by Bob Lee

Owls from Wild Wings – Photo courtesy of Family Forestry Expo

The 30th annual Family Forestry Expo will take place at Stoltze Lumber’s Ron Buntemeyer Educational Forest located north of Kalispell along Trumbull Creek on Saturday, May 11, from 9 AM-3 PM. This is a free family event that offers hands-on understanding of the role that local forests play in our everyday lives. Expo visitors explore how the different parts of a forest are connected to make up a dynamic system, how people and all parts of the environment are dependent on one another, and how each affects the other.

The Expo includes a free “loggers lunch,” and features demonstrations, exhibits, and a forest walk with many educational stops, including one run by Flathead Audubon Society. FAS has maintained a booth at the Expo for many years and is always looking for volunteers to help engage visitors. If you enjoy being outdoors on a spring day while talking to people of all ages about forests, and especially birds, please contact Denny Olson, the FAS Conservation Educator, at Or grab him at the April meeting. Whether you are a volunteer or a participant or just want to enjoy a day in the woods, everyone is welcome to come on out.