Forest Landowner Conference - Friday, April 27, 2018

The Forest Stewardship Foundation and Northwest Management, Inc.

Invite you to attend the Ninth Annual Forest Landowner Conference.

"Becoming the Best Forest Steward Possible"

Conference Agenda

8:00 - 8:30 am / Registration

8:30 - 8:45 am / Welcoming Remarks:

Ed Levert, Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation

Gary Ellingson, Northwest Management, Inc.

8:45 - 9:45 am / Opening Session:

Protecting Montana Landowners from Wildfire:  Past, Present, and Future

--Micheal DeGrosky, Montana DNRC Fire & Aviation Bureau Chief


9:45 - 10:00 am/ Break with Refreshments

Visit Vendors and Silent Auctions

10:00 am - Noon / Concurrent Morning Breakout Sessions

[ choose one ]

A.  Maintaining Forest Health

Tips for Controlling Weeds in the Forest with Herbicides

--Dylan Brown, Monture Creek Land Management, Inc.


How does Active Forest Management Improve Tree Health and Resistance to Forest Insects and Disease?

--Peter Kolb, MSU Extension Forestry

B.  Forestry Fundamentals

Introduction to Mechanical Equipment Used for Timber Harvesting, Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Work

--Peter Nolin and Luke Fehlig, Northwest Management, Inc.

​      Fighting Fires in Montana

Who is responsible for fire fighting across Montana on private land?  What should you know if you have a wildfire?

--Michael DeGrosky, MT DNRC Fire and Aviation Bureau Chief

Noon - 1:45 pm / Luncheon with Presentation and Forestry Quiz Bowl

To the Bitter End:  Montana Forest Engineers in World War One

--Rich Aarstad, Montana Historical Society       

 Silent Auction bidding

 Quiz Bowl

1:45 - 3:45 pm / Afternoon Breakout Sessions

[ choose one ]

A.  Get Er' Done

Part 1:  Basics of Chainsaw Operation and Safety

--Scott Kuehn, Salmon River Wood

--Eric Hobert, Northwest Management, Inc.

Part 2:  Fundamentals of Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance

--Scott Kuehn, Salmon River Wood

--Eric Hoberg, Northwest Management, Inc.

B.  Forest Management Success Stories

Effectiveness of Previously Completed Wildfire Mitigation Projects during the 2016 Roaring Lion Fire

--Byron Bonney, Bitterroot RC & D Community Forester

Restoring a Family Forest after a Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation

--Pat and Judy McKelvey, Private Landowners

--Jim Cancroft, Northwest Mangement, Inc. Forester


​3:45 - 4:00 pm / Break and Final Bidding on Silent Auction


4:00 - 4:30 pm / Closing Session

  • Announce Silent Auction and Door Prize Winners

  • Closing comments

A block of 15 rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Dr, Helena, MT 59601.  ClickRadisson Hotel  to reserve no later than 03/20/17.  Then fill in the correct date of arrival April 20th and then click go.  This should bring you to a page with all of your rate listed for this block of rooms.  Or call: 406-443-2100 and mention that you are attending the Montana Forest Landowner Conference to receive the $95.00 flat rate for a single  or $111 for a double room.

Block code for reserving a room is MTFO12.

Speakers at the conference are experts in their respective fields.  They have diverse backgrounds and come from industry, academic institutions, non-profits, state and federal agencies, tribal organizations, and private businesses.  "They are all accomplished and enthusiastic presenters who will be available to answer your questions and share their knowledge. 

Don't forget to bring your wallet as there will be a silent auction--and you may wish to bid on some of the fun and exciting items!

-Ed Levert, the Montana "Forest Stewardship Foundation

-Gary Ellingson, Northwest Management, Inc.

Tables are available to display your organization's information.  Click below to get details.

Forest Landowner Conference

Have an item you would like to donate for our silent auction?  Click below to get the process started.

Additional Donations are greatly appreciated:

Your generous support will be used 100% for Forest Stewardship Foundation actions.  Click below and enter the amount you wish to donate.

Presented by:         

Forest Stewardship Foundation

With support from:

Northwest Management, Inc.

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A huge thank you to our many sponsors for supporting our event:

MT Women in Timber

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