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WSU 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.

Upcoming Events


Madrone Webinar – May 23rd

Are all the madrones dying? Join madrone researchers Marianne Elliott from Washington State University and Michael Yadrick from Green Seattle Partnership for a discussion on the condition of Pacific madrone in Washington forests, focusing on its ecology, pests and diseases, and conservation and restoration efforts. The will be held at 12:05 p.m. and again at 7:05 p.m. The webinar is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit our Webinar Page for details and registration.

Forest Health Walk – May 25th

Join us for a walk-and-talk in the woods to learn about current forest health issues and see some root diseases in action. The walk will be 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Rockport State Park, 51905 State Route 20, Rockport, WA 98283. This event is free, and no registration is required.

Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day – August 10th

The workshops you want, all in one day

The Field Day will feature forestry specialists from around the region offering classes, workshops, demonstrations, tours, and resources on a variety of topics throughout the day for forest owners of all skill levels (from “newbie” to seasoned veteran). There will also be vendor exhibits from forestry agencies, organizations, and other resource and equipment providers that will allow participants to network with professionals in addition to other forest owners. Whether you have just a couple wooded acres or a large forest tract, if you have trees on your property, you won’t want to miss this year’s Field Day.

Save the date!

This year’s field day will be Saturday, August 10th, at Pilchuck Tree Farm near Arlington. Registration and additional information will be available soon.

Forest Health Seminars

Understanding tree mortality

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout western Washington. especially with cedars and hemlocks, causing concern for many property owners. Attend one of these public seminar to learn why so many trees are dying right now and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, and what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts.

Upcoming offerings

Skykomish – May 28th

The Skykomish Forest Health Seminar will be held Tuesday, May 28th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Skykomish Community Center, 114 Railroad Avenue, Skykomish, WA, 98288. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.

Maple Valley – June 4th

The Maple Valley Forest Health Seminar will be held Tuesday, June 4th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Maple Valley Library, 21844 Southeast 248th Street, Maple Valley, WA 98038. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration will begin on May 21st via the Maple Valley Library’s event page.

Duvall – June 6th

The Duvall Forest Health Seminar will be held Thursday, June 6th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Duvall Library, 15508 Main Street Northeast, Duvall, WA 98019. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.

Enumclaw – July 22nd

The Enumclaw Forest Health Seminar will be held Monday, July 22nd, from July 22nd, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Enumclaw Library, 1700 1st Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.

Forest Health and Wildfire Seminars

What’s happening to our forests?

Increasing tree mortality and fire risk are serious threats to health and safety, water quality, and quality of life in Snohomish County. Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout the county, especially with cedars, hemlocks, and maples. Wildfire and smoke are growing concerns. Could what happened in California happen here? Join local forest experts from UW and WSU at a free seminar to learn about what’s happening, why it’s happening, what it means for your property and your watershed, and what you should and should not be doing.

Upcoming offerings

Granite Falls – June 11th

The Granite Falls seminar will be Tuesday, June 11th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Granite Falls Library, 815 East Galena Street, Granite Falls, WA 98252. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.

Darrington – September 4th

Save the date – the Darrington seminar will be the evening of Wednesday, September 4th. More details will be available soon.

Monroe – October 3rd

The Monroe seminar will be Thursday, October 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.

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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