CHENEY, Wash. – The Ponderosa Pine Field Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in Cheney, Wash. This event will highlight the “web of life” surrounding a key tree species of the inland Pacific Northwest, Pinus ponderosa.
 
This event is open to the public and is designed to educate property owners about this critical species. Bring a lunch, a lawn chair and dress for a walking tour.
 
The topics that will be discussed during this event will include:
–  The natural history of the bioregion and how it had shaped the forest;
–  The life history of the ponderosa pine and the associated plant community;
–  Ways to improve the forest’s resiliency to key forest pests;
–  Wildlife value of the ponderosa pine forest;
–  Using fire as a forest management tool in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
 
Registration for this field day is $10 per person or family. Registration must be done before Sept. 2, space is limited so the earlier the better. Mail or drop off the registration fee to WSU Spokane County Extension at 222 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202.
 
For the brochure and registration forms visit the local WSU Extension Office or visit http://bit.ly/ndsXic.
 
The event will begin in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge visitor center which is located south of Cheney, five miles along South Cheney Plaza Road, then east two miles along South Smith Road. A digital map can be found at http://bit.ly/turnbull-map.