The Washington Tree Farm Program’s Westside 2022 Fall Forestry Seminar features “Vegetation Management.”
Friday September 16, 2022, 12:00 p.m. -2 p.m. – Join our live via webinar presentation with Dr. Rob Slesak, a researcher with the US Forest Service, on “Should it stay or should it go? Potential benefits of slash retention following harvesting in Western PNW.” Slash is commonly removed from a site for various reasons following harvesting, but recent research has shown that slash retention can have immediate and longer-term benefits to stand development and soils.
This talk will demonstrate the benefits of slash retention that may be useful to consider when developing a slash management strategy for your forest. He will be followed by Joseph Shea from Skagit County Noxious Weed Board. As the Skagit County Noxious Weed Coordinator Joseph Shea has led the Skagit Cooperative Weed Management area group and worked at a watershed scale to eradicate Japanese Knotweed on the Skagit and Samish River Systems with a large breath of partners in Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish Counties. Additionally, and with the help of various partners over the last 20 years the Skagit County Noxious Weed Control Board has been successfully eradicating Spartina Anglica in our tidelands. There are 154 listed Noxious Weed species of which he has worked with, identified and controlled in Skagit County. This presentation will cover the variety of tools at our disposal, highlighting how different plants and landscapes require different strategies to ensure the best integrated pest management.
Saturday September 17, 2022, – We are offering you the opportunity to tour one of two tree farms. Option (1) South Sound and (2) North Sound. The South Sound will start at 10 a.m. at Cranberry Lake Foundation in Shelton with a break for lunch (bring your own) and afternoon stop at Meyer’s Point, Olympia. The North Sound will start at 9 a.m. with two stops at Tree Farms around Big Lake (Skagit County) and break for lunch (bring your own) and two afternoon stops just outside Sedro-Woolley.
Additional tour details and zoom links will be provided the week before the event. CFEs will be available.
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Provided at no cost but we would love your support of our program thru a donation which you can make here