Announcements, Events and Other News

(If you are reading a paper copy of this newsletter, links for these events can be found at the WSU Extension Forestry website: )

Invasive Weed Control Field Practicum

In this hands-on field practicum, you will learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that plague forest landowners.

  • Arlington (Snohomish County), NEW DATE: October 8, 2016. More information  or call 425-357-6023


San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day

These out-in-the-woods, family-friendly events allow you to attend five or six different outdoor classes and workshops on topics like tree planting, weed control, thinning, tree diseases, mushroom-growing, and much more. 


Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

If you own wooded property, our flagship course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

  • Republic (Ferry County) September 14 – November 2, 2016. More information
  • Deming (Whatcom County) September 15 – November 3, 2016. More information
  • Preston (King County) September 20 – November 15, 2016. More information
  • Tumtum (Stevens County) September 22 – November 10, 2016. More information
  • Newport (Pend Oreille County) January 10, 2016 – February 28, 2017 (also available via computer streaming for snowbirds and absentee landowners) More information


Ties to the Land Classes

Your land will outlive you. Who will care for it when you’re gone? Will it be a family legacy or a family squabble? Will it be kept intact and protected, or will it be divided up and sold off in pieces? Will it become a source of conflict between surviving family members? What is the long-term future that you want for your property? These two-part succession planning workshops, held in two locations this fall, explore these questions and others using the award-winning Ties to the Land curriculum.

  • Colville (Stevens County) September 17 and October 15, 2016.  More information


Fall Pizza Seminars  Burlington (Skagit County). More information online or call 425-357-6023

  1. Your Trees and Climate Change – Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

What does climate change mean for your trees? Are the past three years of record heat and drought a trend or an aberration? How do you manage for climate resilience in your forest? Should you be planting different species like redwood or sequoia? What is the actual evidence regarding climate change, how do you separate it from hype? Award-winning US Forest Service scientist, IPCC member, and Skagit County small woodland owner Dave Peterson will explore these questions and explore how forest owners can manage for healthy, resilient forests whatever the future may hold.

  1. Forest Owner Legal Issues – Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Forest owners face unique legal issues, especially when it comes to protection from liability. What if someone gets hurt on your property? Does it make a difference if they are an invited guest vs. trespasser? What if one of your trees falls across the property line and causes injury or damage to a neighbor? What sort of liability insurance should a landowner carry? What if there’s a hazard tree on your neighbor’s property that threatens your house—what can you do? Other issues include property boundaries and how they need to be marked to be able to prosecute for trespassing, how to handle disputes, adverse possession, easements and right-of-ways, getting access to your property if you are landlocked, etc. Spend an evening with land use/real estate/environmental law attorney Leslie Clark from Philips Burgess Law exploring these issues and getting your questions answered.

  1. Forest Safety and Security – Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Maintaining the safety and security of your forest property is important for protecting and enjoying it. Trespassing, dumping, vandalism, timber theft, off-road vehicles, drugs, etc. can cause huge headaches and expenses, as well as threaten the safety of you and your family. Spend the evening with US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Colin Mahoney and his K-9 partner for a discussion of strategies to make it more difficult for the bad guys to cause problems on your land.


Save these 2017 workshop dates (and check for more information about these and other landowner education opportunities coming this winter)

  • 25th Annual Family Foresters Workshop, January 20, 2017, Spokane
  • 2017 Logger’s Workshop, March 22, 2017, Ag and Trade Center, Colville