Washington Forest Owners Online Field Day

When: 
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: 

Online using Zoom.  Register online by 5:00 pm October 23.

What: 

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. The Online Field Day will feature over a dozen different outdoor workshops specifically for people with forested property in Washington State.   

The Online Field Day will consist of four 50-minute sessions, during each of which you can pick from a variety of topics.  Most sessions will be a mixture of pre-recorded instructional video from our experts in the field, along with live Q&A from those same experts and WSU Extension Forestry staff. Questions will be answered in real time using the Zoom chat box, with an extended Q&A period after every video session.

There will be an hour-long break for lunch from 12:00PM to 1:00PM.

See the complete list of workshop topics below for more details.

Workshops Offered

There may be some changes to the schedule before the field day, and a final schedule will be sent out the day before the Online Field Day. These are some of the different workshops that will be offered throughout the day:

Forest Health in Eastern Washington – Learn about current issues, mortality trends, and what to do.

Forest Health in Western Washington – Learn about current issues, mortality trends, and what to do.

Forest Measurements – Practice simple techniques to measure your tree density and see how big those trees really are!

Forest Soils – Learn the unique soil types of our region, and what they mean for your trees.

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs – See how to grow these gourmet mushrooms on logs on your property.

Invasive Forest Species in Eastern Washington – Learn how to identify and control aggressive, non-native plants that damage the local ecosystem.

Invasive Forest Species in Western Washington – Learn how to identify and control aggressive, non-native plants that damage the local ecosystem.

Landowner Assistance – There are programs, agencies, and monies waiting to help you manage your forest. Come learn how we can help.

Range and Forest Grazing – Find out the best management practices to keep both your trees and herd happy and healthy.

Special Forest Products – Find out about the plethora of non-timber forest products that you can grow for personal use or commercial sale.

Thinning, Pruning, and Ecosystem Health – Learn how to choose the right trees to thin out to restore the health of your forest.

Traditional and Native Cultural Land Use – Learn about historical Native American land use, and how the tribes of Washington shaped its ecology.

Tree Planting and Site Preparation – Plant trees for the next generation! Learn how to do it right so they survive and thrive.

Variable Density Thinning – Take a deeper dive into this thinning method that can increase diversity, health, and resiliency across your forest.

Wildfire Risk Reduction in Eastern Washington – Wildfire risk is high in Eastern Washington, and getting higher – learn to protect your trees and your home.

Wildfire Risk Reduction in Western Washington – Wildfire risk is high in Western Washington too. Learn what you can do to protect your home and property.

Wildlife Species and Habitat – Learn about the wildlife that call Washington State home, and simple, effective strategies to improve habitat for on your property.