Farm Forestry members, families and friends, as well as non-members, are invited to a Forest Tour of the Westergreen Family Tree Farm sponsored by the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association. NO Zoom required - this is actually an in-person event! Our outdoor discussion stops will be along a graveled forest road (easy car access) and then parking in an upper meadow.
The goal of this tour is to learn ways managed small family forests can produce valuable timber products and also provide excellent, diverse wildlife habitat. The Westergreen family will show the various forest management techniques they have utilized and learned from the planting, growing and harvesting tree cycle over the last 60 years. Additionally, Stewardship Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Ken Bevis, will discuss various methods for providing the diversity of conditions to support native species. In particular, Ken will emphasize the presence of adequate amounts of dead wood (snags and logs) for various cavity nesting species, and little critters that live in downed wood. You will see forest stands of various ages, species and compositions, and consider how each can allow wildlife species to thrive. Ken will explain some wildlife enhancement techniques, including nest boxes, snag creation and water sources. This tour will provide many ideas that you could implement in your own forests to enhance wildlife, while growing a valuable crop.
To learn more and register, visit www.wafarmforestry.com/sites/default/files/chapter_notimages/Whatcom/Forest%20Tour%207-10-2021%20-%20Final.pdf.