Online using Zoom. Register online by 5:00 pm October 23.
Feeling cooped up inside this fall? Come learn about current forest health issues, drought and climate impacts, fire risk reduction, mushrooms, wildlife, and much more in a virtual out-in-the-woods setting with local experts. The Online Field Day will feature over a dozen different outdoor workshops specifically for people with forested property in Washington State.
The Online Field Day will consist of four 50-minute sessions, during each of which you can pick from a variety of topics. Most sessions will be a mixture of pre-recorded instructional video from our experts in the field, along with live Q&A from those same experts and WSU Extension Forestry staff. Questions will be answered in real time using the Zoom chat box, with an extended Q&A period after every video session.
There will be an hour-long break for lunch from 12:00PM to 1:00PM.
See the complete list of workshop topics below for more details.
There may be some changes to the schedule before the field day, and a final schedule will be sent out the day before the Online Field Day. These are some of the different workshops that will be offered throughout the day:
Forest Health in Eastern Washington – Learn about current issues, mortality trends, and what to do.
Forest Health in Western Washington – Learn about current issues, mortality trends, and what to do.
Forest Measurements – Practice simple techniques to measure your tree density and see how big those trees really are!
Forest Soils – Learn the unique soil types of our region, and what they mean for your trees.
Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs – See how to grow these gourmet mushrooms on logs on your property.
Invasive Forest Species in Eastern Washington – Learn how to identify and control aggressive, non-native plants that damage the local ecosystem.
Invasive Forest Species in Western Washington – Learn how to identify and control aggressive, non-native plants that damage the local ecosystem.
Landowner Assistance – There are programs, agencies, and monies waiting to help you manage your forest. Come learn how we can help.
Range and Forest Grazing – Find out the best management practices to keep both your trees and herd happy and healthy.
Special Forest Products – Find out about the plethora of non-timber forest products that you can grow for personal use or commercial sale.
Thinning, Pruning, and Ecosystem Health – Learn how to choose the right trees to thin out to restore the health of your forest.
Traditional and Native Cultural Land Use – Learn about historical Native American land use, and how the tribes of Washington shaped its ecology.
Tree Planting and Site Preparation – Plant trees for the next generation! Learn how to do it right so they survive and thrive.
Variable Density Thinning – Take a deeper dive into this thinning method that can increase diversity, health, and resiliency across your forest.
Wildfire Risk Reduction in Eastern Washington – Wildfire risk is high in Eastern Washington, and getting higher – learn to protect your trees and your home.
Wildfire Risk Reduction in Western Washington – Wildfire risk is high in Western Washington too. Learn what you can do to protect your home and property.
Wildlife Species and Habitat – Learn about the wildlife that call Washington State home, and simple, effective strategies to improve habitat for on your property.