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: http://forestry.wsu.edu

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.

  • Carnation (formerly in Preston) – Wednesdays starting September 5
  • Chehalis – Mondays starting September 17
  • Arlington – Tuesdays starting September 18

2018 Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicums

At these field-based, hands-on practicums you will learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that cause economic and environmental damage in forests. The practicums cover both chemical and non-chemical control options.

2018 Forest Owner Field Day

The annual Family Forest Field Day attracts hundreds of landowners from all around the region to learn about a variety of forestry topics in a hands-on setting, including forest health, wildlife habitat and management, thinning and pruning, chainsaw safety, noxious weed management, and many more.

  • Woodland (westside) – Saturday, August 18

Ties to the Land

Ties to the Land is an award-winning succession planning workshop offered by WSU Extension. Workshop participants learn about the legal and economic aspects of transferring a farm, forest, or ranch from one generation to the next.

Other Events

  • Look for a workshop on alder management and markets coming to Pacific County in late October (details coming!).

Can’t find the event you were looking for? Visit http://forestry.wsu.edu or contact: patrick.shults@wsu.edu

Introductions: New WSU Extension Forester and Stewardship Notes Editor

Patrick Shults. Photo: WSU
Patrick Shults. Photo: WSU

Before we sign off on this edition of Stewardship Notes, I would like to introduce myself, Patrick Shults, as the new Extension Forester for WSU in southwest Washington. A little about myself: I was born and raised in Michigan and received a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University. Much of my background has been with environmentally focused non-profits, where I’ve gained experience leading volunteer teams and educating the public in fields like sustainable forestry, urban forestry, and habitat restoration. I also have a history of writing forest management plans for small forest landowners and a strong background in agroforestry and non-timber forest products. I’m very excited to be bringing this experience here to build education programs and assist landowners in this part of the country. Forestry and education are my two greatest passions, which means this is essentially a dream job. I’m looking forward to meeting landowners and making connections as I continue to settle into this role.

As a part of my new position, I will also be taking over as the editor of Stewardship Notes (wishing Carol Mack a happy retirement!). As I get accustomed to the area and the many issues facing small forest landowners I will be keeping in mind the opportunity to address these concerns through Stewardship Notes. In particular, I hope to highlight the landowner perspective by inviting your submissions for future editions of SN. This could be in the form of a personal narrative about you and your land, you can send your forest management questions and I will have them answered in the next edition, or maybe you just want to share something you find interesting with the small forest landowner community. Since landowners are the target audience for this newsletter, I think a great way to have your concerns and interests recognized is to have you submit them, so don’t be shy!

Please send your submissions to patrick.shults@wsu.edu and feel free to contact me with any questions via email or phone at (360) 740-1213.

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: forestry.wsu.edu

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.

  • Aberdeen (Grays Harbor County) – Mondays starting April 23rd

2018 Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicums

  • Bellingham – May 12, 2018
  • Kent – June 2, 2018
  • Mount Vernon – September 15, 2018

2018 Forest Owner Field Days

  • Eastside (Spokane) – Saturday, June 23rd (details coming)
  • Westside (Woodland) – Saturday August 18th (details coming)

Workshops and Trainings

  • Hands-On Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Training – May 17th

Can’t find the event you were looking for? Visit forestry.wsu.edu or contact: patrick.shults@wsu.edu

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: http://forestry.wsu.edu

 

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.

  • Online course for western Washington landowners – Thursdays starting February 1
  • Whidbey Island (Island County) – Tuesdays starting March 6, 2018
  • Cle Elum ( Kittitas County) starting March 19, 2018
  • Vashon (King County) – Mondays starting March 26, 2018

 

2018 Forest Owners Winter School

The Forest Owners Winter School is a hands-on, interactive educational event for families who own forestland in Washington. Workshops and classes range from 1 hour to 3 hours with over a dozen topics to choose from.

 

26th Annual Family Foresters Workshop

This annual workshop strengthens the skills of natural resource professionals who work with family forest owners, and serves as a forum to provide updates on emerging technology and knowledge applicable to family forestry.

 

2018 Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicums

  • Bellingham – May 12, 2018
  • Kent – June 2, 2018
  • Mount Vernon – September 15, 2018

  

2018 Succession Planning TIES TO THE LAND workshops 

  • Ellensburg – January 20, 2018 *
  • Colville – February 3, 2018 *

 Note: Dates and locations for these workshops will be determined by community interest. Contact Andy Perleberg at WSU Extension, 509-667-6540, or email andyp@wsu.edu for more information and to campaign for a local class.

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 related to passing the business and its land base on to the following generation. Each family will receive a copy of the Ties to the Land workbook, which is designed to help families continue to improve their communications at home. Topics covered also will be relevant to professionals who work with landowner families. More information is available on the Ties to the Land website.

Can’t find the event you were looking for? Visit http://forestry.wsu.edu or contact: andyp@wsu.edu

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:  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…

 

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.

 

Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicums

  • Arlington (Snohomish County) September 30, 2017

Save these dates for an upcoming practicum near you:

 

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 andyp@wsu.edu 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.

Can’t find the event you were looking for? Visit http://forestry.wsu.edu or contact: andyp@wsu.edu