Sessions (Forestry)

The Focus on Forestry sessions for 2022 are shown below. 

Session 1:

Insects of Washington Conifer Forests

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Omdal, Forest Pathologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Insects can pose a risk to Washington forests. Understanding the life cycles of insects that impact Washington forests and factors that contribute to population loads is important to managing forests resilient to them. In this lecture we’ll discuss the common types of forest insects, how to identify them, common management approaches to dealing with them, and signs of whether they are of concern or not. 

Session 2:

Diseases of Washington Conifer Forests 

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Omdal, Forest Pathologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources 

Diseases that affect trees in Washington can pose significant risk to the health and safety of trees. In this lecture we’ll discuss the most common tree diseases in Washington, how to identify them, what to do if you have them, and standard management approaches to dealing with them.  

Session 3: 

Emerging Issues in Forest Health: Emerald Ash Borer

Presenter: Kevin W. Zobrist, Professor, Washington State University 

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive, invasive insect that causes almost complete mortality of North American ash trees, including our native Oregon ash as well as ornamental ashes that are common in urban forests throughout WA. Since its accidental introduction to North America in Detroit in the 1990s, EAB has steadily spread throughout the U.S. and Canada, and it was first detected in the PNW in summer 2022. This talk will address the basics of EAB biology, the damage EAB does to ash trees, how to identify EAB and EAB damage, how EAB spreads, how to report possible sightings, and control strategies to mitigate the damage and spread. 

Session 4: 

Western Redcedar Dieback and Sooty Bark Disease on Maples - We need your help to understand these tree health issues

Presenter: Dr. Joey Hulbert, Washington State University

Climate change is affecting our forests. The dieback of western redcedar is one example of the effects in our communities. Recent longer and hotter droughts may have also led to the emergence of sooty bark disease, which affects many of our broadleaved trees. More information and research is urgently needed to understand and reduce the impacts of these tree health issues. Together we can address this need through citizen and community science. Anyone can help accelerate research about these issues by sharing observations or submitting samples through the Forest Health Watch.

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