Source: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY submitted to
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY RREA PROGRAM
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
NEW
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
1011377
Grant No.
(N/A)
Project No.
WN.NRREA17-21
Proposal No.
(N/A)
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
(N/A)
Project Start Date
Oct 21, 2016
Project End Date
Sep 30, 2021
Grant Year
(N/A)
Project Director
Perleberg, A.
Recipient Organization
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
240 FRENCH ADMINISTRATION BLDG
PULLMAN,WA 99164-0001
Performing Department
Cooperative Extension
Non Technical Summary
SITUATION: Washington State has 215,000 families and individuals that control 5.8 million acres of forestland, making this the largest rural land use group in the state. Another 4.0 million acres of private land is grazed as either open and forested or transitory grass/ cropland. Most landowners manage for multiple objectives, such as productive timber and range land, wildlife habitat, and recreation. However, most natural resource professionals agree that the majority of landowners lack the knowledge and skill to accomplish their personal objectives. This jeopardizes the health and safety of the land, the economic well-being of the landowner, and the protection of public resources such as water, air, and wildlife. Most landowners lack a written management plan which provides the biological, physical, and political information necessary to make sound decisions in order to execute best practices in a logical and feasible manner. Forest and range owners need a surround-sound approach of educational deliveries of management information to protect their values without compromising those amenity and commodity forest and range values for themselves, society, and future for generations. PURPOSE: The purpose of our RREA program is to provide organized educational opportunities to meet the needs of Washington's forest and rangeland owners.
Animal Health Component
0%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
(N/A)
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
1230699302090%
1210799302010%
Goals / Objectives
Goal is to enhance resource management on working forests and rangelands. Specifically, we will focus on forest and rangeland stewardship and health. Our focus is watershed protection and management; management and control of forest and range fires, and the management and sustainability of forest and range resources.
Project Methods
Project will deliver research-based information about fundamental management practices and emerging issues. Mode of delivery will be a blend of time-tested best practices, such as forest and range owner's field days and Coached Forest Stewardship Planning Shortcourses, as well as online delivery via streaming videos, webinars, and e-newsletters. Evaluation will combine self-reported changes in awareness and knowledge, positive changes in behavior in executing new and best practices, and observed and research-based expectations in creating a more desirable future condition. Indicators of changes include number of educational events; number of landowners and managers trained to develop Stewardship Plans; number of Stewardship Plans written; number of acres impacted by future planning and present treatments; number of direct and Indirect contacts who Increased awareness and knowledge of the benefits and opportunities in forest and range management; number of dollars earned or saved.

Progress 10/01/17 to 09/30/18

Outputs
Target Audience:Audience includes forest and rangeland owners and natural resource professionals. Changes/Problems: Nothing Reported What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?The RREA program provided the opportunity for 10 extension educators to attend and present RREA outcomes at state and national networking endeavors including 1) Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals biennial conference, 2) Society of American Foresters, and 3) the Society of Rangeland Management. In addition, three new extension educators attended the Western Extension Forestry Coordinating Meeting in Vancouver, WA, where networking with other western states proved beneficial and has resulted in new collaborative projects. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?Project results were quantified using the WSU annual reporting system (Activity Insight). Program outreach and accomplishment reporting was achieved through a variety of delivery methods (web-based; newsletters, etc.), pedagogical methodology, and civic and professional presentations (oral and poster at local, state, and national conferences and meetings). We advanced our RREA agroforestry transfer with a webinar that was hosted by the Forest Service and was conveyed nationally. Our forest stewardship and health Extension program was also featured for NRCS and its partners through the state office monthly webinar. When appropriate, evaluation data was shared with cooperating agencies, organizations, and elected officials. At the most local level, several opportunities have been taken to present the Extension Forestry and Rangeland Management Program directly to county commissioners face to face, or through the county agents, as well as state legislators. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?We will follow our 2016-2020 WSU Strategic Plan for Enhancing Natural Resources and the Environment, as well as our 2016-2020 5-year RREA Plan of Work for Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and Health. With RREA support and through a partnership grant with the WA Dept of Natural Resources and US Forest Service Western Competitive Grants, we are adding two educators becasue of of the demonstrated and substantial demand by family forest and rangeland owners in northeast and southwest Washington. These educators will be located in the most important regions of Washington State for timber production and salmon recovery (southwest WA), and for fire hazard risk abatement and forest health improvement in NE WA. Both of these positions were eliminated by WSU but have been identified as priorities for future hiring; RREA has helped to sustain educational assistance through innovative partnerships and leveraging staff to provide invaluable technical and educational assistance to families and communities. RREA has made it possible for western Washington forest owners to receive one-on-one technical assitance, a service considered critical for forest stewardship planning and best management practice execution.

Impacts
What was accomplished under these goals? The Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and Health Project delivered research-based information about fundamental management practices and emerging issues to 3,165 landowners and managers. Mode of delivery was a blend of time-tested best practices, including 69 workshops, 2 Forest and Range Owners Field Days and three 8-week Coached Forest Stewardship Planning Shortcourses, as well as 19 online deliveries via streaming videos, webinars, and e-newsletters distributed to 34,015 landowners. Evaluations combined self-reported changes in awareness and knowledge (96%, n=3,642 landowners), positive changes in behavior in executing new and best practices (90%, n=3,384 landowners), and observed and research-based expectations in creating a more desirable future condition. Indicators of changes include number of educational events (77); number of landowners and managers trained to develop Stewardship Plans (272 families); number of Stewardship Plans written or initiated (295); number of acres impacted by future planning and present treatments (189,217 acres); number of direct and indirect contacts who Increased awareness and knowledge of the benefits and opportunities in forest and range management (36,580 landowners); number of dollars earned or saved ($28,087,500).

Publications

  • Type: Websites Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: WSU Extension Forestry http://forestry.wsu.edu/ http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/ http://forestry.wsu.edu/sw/ Includes Contacts, Directories, Publications, and Events.
  • Type: Other Status: Awaiting Publication Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. 2018. Colville-Little Spokane Basin Master Forest Stewardship Project Plan for the Landscape-Scale Restoration Program, Western States Competitive Grants, US Forest Service. WA Dept. of Natural Resources. Olympia, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Niemeyer, R.J., Tague, C., Adam, J.C., Schnepf, C., Perleberg, A.B., Nguyen, T.T. 2018. Forest thinning in dry forests: improving the resilience of forest health and streamflow in the Pacific Northwest. 2018 American Geophysical Conference Fall Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Introduction to Silviculture. 2018. WSU-DNR Forest Stewardship Shortcourse. Leavenworth, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Forest Management Planning. 2018. Forest Stewardship Shortcourse. Leavenworth, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Riparian Forest Management. 2018. North Olympic Streamkeepers, Pt. Angeles, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Educating Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners. 2018. Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition and USFS Colville National Forest Advisory Committee, Joint Meeting, Colville, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. WSU Extension Forestry Facing Opportunity. 2017. Matchmaker Symposia, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Silviculture for Enhancing Forest Health and Reducing Wildfire Hazard Risk. 2018. Blue Mountains Forest Owners Workshop, Dayton, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Renewable Resources Extension Act at Washington State University. 2018. Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, Biloxi, MS.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. What You Ought to Know About the Western Coordinating Committee. 2018. 2018. Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, Biloxi, MS.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Forest Stewardship Planning in Washington State. 2018. WA Association of County Assessors, Ellensburg, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Silviculture for Improving Forest Health and Abating Wildfire Hazard. 2018. Central Washington Forest Stewardship Shortcourse, Cle Elum, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. American Tree Farm System, Management Planning for Inspectors. 2018. Washington Tree Farm Program, Central Washington, Wenatchee, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. American Tree Farm System, Management Planning for Inspectors. 2018. Washington Tree Farm Program, Inland Empire, Spokane, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. Engaging Landowners Effectively to Actively Manage Their Forests. 2018. WA Association of District Employees, Technical Conference, Leavenworth, WA.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Awaiting Publication Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A.B., and J. Dobrowolski. 2018. Forestland Grazing in the Inland Northwest. WSU Extension Fact Sheet ##.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Awaiting Publication Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. 2018. Managing Your Timber Sale. WSU Extension Bulletin EB1818, Pullman, WA.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Forest Stewardship Notes e-newsletter (quarterly). 2018. P. Shults (Ed.). Washington State University Extension Forestry and the DNR Small Forest Landowner Office. Olympia, WA.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Awaiting Publication Year Published: 2018 Citation: Perleberg, A.B., D. Hanley, G. Kuhn, D.J. Robinson, B. Hanley, B. Hanley. 2018. Davenport living snow fence demonstration: fifteen-year survival and growth summary. Technical Bulletin TB06, Washington State University Extension, Pullman, WA.


Progress 10/21/16 to 09/30/17

Outputs
Target Audience:Audience includes forest and rangeland owners and natural resource professionals. Changes/Problems: Nothing Reported What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?RREA project has provided for attendance to conferences where attendees learned during sessions, networking, and while contributing to the program. Also, RREA was utilized to fund one annual statewide team meeting to gain technical and administrative information and to coordinate activities. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?Project results were quantified using the WSU annual reporting system (Activity Insight). Program outreach and accomplishment reporting was achieved through a variety of media methods (web-based; newsletters, etc), pedagogical methodology, and civic and professional presentations (oral and poster). When appropriate, evaluation data was shared with cooperating agencies, organizations, and elected officials. At the most local level, several opportunities have been taken to present the Extension Forestry and Rangleand Management Program directly to county commissioners face to face, or through the county agent, as well as state legislators. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?We will follow our 2016-2020 WSU Strategic Plan for Enhancing Natural Resources and the Environment, as well as our 2016-2020 5-year RREA Plan of Work for Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and Health.

Impacts
What was accomplished under these goals? The Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and Health Project delivered research-based information about fundamental management practices and emerging issues to 3,110 landowners and managers. Mode of delivery was a blend of time-tested best practices, including 3 Forest and Range Owners Field Days and one 8-week Coached Forest Stewardship Planning Shortcourses, as well as 32 online deliveries via streaming videos, webinars, and e-newsletters distributed to 64,335 landowners. Evaluations combined self-reported changes in awareness and knowledge (98%, n=3,047 landowners), positive changes in behavior in executing new and best practices (90%, n=2,810 landowners), and observed and research-based expectations in creating a more desirable future condition. Indicators of changes include number of educational events (54); number of landowners and managers trained to develop Stewardship Plans (68 families); number of Stewardship Plans written (49); number of acres impacted by future planning and present treatments (10,885 acres); number of direct and indirect contacts who Increased awareness and knowledge of the benefits and opportunities in forest and range management (88,000 landowners); number of dollars earned or saved ($22,858,500).

Publications

  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A. B. (Author & Presenter), Westergreen, T. (Author & Presenter), American Tree Farm System National Leadership Conference, "Leadership is a Contact Sport: Learning by Doing," American Forest Foundation, Washington, DC. (February 21, 2017).
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A. B., "Qualified Inspector Training, American Tree Farm System," WSU Extension and Washington Tree Farm Program, Spokane, WA. (January 18, 2017).
  • Type: Other Status: Submitted Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A. B., Agroforestry Assistance, "Agroforestry Educational and Technical Assistance in the USDA Forest Stewardship Program," WSU Extension, Spokane, WA. (January 17, 2017).
  • Type: Websites Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: WSU Extension Forestry Includes Contacts, Directories, Publications, and Events.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Under Review Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. and Others. 2017. Managing Your Timber Sale. WSU Extension Bulletin (in progress - revision).
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A.B. 2017. Chehalis Basin Master Forest Stewardship Plan. Instructional Manual. WA Dept. of Natural Resources.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Weikel, J., K. Bevis, A.B. Perleberg, D.P. Hanley, and J. Bottorff. 2017. Westside Douglas-Fir Forests and Wildlife: Management Tools for Family Forest Owners. Woodland Fish and Wildlife Group, World Forestry Center.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Awaiting Publication Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A.B., and J. Dobowolski. 2017. Forestland Grazing. WSU Extension Bulletin, Pullman, WA.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Gibbs, S., A.B. Perleberg, J. Sackett, T. Miketa, B. Norton. 2017. Washington State Integrated Forest Management Plan. WA Dept. of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A. B., Matchmaking for Interdisciplinary Research, "WSU Extension Forestry Facing Opportunity," Washington State University, Office of Research Services, Pullman, WA. (October 2, 2017).
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A. B., Tree Farmers Do It All  Wood, Water, Recreation and Wildlife, "2017 WSU Forestry Extension Events Help Landowners," 2017 WA Farm Forestry Association and WA Tree Farm Program Joint Annual Meeting, Bothell, WA. (May 4, 2017).
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Perleberg, A. B., Joint Annual Meeting of Washington Chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters, "Forest Owner Field Days a Twenty-Year Success in Washington State," Washington Chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters, yakima, WA, United States of America. (April 2017).