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.
Native Trees of Western Washington
Presentations and Book Signings
Join WSU Extension Forestry Professor Kevin Zobrist for a presentation on native trees in western Washington. After each presentation he will be available to sign copies of his new book, “Native Trees of Western Washington – A Photographic Guide.” There are several events coming up:
- Stanwood – January 31st
- Seattle (U-District) – February 17th
- Monroe – February 28th
- Mill Creek – March 4th
- Forks – March 10th
- Everett – May 7th
Forest Assessment for Real Estate Professionals
Winter 2015 – Everett
This course is designed to provide real estate professionals with a foundation of forestry knowledge to assist their clients in the buying and selling of wooded properties. You will learn to assess properties for tree health, wildlife issues, invasive species issues, restoration needs, wildfire risks, tax-saving opportunities, and more.
2015 Country Living Expo
The WSU Extension Country Living Expo is a huge annual event at Stanwood High School where you can choose up to five classes on just about anything you want to learn about (there are well over 100 different classes to choose from). This year’s expo will be on Saturday January 31st
Three forestry classes to choose from:
Chainsaws 101 for Women
Learn the chainsaw basics! Starting the saw; basic handling and safety gear; choosing the right saw for your needs; fuel and oil; chain sharpening. We will be starting and handling saws in this class, but will not be cutting anything. Instructor: Dr. Caitlin Price Youngquist. Offered as a double session during either Sessions 1 and 2 (9:00 – 11:15) or 3 and 4 (11:30 – 1:30)
Learn how to inoculate logs to grow your own edible mushrooms. Instructor: Kevin Zobrist. Offered during Session 2 (10:15 – 11:15)
Native Trees of Western Washington
Learn about the native trees that you are likely to encounter in the Puget Sound area, including identification, key features, ecological characteristics, where they grow, which are susceptible to disease, and where or where not to plant them on your property. Instructor: Kevin Zobrist. Offered during Session 5 (2:15 – 3:15)
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
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.
- Winter 2015 – Online (for western Washington) – Thursdays starting February 19th.
- Spring 2015 – Monroe – Tuesdays starting March 31st.
- Fall 2015 – Preston – Tuesdays starting September 22, 2015
- Fall 2015 – Whidbey Island – Thursdays starting October 1, 2015
North Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day
August 29, 2015* – Conway (Skagit Count)
Save the date for our 2015 summer field day. This annual out-in-the-woods, family-friendly event allows you to attend up to six different outdoor classes and workshops on topics like tree planting, weed control, thinning, tree diseases, mushroom-growing, and more.
*New date (previously announced as 8/22)