Learn more about forest management during the Green Thumbs presentation


Do you own a woodlot? Check out Green Thumb Gardening Tips’ next presentation, “Forest Management for Landowners” with forestry expert Norm Schaff, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, August 25 on Zoom.

Get the link at extension.wsu.edu/clallam/master-gardener-calendar. Or join us by phone by calling 253-215-8782 (meeting ID 920 0799 1742, passcode 709395).

Are Douglas firs better for your property than western red cedars or bigleaf maples? Do you really need so many alders on your land? Schaff will talk about the common conditions, benefits and risks of living in a forest environment in the Clallam County area. He will discuss the conveniences and drawbacks of assessing your own forest, including assessing tree and forest health, as well as common diseases and pests.

He will also talk about the regulatory environment – ​​what landowners need to do to maintain their forests as well as management practices that can be used in your forest.

“Landowners will learn about the most appropriate tree species for the foothills area, identify common problems and potential solutions, learn about potential management practices to maintain or improve forest health,” said Schaff,” and will be made aware of the forestry practice regulations that must be followed.

Schaff is a professional forester with 50 years of experience in Western Washington who currently advises private clients on property management. He owns NorthStar Forestry LLC, which provides forestry consulting services to clients in Washington State. NorthStar Forestry was founded in 2018 after his retirement from full-time employment as president of Merrill & Ring, Inc.

Previously, he managed all of Merrill & Ring’s timberlands in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

He received his forestry degree from Washington State University in 1973 and earned an MBA in 1998 from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA program.

Prior to joining Merrill & Ring in 1993, Schaff was Head of Forest Lands for Crown Pacific, Limited. He is an active member of the Society of American Foresters and served as state president, and was recognized as Forester of the Year in 1986 and Fellow in 2012.

Sponsored by WSU Clallam County’s Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips educational series is offered the second and fourth Thursdays of each month through October (in November, December, and January, a program is offered). Scheduled presentations are subject to change.

Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar (extension.wsu.edu/clallam) for the latest information on upcoming presentations.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.


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