Field Day Scheduled for Washington Forest Owners

Youth learning about pileated woodpeckers
Youth learning about pileated woodpeckers and forest habitat at a field day event. Photo: Andy Perleberg/WSU Extension

A unique opportunity is coming for family forest owners and managers in eastern Washington: a field day for forest owners will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Vukonich Family Farm near Ronald, Wash. The location is within easy driving distance from the Seattle-Metro area and counties along the eastslope of the Cascades.

Instructed by the state’s recognized experts in forest management, wildlife habitat, and other forest stewardship disciplines, this “out-in-the-woods” educational event will provide useful, timely, and unbiased information sure to meet the needs of landowners with five or 500 acres. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, and classes throughout the day.

Steve Gibbs, Forest Stewardship Program manager at the Washington Department of Natural Resources, remarked “The field days have something for everybody, whether you need advice on dealing with trespassers, need to learn how to sharpen your chainsaw, or want to identify a bug.”

FieldDay_Hanley adn FalknerParticipants can choose from a wide variety of classes and activities taught by specialists in forest health, wildlife habitat, weed control, wildfire protection, timber and non-timber forest products, using global positioning systems, chainsaw safety and maintenance, and forestland security and safety. The presenters will be available to answer questions specific to your property situation. Youth activities will be available all day.

The field day is designed to prepare landowners to plan and execute management activities that meet their personal objectives, reduce risks and protect their financial investment. Absentee landowners with property in eastern Washington are especially encouraged to attend. The field day is sponsored by the WSU Extension, DNR, and the Family Forest Foundation, with many more cooperating agencies and organizations contributing to this great event.

The fee is $30 per person or $40 per family. A brochure with more detailed information, driving directions and the registration form can be found at http://forestry.wsu.edu, or contact your local WSU Extension office.

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

By Andy Perleberg, WSU Extension forester