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Many forest owners in the Pacific Northwest are interested in maintaining forests that provide a broad range of economic and ecological values. With careful stewardship, forests can be perpetually managed on a regenerative cycle that allows for multiple entries and a sustained yield of a broad range of high-value forest products. The timing and design of thinning practices can result in a wide variety of forest conditions depending on the landowners’ objectives – including those that benefit wildlife habitat, forest health, and long-term income generation.
Join us and learn how you can manage your forest for what matters to you.
This class will introduce woodland owners to the principles of ecological forestry as well as tools to implement it successfully on smaller parcels. Topics will include harvest management strategies from clear-cutting to selective harvest and how they relate to wildlife habitat.
In the morning, speakers will include Rolf Gersonde, silviculturist and researcher for the City of Seattle’s Cedar River Watershed, and Ken Bevis, landowner assistance fish and wildlife biologist for the Department of Natural Resources.
In the afternoon, participants will join technical experts for a tour of a nearby forest that has been selectively harvested. Participants will learn how they can manage their own projects that can provide periodic income, improve forest structure, and enhance wildlife habitat.
DATE: Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Sedro-Woolley High School Library, 1235 3rd St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
COST: $15 – Registration fee covers event costs and lunch.
Register at: https://timber-wildlife.eventbrite.com
From 9:00 am to early afternoon the class meets inside at the library. In the afternoon, the class travels to a nearby forest for on the ground training.
Be prepared for an engaging afternoon in the field!
This workshop is supported through a grant provided by the:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Special thanks to our Project Partners:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Northwest Natural Resource Group
Skagit Conservation District
Natural Resource Conservation Service