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Washington Tree Farm Program
Westside 2022 Fall Forestry Seminar
Topic: Vegetation Management
Friday September 16th, 2022, noon-2pm join our live via webinar presentation with Dr. Rob Slesak from USFS presenting 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 17th, 2022, we are offering you the opportunity to tour one of two tree farms. Option (1) South Sound has hit capacity and sign up for South sound tour is closed. 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 9a.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.
Provided at no cost but we would love your support of our program thru a donation which you can make here
- Deadline for sign up is Wednesday Sept. 14th.
- Limited availability for tree farm tours so don’t wait to sign up