Announcements and upcoming events

Forest Health Workshops

  • April 30, 2013, Vancouver
  • May 22, 2013, Everett

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has declared a “Forest Health Hazard Warning” for portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Klickitat and Yakima counties. These workshops are designed to help forest landowners learn about the two insects responsible for most of the forest damage in the region: western spruce budworm and pinebark beetles. More information online.

Washington Farm Forestry Association Conference & Annual Meeting: Tree Farming: What you Need to Know Now

  • April 25-27, 2013, Tacoma

Educational session topics include federal forest policy and legislative issues, the farm bill, the impact of budgets (and budget deficits), federal estate tax changes, timber certification, forest management, and hardwoods. More information.

Thinning, Pruning, and Wood Energy Workshop

  • May 4, 2013, Langley

In this field workshop, we will talk about when, why, and how to pre-commercially thin and prune a stand. Instruction will be coupled with group exercises to practice proper pruning techniques and marking the right trees for thinning. We will look at stands before and after thinning. We will also demonstrate a 10-kW wood gasification unit and the process for using PCT material to produce green energy and biochar. More information online.

Hands-on Forest Health Workshop and Field Day

  • May 11, 2013, Glenwood

Workshop participants will learn to recognize forest problems and get hands-on experience identifying and measuring factors that affect forest health. More information online

Ties to the Land: Succession Planning for Forest Landowners

Your forest will outlive you. Who will care for it when you’re gone? Succession planning is the critical step of ensuring the long-term future that you want for your property. More information online

Family Forest Owners Field Days

  • June 22, 2013, Tonasket
  • July 13, 2013, Moscow Idaho
  • July 27, 2013, Sumas
  • August 24, 2013, Forks

These “out-in-the-woods” educational events provide a wide variety of classes and activities to meet the needs of landowners with five or 500 acres. More information online.