Natural Resources

Island County, located in the heart of the Puget Sound, consists of 210 square miles of land, 310 square miles of marine habitat, and 360 miles of shoreline. The diversity of ecosystems includes grasslands, forests, estuaries, wetlands, shoreline, and streams. WSU Extension supports numerous environmental education, research, and stewardship programs including Master Naturalists, Shore Stewards, Forest Stewardship, Waste Wise, and a Weathernet program. We welcome you to explore various Natural Resource web pages hosted by WSU Extension – Island County and contact us if you want to become involved in these programs or want additional information.

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Stuck at home? WSU Extension, DNR offer free online classes to enhance your forested property

The COVID-19 outbreak is not slowing down the Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Stewardship education program. As in nature, the program is simply adapting, partnering with experts around Washington state to deliver high-quality classes and workshops online for people who own forested property.

Upcoming classes, which start on May 13, have something for all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans, covering everything from growing your own mushrooms to boosting wildlife habitat on your property to preparing your trees for climate change. All classes are free, but preregistration is required. Read more at WSU Insider.

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WSU Extension helps train volunteers to find invasive crab

A new program will enable anyone who walks the shorelines of Puget Sound to identify one of Washington state’s most concerning invasive species: European green crab. Read more at WSU Insider

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