OAKVILLE — A unique opportunity is coming for family forest owners and managers in western Washington. Instructed by the states recognized experts in forest management, wildlife habitat and other forest stewardship disciplines, this “out-in-the-woods” educational event will provide useful, timely and unbiased information sure to meet the needs of landowners with five or 500 acres, according to a press release from Washington State University. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, and classes throughout the day.

The field day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Wild Thyme Farm near Oakville. The location is within convenient driving distance from all counties in Southwest Washington and the south Puget Sound vicinity.

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. There will also be a special session just for absentee landowners with property in eastern Washington.

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 individual property situations, and participants can learn how to arrange a complementary walk-in-the-woods by a professional forester, wildlife biologist, or both. Youth activities will be available all day.

The fee for those who register by Monday, Aug. 14, is $20 per person or $30 for a family of two or more. After that date the fee is $30 per person or $40 per family. An optional BBQ lunch will be available for $10 per person to benefit the Future Farmers of America. Lunch reservations must be received by Aug. 14.

A brochure with more detailed information, driving directions and the registration form can be found at forestry.wsu.edu, or contact your local WSU Extension office.

For more information contact WSU Extension Forester Andy Perleberg at 509-667-6540 or by email at andyp@wsu.edu

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