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FORESTRY LUNCH BREAKS: TECH SERIES

Posted by patrick.shults | April 21, 2021

Spend lunch with the experts!

A basic understanding of technology can help a forest owner both plan and implement management practices on their property. There are a wide variety of programs available to help in this process, but some can be a little tricky to get the hang of. Join us on your lunch break to watch tutorials on some commonly used programs and have a chance to discuss with experts and other landowners how they can be used for forest management.

Schedule:

  • Monday (5/10) – Creating Simple Maps with Google Earth (Patrick Shults, WSU Extension)
    • Use this free software as a tool to better understand your property and map forest stands, roads, paths, and other features.
  • Tuesday (5/11) – Using the Web Soil Survey (Patrick Shults, WSU Extension)
    • This database has an immense amount of information to offer forest owners.  This tutorial will cover it’s basic features and how to create a soils report for your property.
  • Wednesday (5/12) – Collecting Forest Inventory Data with PlotHound (Brendan Whyte, WSU Extension)
    • Forest inventory is an important part of a forest stewardship plan and understanding the composition of your forest.  This tool can be used online and in the field for detailed or basic inventories.
  • Thursday (5/13) – Using the DNR Forest Practices Activity Map (Chris Baus, WA DNR)
    • This online software was developed to make it easier for landowners to submit Forest Practice Applications for activities like harvesting and it also has a lot of useful information for forest owners.
  • Friday (5/14) – Tracking Forest Health Issues with iNaturalist (Joey Hulbert, WSU)
    • Apps like iNaturalist can help you source information on forest health issues in your area.  They can also be an opportunity for you to submit observations of critical issues like western redcedar dieback for research.

When and Where

May 10-14, 2021 – 12-12:30PM (Online)

This seminar will be offered via a live, interactive webinar. A high-speed internet connection is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinar with your computer or mobile device.

If you do not have one already, you will need to sign up for a free Zoom account in order to participate in the course. You should also install the Zoom client by going to the Zoom download page. The top item, Zoom Client for Meetings, is what you will want if you are using a computer. Scroll down the page to see app options for phones and tablets. You should set up your Zoom account well before the webinars begin. If you already have Zoom installed, make sure it is updated to the most current version.

If you cannot attend the webinar, a recording will be available afterwards.  You are welcome to register if you cannot attend to receive an email notification when the recording is available or check back at this website the week following the webinar.

Cost and Registration

There is no cost to this webinar.  Pre-registering is required and can be done online.  Registration ends at 6PM on Sunday, May 9th.  

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.