Post-Conference Tours

For those that have time after the conference on Thursday, we have a few tours available. Start time will be 2:30 PM on Thursday, October 13, unless all registered attendees arrive earlier. This allows time to travel from Coeur d’Alene.

Inland Empire Paper Company

Doug Krapas, Environmental Manager at Inland Empire Paper Company, has graciously offered a presentation and plant tour of their facility in Spokane, WA.

From Inland Empire Paper Company: “Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP) upholds a proud tradition as a manufacturer of high quality specialty paper products. We have continuously operated in Millwood, Washington since 1911– a fact attributed to our employees and their dedication to excellence. Today IEP produces over 500 tons of specialty paper products every day to hundreds of customers throughout the United States. IEP manufactures its products from the beneficial use of recycled paper collected from a distance as far as 1,500 miles from its facility and residual wood chips from local sawmills. Through investments in state-of-the-art equipment, constant attention to our processes for efficiency, and excellent forest practices, IEP is one of the most modern and efficient paper manufacturers of its kind in North America.”

Find out more at IEP’s website. This tour is limited to 15 people. If you would like to register, please contact Doug Krapas and Jenelle Scott as soon as possible at:

dougkrapas [at]

jenelle [at]


Exploring the Silver Valley

Krista Kinsey, Environmental Engineering Manager with J.R. Simplot Company, has volunteered to lead a tour in her old stomping ground: the Silver Valley, ID.

The plan is to meet in Wallace, ID, and participate in one of the following:

  • Wallace Brewery Tasting
  • Downtown Walking Tour – Visit the “Center of the Universe”
  • Oasis Museum
  • Historic Train Depot

Surrounded by towering mountains, thick with pines and huckleberry bushes and crisscrossed with trails waiting to be explored, Wallace’s warm and friendly residents are proud to welcome visitors to our historic silver mining town. You’re invited to tap into a motherlode of historic attractions that will captivate your imagination, thrill your senses, and transport you back to the days of the wild West – which lasted much longer around Wallace than most places! Enjoy truly unique museums and historical sites that tell the stories of the railroaders, miners, working class heroes, and even “working girls” that carved this gem of a town from Idaho’s beautiful Bitterroot Mountains.

Fun Fact – Wallace, Idaho is one of only four cities in the United States that is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Selection depends on attendance. If you would like to register, please contact Krista Kinsey and Jenelle Scott at:

krista.kinsey [at]

jenelle [at]


Bunker Hill Mine

Morgan Hill, Environmental Programs Manager at Bunker Hill Mine, has graciously offered a plant tour of their mine in Kellogg, ID.

From Bunker Hill Mining: “Owner of the Bunker Hill Silver-Lead-Zinc Mine in Kellogg Idaho is building a modern, sustainable mining company, with the world-class Bunker Hill Silver-Lead-Zinc mine as the cornerstone asset. Led by a new experienced management team comprised of former executives from Barrick, and with a new ESG-guided vision, we aim to re-start the mine in H2 2023 while concurrently exploring its significant silver potential at depth.”

Find out more at Bunker Hill Mining’s website. This tour can accomodate 15 people. If you would like to register, please contact Jenelle Scott and Josh Hudgins as soon as possible at:

jenelle [at]

josh.hudgins [at]