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Nov. 5: Free forest health seminar for forest owners in Morton

MORTON, Wash – Washington State University Extension Forestry offers a free evening seminar on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees and what that means for privately owned forests in the region. Learn how to identify a forest health concern and understand when action needs to be taken.

A tree has fallen over in a forest, sheared away from its root system.
An example of root rot in a forest.

Recent years of longer, drier summers have taken a toll on trees and the effects, like an increase in dead or dying trees, are often in plain sight. There are many causes that might be responsible for the death of trees in a forest and the majority are part of natural processes. Dying trees can often enhance ecosystem services in a forest by providing wildlife habitat, building soil and increasing biodiversity.

This seminar will help explain when tree death is something to be concerned about, what signs to look for when something is going wrong, and how you can prevent or manage them. Extension agents will also talk about the resources available to help address these issues.

The seminar will take place at the Lyle Community Center in Morton on November 5 from 6-8 p.m. Learn more about this event and register at

Media Contacts

Patrick Shults, WSU Extension Forester, 360-740-1213