(If you are reading a paper copy of this newsletter, links for these events can be found at the WSU Extension Forestry website: http://forestry.wsu.edu )
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…
- Whidbey Island (Island County) 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 October 5, 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
Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicums
- Arlington (Snohomish County) September 30, 2017
Save these dates for an upcoming practicum near you:
- Bellingham (Whatcom County) May 12, 2018
- Kent (King County) June 2, 2018
- Mount Vernon (Skagit County) September 15, 2018
Red Alder Management Workshop
- Arlington (Snohomish County) October 6-7, 2017
Farm & Food Expo, November 3 & 4 at Spokane Community College
This event offers more than 75 classes to choose from in a wide array of topics for every farmer, gardener or foodie. It also has an entire track of forestry classes on forest health, wildlife, fire ecology and more. More information, opportunities for vendors, and tickets sales are online at www.FarmAndFoodExpo.org.
Succession Planning TIES TO THE LAND workshops
- Ilwaco (Pacific County) October 21, 2017
Note: Dates and locations for Ties to the Land workshops are 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 hold a workshop 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.