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).