Upcoming WSU Extension Forestry Classes and Events in the North Puget Sound Area
We offer a variety of forestry education events throughout the year, including shortcourses, field days, and workshops. Events below are listed in chronological order starting with the soonest.
Thinning, Pruning, and Wood Energy Workshop
May 4th - Langley
This field workshop will be on Saturday May 4th from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM at a tree farm near Langley on Whidbey Island (15 minutes from the Clinton ferry dock). We will talk about when, why, and how to Pre-commercially thin and prune a stand. Instruction will be coupled with group excercises to practice proper pruning techniques and marking the right trees for thinning. We will look at stands before thinning, right after thinning, and several years after thinning to show the treatment response. We will also demonstrate a 10-kW wood gasification unit and the process for using PCT material to produce green energy and biochar. Details and Registration.
Project Learning Tree Training
May 18th - Arlington
Project Learning Tree Training - Saturday May 18th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. This training will help classroom teachers and after school activity leaders to incorporate environmental education into their curriculum. With instruction from the nationally acclaimed Project Learning Tree curriculum, participants will gain access to hundreds of simple activities for grades Pre K- 12. This curriculum engages youth in hands on learning, covering a variety of topics and addressing STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). The emphasis will be on experiential learning and getting students to be in the environment while learning about science and nature. Details and Registration.
Ties to the Land
May 21st - Bellingham
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? Succession planning is the critical step of ensuring the long-term future that you want for your property. This succession planning workshop, featuring the award-winning Ties to the Land curriculum, will be held May 21st from 5:00 - 9:30 PM at the Rome Grange east of Bellingham. Details and Registration.
North Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day
July 27th - Sumas
This field day will feature a whole suite of our most popular forest stewardship workshops. The state's top forestry specialists will be offering hands-on field sessions throughout the day on a variety of topics that will help you to better understand, protect, enhance, and enjoy your forest. The field day will be Saturday July 27th from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM near Sumas in Whatcom County. Details and Registration.
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
Our flagship class will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, attract wildlife, and take practical steps to keep your forest on track to provide enjoyment and even income for years to come. In this class you will develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and eligibility for cost-share assistance, and may also qualify you for significant property tax reductions.
Preston - Tuesdays starting September 24th.
Oak Harbor - Thursdays starting October 3rd.
This site last updated 4/23/2013
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4/18/2013 - Sign up now for the North Puget Sound Forest Owners Field day on July 27th.
4/4/2013 - Our next Project Learning Tree Training for teachers will be on Saturday May 18th.
3/22/2013 - Ties to the Land Succession Planning Workshop - May 21st in Bellingham. Details and Registration.