Knowledge empowers people to make changes by enabling them to develop information-based opinions and develop ethical standards by which they will act. Attitudes about natural resource issues are often counter-indicative to established scientific knowledge. By not having access to factual information, people develop opinions and base their actions on information gleaned from the media and other non-scientific sources. Poor natural resource management decisions and policies result, impacting Idaho's rural communities that historically have been supported by forest resource-based economies. Poor natural resource management decisions and policies have also proven detrimental to the health and vigor of Idaho's forests, resulting in insect and disease outbreaks, poor nutrient availability, low productivity, high catastrophic wildfire risk, loss of
wildlife habitat, and decreased biodiversity. Our program is designed to increase the knowledge base that Idaho's private forest owners, natural resource managers, loggers and other operators, decisions makers, and general public use to formulate natural resource management activities, plans, rules, and laws.