Forest Expo 2014
Each year in May the Priest Community Forest Connection holds the Forest Expo for local sixth grade students to learn the basics of forest stewardship. Students spend time at ten different stations led by Forest Service or retired Forest Service personnel. The venue for the Forest Expo is the 6400 acre Priest River Experimental Forest which has a wide variety of trees, shrubs and groundcover. Subjects covered are tree identification, forest health, wood products, wildlife and fisheries, weather, fire, papermaking, recreation, tree harvest and more.
The Priest River Experimental Forest
Established in 1911, Priest River Experimental Forest is one of the first experimental forests set aside by the Forest Service as a forestry research center. Located just outside of Priest River, Idaho, this experimental forest is currently administered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station from the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Moscow, Idaho.
The Priest Community Forest Connection
The Priest Community Forest Connection recognizes and implements community-based solutions to interdependent social, ecological and economic issues. The PCFC has three action goals: (1) to promote community education and collaborative processes concerning local forest issues; (2) to ensure forest and ecosystem health through private and agency based forest restoration opportunities; (3) to help provide for a sustainable forest resource-based economy within the local region.
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