Events & Training

Promoting Professional Growth in the Forest Products Industry

In 2001 Northwest Management, Inc. and Idaho Forest Associates initiated a unique conference for professional foresters targeted to promoting continuing education, ethics and pride in our profession. This annual conference has over the years grown to include valuable information and workshops for all natural resource professionals. The conference is dedicated to providing high quality workshops on new ideas, technologies, and emerging policy and professional issues.

The 20th Foresters Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 3 through Friday, February 5, 2021 at The Coeur d’Alene (Resort) in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Once again, the Forum will be dedicated to providing Inland Northwest foresters and resource professionals the opportunity to focus on their profession, learn new ideas, techniques and technologies, and share information. We are pleased to provide highly qualified and top-notch speakers from all over the nation. Over 90% of the material presented at the Forum is new, every year, and this year will be no different.

Visit the Foresters Forum webpage for more information ForestersForum.com

Montana Forest Landowners Conference

2021 Date: TBD, Helena, Montana.

Northwest Management, Inc., The Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation and the Montana Society of American Foresters invite you to plan to attend the 11th Annual Forest Landowner Conference in Helena, Montana at the Helena Delta Colonial Hotel.

The objective of the conference is to provide Montana forest landowners with a high quality workshop. Expert speakers at the conference have diverse backgrounds and come from industry, academic institutions, non-profits, state and Federal agencies,  and private businesses. They will speak about the diverse array of topics including forest management, wildlife, forest health, new technology, forest economics and Montana Collaborative. The format is designed to be fun and allow plenty of time during breaks and question and answer periods to ask questions and mingle with your peers, speakers, friends and new acquaintances. Silent auction provides an opportunity to come home with some treasure and support a good cause.

RT-130 Fire Refresher Training Course

Annual RT-130 Fire Refresher courses are held in February – April. The 2021 training schedule will be posted in January 2021. Please check back for course updates. 

All Wildland fire fighters must meet minimum levels of fitness requirements from the US Forest Service for the type of duties they are assigned.

  • Arduous/Pack Test – 3-mile hike with 45 pound pack in 45 minutes
  • Moderate/Field Test – 2-mile hike with 25 pound pack in 30 minutes
  • Light/Walk Test – 1 mile hike in 16 minutes

Arduous: involves field work calling for above average endurance and superior conditioning. All firefighters are required to perform arduous duty including Professional Fallers.

Moderate: involves file work requiring completed control of physical faculties and may include considerable walking, standing and lifting 25-30 pounds.

Light: involves mainly office type work with occasional field activities. Dozer, excavator and support water tender operators must pass the walk test.

Taking the Fitness test:

  • Testing will be monitored and any problems should be brought to the attention of the test monitors
  • No jogging or running is permitted
  • Test is Pass / Fail only
  • Bring your own pack
  • Packs will be weighed
  • Participants must review the Health Screening Questionnaire and follow up with their medical provider if necessary prior to completing the fitness test. (View the Questionnaire here)

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