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   One of the positives to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the huge number of online educational opportunities that are available. We are taking advantage of these workshops and seminars whenever possible. We recently learned from Dr. Travis Alexander about 'Cherries and Plums.' This was a two hour presentation hosted by the Western Cascade Fruit Society. Also, the PNW chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture recently hosted a one hour presentation on 'Signage on Wildlife Habitat Snags'. Yes esoteric, but informative. Next on the calendar is 'Summer Dry Gardening' hosted by the Northwest Horticulture Society. Also the PNW ISA just announced a list of tree related webinars...always learning !

   On April 24th, we all tuned in (on separate devices) to an online webinar titled Bugs Of Spring. This was presented by Sharon Collman, Emeritus Professor, WSU Extension. Sharon covered the insects to watch for as we move through our landscapes, nurseries and gardens in the spring. Recognition and early detection allows you to determine whether you can ignore it for now or if you need to take action to prevent damage. Some of the new invasive insects to watch for are spotted lantern fly, European Chafer, Japanese Beetle, and Lily Leaf Beetle. We are now more able to identify new invasive species in the properties we maintain and in our neighborhoods. Thanks WSNLA and Sharon ! 

(Invasive Spotted Lantern Fly) 
                            Fruit Tree Pruning Presentation

On February 2nd, 2019, Gordon again presented a fruit tree pruning lecture and demonstration for the Olympic Orchard Society. The lecture took place at the Sequim Prairie Grange. The pruning demonstration was at a local home orchard. This event was free and open to the public.

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