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Creating Wildlife Habitat Trees
Creating Wildlife Habitat Trees
WhenFriday, Mar 2, 2018, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WhereUW Botanic Gardens, Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112
Campus roomWisteria Hall
PresenterBrian French
Contact Information206-685-8033,

Class participants will have the opportunity to learn best practices regarding the safe retention of tree portions for habitat. Techniques like Coronet Pruning will be demonstrated. In addition, participants will learn how to create bird boxes using pre-existing cavities. Saws can also be utilized to create habitat; we’ll explore how to attract desired animals by specifying the size and location of wood holes.

As arborists, it is our job to evaluate trees and offer solutions to mitigate risks. Frequently, wildlife habitat exists in known tree risks (i.e., cavities, dead snags, or broken tops). In many cases, risks can be reduced and mitigated while retaining existing wildlife habitat or creating new wildlife habitat.

Not all trees need to be used as habitat trees, but in the right place they can make a substantial, positive difference to the community. Knowing regulatory laws and protected species is the arborist’s responsibility. The people taking care of trees must realize the value in preserving and creating habitats, so we can live more symbiotically in the world.

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