Tim Larkoski – Silviculturist/Forester
Tim started his employment pathway in Indian country about 15 years ago with his first stint as a forester for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Six years later, we were able to hire Tim as the Kalispel Tribe’s Silviculturist. Tim had completed his National Advanced Silviculture Program(NASP) coursework in silviculture and was an outstanding hire for us. Since that time, Tim had helped to complete our Forest Management Plan and associated Environmental Assessment, integrated new technology and methods for our forestry related inventories, cruises and pre-sale marking. Tim also helped revamp and modernize our Forest Officer Reports and associated National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) process for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Tim has been very helpful in developing relationships with Tribal membership around forestry activities, even going so far as developing an assistance pathway for non-forest products access for cultural, spiritual, and medicinal needs. Tim also has worked with our Community Forest to develop youth forestry programs and initiatives for sharing knowledge and passion for forestry. Tim also worked directly with the Salish Kootenai College to support forestry courses for local students by providing several outdoor labs. Tim then completed his field defense for his silvicultural certification. Tim is the first Forester in the PNW Region of the BIA to fully complete Silviculturist Certification. Tim was also a key participant and leader in our 2015-2020 Tribal Forest Protection Act (TFPA) project with the Colville National Forest. That project encompassed over 40,000 acres of Forest System Lands in Kalispel Adjudicated lands. Tim was also one of, if not the first, non-US Forest Service Silviculturist allowed to certify prescriptions during the implementation of the TFPA project. He was also the lead silviculturist for the project during the NEPA planning process and implementation until this year, as he is slated to retire in April. Tim has left some big shoes to fill, and he will be missed.