Classes and Events
We offer a variety of workshops, field days, and classroom sessions covering all things related to small forest management. Stay tuned for programs in your area by checking the website, following us on Facebook, or signing up for our emails. You can also contact us directly for questions about current classes and to make suggestions for future programs.
Message from WSU Extension Forestry – Southwest Regarding COVID-19:
We’re sure it will come as no surprise that in light of the COVID-19 crisis, many WSU Extension workshops, seminars, and other educational opportunities have been canceled or delayed. While forestry education is our mission, the safety and health of the forest owners and their families that attend these events is our top priority.
Over the coming months you will see many opportunities to continue learning about forest stewardship from a safe distance via webinars, videos, and other Extension materials. A complete list of our online learning opportunities will be listed here.
We look forward to seeing you in the woods as soon as it’s safe. Until then, feel free to reach out to your local Extension Forester with your management questions!
Wildfires in Western Washington, A Different Animal – June 30, 6-8PM
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.
Watch a recording of this webinar on Youtube!
Family Forest Field Day
This “out-in-the-woods” learning opportunity is an annual event that attracts professionals from around the state to teach landowners about forest management in a hands-on setting. Multiple sessions are offered throughout the day, allowing you to pick the topics that interest you most. It also provides an opportunity to network with local organizations, professionals, and other landowners who can offer you advice and assistance for your forest projects.
This event will likely be held online in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Stay tuned for more information.
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning is the flagship course for small landowners and is put on in partnership by WSU Forestry Extension and the WDNR. Topics covered include silviculture, ecology, harvesting, thinning, wildilfe, special forest products mapping, soils, and much more. Through this series of classes, landowners are “coached” through the process of writing a forest management plan for their property based on their own management objectives. Your management plan is a key to accessing resources for small forest landowners in this area, such as reduced property taxes, cost-share assistance programs, and becoming a certified stewardship forest.
Winter 2021 (details coming)
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