Webinars and Online Events
We offer a variety of online forestry education offerings throughout the year, including webinars, field days, and short courses.
- There are currently no upcoming webinars. Check back soon!
- Sold Out. Tuesday course – starts September 8, 2020
- Sold Out. Thursday course – starts September 17, 2020
Viewable on YouTube
Washington State Forest Owners’ Online Field Day
Keep your forested property healthy and productive
Forests in Washington State are facing unprecedented challenges and increasing tree mortality. WSU Extension is presenting the 2020 Washington Forest Owners’ Online Field Day to help you meet those challenges, restore healthy forest conditions, and achieve your goals for your property. The Online Field Day will feature over a dozen different outdoor workshops specifically for people with forested property in Washington State.
Feeling cooped up inside this fall? Come learn about current forest health issues, drought and climate impacts, fire risk reduction, mushrooms, wildlife, and much more in a virtual out-in-the-woods setting with local experts. See the complete list of workshop topics for more details.
For registration and more information, visit the Field Day 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.
There are currently no upcoming webinars. Check back soon!
You can view the recordings of our Summer 2020 Webinar Series on YouTube!
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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