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Southwest WA Forest Owners Winter School

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It may be winter but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands dirty, or at least start planning for the spring!  This Forest Owners Winter School will provide an opportunity for landowners to gain experience from professionals on a wide variety of topics related to forest management and stewardship.

Don’t own land but still want to learn more about forests and forestry?  Maybe you are thinking of buying forestland but want to know what’s involved?  The Winter School provides a great opportunity for future forest landowners and anyone interested in forests to learn about sustainable forest management.

Choose Your Classes!

We offer classes on a variety of topics throughout the day.  You get to pick and choose which are most important to you.  Potential topics include:

  • Technology for Forest Landowners
  • Forest-grown Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Landowner Assistance Programs
  • Reforestation and Early Stand Management
  • Thinning and Pruning
  • Wildfire and Your Home
  • Forest Wildlife and Habitats
  • Uneven Age Harvesting and Management

  • Soils and Your Forest
  • Forest Ecology
  • Native Tree ID
  • Logging, Roads, and Landing Practices
  • Climate Change in the PNW
  • Managing for Healthy Forests
  • Tribal Uses of the Land

See the class schedule (PDF) for a complete course listing to plan your day!

 

When and Where

Saturday, February 8, 2019 (9AM-4PM)

Sessions start each hour from 9AM-3PM with a one-hour break for lunch at 12PM.  Doors will open at 8:00AM.

This event will be held in the Library Building (VLIB) at the Washington State University campus in Vancouver, WA.   The address for the campus is 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA, USA 98686-9600.  On campus parking is free on Saturdays.

See the Campus Map (PDF) for locations of the library (circled in yellow) and the closest parking lots (blue).

Directions coming from the north on I-5:

  • Follow I-5 South and use the right lane to continue onto I-205 S following signs for Salem/NE 134th St.
  • Take Exit 36 toward WSU Vancouver
  • Turn left onto NE 134th St.
  • Continue onto NE Salmon Creek Ave.
  • Turn left onto WSU Entrance Rd. and use the provided campus map to navigate to your preferred parking lot.

Directions coming from the south on I-5:

  • From I-5 N, use Exit 7A for NE 134th St
  • Turn right onto NE 134th St.
  • Continue onto NE Salmon Creek Ave.
  • Turn left onto WSU Entrance Rd. and use the provided campus map to navigate to your preferred parking lot.

Coming from the south on I-205:

  • Head north on I-205, take Exit 36 for NE 134th St.
  • Turn right onto NE 134th St
  • Continue onto NE Salmon Creek Ave.
  • Turn left onto WSU Entrance Rd. and use the provided campus map to navigate to your preferred parking lot.

Ready to sign up?

Save $10 and sign up before January 31!

Cost is $35 per person or $45 per family.  Early registration (before 5PM on January 31) is $25 per person or $35 per family.

Boxed lunches can be purchased for $10.  All lunches must be ordered before 5PM on January 31.  You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch.

If space allows, tickets will also be available at the door and can be paid via check (preferred) or cash.

Register Online!

Register online using a credit card via Eventbrite.  Online registration ends February 6th at midnight.

Register via Mail

To register by mail, send in the appropriate mail-in registration form (an accessible, fillable PDF form best viewed with the free Adobe Reader software) along with a check made out to WSU Extension. Mail-in registrations must be received by 5PM on January 31st.

Questions?

Reach out to Patrick Shults at patrick.shults@wsu.edu or (360) 740-1213.

Accommodations

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 Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213 or patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.