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.
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.
- Final class of 2017: Fall 2017 – Sedro Woolley – Thursdays starting October 5th
Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicum
September 30, 2017 – Arlington
Invasive weeds not only inhibit the growth of or even kill your trees, they cause significant ecological harm by taking over ecosystems, crowding out native species, degrading wildlife habitat, and increasing erosion. Controlling these noxious invaders is a challenging but essential task for landowners. At these field practicums, you will learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that cause economic and environmental damage in forests, including: holly, ivy, blackberries, knotweed, reed canary grass, butterfly bush, Scotch broom, and more. The practicum will cover both chemical (including organic-approved) and non-chemical control options. This practicum ais completely field-based and centered around hands-on learning. Early registration discount–save $15 before September 23rd
Alder Management Workshop
October 6-7, 2017 – Arlington
This two-day workshop will take a comprehensive look at both the challenges and opportunities that red alder presents to landowners. We will discuss management options for different property sizes and different property uses (e.g. small-scale timber production vs. backyard forests and natural areas) and how to provide for long-term health, habitat, and water quality in the process. Topics include what to do with over-mature alder that is falling apart, how to grow and market alder, state and county regulations on removing alder in riparian zones, and more. This workshop includes a field trip. Early registration discount–save $20 before September 29th!
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