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WSU Extension: foresters, tree fruit staff earn national awards

WSU Extension Tree Fruit groupBy Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two WSU Extension faculty members won awards this year from the Association of Natural Resource Professionals for their efforts connecting with small forest landowners. » More …

Sept. 17: Field day helps woodland owners care for trees

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

forestLOPEZ ISLAND, Wash. – Forest and woodland owners will build skills for caring for their trees at the San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day, 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Midnight’s Farm on Lopez Island. » More …

Aug. 16: Explore urban forest at breakfast talk, tour

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

treeSPOKANE, Wash. – Learn about the benefits that Spokane’s urban forest provides in a breakfast discussion and walking tour 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Scoop, 1001 W. 25th Ave., Spokane. » More …

‘Treemageddon’ storm shifts to Arbor Day

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A giant spruce tree knocked down by the Nov. 17 windstorm in Spokane. (Photo by Tim Kohlhauff, WSU)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane will observe a bittersweet National Arbor Day this Friday, April 29. Not only is the ponderosa pine its official tree, but the city has been declared a Tree City USA for 12 years in a row by the National Arbor Foundation. » More …

Purple needle eater threatens noble fir holiday boughs, trees

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

chastagnerPUYALLUP, Wash. – Noble fir, the iconic tree of holiday greenery, is under attack by a disease known as purple needle eater. The mysterious disease attacks new growth, causing needles to turn purple and die.  » More …

Holiday greenery harvest adjusts to ‘Godzilla El Nino’

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Noble-fir-wreath-by-Freed-webOLYMPIA, Wash. – Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over. » More …

July 26: Forestry field day helps landowners care for trees

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences 

forest-day-80ARLINGTON, Wash. – Woodland owners will build skills for caring for their trees at the North Puget Sound Forestry Field Day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Graves Property, 13818 184th St. NE (Mattson Road) near Arlington in Snohomish County. » More …

Biocontainment unit helps researchers to tackle SOD

For more than three years Kathy Riley, a WSU research technologist, has been trekking between the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and Corvallis, Ore. to conduct research on the deadly plant pathogen known as Sudden Oak Death. That’s because Oregon State University is home of the only pathogen isolation facility in the region federally approved for research on SOD.But now there are two.This week, nursery and forest products industry representatives and local elected officials joined College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences administrators to cut the ribbon on a new $250,0000 biocontainment unit for SOD research recently installed at the Puyallup Center.With completion … » More …