Free webinars scheduled for February 26 include education on native land management, advice on insects and diseases, and preparing trees for climate change.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington State University Extension Forestry Program are teaming up to bring the Landowner Winter School courses online again. forests this year, offering more than 20 free, expert-led courses for people to learn about their forests. , from climate change to wildlife habitat to insects and disease.

The Winter School program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 26 via Zoom. Although conducted remotely, many courses will be tailored specifically to the different needs of landowners east and west of the Cascades. The family event offers courses suitable for new forest owners and people whose families have owned their land for generations.

Class topics include how to increase tree resilience, current forest health issues, integration of agriculture and forestry, wildlife habitat enhancement, native land management in the north- Western Pacific, and more.

The online winter school will consist of five 50-minute sessions, during which you can choose from a variety of topics. Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with instructors and panelists via chat as the lessons progress. A virtual lunch break is also planned to allow participants to get to know each other and discuss common interests in an informal setting.

Registrants will receive a final schedule a few days before the event so they can plan which sessions to attend live.

Anyone interested in participating should register even if they cannot view the live sessions. Registered attendees will receive links to session recordings. This will also allow users to see all sessions they are interested in, even if they are scheduled for the same time slot.

For more information about the event, including a full list of topics, and to register, go to

This program is made possible in part through financial support from Washington State University, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Island County, King Conservation District, King, Lewis County, Pacific County, Pierce County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Stevens County. , Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County Surface Water Management, USDA Forest Service, and Renewable Resources Extension Act.

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