As promised, we are delivering a new set of Tree School Online classes! We have received a lot of positive feedback from all of you, and we recognize the need to continue this program. We will not be running the webinar series as frequently as we did when we were making up for the lack of in person Tree Schools around the state last year. Instead we have been working with our partners from the Partnership for Forestry Education to design a permanent ongoing Tree School Online Program that supports in person Tree Schools as we begin planning those again for 2022.
Tree School Online will continue from October through February on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, and we hope to continue this schedule on an annual basis.
So, let's talk about what else is on all of our minds… Tree School Clackamas, 2022! I know it is stressful because we all want to get back to normal and meet again at the Clackamas County Community College in March for Tree School. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of uncertainty, and Glenn and I just don’t see a way to plan a traditional Tree School next March. However, we do want to plan a smaller version of Tree School at Hopkins where we will feature more field classes. We are still in the beginning stages of planning, but we hope to develop this field based Tree School in late spring with possible vendors. We will continue working on this, and we will share the details as they develop.
As I have been working on the next Tree School Online webinars and Tree School Clackamas 2022, I had to stop and look back on my last two years as the Clackamas County Tree School Coordinator. I came to Oregon from Colorado, and I had not attended a Tree School before I began working with OSU Extension. I had to cancel my first Tree School that I coordinated with Glenn and the Tree School team, and we were not able to plan one for 2021 outside of Tree School Online. As I work with Glenn on an in-person Tree School next year, I am sad to say that I will not be able to attend that one either. However, I am happy to announce that I will be moving on to a new position in California where I will be working with small landowners in creating healthy and fire-resilient forests. I want to thank all of you for your support these past couple of years. It was a lot of work planning the Tree School last year and then working with OFRI and ODF to create Tree School Online. It has been a wild journey, and I could not have done it without the support of this community. Maybe I can come back in the future and finally attend an in person Tree School.
Information on our next two Tree School Online classes is now available on the Tree School Online class guide (beav.es/treeschoolonline). Learn more and register for “Overcoming Reforestation Challenges” on October 12 and “Woodland Roads: Are You Ready for the Winter?” on November 9.