(If you are reading a paper copy of this newsletter, links for these events can be found at the WSU Extension Forestry Website: forestry.wsu.edu )
Free Workshops on Forest Health and Fire Risk Reduction
Forest and Range Owners Field Days
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…
- Eastside Field Day at Dayton, Wash., on June 24, 2017
- Idaho-Washington Field Day at Athol, Idaho, on July 15, 2017
- Bellingham on July 22, 2017
- Vashon on August 5, 2017
- Steve Stinson Legacy Family Forest Owners Field at Wild Thyme Farm near Oakville on August 19, 2017.
- Whidbey Island on September 9, 2017
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.
- Preston (King County) starting September 12, 2017
- Sedro Woolley (Skagit County) starting September 28, 2017
- Southwest Washington, locations and dates to be announced, Fall 2017. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stevens County, location and date to be announced, Fall 2017. Contact email@example.com
TIES TO THE LAND: A Facilitated Workshop on Succession Planning
Keeping Family Forests, Farms, and Ranches in the Family
Note: Dates and locations for these workshops will be determined by community interest. Contact Andy Perleberg at WSU Extension, 509-667-6540, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (and to campaign for us to schedule a class near you).
Few challenges that family forestland owners, farmers, ranchers, and other land-based family businesses face are more important than the issue of passing the business and its land base on to the following generation. Many small landowners want to preserve their family lands but don’t know how to involve family members in ownership and operation of their small land-based businesses.
This facilitated workshop focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, and is a mix of presentations and practical exercises to help families address tough issues. Each family will receive a copy of the Ties to the Land workbook which is designed to help families continue to improve and direct their communications at home. Topics covered will also be relevant to professionals working with landowner families. More information is available on the Ties to the Land website.