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Extension Forestry

Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicums

May 5, 2018 – Bellingham


Got weeds?

Invasive forest weeds cause economic and environmental damage

Is ivy pulling down your trees? Are blackberries taking over your newly planted trees? Do you have stubborn holly in your understory? Are dreaded species like knotweed and Scotch broom popping up on your property? 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 this field practicum, you will learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that cause economic and environmental damage in forests, such as blackberries, knotweed, Scotch broom, tansy ragwort, herb Robert, and more. The practicum will cover both chemical and non-chemical control options.

Field-based, hands-on learning

This practicum is completely field based and centered around hands-on learning. After safety briefings, you will don protective gear (provided) to watch demonstrations and then do hands-on practicing of multiple control techniques, such as hand-pulling, root digging, wrenching, foliar sprays, cut stump treatments, and stem injection. You will learn about how to use herbicides safely and effectively, including what products to use for specific weeds and where to get those products, how to read a label, proper safety equipment, avoiding environmental damage, pesticide laws, tank mixing, calibrating a sprayer for the proper application rate, and clean-up.


Saturday May 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.


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


Pre-registration is required!
Individual Registration

  • $15/person before April 21st Save $10!
  • $25/person April 21st until registration closes at 5:00 PM May 3rd

Couple Registration (same household/ownership)

  • $25/couple before April 21st Save $10!
  • $35/couple April 21st until registration closes at 5:00 PM May 3rd

Student and Master Gardener discounts are available (call 206-263-1128 for details). To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by 5:00 PM April 20th, and refunds may be subject to a $5.00 administrative fee.

Pre-Registration is Required

Space is limited and is first come, first served. Registration must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday May 3rd.

Register by mail

Send in the Registration Form with a check (made out to WSU Extension).

Register online

Register online with a credit card via Brown Paper Tickets (subject to credit card processing fee).

Important Additional Information:

  • For safety during activities, you MUST wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts, and sturdy, close-toed footwear. Anyone not dressed appropriately will not be permitted to participate.
  • Each sessions will be located in different areas at the site. Please be prepared to do some walking along trails and forest roads, including some uneven (and possibly muddy) areas. Also be prepared to work in brushy areas during activities
  • Restrooms and a hand-wash station will be available on site.
  • Coffee and very light refreshments will be available in the morning only before the sessions start. Please bring your own sack lunch, snacks and water bottle.

Program Sponsors

This program is funded by the Washington State University Western Extension Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225. Additional funding support is provided by Whatcom County.

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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 Kelsey Ketcheson at 206-263-1128 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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