2016 Idaho Tree Farmers of the Year Tour

Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016

2016 Idaho Tree Farmers of the Year Tour

Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016

Wood Family Awarded Idaho Tree Farm of the Year

The Wood family had the honor of receiving the award for the Idaho Tree Farm of the Year for 2016. The purpose of the Idaho Tree Farm Program, according to their website, is to “promote better forest management among non industrial forest owners”. This non-profit organization works to, “promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands, while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry”.

The Wood Family has a deeply rooted connection with Northern Idaho, going back nearly 100 years.  The Idaho Forest Owners Association described this connection well:

 

“Jim and Virginia Wood, their five children, and an ever growing extended family are long established members of the northern Idaho area. Virginia’s family first homesteaded in the Gold Creek area northeast of Sandpoint just prior to 1920, with Jim’s folks making their way there around 1940. Much of the country was cut over and bleak in those days, but a lifetime of care and good stewardship has made it a beautiful place to work & live today. As the family grew, they have continually added to their land base in an effort to keep everyone together and engaged. Operations today include not only timberland, but also cattle ranching, agriculture, commercial meat processing, road construction, the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, and a community elementary school. Wildlife is abundant throughout their ownership, and care is taken to protect the riparian areas. As a testament to their dedication to keeping the land intact for future generations, in 2009 they placed 640 acres of timberland in the Forest Legacy Program to be forever managed as a working forest. What a wonderful gift to those generations to come!”

 

On September 10, 2016, the Idaho Tree Farm Program hosted a tour of both the lower and upper (the property on which Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is located) ranches.  Nearly 200 people took part in the tour which highlighted our family’s work toward managing the land for sustainable forestry, water, recreation and wildlife management.

We would like to thank the Idaho Tree Farm Program for the honor of representing the program in 2016 and for their efforts to promote healthy forest lands in Idaho and beyond.  For more information about this organization, visit www.idahotreefarm.org and www.idahoforestowners.org.

Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Organizing bus drivers and tour guides.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Tour stop number one
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Stop number one on the tour to view pasture and timber improvements.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Touring one of Wood's Rock Crushing and Hauling pits.
Tree Farm Tour 2016
Tree Farm Tour stop to view a recently logged area on the upper ranch.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Inspecting a recently logged portion of the upper ranch.
Tree Farm Tour 2016
Janice Schoonover and her horse Dudley at the upper ranch.
Tree Farm Tour 2016
The fifth generation greeting one of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch's horses.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Happy faces on the tree farm tour.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour
Jim Wood talked to the tour group about his move to Idaho as a boy in 1941.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Isaac and Shawn resting during the tour.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
Roley and Janice Schoonover - Owner/Operators of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
The youngest of Jim and Virginia's Great Grandchildren loved when the horses came for a visit.
Tree Farm Tour 2016
Virginia Wood talks about her family moving to Idaho in 1918.
Tree Farm Tour 2016
Steve Wood, spoke about weed control programs the Wood family has used.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
The Final stop at the upper ranch.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
The tour concluded with lunch at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Lodge.
Idaho Tree Farm Tour
Lunch in the lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Idaho Tree Farm Tour 2016
The Wood Family
1Comment
  • Daun Troncin
    Posted at 10:55h, 22 September Reply

    great article and pictures, congratulations!!!

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