Trees are more than logs
An "idea fair" sponsored by the Forest Service and a coalition of private and public organizations will show how to extract higher value from forest products before they leave timber-dependent communities. "Growing Sustainable Forest Enterprises, An Intermountain Idea Fair" examines how timber can be made into specialty products such as toys or furniture rather than simply shipped as raw lumber. Participants from Utah, Idaho, Montana, and eastern Oregon and Washington will also learn about increasingly popular forest products such as mushrooms, bear grass, pine cones and even perfumes. Montana Gov. Marc Racicot is expected to attend the April 6-8 get-together in Missoula, Mont. Pre-registration fee is $50. For information write Bitterroot Resource Conservation and Development, c/o Kit Sutherland, 1709 North First St., Hamilton, MT 59840 (406/363-5450).