Good Times and Information at the Forest Owners Field Days

Tonasket Field Day 2013
At the Tonasket Family Forest Field Day, Ellen and Zach explore a box of bones, with a beautiful backdrop of lupine flowers, pine trees, and a Woodmizer sawmill owned and operated by Manley Portable Milling. Photo: Perleberg/WSU.

Nearly 600 families and individuals controlling over 27,000 acres of forestland in Washington and Idaho participated in a Forest Owners Field Day this summer in 2013. The field days were held in Okanogan, Whatcom, and Clallam counties over the summer, with a joint Washington-Idaho field day held near Moscow, ID.

Questions answered at these events included:
  • “Is my forest healthy and how do I know if it isn’t?”
  • “When managing a timber sale, what’s my fair share?”
  • “How do I attract certain wildlife and repel others?”
  • “What are the benefits of having a Forest Stewardship Plan?”
Certified Tree Farm owner Bill Wheeler, of Quilcene, volunteered at the August 24 field day in Forks and commented, “These field days are just awesome. Even old duffers like me still learn a ton at these programs.”
Tonasket Field Day 2
Ken Bevis, a wildlife biologist with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, explains cavity-nesting birds using his pet pileated woodpecker “Woody” as a prop. Ken is available to throughout the state to landowners who want to learn about fish and wildlife habitat on their property. Ken can be reached at: Photo: Perleberg/WSU.

A variety of topics ranging from thinning and pruning to sharpening a chainsaw were covered. Youth activities were available throughout the day. Field days in 2014 will include one June 21 in Spokane County, and another in early August in the Longview-Vancouver vicinity.

For more information, contact Andy Perleberg, or call: 509-667-6540.

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by Andy Perleberg, Extension Forester
Washington State University