Workshop: Improving Forest Health and Fire Resistance in a Changing Climate – San Juan Island

Learn DIY strategies for stewarding a healthy forest in the San Juans!

Many forest owners across San Juan County are interested in taking a hands-on approach to improving the health, resilience and productivity of their forests, but lack the information, skills and resources to do so. At this hands-on workshop at Red Roof Acres, local and regional experts will introduce forest owners to simple, do-it-yourself strategies for thinning their forests, mitigating slash and creating value-added products. 

The majority of this workshop will take place in the forest, teaching participants hands-on how to evaluate forest conditions, select trees for harvesting, and utilize woody biomass for forest health and biochar production. These workshops have been offered on Waldron, Shaw, Orcas, and Lopez islands, with great turnout.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring water and a sack lunch. 

Time & Date

Saturday, May 2, 2020 



Red Roof Acres
(Matt Clausen’s forest)

2575 Bailer Hill Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to our funders

This workshop has been postponed for now. We plan to reschedule it for a later date – please subscribe to our monthly newsletter and check this page for updates. In the meantime, wash your hands and enjoy your woods.


  • Fire history and ecology in the San Juans
  • Impacts of climate change on forests
  • Forest carbon cycles
  • Commercial and non-commercial thinning strategies
  • Options for utilizing excess woody biomass
  • How to convert forest slash to biochar
  • Portable saw milling
  • Improving wildlife habitat and timber values
  • Financial assistance opportunities

Free Site Visits

Workshop participants will qualify for a free two-hour site visit with a forester. During the site visit, the forester will help landowners refine plans for managing their forests and answer site specific questions. To register for a free site visit, please email


Kirk Hanson
Director of Forestry
Northwest Natural Resource Group

Kai Hoffman-Krull

Carson Sprenger
Restoration Ecologist/Fire Ecologist
Rain Shadow Consulting

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