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Learn how to use this "blackberry hoe" and host of other invasive weed removal methods that will save you time and save your forest at our Invasive Weed Field Practicum near Bellingham on May 5th.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to spend a day in the field doing hands-on learning with experts on a whole toolbox of ways to remove a variety of different weeds that plague forest property owners. Get in-depth knowledge on specific products to use, how to apply them, and how to clean up. Learn organic methods of removal. Learn what works best for each type of weed.

Pre-registration required: http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/weeds_whatcom/
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Are you interested in property tax relief for your forested/wooded property in King County? Come to our free current use taxation seminar at the Covington Library on April 12th: http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/currentuse/
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Do you want to make sure you keep your family forest or farm IN the family? Learn how at our upcoming succession planning workshop featuring the award-winning Ties to the Land curriculum. The workshop will be held at Carnation Farms on Saturday March 31st. For details and registration information, please visit http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/ttl/
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We have yet another totally new program for you this fall: A field practicum on managing invasive weeds in your forest. Invasive weeds not only inhibit the growth of or even kill your trees, they cause significant ecological harm by taking over ecosystems, crowding out native species, degrading wildlife habitat, and increasing erosion. Controlling these noxious invaders is a challenging but essential task for landowners. The practicum will cover both chemical (including organic-approved) and non-chemical control options. This practicum is completely field-based and centered around hands-on learning. Registration is open! http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/weeds/
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New program this fall: A comprehensive two-day workshop on managing red alder. We'll talk about dealing with aging alder that is dying and falling apart, markets for alder, how to grow red alder, and how to provide for water quality and wildlife habitat in riparian alder stands.
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The full 2017 schedule and workshop descriptions are now posted on the Field Day website. We have some new topics this year--Handheld GPS Use in your Forest, and Your Trees in a Changing Climate. You can also learn about current forest health issues, fire risk, wildlife, mushrooms, and more--There will be a total of 14 different workshops offered! http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/fieldday/
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The Forest Owners Field Day features a suite of outdoor workshops for people with forested property. Forestry specialists from around the region will be providing classes, demonstrations, tours, and resources on a variety of topics throughout the day for forest owners of all skill levels (from “newbie” to seasoned veteran). There will also be vendor exhibits from forestry agencies, organizations, and equipment dealers that will allow participants to network with professionals and other forest owners. Whether you have just a couple wooded acres a large forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this field day is for you!
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Check out what I spotted on a walk in the woods today. This is a fascinating plant called Indian pipe. Yes, it's a plant and not a mushroom. It doesn't have chlorophyll (hence no green) and so it can't make food from photosynthesis. Instead, it is parasitic on mycorrhizal fungi that are linked into to conifer trees. So ultimately it gets its food from neighboring conifer trees but not directly. How interesting is that?

Do you like to walk in the woods and see/learn new things like this? If so, this is a good time to think about signing up for one of our Twilight Tours. We have one in Whatcom County tomorrow, and one in Skagit County on Thursday. We'll also have one on Vashon and one in Snohomish County in the next couple weeks. Check out all the details at http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/twilight/
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Back by popular demand - summer twilight tours! Starting in just two weeks! These free out-in-the-woods events are a chance to share ideas, see what others are doing, and look at real examples of challenges and solutions. Each tour concludes with a potluck dessert, so please bring something sweet to share. Tours we have lined up so far are: Bellingham (Tues. 7/19); Mount Vernon (Thurs. 7/21); and Vashon (Wed. 7/27). http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/twilight/
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We have a new and important resource available for small forest landowners in Washington. This has been in the works for a long time and is something that has been sorely needed. So here's introducing the Washington State Consulting Forester and Silvicultural Contractor Directory: http://forestry.wsu.edu/consultingdirectory/

Any previous lists we had were very limited and very old, with many entries no longer in business, and did not include contractors (the people who do planting, pre-commercial thinning, brush control, etc. for you). The new directory is up-to-date with over 80 companies across the state listed. You can search by county served, service provided, etc. You can see the credentials of each company, whether they are bonded or insured, and more.

Hopefully now it will be a little easier for forest owners to get connected with the professional services they are looking for. If you have forestry circles that you can share this with, please help us spread the word that this is (finally) available.
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