Upcoming Events, Workshops and New Publications

Forest Soil Data for Your Forest Stewardship PlanA step-by-step guide for landowners interested in getting soil data information from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Web Soil Survey.

Animal Damage Control – An on-line class that provides an overview of the wildlife species that most commonly damage seedlings and larger trees. The module also describes strategies to control some types of damage.

WSU Workshops

Firewise Communities Workshop – Attendees will learn what a Community Wildfire Protection Plan is and how you can benefit from the plan; the history of the Valley View Fire; the basics of fire behavior; how insects  affect forest health; and how to create defensible space around homes and neighborhoods.

  • Spokane – Thursday May 29 to Friday May 30, 2014.  Pre-registration required.

Firewise Seminar – Wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem and commonly occur on our Western Washington landscapes. As a landowner you can take steps to increase the survivability of your family, home, and property before a wildfire begins. This workshop will prepare you to assess the fire risk on your property, utilize firewise construction and landscaping methods, and obtain the support you need to start protecting your home and property.

  • Camano Island – Thursday May 29, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m.

Forest Health, Wildfire, and Wildlife Workshop – This workshop will help Eastern Washington forest landowners reduce wildfire risk, improve forest health and enhance wildlife habitat through active management.

  • Goldendale – 10 a.m. to 4 p.pm May 3, 2014.

Forest Health Workshop  – Participants will learn how to recognize and measure forest health indicators and how to manage their own woodlots so they are resilient and resist insects, diseases, and other damaging agents.

  • Cle Elum – May 3, 2014.

Forest Health Workshops for Westside Residents with Eastside Lands -The Commissioner of Public Lands has declared a “Forest Health Hazard Warning” for portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Klickitat and Yakima counties. This workshop is designed to help small forest landowners learn about the two insects responsible for most of the forest damage in the region: western spruce budworm and pine bark beetles.

  • Mercer Island – Monday May 19, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Olympia – Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Forest Owners Field Day – Field days feature a whole suite of our most popular forest stewardship workshops. The state’s top forestry specialists will be offering hands-on field sessions throughout the day on a variety of topics that will help you to better understand, protect, enhance, and enjoy your forest.

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – If you own wooded property, our flagship course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

Thinning and Pruning Workshop – Learn about the tools and techniques for making your woods more resilient to wildfire and to insects and disease.

Ties to the Land: A Facilitated Workshop on Succession Planning – Few challenges that family forest landowners face are more important than the issue of passing the business and its land base on to the following generation. This workshop focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses and motivating families to address those challenges.

  • Wenatchee – Friday May 30, 2014. Registration $45. For more information call WSU Extension (509-667-6540).