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Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day

2019 Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day

Arlington – August 10th

Keep your forested property healthy and productive

Forests in the Puget Sound area are facing unprecedented challenges and increasing tree mortality. WSU Extension is presenting the 2019 Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day to help you meet those challenges, restore healthy forest conditions, and achieve your goals for your property. The Field day will feature a dozen different outdoor workshops specifically for people with forested property in the Puget Sound region.

Learn about current forest health issues, drought and climate impacts, fire risk reduction, mushrooms, alder management, and much more in an out-in-the-woods setting with local experts. See the complete list of workshop topics below for more details. The Field Day will also feature exhibits by local agencies that assist owners of forested property.

When and Where


The Field Day will be 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday August 10th, 2019. Gates and exhibits open at 8:00 AM.


This year’s Field Day will be at the Pilchuck Tree Farm, which is approximately 20 minutes from Interstate 5. The site is located at the end of 244th Street NE, which is off of Mose Road outside of Arlington (Field Day location on a map). GPS coordinates: 48.236361, -122.110472.

Driving directions

Approximate driving distances

  • Bellingham – 50 miles
  • Darrington – 31 miles
  • Everett – 23 miles
  • Monroe – 31 miles
  • Mount Vernon – 23 miles
  • Oak Harbor – 54 miles
  • Seattle – 50 miles

What to Expect

Two important notes:

  1. Coffee, water, and very light morning refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own sack lunch.
  2. Because this event is on private property, all attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver upon arrival in order to participate.

Other Logistics

By the registration area will be several vendor exhibits where you can browse and network with forestry professionals in the morning and during the lunch hour. The workshop stations are located in the woods, within a 5-10 minute walk from the registration and exhibit area.

There will be six workshop sessions and a break for lunch. For each workshop session, you will get to pick from the workshops offered for that session time. A schedule showing what workshops are offered at what times (and the station locations) will be provided when you arrive. The sessions will run approximately one hour, followed by ten minutes to walk to your next workshop.

Portable restrooms will be available on-site.

Workshops Offered

These are some of the different workshops that will be offered throughout the day:

  1. Drought and Climate Impacts – Learn about what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts.
  2. Forest Health – Learn about current issues, mortality trends, and what to do.
  3. Wildfire Risk Reduction – Wildfire risk is high in Washington, and getting higher – learn to protect your trees and your home.
  4. Animal Damage Control – Deer browse, rodent damage, and bears can cause huge amounts of damage to your trees.  An experienced expert will explain what steps you can take to help mitigate animal damage.
  5. Cost Share and Landowner Assistance Programs – There are many different forms of financial assistance available to small-forest landowners.  Come hear about the opportunities that you can take advantage of.
  6. Exotic Forest and Understory Pests – Exotic pests can be both hard to detect and destructive. Learn about some of the pests to watch out for, some history of introductions, and how to prevent outbreaks.
  7. Field Technology for Landowners – Technology is evolving all the time. While it can be difficult to keep up with, many advancements can make landowners lives easier, especially when it comes to measuring what’s in your forest.
  8. Forest Measurements – Practice simple techniques to measure your tree density and see how big those trees really are!
  9. Forest Soils – Learn the unique soil types of our region, and what they mean for your trees.
  10. Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs – See how to grow these gourmet mushrooms on logs on your property.
  11. Invasive Forest Species – Learn how to identify and control aggressive, non-native plants that damage the local ecosystem.
  12. Managing a Timber Sale – Timber sales can be complicated and daunting processes.  Learn how to evaluate a stand for potential harvest, how to work with a consulting forester, and how to make sure the harvest is done right, and you don’t get ripped off.
  13. Native Tree and Plant Identification – Take a walk, and discover some of our local species.
  14. Pilchuck Tree Farm Property Tour – Join the property managers for a tour of this unique tree farm.
  15. Tree Planting and Site Preparation – Plant trees for the next generation! Learn how to do it right so they survive and thrive.
  16. Thinning, Pruning, and Ecosystem Health – Learn how to choose the right trees to thin out to restore the health of your forest.
  17. Wildlife Species and Habitat – Learn about the wildlife that call the Puget Sound Basin home, and simple, effective strategies to improve habitat for on your property.

And more!

Cost and Registration


Registration fees help cover the logistical costs of the event. With your registration, you’ll be able to attend up to six different workshops.

This is family-friendly! Youth under 18 may attend free so bring your next generation of forest stewards. Discounts are available for students and active Master Gardeners – call 425-357-6023 for details. To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by 5:00 PM July 26th, and refunds may be subject to a $5 administrative fee.

Early Pre-Registration

Save $20 off the gate price!
Must be received by Friday,  July 26th, 2019.

  • $25 per individual
  • $35 per couple (same household/ownership)

Late Pre-Registration

Must be received by 5:00 PM, August 8th, 2019.

  • $35 per individual
  • $45 per couple (same household/ownership)

Register at the Gate

  • $45 per individual
  • $55 per couple (same household/ownership)



Register online

Registrations via Eventbrite are subject to credit card processing fee. Online registration will be open until 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 8th, 2019.

Register by mail

Send in the registration form along with a check made out to WSU Extension. Registrations must be received no later than 5:00 PM , Thursday, August 8th, 2019. The registration form is an accessible document.

Register at the Event

If registering at the gate on the day of the event, please bring a check (preferred) or cash to the registration booth. If paying in cash, Exact change is required.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University and the Snohomish Conservation District. In-kind support is provided by Pilchuck Tree Farm.

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 at least two weeks prior to the event.

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