Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Forest Owners Winter School 2015 Announcement

Family owners of private forestland in Washington will have the opportunity to learn how to keep their forests safe and healthy at the Forest Owners Winter School.

Some 215,000 families in Washington own more than half of the state's private working forestland.

The Washington State University Extension educational event will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the WSU Vancouver campus. Gates will open at 8:00 am and presentations will begin at 9:00 am.

Participants will be able to attend up to six different expert presentations, choosing from more than a dozen topics. Among the topics being offered are common tree and shrub identification, wildlife habitat, chainsaw safety and maintenance, common forest insect and diseases, growing and tending forests, protecting your home and forest from fire, and thinning and pruning trees. 

Owners of forestland located in Eastern Washington and living in the Portland-Vancouver Metro area are especially encouraged to attend.

There will be a resource area featuring equipment exhibitors, vendors, and public, private, and nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to landowners.  Refreshments will be available.

Advance registration received by November 29 is $20 per person and $30 per family. Registration at the door is $30$ per person and $40 per family.  Box lunches will be available for an additional $10 each, and must be pre-purchased by November 29. 

The registration form and additional information are available at, by contacting WSU Extension at 509-667-6540.  For program questions, contact Andy Perleberg, WSU Extension Forester, at 509-630-4217 or

WSU Extension, the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, the Family Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the WA Farm Forestry Association, and the Washington Tree Farm Program are sponsors of the Forest Owners Winter School.   

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