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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

WSU Extension Forestry Spring/Summer – Free Online Classes

Taking our education programs online

COVID-19 is not going to slow down the WSU Extension Forestry program. We do have to adapt, though, so we are turning our workshops and seminars into a series of online classes on 11 different topics (so far). Each class is offered twice: one from 12:05-12:55 pm, and again from 7:05-7:55.

The classes are free, but preregistration is required. Due to increased security, you must have your own Zoom account to participate. You can easily create a free Zoom account if you do not already have one. Important: you must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the class at least two hours before the class start time.

If you are interested in a class but will be unable to attend, please register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.

Upcoming offerings

  1. 5/13/2020: Moving the Target: managing your forest in a changing climate
  2. 5/18/2020: Mushrooms you can eat more than once – growing your own edibles
  3. 5/21/2020: Lions and squirrels and bears (oh my!) – critters in the forest
  4. 5/27/2020: A dead tree’s excellent adventure – there’s nothing bogus about dead wood
  5. 6/4/2020: Another one bites the dust – Why so many trees have been dying in western WA
  6. 6/8/2020: Dang it–who chewed my tree?? Controlling animal damage
  7. 6/18/2020: If you build it, they will come – Fun wildlife habitat enhancements
  8. 6/23/2020: Well begun is half done – proper site preparation and early vegetation control
  9. 6/29/2020: Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)
  10. 7/14/2020: Plantae non grata – Invasive species on small woodlands
  11. 7/28/2020: The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse

Class details and registration

1. Moving the Target: managing your forest in a changing climate

Higher temperatures, more droughts, more fires — most of us have observed these changes in local forests, maybe on our own land. What can we expect in future decades? This presentation will summarize the projected effects of climate change on Washington forests, then explore management options that landowners can use to increase forest resilience in a warmer climate.

Instructor: Dave Peterson, Professor of Forest Biology, UW SEFS

When

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

2. Mushrooms you can eat more than once – growing your own edibles

Many mushrooms you could only eat…once. To feast on fabulous fungi while avoiding certain death, learn to grow your own delicious edible varieties on logs using plug spawn. We’ll cover the whole process from cutting the log to inoculating the log to fruiting and enjoying. We’ll talk about all the tools you need to get started on this fun, easy-to-learn, inexpensive endeavor. This class is geared toward hobbyists, not commercial production.

Instructor: Kevin Zobrist, Professor, WSU Extension Forestry

When

Monday, May 18, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

3. Lions and squirrels and bears (oh my!) – critters in the forest

What kind of wildlife live in the forests of Washington? Specifically, which ones may occur on your small forest ownership? Join Ken for stories, beautiful photos, and descriptions of many of the special wild creatures that occur in our beautiful state. What lives on your property? How can you find out? We will also discuss ways to get to know your wildlife, including basic inventory techniques and using trail cameras for those elusive creatures.

Instructor: Ken Bevis, Landowner Assistance Biologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

When

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

4. A dead tree’s excellent adventure – there’s nothing bogus about dead wood

Once a tree dies, its usefulness as habitat for many, many species actually increases! Ken Bevis will discuss the ecology of dead wood in different forest types, the cycles of decay and habitat availability, and some of the amazing wildlife that uses these dead wood habitat features. Woodpeckers will figure prominently in the discussion, particularly the pileated woodpecker, the utterly Coolest bird in the forest! You may even get to hear the woodpecker song.

Instructor: Ken Bevis, Landowner Assistance Biologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

When

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

5. Another one bites the dust – Why so many trees have been dying in western WA

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout the region, especially with cedars and hemlocks, causing concern for many property owners. This class will talk about why so many trees are dying right now and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, and what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts.

Instructor: Kevin Zobrist, Extension Forestry Professor, Washington State University.

When

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

6. Dang it–who chewed my tree?? Controlling animal damage

You love your trees. You plant them intending to grow them for years, and somewhere in there, something eats it, or rubs it, or chews it. Who are these culprits? What are they doing? And what can we do about it? Ken Bevis will discuss common animal damage situations and some of the remedies available to small forest landowners in this class.

Instructor: Ken Bevis, Landowner Assistance Biologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

When

Monday, June 8, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

7. If you build it, they will come – Fun wildlife habitat enhancements

The basic habitat needs of wildlife, food, water, and cover are sometimes incompletely provided in our forests. Limiting factors such as availability of cavities for nesting or roosting cover, can be addressed by providing strategic and appropriate structures created, managed, and maintained by landowners. Learn about boxes, piles, creating wildlife trees, water sources, and other techniques in this fun and free ranging class!

Instructor: Ken Bevis, Landowner Assistance Biologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

When

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

8. Well begun is half done – proper site preparation and early vegetation control

Are you thinking about planting trees? Or did you already plant trees but worry they are going to be outcompeted by other vegetation? Excessive brush or undesirable plant pressure and reduce tree survival rates – wasting time and money. Come learn about vegetation management, why it’s important, and techniques for completing the job!

Instructor: Matt Provencher, Western Washington Landowner Assistance Forester, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

When

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

9. Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)

Have you recently harvested timber? Do you have an old field or other area that you think trees might look great in? Are you wondering what to plant? When to plant? Where to plant? How to plant? Join this class as Matt talks about matching species and stock type to your site as well as timing and what a properly planted tree looks like.

Instructor: Matt Provencher, Western Washington Landowner Assistance Forester, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

When

Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

10. Plantae non grata – Invasive species on small woodlands

Learn about invasive and noxious weeds that impact woodlands in western Washington. Identification, impacts, plant biology and control methods will be covered for woody and non-woody plants that threaten forest health, habitat, and ecosystems in the region.

Instructor: Sasha Shaw, Communications Specialist, King County Noxious Weed Control Program.

When

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 12:05-12:55 p.m. and 7:05-7:55 p.m.

Registration

11. The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse

Root disease is one of the most common forest health issues in western Washington. This class will cover identification and treatment options for the four most common root diseases: laminated root rot, annosus root disease, Armillaria root disease, and Schweinitzii root and butt rot.

When

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Registration

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University, Island County, King County, King Conservation District, San Juan County, San Juan Islands Conservation District, Skagit County, and Snohomish Conservation District.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Brendan Whyte at 425-357-6023 or brendan.whyte@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Kevin W. Zobrist

Professor, Extension Forestry

Washington State University

600 128th St SE

Everett, WA 98208-6353

425-357-6017

kevin.zobrist@wsu.edu

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