Wildfire 101: Mitigation and Planning
2020 was a bad year for wildfires. Lengthy periods of dry conditions coupled with the intense wind events of Labor Day sparked one of the most catastrophic wildfire seasons the West has seen. Now, the 20′-21′ winter in Washington has seen above average temperatures with normal to high levels of precipitation. This has led many to worry that the 2021 summer will be long and dry, with an abundance of vegetation fuels across the landscape.
While the ground may still be white with snow, the spring buds have already begun to sprout and the days are getting longer. Don’t wait to begin treating your forest or planning for an emergency before it’s too late. Now is the time to both figuratively and literally lace up our boots and get outside.
Whether this is a refresher or you’re just now looking into how you can better prepare your forest, home, and community, this will cover the baseline information you need to know to be prepared for the wildfire season.
- Home Ignition Zone, Firewise®, and wildfire resilient landscaping – Guy Gifford
- Forest fuels management and basic wildfire behavior – Rob Lionberger
- Emergency planning and resources and community engagement – Ashley Blazina
- Case Study: A story from the 2014 wildfires in the Methow – Ken Bevis
This webinar will also include a presentation from a landowner who encountered a wildfire on their property. We will here some of the success and failures they experienced and what they learned from their experience.
Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
This will be a Zoom webinar.
Northeast Washington Coached Planning Forest Stewardship Course – Online Spring 2021 (FULL)
A forestry class for property owners
This course is for properties in Northeast Washington (Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane counties). Landowners in other counties of Eastern Washington may register for this class. However, priority registration will be given to landowners in Northeast Washington.
Your Land. Your Trees. Your Goals.
Natural beauty, wildlife, ecosystem health, harvest income, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet are some of the many reasons people value their forestland. Whatever your values are, this comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether you have just a few wooded acres or a larger forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this class is for you.
Topics covered include:
- Learn how to identify the trees on your property
- What is the risk of wildfire on your property and what steps can we take to mitigate it.
- Forest Health issues and what pests may be attacking your trees
- Wildlife and habitat creation
- Learn about forest practices rules
- Identify the soils present on your property
- How to create recreational trails and access roads safely
- Forest inventory and timber management
- Tree planting and reforestion
- Agroforestry, silvopasture, and special forest products
- Cultural Resources and Native American uses of the land
- Successional planning for future generations
Where does it count?
As part of this class we will “coach” you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that may qualify you for property tax reductions, federal and state conservation cost-share grants, and the American Tree Farm certification of sustainable management.
When and Where
Dates and Times
The Northeast Washington course will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Monday and Wednesday evenings, March 29th – June 2nd, 2021
Online – These courses will be offered via live, interactive webinars. A high-speed internet connection is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinars with your computer or mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.
Cost and Registration
- 16 live webinars taught by the state’s recognized experts
- A digital library of reference materials and how-to guides
- A consultation site visit to your property from a state service forester (may be delayed until after the course due to COVID-19)
- Tools and equipment to collect information on your forest
We know this is a difficult time financially for many people. Because of this, we have pulled together some additional funding to allow us to drop the normal $200 per household/ownership course fee down to $60.
Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Online classes always sell out very early. No refunds within 30 days of the course start date. Eventbrite processing fees are non-refundable.
If registering as a family from the same household/ownership, only do one registration for all of you–do not do separate registrations for individual family members.
The registration process includes required short questionnaire. If you have forested property, please make sure you have your property information ready before you start the registration process, including:
- County of ownership
- Parcel I.D. (found from your county assessor)
- Estimate of total acreage
2021 Forest Owner’s Winter School – Online
Feb. 27th, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This event will be an online webinar.
Forest Owners Winter School sponsored by:
- Washington State University Extension
- Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
- Family Forest Foundation
- Washington Farm Forestry Association
- USDA Forest Service
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Forest Owners Winter School is a hands-on, interactive educational event for families who own forestland in Washington.
- Get practical, “how-to” advice on simple stewardship practices
- Talk with agency and natural resource professionals from Eastern and Western Washington who are available to assist you in meeting your family’s goals
- Virtually meet other landowners (maybe a neighbor!)
- Get your forestry questions answered at the resource center
There will be a resource area featuring exhibitors, vendors, and displays by public, private, and nonprofit organizations that provide products and services to assist landowners.
Session topics include:
- Forest Health
- Common noxious weeds and their controlling class
- Fish and Wildlife Habitat
- Forest Soils
- Timber Markets
- Landowner assistance programs (technical and financial assistance)
- Working with a land trust
- Tree planting and care
- Landowner roundtable: Stories from the woods and tips and tricks
- Working with consulting foresters and the realities of selling timber
Register for the event HERE
Forest Owners’ Field Day
A hands-on event where landowners can learn about topics in a field setting. While the weather is good, we hope to show participants varying management scenarios where they can ask questions for forestry professionals and speak with landowners on why they choose the management strategies for their property.
The 2020 Field Day was held online and snippets of videos can be found on our YouTube page. We hope to bring the 2021 Field Day to you in person!