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able to go back to just an in-person
meeting. I think there will be a virtual
component to almost any kind of
conference that we do. "
Team Effort in Washington State
For the last several years, the
Washington Tree Farm Program
(WTFP) has held a Fall educational
seminar on the third Saturday of
September. The day-long event
features presentations on three
different topics suggested by the
state's Tree Farmers, and a lunch
provided by WTFP.
After the pandemic hit, the
program's board waited to see
if an in-person seminar would
be possible. But in July, with the
conference just two months away,
they decided to move the event
online in a modified form.
One of their first decisions was
to change the format from an
8-hour, single-day event to three
shorter presentations spread out
over consecutive weeks. " We didn't
think it was reasonable to expect
that people as individuals or in small
groups would want to sit there [in
front of a computer] for eight hours.
So we decided to break it into two
or two-and-a half hour segments, "
said Robert Obedzinski, WFTP
chair. The sessions were scheduled
for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, since
Washington State University had
found that this time worked well for
forest owners participating in its
online seminars.
Getting the webinars up and
running was a true team effort that
included several members of the
Board: Obedzinski, Jon Matson,
Patrick Shults, Nick Kunz, Tom
Westergreen and Elizabeth Ide,
administrator for the Washington
Tree Farm Program. Matson
did an analysis of the different
online platforms available, and
recommended either Zoom or
WebEx. Matson also found a
website called TechSoup (techsoup.
org), which offers substantial
discounts on technology for
nonprofit organizations.

The WTFP eventually
choose Zoom, at a cost of $75
a year. " We also added the
webinar portion, which was
about $20 a month, " said Ide.
The webinar option provided
the larger platform required
for multiple speakers, hosts
and participants. (The WFTP
cancelled the webinar portion
of Zoom after the seminars, but
could add it again as needed.)
Kunz, Shults and
Westergreen handled much
of the implementation work.
" One of the most important
things they did to make this
successful, in addition to all
the technical work, was to
hold several practices with
each one of the speakers, "
said Obedzinski. They also
provided support in the days
before the webinars to any Tree
Farmer who needed assistance in
accessing Zoom.
The fall webinars featured
segments on forest products, on
future forest products (like carbon),
and on special forest products
(sugar mapling and growing
mushrooms). People registered
separately for each webinar that
they wanted to attend. The Fall
Seminar usually attracts about 50 to
60 people; the first online webinar
had 65 certified Tree Farmers
registered, while the other two had
33 and 39. Ide noted that actual
attendance was probably higher
because in many cases two or more
people were watching on a single
After the webinars, 90% of
participants thought online was
an appropriate format for the
program, 85% felt the materials
was presented in an interesting way
and 96% would recommend the
seminars to a friend or associate.
Since that time, the Washington
Tree Farm Program has used Zoom
for other purposes, including the
Tree Farmer of the Year ceremony,
inspector training and a quarterly
board meeting.

Bob Obedzinski, chair,
Washington Tree Farm program

Elizabeth Ide, administrator,
Washington Tree Farm Program

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2020

Our Forests & Our Future
Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
Forest Interactions
Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
2020 Policy Wins
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Intro
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Our Forests & Our Future
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - 2020 Policy Wins
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