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Other 2017 Field Days: Vashon Field Day – 8/5; Whidbey Island Field Day – 9/12.

2017 Puget Sound Forest Owners

Field Day

July 22nd – Bellingham, WA


An Out-In-The-Woods Family Education Event

The Forest Owners Field Day features a suite of 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). There will also be vendor exhibits from forestry agencies, organizations, and equipment dealers that will allow participants to network with professionals and other forest owners. Whether you have just a couple wooded acres a large forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this field day is for you!

Session Topics:

Complete Schedule

  • Animal Damage Control — It’s wonderful to see wildlife enjoying your forest, but what if they enjoy it a little too much and start damaging your trees? Deer and many other animals can do significant damage to your trees. Learn how to identify threats and prevent or at least mitigate damage.
  • Fire Prevention and Pruning — In the event of a wildfire, could your home be saved? Learn practical techniques to apply to your house, yard, and forest to help your property to better withstand a fire. Learn about proper pruning techniques for reducing ladder fuels and improving aesthetics.
  • Forest health — Learn how to identify, treat, and prevent forest health problems related to damaging insects, diseases, and weather.
  • Forestry GPS — A GPS device can help you take care of your forestland so you never get lost in the woods again. Learn how a GPS works, what a device can do for a forestland owner, and what to buy or download for managing your forestland.
  • Invasive Species — Learn how to identify and control aggressive, damaging weeds and brush that can thwart the growth of your trees and take over your property.
  • Measuring Trees — Knowing the density and sizes of your trees is key to figuring out how best to care for them and monitor their growth. Learn how to measure tree diameter, tree height, tree volume, and the number of trees per acre. We’ll do hands-on practice with a variety of different measurement tools.
  • Native Tree and Plant ID — This is a beginner’s session on learning about common forest plants that call your property home. Take a walk in the woods and learn to identify key tree and shrub species that grow in our forests. If you are new to tree and plant ID, this is the perfect way to get started on your way to being a plant expert. For those of you who are already comfortable with your ID skills, this may be mostly review for you — but you can always help instruct!
  • Property Tour — Talk a walking tour of the Alexander Ross Tree Farm with owners Ken and Carol DeVos to hear the story of stewarding Carol’s 113 year-old family tree farm, see the incredible work they have done, and learn their vision for the future.
  • Shiitake Mushroom Culture — Your forest understory is the perfect place to grow your own delicious shiitake mushrooms on logs. Find a shady spot and a few fresh logs and you’re ready to start! Learn what type of logs to use, where to get plug spawn, and inoculation and fruiting steps.
  • Soils — Much of what happens in the woods is based on the underlying soil conditions. Learn how to identify your soil type, determine its characteristics and limitations, and protect it from damage. We’ll look at a soil pit and examine its different layers.
  • Thinning & Forest Ecosystems — Learn why thinning is so important in maintaining ecosystem health, how to tell when trees need to be thinned, how much to thin, and which trees to keep or remove.
  • Tree Planting and Seedling Care — Planting trees and getting them to survive and grow can be a challenge. Learn what you need to know to be successful. Discussion includes getting areas ready for planting, seedling selection, proper planting techniques, and controlling competing vegetation after planting.
  • Wildlife Habitat — Learn simple, effective strategies to improve habitat for wildlife on your property and integrate their needs into your forestry activities.
  • Your Trees in a Changing Climate — What does climate change mean for trees in the Pacific Northwest? What are the implications for how you manage your forest land? Explore these questions and discuss options for managing healthy forests in a warmer climate.



  • Saturday July 22, 2017
  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Gates open at 8:00 AM
  • If possible, please be parked and checked in by 9:00 AM
  • The last session ends at 4:00 PM
  • Complete Schedule



Alexander Ross Tree Farm
3783 Y Road Bellingham, WA 98226
15 minutes east of the Mt. Baker Hwy exit from I-5.


Cost (includes lunch):

Early Registration

  • Must be received by Monday July 10th
  • $30 per individual
  • $40 per couple (same household or ownership)


  • Must be received by Thursday July 20th
  • $40 per individual
  • $50 per couple (same household or ownership)

On-Site Registration

  • $50 per individual
  • $60 per couple (same household or ownership)
  • Please bring check (preferred) or cash (exact change appreciated). Unfortunately we cannot accept credit or debit cards at the site.

Youth under 18 may attend free.
Student and Master Gardener discounts available – call 425-357-6023 for details.
Cancellations will be accepted until July 14th, and refunds may be subject to a $5 administrative fee.



Register online with a credit card through Brown Paper Tickets (available until 5 PM Thursday 7/20).

By Mail

To register by mail, send in the Registration Form along with a check made out to WSU Extension (must be received by 5 PM Thursday 7/20).

Register at the Event

Bring cash or check to the registration booth. Note: we cannot accept debit or credit cards on site. Exact change is appreciated.


What to expect

By the registration area will be several vendor exhibits where you can browse and network with forestry professionals in the morning and during the lunch hour. The workshop stations are located in the woods, about a 5-10 minute walk from the registration and exhibit area. Access the stations is via well-maintained forest roads with moderate inclines. There will be six workshop sessions (three before lunch and three after). For each session period, you will get to pick from the workshops offered for that session time. A schedule showing what workshops are offered at what times (and the station locations) will be provided when you arrive. The sessions will run approximately one hour, followed by ten minutes to walk to your next station.

Portable restrooms, coffee, refreshments, and drinking water will be available on-site.


With thanks to our partners

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. This program was made possible in part by funding from Whatcom County and the Washington Tree Farm Program.


All Are Welcome

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Ian Fawley at 425-357-6023 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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