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.
2017 Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day
July 22, 2017 – Bellingham
This year’s Forest Owners Field Day will feature 14 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 forested tract, if you have trees on your property, this field day is for you! Pre-registration discount–save $10 before July 20th!
Vashon Forest Owners Field Day
August 5, 2017 – Vashon
This is a smaller, local version of our regional field day. The Vashon Field Day will feature a suite of outdoor workshops specifically for people with wooded property on Vashon. Forestry specialists from around the region will be providing instruction, demonstrations, and resources throughout the day on a dozen different topics that will help you to better understand, protect, enhance, and enjoy your forest on Vashon. Early registration discount–save $20 before July 26th!
Whidbey Island Forest Owners Field Day
September 9, 2017 – Clinton
This is a smaller, local version of our regional field day. The Whidbey Island Field Day will feature a suite of outdoor workshops for people with wooded property on the island. Forestry specialists from around the region will be providing instruction, demonstrations, and resources throughout the day on a dozen different topics that will help you to better understand, protect, enhance, and enjoy your Whidbey Island forest.
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 2017 – Preston – Tuesdays starting September 12th
- 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 16th
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 22nd!
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