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Washington State Online Forest Owners’ Winter School

2021 Online Washington Forest Owners’ Winter School

Online — Saturday February 27th — FREE!

Take time during the off-season for forestry education!

Is it time to sharpen the saw of your forestry knowledge?

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!

Winter School is the classroom counterpart to our summer field days. Designed to let you attend multiple workshops all in the same day, the Winter School will help you address challenges on your property, restore healthy forest conditions, and achieve your goals. The event will feature thirty unique seminars, expert panels, and roundtable discussions specifically for people with forested property in Washington. There will be both Eastern and Western Washington sessions

Whether you are a novice to family forestry, or your family has owned land for many generations, there is something new for everyone to learn.

When and Where

The 2021 Online Winter School will take place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 27th, 2021. Sessions will be taught via Zoom.

What you will need

If you do not have one already, you will need to sign up for a free Zoom account in order to participate in the course. You should also install the Zoom client by going to the Zoom download page. The top item, Zoom Client for Meetings, is what you will want if you are using a computer. Scroll down the page to see app options for phones and tablets. You should set up your Zoom account in advance of the Online Field Day itself. If you already have Zoom installed, make sure it is updated to the most current version. There will be opportunities to pre-test your connection before the Winter School (details will be provided after you register).

What to Expect

Live sessions

The Online Winter School will consist of five 50-minute sessions, during each of which you can pick from a variety of topics. You will be able to ask questions and interact with instructors and panelists via the chat box. There will be an hour-long break for lunch from 12:00PM to 1:00PM.

A final schedule, with Zoom links for each workshop, will be sent out a few days in advance of the event so you can plan which sessions you want to attend live.

Recordings

Can’t attend live on February 27th? Register anyway! Registered participants will receive links to the recordings of the sessions. This will also allow you to see all the sessions you are interested in, even if they’re scheduled for the same time slot–watch one live and catch the recordings of the others later.

Session Topics

This is a list of the sessions you’ll be able to choose from. This list is subject to  updates. More complete descriptions will be sent upon registration.

  1. Forest health in Eastern Washington
  2. Forest health in Western Washington
  3. Forest soils
  4. Growing shiitake mushrooms on logs
  5. Hardwood management
  6. Intro to Forest Practice Rules and Small Forest Landowner Assistance
  7. Invasive forest weeds in Eastern Washington
  8. Invasive forest weeds in Western Washington
  9. Landowner Assistance
  10. Landowner Roundtable — I would have done things differently… I wish somebody would have told me about…
  11. Landowner Roundtable — The best tools I’ve ever owned
  12. Living with beavers
  13. Managing for big game
  14. Managing for songbirds
  15. Managing your forest in a changing climate
  16. Native American uses of the land
  17. Native pollinators in managed forest landscapes
  18. Non-timber forest products
  19. Panel — Current timber markets
  20. Panel — What services to expect from consulting foresters and selling timber
  21. Panel — Working with a land trust
  22. Red alder management
  23. Silvopasture
  24. Tree planting and site preparation in Eastern Washington
  25. Tree planting and site preparation in Western Washington
  26. Western redcedar dieback: what’s happening and how you can help
  27. Wildfire risk reduction in Eastern Washington
  28. Wildfire risk reduction in Western Washington
  29. Wildlife species and habitat

Cost and Registration

Cost — Free!

We know this is a difficult time financially for many people. Because of this, we have pulled together some additional funding to allow us to offer the Online Winter School for free.

This is a family-friendly event! Youth are encouraged to participate, so tune in with your next generation of forest stewards.

Pre-registration required

**Registration for this event is now closed**
Please join us for future events.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Island County and WSU Extension Island County, King Conservation District, King County, Lewis County, Pacific County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Stevens County, Snohomish Conservation District, USDA Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Renewable Resources Extension Act.

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 brendan.whyte@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

Logos of: Washington State University, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Island County and WSU Extension Island County, King Conservation District, King County, Lewis County, Pacific County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Stevens County, Snohomish Conservation District, USDA Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Renewable Resources Extension Act.