Forestry and Fire Managment
Dedicated to preserving, enhancing and developing the forest resources for the
Coeur d'Alene people.
The Coeur d'Alene Tribal Forestry program has three major responsibilities:
Forest Management, Forest Development and Fire Management. The program consists
of ten positions filled by twenty-two employees. The positions include: Forest
Manager, Foresters, Forest Development Forester, Forestry Technicians, Fire
Management Officer, Fuels Technician, Fleet Manager, Firefighters, Timber
Accountant and Administrative Assistant.
The Forest Manager administers the tribal forestry and fire management programs.
These programs strive to maintain an environmentally healthy forest to insure
future production of desired forest products. Management guidelines are
established for both tribal and allotted lands in a forest management plan.
Foresters are responsible for planning, scheduling, directing and managing all
forest management and development activities. Forestry Technicians assist the
foresters, as well as work independently to conduct seedling survival studies,
timber marking, timber and realty cruises and fire suppression activities.
This program focuses on applying silviculture activities such as reforestation,
pre-commercial thinning, pruning, site preparation, cone collection and tree
The Fire Management Officer is assisted by a Fuels Technician, Fleet Manager and
nine seasonal fire fighters. They work cooperatively with local, state and
federal agencies to protect tribal, allotted and fee lands against catastrophic
wildfires. They also use prescribed burning to prepare planting sites, initiate
underburning to increase forage and reduce fuel loading, and maintain a
defensible space program to protect tribal homes from fire.
Timber Accountant & Admin. Assistant
Collects, records and disburses timber sale revenues and monitors departmental
budgets and personnel records respectively.