Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet)
Western Washington Chapter
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Woman Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet) is a network of women who learn, educate, and work together to build female literacy and involvement in forestry, land conservation, and natural resources. WOWnet is a nationwide program that is dynamic, fun, informative, and strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woman woodland owners and forest practitioners. We support women in forest leadership, women who manage their own woodlands, and all who facilitate the stewardship of forests. Through educational resources and personal stories we strive to instill a sense of confidence and empowerment in women’s abilities to meet the challenges of forest ownership. For more information on the National Women Owning Woodlands Network visit their website: http://www.womenowningwoodlands.net/
Hedgerow How-To with Liz Crain
Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at Leafhopper Farm in Duvall
Join with other women forest owners to learn about setting and shaping hedges to cultivate edge space and natural boundaries on the landscape. We’ll talk about tools, techniques, the cultural and historical importance of hedges, and species to select for your hedgerow. Please bring your own lunch and dress for the weather! RSVP to Liz at email@example.com.
Managing Small Forests for Wildlife Tour with Mary Crane
Saturday, March 11, 2018 near Duvall
Gather with other women forest owners to learn about attracting wildlife to your property. Mary Crane lives on five acres in northeast King County, mostly mixed deciduous with scattered evergreens, and an understory dominated by berry producing shrubs and ferns. She has been in PBRS, and took Coached Planning, in 2009. She maintains her forest with hand tools. Her stewardship goals are for diversity and support of habitat for wildlife. In the twenty years she has lived here, she has watched her forest transition from alder dominant to maple ascending. She has many old snags which support a large population of breeding woodpeckers, including pileated, hairy, northern flicker and red-breasted sapsucker, along with a wide variety of passerines. Her forest also supports deer, coyote, raccoon, rabbit, and a variety of small mammals. She has periodically experienced bear, bobcat and cougar. Bring snacks, experience, questions, answers, and binoculars if desired. RSVP and get more details through the WOWnet email discussion list.
Hugaculture workshop with Liz Crain
Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at Leafhopper Farm in Duvall
“Who-ga-culture.” Who the what?! German for “mound or hill culture”, this ancient agricultural technique is used to construct garden beds from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds. Join with other women woodland owners to learn the basics of mound cultivation and view established hugaculture mounds in use at Leafhopper Farm. Please bring your own lunch and dress for the weather! RSVP to Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant Partners with Liz Crain
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at Leafhopper Farm in Duvall
Join with other women forest owners as you take a moment to deconstruct the green wall of vegetation which grows abundantly all around. What can you eat? What medicine grows right outside the front door? In the Spring, there are so many fresh young shoots and leaves to learn about in this afternoon of shared discovery; come take a walk and find a sweet or bitter snack! Take home a new set of eyes on the landscape to better your relationship with the plants all around! Please bring your own lunch and dress for the weather! RSVP to Liz at email@example.com.
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