Webinars and Online Events
We offer a variety of online forestry education offerings throughout the year, including webinars, field days, and short courses. Check for upcoming webinars and events on the Extension Forestry main page.
We also offer free, on-demand, self-paced learning modules through Forest Stewardship University.
Cost Share Programs for Pierce County Forest Owners
Tuesday, April 11th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Emerald Ash Borer Webinar
Wednesday, April 26th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Archived Past Webinars
Recordings of these past webinars are available for viewing on YouTube.
Forestry Lunch Breaks – Youtube Playlist
Summer 2021 Puget Sound Forest Stewardship Webinar Series
- Who lives here now? Wildlife at home
- The Bradley Method of noxious weed control
- Variable density thinning
- Forest health highlights
- Lions and fishers and bears, oh my! Current events in Northwest wildlife management
- Healthy forest understories and the weeds that get in the way
Summer 2020 Puget Sound Forest Stewardship Webinar Series
- Moving the Target: managing your forest in a changing climate
- Growing your own edible mushrooms
- Lions and squirrels and bears (oh my!) – critters in the forest
- A dead tree’s excellent adventure – there’s nothing bogus about dead wood
- Another one bites the dust – Why so many trees have been dying in western WA
- Dang it–who chewed my tree?? Controlling animal damage
- If you build it, they will come – Fun wildlife habitat enhancements
- Well begun is half done – proper site preparation and early vegetation control
- Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)
- Plantae non grata – Invasive species on small woodlands
- The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse
- Princes in disguise: Frogs and other amphibians in northwest woodlands
Other 2020 webinars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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