Safer

Inland Forest Management, Inc., was recently awarded the contract for managing Bonfire, Bonner County’s hazardous forest fuels reduction program. This program strives to reduce the risk of wildfire in the wildland/urban interface around communities by removing flammable forest fuels. The federally funded program focuses on creating fuel breaks by thinning and pruning trees and cutting… Read More »

Another Sawmill Down

It was recently announced that the Stimson Lumber Company sawmill in Arden, WA is shutting down. This facility south of Colville was an important player in the cedar log market and also historically cut ponderosa pine. The loss of this facility will impact the price paid by other Stimson log yards for cedar and likely… Read More »

Fall 2010

Preserving Managed Forests

Preserving a managed forest might sound like a contradiction in terms, but there is a way to shield your forest from unwanted development and keep it as a working forest—it’s called a conservation easement. The Situation: An older couple has a deep love for the forestland that they’ve nurtured, managed and protected for many, many… Read More »

Spring 2010

The 1910 Fires

One hundred years ago, an event took place in North Idaho that continues to have a major effect on our forest environment and management policies. On August 20, 1910, toward the end of an unusually dry summer, gale-force winds suddenly struck, transforming multiple existing fires into a huge, explosive conflagration that burned 3.1 million acres… Read More »

Who Is a Forester?

The expertise of a forester can be an invaluable asset as landowners work toward improving their forest. However, there oftentimes is confusion about who qualifies as a forester and how he or she fits into land management. It is the role of a professional forester to maintain the balance between human needs and desires, and… Read More »

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