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Extension Forestry

Whidbey Island Forest Owners Field Day

September 9, 2017


An Out-In-The-Woods Family Education Event

This is a smaller, local version of our regional field day. The Whidbey Field Day will feature a suite of outdoor workshops specifically for people with wooded property on Whidbey Island. Forestry specialists will be providing instruction, demonstrations, and resources throughout the day on a variety of topics that will help you to better understand, protect, enhance, and enjoy your Whidbey Island forest.

In addition to a great lineup of educational offerings, there will be demonstrations of a small-scale sawmill at the site. At the conclusion of the field day, the Glendale Shepherd Farm and Creamery’s farm store, which is located on site, will be opening for cheese tasting.

Session topics

Revised Schedule 9/8/21017

  • 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? Animals like deer can do significant damage to your trees. Learn how to identify problems and prevent or at least mitigate damage.
  • Fire Prevention and Pruning — If a wildfire breaks out on the island, will your home survive? Learn practical techniques to apply to your house, yard, and surrounding woods 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 on Whidbey Island. If you are new to tree and plant ID, this is the perfect way to get started on your way to being a Whidbey 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 and Small-Scale Sawmill Demonstration — Take a walking tour of the Swanson Tree Farm with owner Steve Swanson to hear his family’s story of stewarding their tree farm, see the ingenious work they have done, and see their working small-scale sawmill.
  • 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.
  • 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 trees grow well on Whidbey Island and 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 about the wildlife that call Whidbey Island home, and simple, effective strategies to improve habitat for on your property.



  • Saturday September 9, 2017
  • 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
  • Gates and exhibits open at 8:00 AM
  • Complete Schedule



Swanson Tree Farm
7571 Glendale Heights Rd
Clinton, WA 98236
(about 15 minutes south of the Clinton ferry terminal)


Early Registration

  • Must be received before Wednesday Aug. 30th
  • $20 per individual
  • $30 per couple (same household/ownership)


  • Must be received before 5:00 PM Thursday Sep. 7th
  • $30 per individual
  • $40 per couple (same household/ownership)

On-Site Registration

  • $40 per individual
  • $50 per couple (same household/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. A student discount and a special offer for Master Gardeners are available – call 206-263-1128 for details.
To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by 5:00 PM Sep. 1st, and refunds may be subject to a $5 administrative fee.



Register online with a credit card through Brown Paper Tickets (available until 5:00 PM Thursday 9/7).

By Mail

To register by mail, send in the Registration Form along with a check made out to WSU Extension (must be received by 5:00 PM Thursday 9/7).

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

There will be four workshop sessions and a break for lunch. 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.

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. The Glendale Shepherd Farm and Creamery’s Farm Store, located on the Swanson Tree Farm, will be open for cheese tasting following the field day event.


With thanks to our partners

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. This program was made possible in part by funding and in-kind support from Island County and WSU Extension, Island 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 Kelsey Ketcheson at 206-263-1128 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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