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West End field day set for forest owners

 

For the first time in more than a decade, the Olympic Peninsula’s Forest Field Day will be held on the west end.

 

The field day will be from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. The fee is $30 per person or $40 per family.

 

The field day is designed to prepare landowners to plan and execute management activities that meet their personal objectives, reduce risks and protect their financial investment. Absentee landowners with property on the peninsula are especially encouraged to attend.

 

Participants can choose from a wide variety of classes and activities taught by specialists in forest health, wildlife habitat, weed control, wildfire protection, timber and non-timber forest products, using global positioning systems, chainsaw safety and maintenance, forestland security and safety, and more. Presenters will be available to answer questions specific to your property situation. Youth activities will be available all day.

 

“These classes will be particularly helpful for the small forest owner who otherwise is not a forester,” noted Ellen Matheny, ONRC Director of Education and Outreach.

 

WSU Extension, UW Olympic Natural Resources Center, the DNR Forest Stewardship Program and the Family Forest Foundation are the primary sponsors of the field day.

 

Educators can earn up to six clock hours of continuing education credits for participating.

 

For more information and a flier, check out the ONRC website: www.onrc.washington.edu or call Matheny at 360-374-4556.

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