Wildfires and Defensible Structures

As the frequency and intensity of wildfires increases due to several factors, like past fire suppression, climate, and weather, it is important to consider how to prepare the area surrounding your home, or other defensible structures, on your property. With many homes in the Pacific Northwest either surrounded by forestland.....Read More

May 14, 2018

Large Tree Installation

Introduction The process involved with planting large, mature trees is very similar to that of planting small form plants. It simply requires a larger hole. A much larger hole. The tree was in a 48 gallon pot, and required a planting hole that was 8 feet across by 1.5 feet deep......Read More

April 30, 2018

Coastal Inundation Mapping

Coastal Inundation Mapping Training As Peninsula Environmental Group\'s primary ArcGIS user, I had the great pleasure of attending a 2-day course on coastal inundation mapping put on by WA Coastal Training Program and instructed by NOAA professionals Matt Pendleton and Billy Brooks. After a early morning scenic drive from our.....Read More

February 14, 2018

Benefits of Arborist Wood Chips

Recently, the Peninsula Environmental crew has been working on several sustainable landscape jobs where we\'ve been able to utilize simple, yet extremely beneficial arborist wood chips! What exactly are arborist wood chips? Arborist chips are essentially any material that gets processed through a wood chipper. Arborist wood chips are a by-product.....Read More

February 13, 2018

Training & Education

We provide personalized, adaptable industry specific training in the fields of arboriculture, sustainable landscaping, ecology restoration and wetlands. We have developed  curriculum and engaged in training the Department of Ecology\'s Washington Conservation Corps on tree morphology, visual tree assessment, tree climbing, and advanced rigging. We teach quarterly tree pruning classes at plant.....Read More

November 21, 2017

Rain Gardens in Your Landscape

Native soils and forests of western Washington absorb, store, filter and slowly release clean water to rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes and coastal waters. The rich diversity of life in marine and fresh water, as well as on land, depends on clean water to thrive. As the region grows, native forests.....Read More

November 21, 2017

Green Shoreline Design

Washington\'s Shorelines are our states treasures. From Clallam County, Jefferson and Kitsap, the State shorelines provide opportunities for recreation, beautiful views, and habitat for salmon and other fish and wildlife. Over the past century, people have built houses along marine, river and lake shorelines because of the opportunities for aesthetics,.....Read More

November 21, 2017

Mature Conifers in the City

What Are Conifers? Conifers are trees, shrubs and occasional ground covers that produce cones. Many conifers, like pines, firs, and spruces have needles. Others, like cypresses, junipers and false cedars, have scale-like leaves. Many conifers are evergreen throughout the winter, but a small few, like larches and dawn redwoods, are.....Read More

August 14, 2017

Mycorrhizae and Plants

A trees life is not as easy as it may seem. Like any living organism trees are always allocating their limited resources to meet internal growth and defend against a variety of external factors. When a tree health begins to decline, it indicates the trees current growing conditions are not.....Read More

October 20, 2015

Role of Vegetation in Slope Stability

Vegetation (trees, shrubs, grasses, flower and ground covers) helps stabilize slopes in numerous ways. Native plants provide wildlife habitat, are adapted to our native soils, can adapt better to climate disruptions, and interact with each other in ways hybrid/exotic plant communities do not. If you have indicators of potentially unstable.....Read More

October 20, 2015

Community Tree Management Institute

Extensive Urban Forestry training hosted by State leaders. The Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) is an intensive training and professional development course specifically tailored to the needs of those who have tree related responsibilities in their communities. Coursework covers technical, managerial, and administrative aspects of managing trees in cities. The.....Read More

October 20, 2015

The Large Tree Argument

Large Trees Pay Us Back We now know that, dollar for dollar, large-stature trees deliver big savings and other benefits we can\'t ignore. Small-stature trees like crape myrtle deliver far fewer benefits. In fact, research at The Center for Urban Forest Research shows that their benefits are up to eight.....Read More

October 20, 2015