Aug. 10: Forestry field day helps woodland owners care for trees

ARLINGTON, Wash. – Owners of wooded property around the Puget Sound will build skills for caring for their land and trees at the Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day.Stock photo of a lush green woods, with a worn walking path between old trees.

With an alarming increase in the number of dead trees throughout Pacific Northwest, taking better care of forested areas is critical.

Washington State University Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District will host the field day Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pilchuck Tree Farm, north of Arlington, Wash.

The all-day outdoor event will feature workshops, demonstrations, tours, and resources on a variety of topics for forest property owners of all skill levels, from “newbie” to seasoned veteran. Participants can choose to attend up to six workshops. Topics include forest health issues in the Puget Sound region, wildlife, wildfire prevention, mushroom cultivation on logs, invasive weed control, and more. There will also be vendor exhibits and time for participants to network with professionals and fellow forest stewards.

Pre-registration is not required, but those who pre-register before July 26 will receive a discount. Youth under 18 may attend for free. There are special student and Master Gardener rates, call for details.

To learn more, register, and get a complete list of workshop topics, visit or contact WSU Extension Forestry at 425-357-6023.