“A Review of Western Washington Forest Health” by Rachel Brooks

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Forests are an integral part of our ecosystem in Western Washington, fostering trees and plants that filter air and water, as well as offering habitat for critical species that are vital to the well-being of our area. What factors can put our forests at risk? Join Washington Department of Natural Resources forest pathologist Rachel Brooks for a Green Thumb Education Series presentation and find out what is impacting the health of our forests.

Rachel will discuss how tree diseases, insects and weather stress factors like drought can impact forest strength. “Knowledge of what is happening in your forest can help you better understand your options and make appropriate management decisions,” she said.

Rachel is a forest pathologist at the Washington Department of Natural Resources where she provides technical assistance to landowners, helps monitor the state for tree diseases and pests, conducts research, and assists with educational events. Rachel obtained her PhD in Plant Pathology from Virginia Tech where she studied biological control options for an invasive tree (Ailanthus altissima) and taught forest pathology.

The Green Thumb Education Series presentation “A Review of Western Forest Health” will be held in person on Thursday, November 9th from noon – 1p.m. at the Port Angeles Library’s Carver Room, 2210 S. Peabody St. in Port Angeles.

Or you may join via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


Meeting ID: 936 2989 8830

Passcode: 676224

Or join by phone: 253-215-8782

The Green Thumb Education Series, sponsored by the Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardeners, is held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month through October. In November, December, and January, one lecture is offered. Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar for the latest information on upcoming presentations. For questions, call 360-565-2678.