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Moving Forward in the Forestry Profession

Foresters Forum

The Foresters Forum was established in 2001 Northwest Management, Inc. and Riley Stegner & Associates. The Forum is dedicated to providing professional foresters the opportunity to focus on their profession, learn new ideas, techniques and technologies, and share information. We are pleased to provide high quality and top-notch speakers from all over the nation. The Forester Forum attracts over 250 attendees from across the U.S. to engage in professional development and networking opportunities. The primary geographic reach of the Foresters Forum is the Pacific and Inland Northwest Region. 

Attendees include many of the most successful and influential forestry professionals and industry leaders from across the nation, including: 

  • Carbon Project Leaders
  • Conservation Organizations (NGO’s) 
  • Federal and State Foresters
  • Forest Product Manufactures
  • Forest Resource Emerging Technology Interests
  • Forestry Consultants
  • Loggers/Forest Engineers
  • Tribal and First Nation Resource Managers
  • University Leaders

Collaborating Partners

Research and Collaborations

Northwest Management, Inc. with support from the forest products industry and others has partnered with the University of Idaho to apply aerial and mobile LiDAR data and the ForestView® model to the University of Idaho’s Experimental Forest. Applications include development of a Digital Inventory®, harvest planning tools, harvest mechanization and tracking insights, and wildlife habitat. Insights and applications expected fall/winter 2020

Wildfire Training Instruction & Refresher Courses

Northwest Management, Inc. provides basic wildland fire training (S-130, S190), the annual fire refresher (RT-130), Firefighter 1 (S-131), Crew Boss (S-230), and Engine Boss (S-231) programs.

We generally offer the RT-130 to contractors from February to May each year, and the other courses as needed or requested. The annual RT-130 training courses are offered in Grangeville, Id, Moscow, Id and Coeur d’Alene, Id. Depending on class size and need we are also able to provide on-site courses at times and locations that best meet team needs. Class sizes range from 15 to 80 or more for the RT-130. Call us for minimum class sizes and alternate location.

Our staff are a team of active wildland firefighters who can provide various trainings through an agreement with the USFS. We follow the guidance of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group for all our trainings and provide these trainings to area contractors to enable them to supplement local, state, and federal fire suppression programs.

Northwest Timber Logistics

Dispatch & Transportation Solutions for Forestry

Why is managed logistics a thing?

The cost of log hauling is already a significant portion (30-40%) of the expense of turning standing timber into saleable products.

What can managed-logistics or centralized-dispatching do?

  • Maximize fleet hauling capacity.
  • Minimize miles driven and reduce miles running empty.
  • Reduce fuel consumption.
  • Reduce idle time at landings and mills.
  • Quickly react to changes in hauling conditions, equipment breakdowns, mill closures, and traffic patterns to keep the entire fleet hauling and the needs of logging sites met as effectively as possible.
  • Improve supply chain security by providing landing-to mill tracking for each load of logs.

Who benefits from managed logistics?

  • Trucking contractors benefit by seeing an increase in loads hauled per day with no increase in hours worked and running fewer empty miles. Trucking contractors have greater opportunity to change plans during breakdowns at logging jobs and have the opportunity to see haul rates up front through signed contracts. Life tracking of trucks can help reduce missed hauling opportunities and provide opportunities to reduce insurance costs.
  • Logging contractors benefit from having more time to focus on their primary business – logging. Large operations can leverage the load tracking systems to improve their inventory management on the landing and to keep close track of mill quotas or delivery agreements. Opens up the capacity to recruit additional surge trucking to help clear out landings in preparation for scheduling lowboys.
  • Landowners benefit from the ability to track both logging and trucking productivity and to have sound data to negotiate hauling rates. Peace of mind from the guaranteed traceability of loads form landing to mill and live information about loads in the deck and in transit.

The SMART Forest Solutions consortium represents a cross-section of industry specialists coming together to offer unmatched experience from in-field forestry to forest products infrastructure. Knowing your supply chain is one thing, having the ability to adapt to it is another.

Our Team at SFS has observed the ebb and flow of markets, managed forests on different continents, collected field data that changed investment decisions, and built facilities that serve nations around the world. The consortium brings this knowledge and experience to every client.

Mark Corrao

Co-CEO – Applications, Field Data Collection, Technology, Modeling, Economics and Projections

Gary Cantrell

Co-CEO – Infrastructure, Facility Feasibility and Supply, Financing, Design and Operations

Core Services

  • LiDAR-assisted single-tree inventory
  • Applied forest management
  • Applied biometrics, growth & yield
  • Integrated decision support tools
  • Financial analysis
  • Economic forecasting
  • Mill and Biomass Facility
  • optimization
  • Full-scale supply chain analytics

LiDAR-Assisted Single-Tree Inventory

Growth & Yield Projections

Feasibility & Optimization

Montana Landowners Conference

Northwest Management, Inc. co-hosts the annual Montana Forest Landowner Conference in conjunction with The Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation. The annual conference provides Montana landowners with a high-quality workshop presented by forest and natural resource professionals in the Inland Northwest. Expert speakers at the conference have diverse backgrounds and come from industry, academic institutions, non-profits, state and Federal agencies, tribal organizations, and private businesses. Sessions held at the conference cover a diverse array of topics including tribal perspectives on forest management, wildlife, forest health, new technology, forest economics, and Montana Collaboratives.

The event provides landowners the opportunity to network and learn from industry professional, while learning the best management practices to implement on their property. A fun, relaxing environment allows for plenty of networking and Q&A sessions.