Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc.

Forestry and Ecology

Best Management Practices for Invasive Species | Best Management Practices for Water Quality | Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam | Silviculture and Timber Sale Marking | Emerging Hot Topics in Forestry | Going Batty | NHI Influence on Timber Harvesting | Timber Harvesting on National Forests

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The following courses focus on impacts affecting the resources that support the forest products industry. As Qualified Logging Professionals, our responsibility is to sustainably utilize our resources for the long-term support of the industry that, in turn, supports our operations and communities. Attempts to address SFI Objectives 1, 2, 3, 10, 14, 17, 18 and 20 are made in these courses.


Best Management Practices for Invasive Species

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(8 hour core curriculum)
Non-native, invasive species pose a profound threat to forest ecosystems and productivity. This workshop enables participants to identify the most troublesome plant and insect species to better understand the impact they can make in slowing the spread of invaders. Speakers are from the WI DNR.

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Best Management Practices for Water Quality

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(8 hours of core curriculum)
Covers planning, timber harvesting, forest road design and location, wetland and stream crossing, riparian management zones, and permitting. Part of this session will be held outdoors. Speakers are from the WI DNR.

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Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam

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Interested in obtaining your pesticide applicators license? Attend this review session with DATCP and PAT for SFI continuing education credit and stay for the certification exam. *NOTE – If you are staying for the certification exam, you MUST purchase the study manual for an additional $47. Call FISTA for more information.

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Silviculture and Timber Sale Marking

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Common silvicultural systems used in Wisconsin and how those systems relate to tree marking strategies used by foresters. Topics include common regeneration systems, intermediate treatments, and order of removal. Speakers are Brad Hutnik and Greg Edge of the WI DNR. This class may also include a field session. Dress accordingly.

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Emerging Hot Topics in Forestry

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Katie Fernholz from Dovetail Partners LLC will discuss the state of the industry for 2016.

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Going Batty

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Joel Knutson helps us understand the role of bats in our industry and walks us through how to build your own bat box!

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NHI Influence on Timber Harvesting

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Drew Feldkirchner of the DNR will delve into the National Heritage Inventory System, Special Sites, and how they affect forest management decisions and practices.

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Timber Harvesting on National Forests

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Karl Welch from USFS will discuss the National Forest Stewardship Program, Good Neighbor Authority and cover purchasing and administration procedures of National Forest timber sales.

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