FYI –Elaine Oneil, Director of the WA Farm Forestry Association, asked to share this upcoming UW presentation. The WA Forest Landowner Database, which may sound kind of ho-hum unless you are a data freak, is actually intriguing as can be, and WSU Extension has relied on the inaugural database released in 2009 for over a decade. We are thrilled to have new data describing forestland owners to work with, as we have found it particularly valuable for outreach and for sharing the good news about why small forest landowners are important. Please see invitation, below.
In the 2019 Washington State legislative session the house and senate natural resources committees passed a bill that directed the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences within the College of the Environment at the University of Washington to complete a trends analysis. At more than 400 pages, plus online charts and tables, it is a treasure trove of information that is waiting to be mined. Now, it is freely available to the public, but for a landowner-focused synthesis, you are invited to join us for a ‘mini-zoom’ session on Saturday morning, May 1, for presentations by key UW scientists with Q/A afterwards. Following this, WFFA leaders will host an ‘open mic’, similar to the recent WSU Extension Winter School Landowner Roundtable, to discuss the findings and how they interact with our strategies moving forward. The presentations and conversation, along with your input, will be used to drive future policy and educational agendas. The details on the virtual meeting are available on the Events page. An announcement will also be sent by email shortly before the event.