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WSU North Puget Sound Extension Forestry Classes and Events

We offer a variety of forestry education offerings throughout the year, including workshops, field tours, field days, and short courses.

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

A forestry course for landowners

Our flagship course 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 course 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.

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Forest Health Seminars

Understanding tree mortality

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout western Washington. Trees were particularly hard-hit in 2018, especially western redcedars, causing concern for many property owners. Attend one of these public seminar to learn why so many trees are dying right now. Learn what makes forests healthy or unhealthy and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, including their environmental roles and the important interactions between them. Learn about what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts. The seminar will be taught by Kevin Zobrist, associate professor of forestry at WSU and author of the book Native Trees of Western Washington.

Upcoming offerings

Camano Island – March 9th

This seminar will be held Saturday, March 9th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Camano Island Library, 848 N sunrise Blvd, Camano Island, WA, 98282. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary. For more information, please visit the Camano Island Library web page for this event.

Vashon – April 22nd

This seminar will be held Monday, April 22nd, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust building, 10014 SW Bank Rd. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary. Space is limited, though, so arrive early.


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