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Is Your Forest Healthy?
Practical Advice for the Identification and Management of Insects and Disease
The forests of central Washington are viewed by many foresters as unhealthy. Periodic lows in annual precipitation and densely crowded forests have created tremendous competition between trees for survival. This has resulted in low vigor and suseptability to damaging insects and diseases. How can you as a forest landowner determine if your forest is "healthy?" What are the symptoms of insect and disease infestations? How serious are they, really? How can you make logging work for your forest, rather than against it? What are the risks if the trees are just left alone? A healthy forest is no accident.
On Saturday, May 3 in Roslyn, an outstanding seminar and demonstration introduce woodlot owners and those who work with them to the issues and implications for managing healthy forests. Participants will receive expert counsel from recognized authorities, as well as resource materials and tools for analyzing forest stand conditions. The program is sponsored by WSU Extension, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Suncadia Resort.
The program is open to the public and is limited to the first 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration fee is $20 per person, family, or ownership. Fee includes all course materials and light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by April 28, 2014. Registration forms are available at local Washington State University Extension Offices or can be downloaded from the web at http://forestry.wsu.edu. For questions on the program, contact WSU Extension forester Andy Perleberg at (509) 667-6540.