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FOREST HEALTH WORKSHOPS AND EDUCATION IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
Increasingly, forest owners in the Olympic rainshadow region of the San Juan Islands are seeking guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration efforts. For the past seven years, NNRG and our partners have worked in many San Juan Island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, and hosting tours and classes. We are working with landowners to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability.
NNRG and partners are building on work we’ve been doing in the San Juan Islands for the past nine years. The 2022 series of workshops and fireside chats helped island forest owners translate their forest management plans into action.
Workshops combined in-field forest ecology instruction with opportunities for forest owners to learn risk-reduction techniques under professional supervision. Through a combination of instruction, demonstration, and activities, workshop participants gained experience in tree-marking, tree felling, slash disposal, making biochar, empowering them to undertake that work on their own.
September 14, 2022
Kai Hoffman-Krull, Forest Health Manager for the San Juan Conservation District and founder of Restore Char, will discuss techniques for increasing forest resilience and carbon storage through in-forest biochar production.
September 17, 2022
At this free, all-day workshop, participants will learn hands-on strategies for evaluating the health of their forests, mitigating fire and drought risk, selecting trees for thinning, and utilizing slash and cut materials for wildlife habitat enhancements and biochar creation.
September 21, 2022
At this fireside chat, Carson Sprenger and Kai Hoffman-Krull will discuss how historic fire regimes shaped the ecology of the San Juans and tactics forest owners can use to improve the fire resilience of their forests while improving long-term carbon storage.
October 15, 2022
During this workshop on Shaw Island, local and regional foresters will introduce forest owners to a practical strategies for achieving their ecological and economic goals in the face of the warmer and drier climate of the future.
In August 2020, NNRG hosted the workshop Improving Forest Health and Fire Resistance in a Changing Climate. Participants at the workshop learned how to evaluate forest conditions, select trees for harvesting, and utilize woody biomass for forest health and biochar production. A full recording of that workshop, which took place in a San Juan Island forest, is available below.
Our San Juan County Forestry Products and Businesses Directory will help you find and collaborate with logging contractors, equipment operators, arborists, tree workers, woodworkers, builders, architects, and consultants. The directory is updated periodically (last update October 2021).
For the past several years, NNRG has hosted a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire and disease to their woods while using the excess woody biomass in creative and productive ways. Past workshops include:
This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28587. We’d also like to thank the USDA Risk Management Agency for their long-time support.