Upcoming Events

    Scotch Broom Ecology and Management Symposium.  June 2, 3, and 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.  A web-based event using GoTo Meeting sponsored by Washington Invasive Species Council.  You can register for each day separately.  June 2: Impacts and Research; June 3: Management Actions; June 4: Successful Approaches.  If you have scotch broom on your property, this is a great opportunity to learn more about it.  Washington Pesticide Re-Certification credits are available (2 per day).

    WSU Extension Forestry Webinars: To keep you learning during this time of isolation, the WSU Extension Foresters have scheduled a series of webinars from May through July.  You can attend using a computer or smart phone with the free Zoom app installed.  All sessions are free but you must pre-register.  Each webinar is being done twice, at 12:05 pm and 7:05 pm on the designated day.  For full details and registration, visit the Extension Forestry Webinar web page.

    • May 13 - Moving the Target:  managing your forest in a changing climate - view
    • May 18 - Mushrooms you can eat more than once - growing your own edibles  View here
    • May 21 - Lions and squirrels and bears (oh my!) - critters in the forest View here
    • May 27 - A dead tree's excellent adventure - there's nothing bogus about dead wood.  View here.
    • June 4 - Another one bites the dust - Why so many trees have been dying in Western Washington
    • June 8 - Dang it - who chewed my tree??  Controlling animal damage
    • June 18 - If you build it, they will come - Fun wildlife habitat enhancements
    • June 23 - Well begun is half done - proper site preparation and early vegetation control
    • June 29 - Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)
    • July 14 - Plantae non grata - Invasive species on small woodlands
    • July 28 - The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse

    Forest Owners Field Days: Mark your calendars

    Eastern Washington: Chewelah, September 26, 2020

    Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course

    Whether you have just a few acres or a large forest, this comprehensive university-based course will help you get the most out of the land you love.  As part of this course, you will be coached in the preparation of a Management Plan for your property, which may qualify you for cost-sharing applications, forest certification under the American Tree Farm System and property tax reductions.  

    Topics covered include:

    • How do you know if your trees are healthy? What should you do if they aren’t?
    • Are characteristics of your property attracting or repelling the wildlife you enjoy? What can you do if wildlife cause damage?
    • Are there certain trees you should always keep or remove? How do you cut trees without damaging your land?
    • What types of trees do you have? Does your forest look like a “mess”?
    • How do you know if your trees need to be thinned, and how do you go about it?
    • How do you identify and mitigate fire risks?
    • Are invasive and noxious weeds taking over your underbrush? What are the risks and what can you do about it?
    • What kind of soil do you have and how does that affect what grows?
    • What is the risk of wildfire on your property?

    What’s included:

    • 8 classroom sessions taught by forestry experts
    • A Saturday field trip
    • A large notebook full of reference materials and how-to guides
    • A copy of the book Native Trees of Western Washington
    • A tree-measuring tool
    • A one-on-one consultation at your property with a professional forester.

    The most current details are always available at the WSU Forestry Extension web site.

    Ties to the Land - Succession Planning Workshop

    This award-winning succession planning workshop is offered at irregular intervals at various locations around the state.  Succession planning is a precursor to the more traditional estate planning.  The focus is on communication and big-picture planning within families. Woodland-owning families often do not talk explicitly about whether the forest land should remain intact, continue to be managed for forestry, and/or stay in the family.  Other key issues include who in the family has the capability/interest to continue managing the property, family dynamics (including conflicts), who is already invested in the property, equal vs. equitable inheritance, etc. These are all things that families should address before meeting with an estate professional to draw up legal arrangements. The nominal course fee includes all family members and an excellent workbook is provided for attendees to work with after the workshop.

    Washington State University Extension is offering the award-winning “Ties to the Land” succession planning workshop. Succession planning is the human side of estate planning, and is a way for families to maintain their ties to the land across multiple generations, building awareness of the key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address the challenges. It is a facilitated and interactive workshop with DVD-based components that provides effective tools families can use to decide the future of their land. 

    Families usually attribute a high level of importance to succession planning but concede that they have not done enough preparation. Sometimes this is due to unresolved issues, passive communication styles, or uncertainty in people’s lives. Including younger generations in key discussion about the future of the family farm enhances the successful transfer of believes and values, compared to a “wait and see” approach. The workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises that help families address the key challenges of succession planning. Workshop participants learn about the legal and economic aspects of transferring a farm, forest or ranch from one generation to the next. Participants receive a “Ties to the Land” workbook and companion DVD, tools designed to help families to continue to improve and direct communication and planning at home.

    Upcoming Dates:

    None scheduled at this time.