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Class registrations due Nov. 24

| November 18, 2023 1:00 AM

Because the state has a variety of latitudes, altitudes, soils, and precipitation patterns, Idaho has a wider variety of native trees than most other Rocky Mountain states. 

The first step in caring for these trees, whether they be in a forest or in a landscape, is to correctly identify the species, University of Idaho Extension officials said.

Distinguishing between Idaho’s trees can be a daunting task for beginners. Through a combination of images and live samples, a three-hour workshop aims to help participants quickly identify Idaho’s most common native trees. Among them are the lodgepole pine, ponderosa and western white pines, western larch, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, grand and subalpine firs, western red cedar, and more.

Participants will also learn about the ecology, silviculture, and history of these species. Identifying Idaho’s Trees will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 N. Boyer Road. 

Another class titled on turning Idaho trees into wreaths will be held at the same site from 1-3 p.m. the same day. Participants will learn to make a fresh wreath using native evergreen boughs. Supplies provided include a 14-inch wreath frame, wire, and a selection of native evergreen boughs and pine cones.

Both programs can accommodate a limited number of people. Those wishing to participate should pre-register at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Bonner County by Friday, Nov. 24. A $10 registration fee for each program covers handouts, materials, and refreshments.

For registration questions, contact the University of Idaho Extension Office in Bonner County at 208 263-8511. This program is co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Department of Lands.