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Forest Products Week celebration creates opportunities for woodworkers, forest landowners


MISSOULA, Mont --  The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is calling all woodworkers, builders, forest landowners – anyone with a passion for working forests, stewardship and wood products – to take part in the fifth annual Montana Forest Products Week celebration, which runs Oct. 18-24, 2015.

“It’s a week to celebrate and showcase our state’s great heritage in all things wood,” said Julie Kies, Forest Products and Biomass Program Manager with DNRC’s Forestry Division. “Businesses, community groups, landowners and forestry professionals will be hosting activities for all ages every day of the week.”

Artisans, craftspeople and businesses can participate by displaying their products at the Montana Wood Products Showcase on the University of Montana campus Oct. 23. The event offers great exposure for woodworkers and small businesses, Kies said, and highlights the broad impacts of wood products and the timber industry on Montana’s economy. Limited spaces are available for the showcase and registration is free.

One of the most popular activities of the week is called Walks in the Woods. Hosted by foresters and forest landowners, the event allows school or community groups, elected officials and the general public the chance to get out into the forest for a firsthand look at forest ecology and stewardship practices, as well as harvest and production methods. For the hosts, Kies said, it’s a chance to share their knowledge of the forests they love. DNRC has funding available for hosts to cover the costs of their events.

“If you are a private forest landowner or forest business and you have an idea for an event, we want to hear from you,” said Kies.

Last year, DNRC joined Habitat for Humanity, the Society of American Foresters, Missoula Federal Credit Union, seven Montana lumber mills, University of Montana forestry and carpentry students and 100 volunteers in a “blitz build,” putting up a house in Stevensville made primarily of Montana wood. Volunteers, including Governor Steve Bullock, donned hardhats and work gloves and donated time pounding nails and sawing lumber. The house was completely framed within three days, with more than 100 people participating.

Deadlines are fast approaching for submissions to the Wood Products Showcase and proposals for Walks in the Woods. Visit http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/forestry/forestry-assistance/biomass/forest-products-week for details on how to register or submit ideas, or contact Julie Kies at (406) 542-4280.

The Montana Legislature designated Montana Forest Products Week in 2011 to recognize the forest products industry, calling on communities, businesses and other organizations to observe the week with activities that honor the contributions of Montana forests and forest-dependent businesses to the state’s culture and economy. Forest Products Week in Montana coincides with National Forest Products Week.