Forest Owner’s Field Days Coming Up

This summer, family forest landowners have two unique opportunities: Washington State University Extension and DNR are co-sponsoring and hosting Forest Owner’s Field Days in eastern Washington on June 21 and in western Washington on July 26.

6063134763_98e2916bb3_oStewarding land can be both rewarding and challenging, with success dependent on the decisions and actions you take. Attending the Forest Owner’s Field Day will prepare you to develop a management plan for your woodlands and to conduct activities that will help you to reduce risks and protect your financial investment.

Led by recognized experts in forest management, wildlife habitat, and other forest stewardship disciplines, this “out-in-the-woods” educational event will provide useful and unbiased information intended to meet landowners’ needs whether they own five or more than 500 acres. Participants can choose from a variety of classes and activities taught by specialists in forest health, wildlife habitat, weed control, wildfire protection, thinning and pruning, landowner assistance programs, timber and non-timber forest products, using global positioning systems, chainsaw safety and maintenance, forestry taxes, and forestland security and safety. Presenters will be available to answer questions specific to your property situation. Youth activities, exhibitors and demonstrations will be available throughout the day.DSC00215

The Eastern Washington Forest Owner’s Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Horsmann Hills Farm near Newport, Washington. The location is within easy driving distance from Kootenai, Bonner, Stevens, Ferry, and Spokane counties.

The fee for those who register by Friday, June 13, is $20 per person or $30 for a family of two or more. After that the fee is $30 per person or $40 per family. An optional BBQ lunch will be available for $10 per person. Lunch reservations must be received by June 13.

The Western Washington Forest Owner’s Field Day will be held July 26, 2014, in Arlington.

So mark your calendars and come join the more than 10,500 satisfied families who have already experienced these Field Day events across the state!

For more information contact WSU Extension Forester Andy Perleberg at 509-667-6540 or by email at andyp@wsu.edu.