Sessions (Forestry)

The Focus on Forestry sessions for 2019 are shown below. View speaker biographies (PDF).

Time Session
9:45 a.m.   Wildfire Risk Reduction
Presenter: Brendan Whyte – Forester and Forestry Program Coordinator, WSU Extension, Everett, WA

Learn practical techniques to apply to your house, yard, and forest to greatly increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire. Learn how to properly prune your trees, what to plant, and how wildfire risk reduction interacts with other management objectives, such as wildlife diversity. 
11:00 a.m. WildCrafting and Agroforestry on the West Slope of the North Cascades
Presenter: Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, Founder and Director of Friends of the Trees Society, Port Townsend, WA 

Pilarski introduces wildcrafting and agroforestry opportunities and practices in the region for economic and environmental benefits to forest and agricultural lands. These practices can increase the outputs of forests, offer new products and provide flexibility in forestry management depending on the landowner’s goals. Michael brings over 25 years of commercial wildcrafting experience, has worked with 100s of plant species and has taught agroforestry for over 30 years.

3:00 p.m. Developing a Forest Adaptation Plan: Strategies to Reduce Adverse Impacts and Increase Resilience 
Presenter: Crystal Raymond – Climate Change Strategic Advisor for the City of Seattle, Seattle, WA

Forests on the West Slope of the Cascades are changing with summer droughts posing challenges for small forest landowners. The changes to the local climate greatly affect the historical conditions in which forest thrive. Luckily, landowners have many proactive tactics and silvicultural techniques to help forests succeed. Learn to develop a plan of adaptation strategies for managing forests to climate change impacts to reduce impacts and increase resilience to sustain ecosystems and forests.     

4:15 p.m.
Managing Forests for Climate Change: Understanding Tree Mortality 
Presenter: Kevin Zobrist, Professor of Forestry at WSU Extension, Everett, WA 

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout western Washington. Cedars and hemlocks have been particularly hard-hit, causing concern for many property owners. Learn why so many trees are dying right now and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, and what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts.