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Webinars and Online Events

We offer a variety of online forestry education offerings throughout the year, including webinars, field days, and short courses.

Upcoming Events

Restorative Burning: Past, Present, and Future Uses of Prescribed Fire

Tuesday, August 17th, 6-8pm PST, via Zoom Webinar

2021 Forest Stewardship Summer Webinar Series

  • 29th of July, 2021 – Who lives here now? Wildlife at home
  • 5th of August, 2021 -The Bradley Method of noxious weed control
  • 12th of August, 2021 – Variable density thinning
  • 17th of August, 2021 – Forest health highlights
  • 19th of August, 2021 – Lions and fishers and bears, oh my! Current events in Northwest wildlife management
  • 26th of August, 2021 – Healthy forest understories and the weeds that get in the way

Northwest WA Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Courses

The fall courses are now sold-out. Contact us to be put on a waiting list.

  • Afternoon course: 12:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 8 – October 27, 2021, except for the first day, when the class will end at 3:30 p.m. Virtual field trip 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • Evening course: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 8 – October 27, 2021, except for the first night, when the class will end at 9:30 p.m. Virtual field trip 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021

Recorded Webinars

Viewable on YouTube

2021 Online Washington Forest Owners’ Winter School

Take time during the off-season for forestry education!

February 27th, 2021

Do you want to learn new things about enjoying and caring for your property? Do you want to learn things like why so many trees are dying and what to do; how to protect your property from wildfire; agroforestry and nontimber product opportunities; how to improve wildlife habitat; how to successfully plant and care for young trees; and much more? Do you want to participate in roundtables and discussion panels to get stories and tips from your fellow landowners? If so, this Winter School is for you!

For free registration and more details visit the Winter School Web Page


Forest Stewardship Webinars

Give us 50 minutes, we’ll teach you something

We offer periodic live webinars on various forest stewardship topics. The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. Each webinar is offered twice: one from 12:05-12:55 pm, and again from 7:05-7:55.

Due to increased security, you must have your own Zoom account to participate. You can easily create a free Zoom account if you do not already have one. Important: you must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the webinar at least two hours before the webinar start time.

If you are interested in a webinar but will be unable to attend, please register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.

Upcoming Offerings

There are currently no upcoming webinars.  Check back soon!

You can view the recordings of our Summer 2020 Webinar Series on YouTube!

Other 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.

Watch the Recording HERE

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.

Watch the recording on Youtube

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.  View a recording of this webinar on Youtube!

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.  View a recording of this webinar on Youtube!

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