Webinar series set for forestland owners

The Clallam Conservation District and Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Small Forest Landowners Office are partnering to offer a free webinar series designed for Clallam County forestland owners.

The series kicks off with a webinar on “Forestland Site Preparation and Vegetation Management” by Matt Provencher, with the DNR Small Forest Landowners Office, set for 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.

Provencher will discuss how competing vegetation can be detrimental to forest tree seedling establishment, reducing seedling growth and vigor, and in extreme cases lead to seedling mortality. He will provide techniques for managing competing vegetation to help provide trees the best start possible.

The presentation will also cover continuing maintenance of competing vegetation through a young forest stand’s life, and detail local resources for forestland owners interested in receiving technical and financial assistance.

A second seminar, scheduled for 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, features Provencher offering “Choosing Species and Planting Your Forestland.” He will cover how properly planned tree planting activities can lead to increased growth, vigor and survivability of planted tree seedlings.

This presentation will focus on how to set seedlings up for success, and build on the previous webinar topic of vegetation management. Provencher will talk about choosing tree species and stock types appropriate for one’s site, as well as proper planting techniques.

The presentations offer something for everyone, from those with 1 acre of forestland or 1,000, and those who harvest timber regularly or use woodlot exclusively for wildlife habitat, series organizers said.

Register for these two webinars — as well as upcoming webinars in this series — through the Clallam Conservation District website at clallamcd.org.

Those unable to attend the live webinar can get a copy of the recorded webinar upon registration.

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