Workshop: Utilizing Woody Biomass to Reduce Fire Risk All woodland owners encouraged to attend

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station

— from Cailin Mackenzie —

Many forests in the San Juan Islands are comprised of extremely dense small diameter trees. These dense stands are at high risk for forest fire, have stagnant growth and low timber quality, and present very poor wildlife habitat. This workshop will go over the history of island forests, the risks and problems with leaving dense forests unmanaged, and different active management strategies to reduce wildfire risk, enhance forest biodiversity, improve wildlife habitat, and generate income.

Topics include:

  • Ecology and history of San Juan forests
  • Fire hazards of overstocked stands
  • Wildlife impacts of homogenous systems
  • Active management solutions
  • Cost mitigation options

Details and Registration:
WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Orcas Island Fire & Rescue, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, WA 98245

All woodland owners are encouraged to attend. For more information, go to

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