Are You Urban Forest Pest Ready?

The Washington DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program kicked off its seminar series earlier this month. The 2020 Seminar, “Urban Forest Pest Readiness” walks participants through the utilization of the Urban Forest Pest Readiness Playbook by engaging attendees in an interactive exercise working through the Playbook’s self-assessment of pest readiness, which asks the question: are … Continue reading Are You Urban Forest Pest Ready?

2020 Seminars, Now with Social Distancing!

2020 Seminar topic: “Urban Forest Pest Readiness” Under the circumstances, we can’t rely on the traditional face-to-face format for our scheduled seminars, so we are planning to hold all eight of the meetings virtually using on-line meeting software. And even though these are virtual and not place-based, we are still referring to each one as … Continue reading 2020 Seminars, Now with Social Distancing!

Invasive Species Awareness Week: 2/24 -2/28

In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed February 24 to February 28, 2020 as Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise awareness and find preventative solutions for invasive species. A multiagency news release sent the week of February 17 will highlight the week and events to a statewide audience. Your organization can … Continue reading Invasive Species Awareness Week: 2/24 -2/28

King County Seeks Input on 30-Year Forest Plan

In rural and urban communities throughout King County, forests store carbon and provide climate benefits, improve water and air quality, enhance habitat for salmon and other wildlife, reduce polluted stormwater runoff in our communities and waterways, offer recreational opportunities, and provide cool shade for streams and sidewalks. As part of our Strategic Climate Action Plan, … Continue reading King County Seeks Input on 30-Year Forest Plan

Spruce Aphid Damage in Coastal Washington Forests, Communities

Spruce aphid (Elatobium abietinum) is a non-native insect that was likely introduced from Europe and became established on the west coast sometime in the early 1900s. These tiny, yellow-green aphids are less than 1/16 inch long and feed on sap in conifer needles, primarily those of Sitka spruce and other ornamental species of spruce. Typical … Continue reading Spruce Aphid Damage in Coastal Washington Forests, Communities

How Climate Change and Drought are Changing the Landscape

This article has been reprinted as it originally appeared in DNR's "Ear to the Ground" blog on June 6th, 2019: https://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/is-my-tree-dying-how-climate-change-and-drought-are-changing-the-landscape/ The problem first gained attention in bigleaf maple trees, which have been dying off since 2011 in some parts of Washington and Oregon. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the University of … Continue reading How Climate Change and Drought are Changing the Landscape

New 2018 Forest Health Highlights Report

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading New 2018 Forest Health Highlights Report