Wildfire awareness: Forestry scientists share lessons to understand, adapt to realities of fire

Wildfire is a perennial challenge for Washington and the west. Learn about the risk of fire, and how to defend and restore balance in the landscape, with help from WSU and Extension foresters.   Lessons…

Grand Coulee fire

April 30: Fire behavior workshop in the Blue Mountains

Fire behavior, history, tools to evaluate conditions, firefighter roles and state regulations and policies will be discussed in a free workshop for woodland owners and others 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at 111 Pattit Rd., Dayton. Go to to sign up and get details about the workshop, which is put on by Washington […]

Orchard Pest, Clean Plants, Bighorn Sheep

WSU Scientists Use Flower Power to Combat Orchard Menace Apple orchards are intricate webs involving a delicate balance between trees, soils, water, insects, and more. To manage the pests that can potentially damage a crop of apples, growers often apply pesticides. There are several problems associated with pesticide use, though, including risks to environmental and […]

WSU Study Examines Forest Fire Suppression Effects on Bighorn Sheep Habitat

PULLMAN, Wash. – Bighorn sheep in northern Washington are not thriving the way they should, and Washington State University faculty members are working to figure out why. Bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in the northern reaches of the state in the 1950s; today there are about 100, according to Mark Swanson, […]

Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh and Safe Throughout the Season

PUYALLUP, Wash. – The lots are open and shoppers are already buying and putting up their Christmas trees. What’s the secret to keeping a Christmas tree fresh through the holiday season? Be sure to provide it with plenty of water advises Washington State University plant pathologist and internationally recognized Christmas tree expert Gary Chastagner.