Washington Community Forestry Council meeting

February 13, 2013, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA
For more information contact sarah.foster@dnr.wa.gov or 360-902-1704

Urban Forestry Awards — Nominations now being accepted.

If you know deserving individuals, organizations, community groups, or businesses that deserve recognition, please consider nominating them for the Council’s Urban and Community Forestry Awards. Efforts that are voluntary (or above and beyond typical job duties and expectations), show leadership, or are highly innovative, will receive priority recognition.

For more information and to find the nomination form, follow this link 

Workshops through the Western Forestry and Conservation Association

Forest Health: Identification and Management of Forest Insects and Diseases

March 13-14, 2013, in Spokane
Learn to identify and manage the insects and diseases of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana forests.  Pesticide recertification credits available for all four states
Registration fee is $275 if received by March 7, 2013. More information and to register

Understanding GPS and Forestry and Natural Resource Data Collection Techniques for the Field

February 12, 2013, in Shelton

This one-day session will explore the history and evolution of GPS systems, fundamentals of GPS data collection, and the collection and post processing of GPS data. The class will train users on the Garmin Map76CSx and 60CSx and Trimble Juno and GeoExplorer GPS receivers.

Instructor: William E. Schlosser, Ph.D., Kamiak Ridge, LLC, Pullman. www.resource-analysis.com
The registration fee for either session is $175 if received by February 5, 2013. More information and to register

FREE Workshop: Fruit Tree Pruning

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6 pm, Tacoma

Master Gardener, Bill Horn teaches the ins and outs of fruit tree pruning for fruit production. Basic pruning techniques and tools will be covered as well. A handy manual for fruit tree pruning is online

Workshops are sponsored by EverGreen Tacoma and are open to Tacoma and Pierce County residents.

Register online

Fruit Tree Stewards Learn to Care for Trees in Tacoma

Tacoma’s first Fruit Tree Steward Program begins this February with a six-part series focused on organic fruit tree care. Designed for beginners, the learn-and-serve program will give participants a good understanding of fruit tree care while they help enhance the health of Tacoma’s urban orchards.

Class schedule

  • Wednesday, February 13, 6–8:30 p.m. — Class Orientation & Basic Tree Biology
  • Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Winter Pruning, Plant Health Care & Young Tree Training
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6–8:30 p.m. — Spring Pest & Disease Control
  • Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Fruit Tree Varieties & Grafting
  • Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Permaculture for Fruit Trees
  • Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Summer Pruning & Thinning      

The cost is $75 for the entire program (6 sessions). Full and partial scholarships are available.

Apply online at: http://tinyurl.com/fruitstewards. For more information, please email:  pcgleaningproject@gmail.com or call (253) 306-3457.
Application deadline is Wed. Feb. 6, 2013.