A western red cedar dying due to drought in Marysville, Washington.

LONGVIEW, Wash – Washington State University Extension Forestry offers a free evening seminar on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees and what that means for privately- owned forests in the region. Learn how to identify a forest health concern and understand when action needs to be taken.

Recent years of longer, drier summers have taken a toll on trees, and the effects, like an increase in dead or dying trees, are often in plain sight. There are many causes that might be responsible for the death of trees in a forest, and the majority are part of natural processes. Dying trees can often enhance ecosystem health in a forest by providing wildlife habitat, building soil and increasing biodiversity.

This seminar will help explain when tree death is something to be concerned about, what signs to look for when something is going wrong and how you can prevent or manage problems. Extension agents will also talk about the resources available to help address these issues.

The seminar will take place at the Cowlitz County Training Center in Longview on July 10 from 6-8 p.m.