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Best Western Plus University Inn

2023 Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference

If you are a forest landowners or a forestry professional advising and supporting forest landowners, this is the place to be in March 2023! This year's theme of Boots, Bugs, and Buck$ covers it all from governmental policies to paying for the work on the ground. Don't miss it!

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2023 Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference
2023 Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference

Time & Location

Mar 26, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT – Mar 28, 2023, 3:00 PM PDT

Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID 83843, USA

About the event

Join us for the 2023 Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference featuring the Inland Empire Society of American Foresters, Idaho Forest Owners Association and Idaho Tree Farm Program. This year's event kicks off Sunday with an optional daylong  "Ties to the Land" workshop (more info below), a tour of the University of Idaho Pitkin Nursery, and an evening social. The conference continues with two full days of presentations focused in four areas:

  • View from 30,000 Feet (policy at the state and national level)
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (planning for fire)
  • Talking Your Walk (managing the work on the ground)
  • Walking on the Wild Side (sharing the forest with wildlife)

Check out the full conference schedule to learn more about this year's presentations and presenters. Attend live and in-person or join us online!  Onsite attendees can participate in our silent auction and will be eligible for door prizes that will be awarded each session. There are some fabulous onsite raffle prizes, too.  Check back here for further details.

"TIES TO THE LAND" WORKSHOP: This optional day long workshop will help you plan for an orderly transition and aid in succession planning for your family forest. Registration is $45 per person and $20 for each additional family member. This workshop includes presentations, video clips, a 91-page reference book, flash drive and interactive exercises on the following:

  • 10 Steps to Successful Succession Planning
  • Passion, Preparation, and Planning
  • Family Ties, Differing Objectives - Generation Gaps
  • The Heirloom Scale, Values and Goals
  • Conflicting Roles of Family and Business
  • Tips for a Successful First Family Meeting
  • Guidelines for Good Communication
  • Choosing the Best Team of Advisors For You
  • Putting the Plan Together, Success Strategies
  • Transferring Ownership - Legal and Financial Instruments

Space is limited to the first 25 workshop participants. Register and pay by March 20, 2023. On-site/late registration will add $10 per person.  NOTE:  This workshop is only available to in person attendees.  There is no virtual option.

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION: This option is available for the full conference or single-day registration. Make your selection at checkout. If you register for virtual attendance, you will receive a follow-up email with additional information about how to access the conference. Only General Sessions will be broadcast for virtual attendees.

EXHIBITION SPACE: Exhibition space is available for $115 for a commercial exhibit or $75 for nonprofits/government agencies. See options/pay at checkout.

ADVERTISING: Advertising space is available in our conference program. Rates are $125 for 1/4 page, $250 for 1/2 page or $500 for a fulll page. See options/pay at checkout. Event organizers will contact you if you have purchased an ad.

LODGING:  A guest room block and special rates are being held at the Best Western Plus University Inn.  Prior to February 26, please visit Reservations or call 208-882-0550 x 0 and mention the Family Forest Landowners & Managers Conference. When using the link,please confirm your arrival and departure dates at the top of the first page.  If the link is showing no availability, you are unable to book your required room type, OR if making reservations after February 26, please call the hotel directly.  For information on the hotel, please visit Best Western Plus University Inn.

QUESTIONS? If you have questions about the conference please contact Marrion Newsam Banks, IFOA EVP, by email at


  • 8 hours

    Ties to the Land - Your Family Forest Heritage: Planning for an Orderly Transition - OPTIONAL WORKSHOP

    Gold Room, University Inn

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

    Tour of University of Idaho Pitkin Nursery

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For Field Day mail-in registrations and more information, click on the link below to download the event brochure:

2024 FOFD Registration Brochure

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