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Mapping the Future in All Directions

To know the land is to love the land. WSU Extension forester Emily Burt provides Ferry County youth and their families the tools they need to better understand their local environment and become good stewards of it. More than 100 – and counting – county residents have learned how to use GPS to make critical land-management decisions, including mapping timber disease areas and locating critical landmarks. Today, one particular 4-H Club is putting that new knowledge to work in a different way; they are mapping a tourism route of the county that highlights its natural beauty and history and marketing it to visitors to the area. It gives them a head start on a forestry career and the local economy another economic development tool.

Emily Burt, County Extension Educator,
Ferry County

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Bound and Determined to Stamp Out Invasive Weeds

Diffuse knapweed, Dalmatian toadflax, Musk thistle. Any way you look at it, these invasive weeds mean trouble for Washington’s native grasslands and timberlands, reducing biological diversity, increasing soil erosion and lowering land values. WSU Extension educators Dale Whaley and Ty Wilson, under a Statewide project headed by WSU Ferry County Director, Dan Fagerlie, help harness the power of insects that eat these weeds to eradicate them in northeastern Washington. In Ferry County alone, knapweed biomass has gone from 1,860 lbs. per acre to less than 10 lbs. Fewer weeds, fewer pesticide applications, a healthier environment.

Dale Whaley and Ty Wilson, County Extension Educators
Douglas County

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Picture Perfect Forests. Healthy. Sustainable. Yours.

WSU Extension educator Andy Perleberg teaches a short course for family forest landowners, including tribal members and natural resource professionals, that helps them focus on what they want to accomplish with their land, given the biological, physical and political realities of the day. They learn how to make good choices about everything from thinning trees to managing noxious weeds. They end up with a complete multi-resource Forest Stewardship Plan for their land – and because they develop it themselves, they actually implement it. The result? Healthier forest lands throughout the state and educated stewards to keep them that way.

Andy Perleberg, County Extension Educator
Chelan County

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¿No Habla Español? ¡No hay problema!

The face of Washington is changing. With the continuing rapid growth of Washington’s Hispanic/Latino population, many teachers, police officers and public officials are left without the language and cultural skills they need to serve this segment of our communities. Randy de Mars, coordinator of WSU Extension’s Learning Center in Wenatchee, oversees the Full Immersion Spanish Institute offered throughout the state that focuses not only on learning Spanish, but also about understanding the cultures of the Latino/Hispanic groups in the area. ¡Salte al agua, está tibia!

Randy De Mars, Learning Center Coordinator
WSU Learning Center - North Central Washington

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A Leg Up on Success

No one can learn everything in a classroom, and some students have more difficulty than others. WSU Extension 4-H Specialist Kevin Powers takes a little different approach. His 4-H Forestry Education Program provides low-income, at-risk kids a new, hands-on way to learn the skills they need to succeed – in school and in life. As they work their way through a ropes course or help build a forest path or monitor water quality in a local stream, they learn about team work, respect for the environment, responsibility and the joy of accomplishment. And that means they do better in school, stay out of trouble and are better equipped to succeed no matter where life takes them.

Kevin Powers, 4-H Forestry Education Program Director
Chelan County

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A Better Way to Battle Bugs

There’s more than one way to beat a bad bug. Doug Walsh, Washington’s integrated pest management coordinator, develops more effective and environmentally friendlier ways to eliminate pests on agricultural and non-agricultural settings. In fact, he and his team won an international award for their IPM work in wine grape vines. Their success in discouraging cutworms from ever climbing up the vines to eat the buds where grapes form – rather than spray them after the damage was done – is saving Washington growers about $5.5 million a year and already has reduced pesticide use by 84 percent.

Doug Walsh, Agrichemical & Environmental Extension Specialist/Assoc. Entomologist
WSU Prosser (IAREC)

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Tomorrow’s Orchards: Compact, Complex, Competitive

Soil, water, pesticides, light, labor, machinery. It takes a lot to compete in today’s global economy. WSU Extension educator Karen Lewis and her team consider everything from plant spacing and orchard design to mechanized labor and economics to reduce the amount tree fruit growers have to put into their crop, and as a result, maximize the profit they get out of it. The Competitive Orchards Systems team focuses on developing orchard systems that deliver no less than a 10 percent return on investment. Now, that’s competitive.

Karen Lewis, County Extension Educator
Grant County

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Your garden grows very well and with a lot less water, if you’re working with WSU Extension horticulture educator Tonie Fitzgerald. She leads a program in Spokane that helps all gardeners – from professionals to the backyard variety – choose plants that can replace a traditional lawn with a lot less water and maintenance. Water-wise gardening reduces the amount of water used and protects water quality by preventing the leeching of contaminants into the aquifer that overwatering can cause. Just ask Tonie.

Tonie Fitzgerald, Master Gardener Program Leader, Extension Specialist
WSU Spokane

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Take the 4-H Challenge Course Plunge!

Phil Linden knows the best way for some youngsters to learn life skills is to jump right into physical activity in the great outdoors. Navigating a ropes course, climbing a rocky slope, even canoeing can teach powerful lessons about how to treat others, to solve complex problems, to make good decisions, teamwork and trust. And those lessons last. Students who finish working with Phil, 4-H Challenge coordinator for Ferry County and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, are more successful in many areas of their lives, including school.

Phil Linden, Extension Coordinator
Ferry County Colville Reservation

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A unique richness of students, faculty, location, activities, and organizations creates a full, lively student life at the University. This section gives you the insider's view on student life and a sampling of the opportunities here.

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