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Extension Forestry

2018 San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day – August 25th


Keep your forested property healthy and productive

Forests in the San Juan Islands have unique characteristics and challenges. WSU Extension is presenting the third San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day to help you meet those challenges, restore healthy forest conditions, and achieve your goals. The Field Day will feature a dozen different outdoor workshops specifically for people with forested property in the San Juan Islands.

The Field Day workshops will focus on island-specific forest stewardship issues using local experts. Learn about current San Juan forest health issues, fire protection, mushrooms, Garry oak restoration, and much more. See the complete list of workshop topics below for more details. The Field Day will also feature exhibits by local agencies that assist owners of forested property.

When and Where


The Field Day will be 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday August 25, 2018. Gates and exhibits open at 7:45 a.m. For those of you coming on the inter-island ferry arriving in Friday Harbor at 8:15, you’ll arrive at the Field Day in plenty of time. We can facilitate carpools/shuttles from the ferry for walk-on passengers if there is interest – please let us know if you are interested.


This year’s Field Day will be on San Juan Island at Thornbush Farm, which is approximately 15 minutes from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal at 236 Ellison Ln, Friday Harbor.

Directions: From Spring Street in Friday Harbor, continue on San Juan Valley Rd, turn left onto Wold Rd, turn left onto Alaska Pl, turn left onto Ellison Ln, go about 1/4 mile around the pond and park outside the gate.

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, within a 5-10 minute walk from the registration and exhibit area.

There will be five workshop sessions and a break for lunch. For each workshop session, 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 workshop.

Coffee and very light refreshments will be available in the morning, and water will be available throughout the day. Please bring your own sack lunch. A restroom will be available on-site.

Workshops Offered

These are the different workshops that will be offered throughout the day:

  1. Biochar and Sawmill Demo – See how you can make custom lumber and soil-building biochar with wood from your property.
  2. Fire Prevention – Wildfire risk is high in the San Juan Islands – learn to protect your trees and your home.
  3. Forest Health – Learn about current issues, mortality trends, and what to do.
  4. Garry Oak Restoration – Learn about bringing back this historic denizen of San Juan prairie ecosystems.
  5. Invasive Species – Learn how to identify and control aggressive, non-native plants that damage the local ecosystem.
  6. Measuring Trees – Practice simple techniques to measure your tree density and see how big those trees really are!
  7. Property Tour – Join the property owners for a tour of this unique farm.
  8. San Juan Forest Soils – Learn the unique soil types on the islands and what it means for your trees.
  9. Shiitake Mushroom Culture – See how to grow these gourmet mushrooms on logs on your property.
  10. Thinning and Ecosystem Health – Learn how to choose the right trees to thin out to restore the health of your forest.
  11. Tree Planting and Seedling Care – Plant trees for the next generation! Learn how to do it right so they survive and thrive.
  12. Wildlife Habitat – Learn about the wildlife that call the San Juan Islands home, and simple, effective strategies to improve habitat for on your property.


Cost and Registration


This is family-friendly! Youth under 18 may attend free so bring your next generation of forest stewards. Discounts are available for students and active Master Gardeners – call 425-357-6023 for details. To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday August 21st, and refunds may be subject to a $5 administrative fee.

Early Pre-Registration

Save $20 off the gate price!
Must be received before Thursday August 16, 2018

  • $25 per individual
  • $40 per couple (same household/ownership)

Late Pre-Registration

Must be received by 5:00 PM Thursday August 23rd.

  • $40 per individual
  • $55 per couple (same household/ownership)

Register at the Gate

  • $45 per individual
  • $60 per couple (same household/ownership)

Bring-A-Neighbor Deal

Fires, insects, diseases, ecologically-damaging invasive species, and other issues don’t respect property boundaries, and what happens on nearby properties impacts your own (especially on an island!). Most of the property owners around you, though, are not aware of these education programs or of what they should be doing to maintain healthy trees and wildlife. So we are asking you to please invite another property owner to attend the Field Day with you. This could help them prevent a serious problem and even enjoy their property more. To this end, we are offering this deal—register together with another property owner and you both will get the following reduced registration rate. You and your neighbor can register separately, but when you register you will be asked to please provide the name of the neighbor attending with you. You and your neighbor can comprise any combination of two individual registrations, an individual and a couple, or two couples.

  • $20 per individual
  • $30 per couple (same household/ownership)


Register online

Register online with a credit card through Brown Paper Tickets. Online registration is available until 5:00 p.m. Thursday August 23rd.

Register by Mail

To register by mail, send in the Registration Form along with a check made out to WSU Extension. Mail-in registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday August 23rd. The registration form is an accessible document.

Register at the Event

If registering at the gate on the day of the event, please bring a check (preferred) or cash to the registration booth. We cannot accept debit or credit cards on site. Exact change is appreciated.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University, San Juan County, and the San Juan Islands Conservation District.

Agencies and organizations contributing instructors and in-kind support include Washington State University Extension, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the San Juan County Land Bank.

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 Brendan Whyte at 425-357-6023 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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