Tree Talk Articles

Fall 2021

A Wildfire Summer

Smokey skies, wildfire-driven evacuations, desert-like hot and dry weather – all characteristics of an Inland Northwest summer the last few years. What an unpleasant shift from the “old” days. What the heck is going on? What’s causing this shift in wildfire dynamics? What can landowners do to reduce the risk? The shift in wildfire dynamics… Read More »

Fall 2020

Family Forestry In These Uncertain Times

Pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID-19  –  Were any of these medical terms on your mind during the fall of 2019 while cutting firewood, pruning trees, or grass seeding roads and trails on your family forestland?  Likely not. But how can you think of much else in 2020?   As the shutdown began in mid-March, forest products manufacturing,… Read More »

Spring 2019

Idaho’s New Trespass Law

 Major changes in Idaho’s trespass law took place on July 1, 2018. Most of the changes are very beneficial to private landowners; however, there is confusion within the law enforcement community on how they will deal with certain aspects of the new law. In general, “No Trespassing” posting requirements for landowners have been lowered and… Read More »

Fall 2016


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 »

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 »

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 »

Fall 2013

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 »

Fall 2012


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 »

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