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Sept. 4: Forest health seminar to help landowners understand tree mortality

SHELTON, WA – Washington State University Extension Forestry offers a seminar on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees and what that means for privately- owned forests in the region.

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

This free event will be held at the Mason County Auditorium (2621 E Johns Prairie Rd. Shelton, WA 98584) on Wednesday, September 4th from 6-8 PM.

Attendees will learn how to identify forest health concerns and understand when action needs to be taken.

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 health 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 problems. Extension agents will also talk about the resources available to help address these issues.

To learn more, go to

Email or call 360-740-1213 with the total number of people attending in your party to register.

Media Contacts

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