WSU North Puget Sound Extension Forestry Classes and Events
We have a variety of forestry education offerings throughout the year, including workshops, field tours, field days, and short courses.
2016 Summer Twilight Forest Tours
Summer nights learning in the woods
Long summer evenings are perfect for enjoying “twilight tours” of local forests. These free out-in-the-woods events are a chance to share ideas, see what others are doing, and look at real examples of challenges and solutions. Each tour concludes with a potluck dessert, so please bring something sweet to share.
Remaining 2016 Tours:
- Shaw Island – Wednesday August 24th
2016 Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day
August 27, 2016 – Snoqualmie
The Forest Owners Field Day features 15 outdoor workshops for people with forested property. Forestry specialists from around the region will be providing classes, demonstrations, tours, and resources on a variety of topics throughout the day for forest owners of all skill levels (from “newbie” to seasoned veteran). Learn about tree health and mortality, chainsaw use, weeds, wildlife, mushrooms, and more! Whether you have just a couple wooded acres a large forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this field day is for you!
Invasive Weed Control Field Practicum
September 10, 2016 – Arlington
Controlling invasive and noxious weeds is a challenging but essential task for landowners. In this hands-on field practicum, you will learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that plague forest landowners. You will practice multiple control techniques, including hand-pulling, root digging, using a weed wrench, sheet mulching, foliar herbicides, cut stump treatments, and stem injection.
2016 San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day
September 17, 2016 – Lopez Island
For those of you in the San Juan Islands (or who fancy a trip to the San Juans for a beautiful day of forestry education), we’ll have a second, slightly smaller field day on Lopez Island. Learn about tree health and mortality issues, weeds, wildlife, mushrooms, fire risk, horse logging, and more!
Ties to the Land Succession Planning Workshop
September 14 and 28, 2016 – Burlington
Your land will outlive you. Who will care for it when you’re gone? Will it be a family legacy or a family squabble? Will it be kept intact and protected, or will it be divided up and sold off in pieces? Will it become a source of conflict between surviving family members? What is the long-term future that you want for your property? This two-part succession planning workshop explores these questions and others using the award-winning Ties to the Land curriculum. The workshop will conclude with a discussion panel with three local attorneys with estate planning experience.
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
A forestry class for landowners
Our flagship class will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, attract wildlife, and take practical steps to keep your forest on track to provide enjoyment and even income for years to come. In this class you will develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and eligibility for cost-share assistance, and may also qualify you for significant property tax reductions.
- Fall 2016 – Deming – Thursdays starting September 15th
- Fall 2016 – Preston – Tuesdays starting September 20th
Fall 2016 Pizza Seminars
Our “pizza seminars” are a chance to enjoy some pizza while listening to an educational presentation. This year’s seminars will be held at the WSU Skagit County Extension office in Burlington. Each seminar is 6:30-9:30 p.m.
- Your Trees and Climate Change – Tuesday September 13th
- Forest Owner Legal Issues (liability, trespass, access, neighbor conflicts, etc.) – Wednesday October 12th
- Forest Safety and Security (trespass, vandalism, illegal dumping, etc.) – Wednesday October 19th
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