Olympic Natural Resources Center

Needlecast Working Group

The Olympic Natural Resources Center hosted the Fall meeting of the Washington Needlecast Working Group on October 27, 2020.  This working group was established, with funding from the Washington Legislature, to better assist and inform Washington State’s forest sector, landowners, policymakers, and the public at large about Swiss needle cast and its effects on forest management.   If you would like to join, please contact Sándor F. Tóth at toths@uw.edu.


Four presentations were given:

Connie Okaski, UW on statistical considerations in selecting ground plots to assess the accuracy of aerial surveys for needlecast. Presentation

Monika Moskal, UW on remote sensing fundamentals needed to developing alternatives to aerial surveys. Presentation

Sándor F. Tóth, UW on economic considerations for managing Douglas-fir in coastal Washington given risks of needlecast problems. Presentation

Gabriela Ritkova, OSU on State of the science on needlecast from the OSU Swiss Needlecast Cooperative. Presentation.


The 2020 Oregon SNCC Annual meeting will take place in a virtual setting on Thursday, December 10th from 8:30 am until approximately 2 pm.  The morning (scientific) portion of the meeting will end at noon.