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Twilight Forest Tours

 

Summer nights learning in the woods

Long summer evenings are perfect for enjoying “twilight tours” of local forests. These free out-in-the-woods events are a chance to share ideas, see what others are doing, and look at real examples of challenges and solutions. Each tour concludes with a potluck dessert, so please bring something sweet to share.

 

Remaining 2016 Tours

 
 

Thursday July 21st – Mount Vernon

Tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Baker property. Focus on logging and reforestation, wetland and road (culvert) management, logging/tribal agreements, slash disposal, and wildlife habitat.

Location and Directions

22309 Little Mountain Road, Mt. Vernon 98274.

Directions from I-5: Take Exit 225 to Anderson Rd. Drive east on Anderson Rd and it turns into S Laventure Rd; turn right on E Blackburn Rd; and turn right on Little Mountain Road. Drive approximately 4 miles on Little Mountain Rd, and the destination will be on the right (just before the intersection with Little Mountain Place).

RSVP Appreciated

(So we can get a head count and contact you if there are any cancellations or changes.) RSVP Online for the Mount Vernon Tour
 
 

Wednesday July 27th – Vashon

Tour begins at 6:30 p.m. We’ll look at the results of thinning an “escaped” Christmas tree plantation and a young red alder stand; and underplanting for wildlife, edibles, and aesthetics. We’ll also talk about a cost share program that helped with planting on this site.

Location and Directions

Approximate address: 5700 block of SW Luana Beach Rd, Vashon.

Directions: Coming from either north or south end ferries come to 204th and turn east. Just follow the road, continue along the water, go straight through the stop sign and stay left onto Point Robinson Road when Dockton Road veers to the right. Up the hill and just past the corner at the top is the property on the left with, hopefully, other cars.

RSVP Appreciated

(So we can get a head count and contact you if there are any cancellations or changes.) RSVP Online for the Vashon Tour
 
 

Tuesday August 2nd – Marysville

Tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Nysether property. Focus on commercial thinning and riparian management. See the results four years after a commercial thinning project. Look at areas that have been thinned vs. unthinned to see a dramatic comparison. Also see the results of fully taking advantage of the allowable harvest (in this case thinning) in a riparian buffer, which can improve both habitat and profitability, and see what the resulting three-zone buffer looks like.

Location and Directions

Approximate (not actual, but closest) address: 13423 28th Ave NW, Marysville, WA 98271.

Directions from northbound I-5 (coming from Everett): Take Exit 202 for 116th St NE. Go left (west) onto 116th, cross over the freeway, and go right (north) on 34th Ave NE (first right, just pass the southbound exit ramp). At the roundabout, keep going straight (first exit) on 34th. Continue for about a mile to the T intersection with 136th St NE and go left on 136th, which will wrap around and become 140th St NE. Follow 140th west for about 3.7 miles to 28th Ave NW, which will be a private gravel road on the left. Go down 28th for about 0.4 miles, and look for a gate to a forest road on the left. Go through the gate and up the forest road to the parking area.

Directions from southbound I-5 (coming from Mount Vernon): Take Exit 206 for 172nd St NE (SR 531). Go right (west) onto 172nd, go about 0.8 miles then left on 19th Dr NE. Go about one mile and turn left onto 156th St NE then right onto 23rd Ave NE. At the roundabout, keep going straight (second exit) on 23rd and continue to the T intersection with 140th St NE. Go right (west) on 140th west for about 3.2 miles to 28th Ave NW, which will be a private gravel road on the left. Go down 28th for about 0.4 miles, and look for a gate to a forest road on the left. Go through the gate and up the forest road to the parking area.

RSVP Appreciated

(So we can get a head count and contact you if there are any cancellations or changes.) RSVP Online for the Marysville Tour
 
 

Wednesday August 24th – Shaw Island

Tour begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM) property. The focus will be on forest health, including treatment of root rot areas, and thinning strategies to increase health and vigor. We’ll also look at how to deal with some common invasive species, examine some old homestead sites, and look at some specimens of Puget Sound juniper, a recently-discovered rare species endemic to the San Juan Islands.

Location and Directions

From the Shaw Island ferry terminal, go right onto Blind Bay Rd. and proceed approximately 1.2 miles and then turn left onto Squaw Bay Rd. Follow Squaw Bay Rd. south approximately 0.5 miles and then turn left on Indian Cove Rd/Parkway Rd. Proceed 0.5 miles east to the property gate.

RSVP Appreciated

(So we can get a head count and contact you if there are any cancellations or changes.) RSVP Online for the Shaw Island Tour
 

With thanks to our partners

This program is made possible in part by funding from King Conservation District, San Juan County, San Juan Islands Conservation District, Snohomish County Surface Water Management, and Whatcom County.

 

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 600 128th St SE Everett, WA 98208, 425-357-6023, ian.fawley@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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