Forestry field day helps Vashon property owners care for trees

Forested pathForests are an important part of the beauty and quality of life on Vashon, and sustaining healthy, functioning forests on the island requires careful stewardship.  

Owners of forested properties will build the necessary knowledge and skills for caring for their trees at the Vashon Forest Owners Field Day, Saturday, August 27, 2022.  

Running from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Island Center Forest, 188th Trailhead, 10612 SW 188th St., Vashon, the field day is hosted by Washington State University Extension and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with King Conservation District.  

This event features hourly outdoor workshops that will cover topics including maintaining healthy trees, protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat, proper thinning techniques, controlling invasive weeds, and safeguarding homes from wildfire. Participants choose which sessions to attend, and can network with vendors, agency personnel, and other forest owners. 

Early registration will save $10 on admission. Tickets will also be available at the gate. This event is child-friendly, and youth under 18 can attend for free.  

The field day will be followed by a bring-your-own-picnic-dinner and a free Twilight Forest Tour hosted by King Conservation District at a nearby forested property from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will consist of a walking tour of the forest, with discussion of past treatments, forest health considerations, and other management tools and considerations. 

To register or learn more, visit or contact WSU Extension Forestry at 425-738-0109 for details. 

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Coffee, water, light refreshments, and a restroom will be provided at the field day.  

Please bring your own picnic dinner if you intend to join the picnic and Twilight Forest Tour. We also recommend bringing a picnic blanket, as seating won’t be available. 

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact WSU Extension Forester Grace Garrison at (425) 738-0109 or at least 21 days prior to the event.