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National Forest Week | July 8-14

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Each July, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) hosts National Forest Week to raise awareness of the incredible 193-million-acre National Forest System and the benefits it provides. IFG takes very seriously our responsibility to restore forest health with stewardship and management practices that ensure sustainable, resilient, and productive forests for generations to come. The theme for the 2024 National Forest Week is “Forest Mode” which encourages us to think about how we make the shift between the hustle and bustle of our daily lives to being present in the moment. What is your favorite national forest? Share a memory or a photo with us here! Follow us on LinkedIn and share a photo/story about your favorite forest!
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Have a Safe and Happy July 4!

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Have a happy Fourth of July and remember to stay safe when recreating outdoors! Nationally, nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. This July 4, and every day, IFG supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and their reminder to all public lands users to review fire safety tips before recreating outdoors. Improper management of fireworks, campfires, cooking equipment, and recreation gear such as dirt bikes, Off-Highway Vehicles, and generators can start fires if not properly maintained and operated. Know before you go and check for current restrictions in the area you plan to visit. Also, check out these wildfire prevention tips for motor vehicle travel: …Secure tow chains so they can’t strike the road surface, including rocks and debris …Don’t drive or park vehicles over dry grass or brush …Never discard cigarettes on the ground, or out a car window …Keep a fire extinguisher in your vehicle For more wildfire safety tips, click HERE.
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Juneteenth and its legacy of bravery

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Members of 25th Infantry Regiment who saved countless lives in the 3M acre wildfire of 1910. Photo credit: PBS American Experience. Although Juneteenth has long been celebrated in the African American community, it has remained largely unknown to most Americans until recent years. On June 19, 1865, the last state to enforce slavery, Texas, was ordered by an executive decree to free over 250,000 enslaved individuals. The newly freed people began the decades-long struggle to transform their lives, families, and country. The historical legacy of Juneteenth is resiliency and bravery; both of which were pivotal traits in helping save hundreds of lives and an entire town during the devastating wildfire of 1910 that swept through the lush, dense mountains of northern Idaho and Montana. Black soldiers from the 25th U.S. Army Infantry Regiment were sent to Wallace and Avery, Idaho to help fight the fires and evacuate the towns. Three million acres, entire towns, and 87 people were wiped out by the fire. However, were it not for the heroism and bravery of the Black soldiers, the death toll would have been far worse. Surrounded by raging flames hundreds of feet high, the men evacuated women and children and fought back able-bodied men who were trying to flee and made them help fight the fire. They stood their ground and built backfires that redirected the wildfire which is credited with saving the town of Avery and countless lives. As one survivor noted, “Black, yellow, white – I don’t care what color they were. They were…
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A Healthy Review

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IFG’s focus on Wellness came into the year by creating an employee led Wellness Committee.  The Wellness Committee met once-a-month to collaborate and create a fun, interactive program to engage employees and help them focus on their physical, mental, spiritual, occupational and financial well-being.  Thank you to the members of the committee for your hard work throughout the year!  Wellness Committee Members: Cristi Brooks (Sales Office), Christian Burgess (Laclede), Heather Bashaw (Grangeville), Christie Stockstill (Lumberton), Jason Nail (Lewiston), Zeke Barajas (Moyie), Holly Shreffler (Sales Office), Mark Higbee (Athol) and Cheryl Jeffords (Communications). After one full year of promoting the Essential Six discount (with over 90 employees who earned the $50 per month off their insurance premiums) we added a component to include spouses who can earn and additional $25 per month off their insurance for completing certain activities. It has been a popular program for spouses and we hope to see further participation in both programs. In Spring 2021 we had 31 employees that participated in the Spring Dash that was held virtually by United Way.  IFG’s team placed 4th overall and the IFG participant with the best time/distance ratio was Zeke Barajas of Moyie, who also came in 2nd place overall. Between April and June, IFG hosted onsite Dental clinics with a mobile dental clinic ran by Jet Dental. We had 83 employees participate in the events and had positive feedback that the quality of the work was good, and services were fast and friendly. During Open Enrollment this year, IFG rolled out Omada,…
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IFG October Lumberton Sawmill Project Update

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IFG Lumberton Sawmill Project Construction of the Lumberton sawmill continues. The up-to-date photos show building structures starting to take shape on site. Some of these updates include: Site preparation (excluding utilities) is around 98% completed Including earthwork and soil cement Concrete is moving forward on schedule with some delays due to weather Building erection on the finished lumber warehouse and sorter building is making great progress. Roofing has started on both the finished lumber warehouse and the sorter building. Siding will be the next item to go up. The sawline floor steel is going up and teams are prepping to pour Q-deck (Concrete flooring) Sawmill Equipment, buildings, and Kiln 1 materials continues to show up daily. Sub-steel progress continues on the sawline and trimline. Kiln 1 & 2 structural concrete is completed Kiln 3 concrete has started and should be completed by the middle of October 3 chain concrete transfer pads have been poured between kilns 2 & 3 Our Central Fab team in Athol, Idaho is meeting schedule and working on a handful of projects that will help tie together the construction underway at the Lumberton site including: Kiln carts and Kiln weights End of arm tooling for automation pick and place systems Next steps on site include: Continuing concrete implementation on Kiln 3 Continued torquing and welding on sub steel Continued trimline support steel erection and sawline flooring structural steel Continued roofing, insulation, siding, and fire suppression on the sorter main building and finished lumber warehouse Continued implementation of Fire Main and underground…
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National Forest Products Week October 17-23, 2021

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Written by Heidi Brock Posted online by the American Forest & Paper Association From paper towels to tissues and toilet paper, or boxes used to protect an online order, as well as printing and writing papers that help facilitate reading and communication and wood products found throughout your home. It’s hard to imagine a day without using these sustainable forest products. The American Forest & Paper Association celebrates the essential people who make these essential products, especially this week, during National Forest Products Week. Forest products are a refreshing reminder that as we are living, learning or working, we can still do our part to be responsible stewards of the planet. Ours is an industry of people who know that a strong and vibrant forest products industry goes hand-in-hand with healthy forests. Demand for forest products means continued demand for and replanting of trees – the more than 1 billion planted in the U.S. each year. Our work doesn’t stop at sustainable manufacturing or sustainable forestry. Advocacy and education are also at the heart of what we do, sharing information and resources with lawmakers and policymakers, as well as local communities. So, the next time you reach for a product made from paper or wood, pause for a moment and consider how that product was made and who made it. It’s the approximately 950,000 people in the forest products industry. Individuals who care deeply about the thoughtful use of resources. Individuals working together to advance sustainability and grow U.S. jobs and the economy. What is Wood? Wood comes from trees…
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University of Idaho Basketball Arena Charts a Future for Mass Timber

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Written by Julie Kies, Wood Innovations Coordinator USDA Forest Service, Northern and Intermountain Regions This article was posted online on October 2021 by Wood Innovations: US Forest Service With an undulating roofline designed to mimic the rolling hills overlooking the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus, the Idaho Central Credit Union Arena is hitting new creative heights for mass timber. The 62,000-square-foot, 4,000-capacity facility is home to the University of Idaho’s men’s and women’s basketball teams—the Vandals—and highlights Idaho’s sustainable forestry and wood products sector. Mass timber is the general classification for a group of wood products. They are made by mechanically fastening or bonding with adhesive smaller wood components to form large, prefabricated wood elements used as beams, columns, walls, floors, and roofs in buildings. These products sequester carbon and have a smaller environmental footprint than traditional building materials. The $51 million arena was made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, (USDA) Forest Service Wood Innovations Grants program. This funding supports traditional wood utilization projects, expands wood energy markets, and promotes using wood as a construction material in commercial buildings. “The Wood Innovations funding (from the Forest Service) enabled us to engage architectural firms early on and really nail down the proof of concept that would define how the project would proceed. Showcasing the potential of mass timber and relying on local wood supply were priorities for us,” says Dennis Becker, Dean of the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. A Magnet for Students The arena will establish an identity for…
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American Tree Farm System Certification has Perks for Idaho Forest Group Suppliers

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Written by Madeline Bodin This article is reprinted from the Summer 2019 edition of Woodland Magazine with permission from the American Forest Foundation   Caude Burlingame has no problem identifying any tree on his roughly 300 acres of forested land scattered throughout four parcels in the northwest corner of Montana. "If a tree is dying, I can figure out why." His goal as a Tree Farmer is to leave his land in better shape than he found it. Even though he has a deep knowledge of trees and how to manage them, a stand of trees on land he purchased recently had him baffled. He was particularly concerned about the grand firs there, which were being attacked by beetles. "This was a distressed property," Burlingame said. "It had been logged a couple of times in the last 20 to 30 years and was kind of junky. I didn't know if I could find a logger interested, because there was not enough profit. As a landowner, I just wanted it cleaned up." Burlingame had started working with Idaho Forest Group (IFG), a Coeur d'Alene, ID-based lumber company, when he harvested trees on one of his properties just a few miles from the Idaho border. IFG foresters Russ Hegedus and Skyler Hoefer had been helpful in the past, so he turned to them again for advice. Hegedus and Hoefer were happy to help Burlingame figure out how to improve the trees on the new property. They, like Burlingame, are thinking about the future, with a common goal…
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Timber Industry Faces Shortage of Log Truckers

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From The Forestry Source, August 2019. © 2019, The Society of American Foresters   Timber Industry Faces Shortage of Log Truckers   By Steve Wilent The first item listed in the Forest Resources Association’s June 27 Southcentral and Southeastern Regions Activity Report was startling: “It is estimated that the truck driver shortage is resulting in a 10% to 15% loss of logging production currently. Multiple industries compete for drivers, and good, reliable trucking is very expensive.” Rick Meyer, Appalachian and southwide regions manager for the association, said that the production- loss figures are anecdotal, but very real. “I would say that just about every logging or trucking contractor that I’ve talked with who has, say, five trucks or more, has had at least one of those trucks idled at one time or another over the past year due to the driver shortage,” Meyer said. “For the majority of our members all across the country, trucking challenges are their number one issue by far, both from the logging end and probably from the mill as well.” The shortage of drivers in the US is affecting all industries that rely on trucking. A March 2, 2019, article in Fortune, “America's Trucker Shortage Is About to Hit Consumers Where It Hurts,” notes that US companies “are sounding the alarm that higher freight fees could be passed on to consumers of everything from Crest toothpaste to Arm & Hammer cat litter to My Little Pony figurines. And it’s all because transport companies can’t find drivers.” In the forest-products industry,…
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October 22 – 26, 2019 is Forest Products Week

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OCTOBER 22-26, 2019 IS IDAHO FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK IDAHO – (October 11, 2019) Governor Brad Little has formally proclaimed the week of October 22-26, 2019 to be Idaho Forest Products Week. “The Idaho Forest Products Industry plays an essential part of the state’s history, culture, environment and economy,” said Governor Little. “It also plays an essential role as a fundamental industry to the State of Idaho, providing for the production of wood and paper products from Idaho forests.” Idaho has 21.5 million acres of forest land spanning from the Canadian border to the southern edge of the state. Over 40% of Idaho is covered in trees. Idaho’s forest sector is one of Idaho’s leading trade sectors, contributing more than $2 billion to the state’s gross and state product, providing 30,000 jobs, and generating more than $3 billion in sales and $25 million in tax revenue. “Sustainable forest management under the Idaho Forest Practices Act provides countless benefits, including clean air and water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, scenic beauty, local renewable energy, forest products used by Idahoans every day, and employment and tax revenue for local communities, counties and the state of Idaho,” said Little. Wood is widely recognized as renewable, recyclable, durable, versatile and energy efficient green building materials. Products from sustainably managed forests play a critical role in combating climate change due to natural process of photosynthesis where trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, release oxygen into the atmosphere and capture carbon, which is stored in wood products for the life of…
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