Webinars and Online Events
We offer a variety of online forestry education offerings throughout the year, including webinars, field days, and short courses.
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Forest Stewardship Webinars
Give us 50 minutes, we’ll teach you something
We offer periodic live webinars on various forest stewardship topics. The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. Each webinar is offered twice: one from 12:05-12:55 pm, and again from 7:05-7:55.
Most of our webinars are now approved for teacher clock hours and SAF CFEs! Please see the specific webinar for details.
Due to increased security, you must have your own Zoom account to participate. You can easily create a free Zoom account if you do not already have one. Important: you must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the webinar at least two hours before the webinar start time.
If you are interested in a webinar but will be unable to attend, please register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.
Acknowledgements and Accommodations
This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University, Island County, King County, King Conservation District, San Juan County, San Juan Islands Conservation District, Skagit County, and Snohomish Conservation District.
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 Brendan Whyte at 425-357-6023 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the event.
The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse
Root disease is one of the most common forest health issues in western Washington. This webinar will cover identification and treatment options for the four most common root diseases: laminated root rot, annosus root disease, Armillaria root disease, and Schweinitzii root and butt rot.
This webinar is approved for one teacher clock hour. If you are a K-12 educator who would like clock hours, please contact Brendan Whyte, at email@example.com, during or after the webinar. You must attend the webinar live to receive clock hour credits. This webinar is approved for one SAF CFE Credit (category 1).
This webinar has been postponed until: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Genesis of a Forest
Interested in learning about how to create habitat diversity or who is going to benefit from your timber harvest? Oftentimes, many people are interested in old-growth forest stands, but what about the beginning of a forest? Known as the “early seral” stage of a forest, the genesis of a forest stand provides an important habitat niche for wildlife and plant growth. Processes such as wildfires, pest and pathogens, extreme windfall events, and a host of other disturbances naturally reset portions of the forest to this early developmental stage. Join Washington State University – Northeastern Extension Forestry and early seral forest ecologist Dr. Mark Swanson to talk about the benefits of early seral habitats, how these vary across different forests, methods you can implement to promote early seral habitat, and listen to his experiences studying Mount St. Helens following the historic eruption.
When? Wednesday August 5th @ 6:30pm
Restoring the Narrative: Wildfires of Eastern Washington
Join Washington State University Extension Forestry – Northeast Region, Dr. Paul Hessburg (USFS/UW), and Guy Gifford (DNR) to discuss the history of fire on the landscape, how it shaped our forests, what we are doing today to manage these forests, and what landowners on the dry Eastern side of the state can do to protect their homes and resources.
Watch the recording on Youtube
Wildfires in Western Washington, A Different Animal
Many believe that fire is not a concern west of the Cascades. While it’s true that greater rainfall makes these forests more fire-resilient, it also inherently means greater fuel loads will be available when fires do occur. As the climate continues to change and we experience hotter summers and longer dry periods, catastrophic wildfires may become a more pressing concern on the west side. This is an alarming thought, but learning more about how these fires behave is the first step to being prepared. View a recording of this webinar on Youtube!
Mushroom Forest Farming Webinar
Forest farming specialty mushrooms like shiitake, lions mane, oysters, and wine caps present a unique opportunity for farm and forest owners to diversify production and put something new on the dinner table. Today, much of the specialty mushroom market is supplied by wild-foraged products but log-grown operations can provide reliable harvests on minimal acreage while retaining it’s value as a sustainable, forest-grown product. Whether your interest is as a producer or a hobbyist, this webinar will cover the basics of log-grown mushroom operations. View a recording of this webinar on Youtube!
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