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Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Online Winter 2019

A forestry class for property owners

Your Land. Your Trees. Your Goals.

Natural beauty, wildlife, ecosystem health, harvest income, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet are some of the many reasons people value their forestland. Whatever your values are, this comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether you have just a few wooded acres or a larger forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this class is for you.

Topics covered include:

  • How do you know if your trees are healthy? What should you do if they aren’t?
  • Are characteristics of your property attracting or repelling the wildlife you enjoy? What can you do if wildlife cause damage?
  • Are there certain trees you should always keep or remove? How do you cut trees without damaging your land?
  • What types of trees do you have? Does your forest look like a “mess”?
  • How do you know if your trees need to be thinned, and how do you go about it?
  • How do you identify and mitigate fire risks?
  • Are invasive and noxious weeds taking over your underbrush? What are the risks and what can you do about it?
  • What kind of soil do you have and how does that affect what grows?
  • What is the risk of wildfire on your property?

Complete Schedule and Syllabus (PDF) – Coming soon

Save money, too!

As part of this class we will “coach” you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that may qualify you for property tax reductions or conservation cost-share grants.

 

When and Where

Dates and Times

Class Sessions will be held 6:00-9:00 PM Thursday evenings January 24 – March 7, 2019, except for the first night, January 24th, when the class will start at 5:30 PM. The Saturday field trip will be on March 2nd.

Location

Online – This course will be offered via live, interactive webinars. A high-speed internet connection (e.g. DSL, cable) is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinars with your computer or mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • Seven live webinars taught by the state’s recognized experts
  • A Saturday field trip
  • A digital library of reference materials and how-to guides
  • A copy of the book Native Trees of Western Washington
  • A consultation site visit to your property from a state service forester
  • A tree measuring tool

Cost

Register before January 11th and save $30! The registration fee is $190 before January 11th, and $220 January 11th or later. The cost is per household/ownership. Discounts are available for students and active Master Gardeners – call 425-357-6023 for details. Registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday January 21st.

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. This class always sells out. Cancellations must be received before January 17th to be eligible for a refund and may be subject to a $10 processing fee.

Registration

Register online

Register using a credit card via Eventbrite (subject to credit card processing fee).

North Puget Sound – Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties

Southwest Washington – Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties

 

Register by Mail

To register by mail, send in the appropriate mail-in registration form (an accessible, fillable PDF form best viewed with the free Adobe Reader software) along with a check made out to WSU Extension. Mail-in registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Monday January 21st.

North Puget Sound Form (PDF)– Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties

Southwest Washington Form (PDF) – Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties

 

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Programming in the North Puget Sound region is made possible in part by funding from Island County, King County, King Conservation District, Puyallup Watershed Initiative, San Juan County, Skagit County, and Snohomish County.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Brendan Whyte at 425-357-6023 or brendan.whyte@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

 

Class Handouts

Visit the Online Coached Planning Handouts page to download copies of class handouts and presentation slides. A password will be provided in class to access this page.

 

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Alder Management Workshop [SOLD OUT]

October 13th, 2018

9:00AM – 4:00PM

Stand of alder trees

Learn how to grow red alder from the experts!

No longer considered a “weed-tree”, red alder is now very marketable wood and log prices are competing even with Douglas fir.  However, red alder management can be tricky and comes with equal parts challenge and opportunity.  With that in mind, this workshop will cover all things alder as they relate to small forest owners.  Forestry experts will help equip you with the knowledge and resources to grow alder with research-backed management practices.

What We’ll Cover:

Through presentations, field tours, and demonstrations we will cover: red alder ecology, silviculture, markets, products, milling options, log grading, options for existing unmanaged stands, and more!

What’s included:

  • Presentations from recognized experts in hardwood management
  • Field tour of managed and unmanaged alder stands
  • Log grading demonstration
  • Lunch
  • Q & A sessions

Details:

When:    Saturday, October 13th, 2018 (9:00AM – 4:00PM)

Where:  Custer Creek Tree Farm – 2943 State Route 6  Raymond, WA 98577

Cost:      $30 per person, $40 per couple, children are welcome (additional lunches available for $10)

 

Member of Society of American Foresters?  CFE credits are available for this course!

 

Ready to sign up?

SOLD OUT

Stay tuned for more workshops from WSU Extension Forestry!

 

Call Patrick Shults at (360) 740-1213 or email at patrick.shults@wsu.eduQuestions?

Need Accommodations?

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs. To request accommodations, you must call Patrick Shults at (360) 740-1213 or email at patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks in advance. WSU Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.

San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day – Aug. 25th in Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor, WA
Saturday August 25, 2018
Details and Registration

Chehalis Coached Planning

 

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Chehalis

September 17th – November 5th, 2018

An 8-Week Forestry Short Course for Small Forest Landowners

 

THIS SESSION HAS SOLD OUT.  KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE NEXT CLASS COMING THIS WINTER!

Couple completed Coached Planning Classroom during Coached Planning Two men measure large tree

Helping You Manage Your Forest Towards Your Goals

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning is a comprehensive series of classes that are taught by recognized forestry experts from around the state of Washington.   This series both educates and inspires landowners to become stewards of their forest and equips them with the knowledge and resources to achieve their goals.  Don’t know what your goals are?  That’s okay too.  Through the nine sessions we will cover an array of forestry-related topics that will allow you to develop a vision for your property.

What We’ll Cover:

  • Tree Identification
  • Forest Ecology
  • Silviculture
  • Harvesting and Thinning
  • Site preparation and planting
  • Wildlife management
  • Mapping your forest (maps provided)
  • Forest soils
  • Managing for recreation/aesthetics
  • Financial assistance for landowners
  • Forest inventory
  • Special forest products
  • Forest health
  • Forest cultural resources
  • And more . . .

The “Coached Planning”

A major element of this class is “coaching” landowners through the process of writing a simple forest management plan week-by-week.  These plans help you shape your goals and vision for your property and write them up into a comprehensive management guide to help you get there.  Having a management plan is a critical part of being a forest owner, and often a major point of pride.  As if that wasn’t enough, the plan you write in this class can make you eligible for reduced property taxes and cost-share assistance to put the plan in action!  Should you choose to write a plan in this class, you will also become a DNR Certified Stewardship Forest.

What’s included:

  • Forestry guides and references
  • Multiple class presentations and Q & A sessions
  • A “hands-on” field day
  • Maps and aerial photos of your property
  • Forest measurement tools
  • A personal site visit to your property from a professional forester

Details:

When:    Monday evenings (6PM – 9PM), September 17th – November 5th (+ Field Day on Saturday, October 20th)

Where:  156 NW Chehalis Ave.  Chehalis, WA 98532

Cost:      $75 per property enrolled (couples and children welcome)

 

Ready to sign up? [SOLD OUT]

 

Questions?

Call Patrick Shults at (360) 740-1213 or email at patrick.shults@wsu.edu

 

Need Accommodations?

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs. To request accommodations, you must call Patrick Shults at (360) 740-1213 or email at patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks in advance. WSU Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.

Carnation Coached Planning starts Sep. 5th

Carnation, WA
Wednesdays starting September 5, 2018
Details and Registration

Arlington Coached Planning starts Sep. 18th

Arlington, WA
Tuesdays starting September 18, 2018
Details and Registration

Coached Planning Series – Aberdeen

Helping Family Forest Owners Develop Plans and Find Resources to Achieve Personal Goals

Is your forest healthy?  How do you know?  When harvesting timber, what is your fair share?  Is a handshake good enough?  How do you enhance wildlife habitat and protect your land from wildfire?  How do you harvest timber sustainably without harming your land?  A Forest Stewardship Shortcourse will help you answer these questions.  Beginning April 23rd through June 18th, an outstanding series of weekly classes will be conducted for owners of small-scale family forests (typically 5-500 acres) in Aberdeen, WA. You can become eligible for cost-share assistance to implement practices, be considered for reduced property taxes, and become a certified forest. This award-winning program is known as the Forest Stewardship – Coached Planning Shortcourse, and is conducted by WSU Extension and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.  It is called “Coached Planning” because a major part of this training involves “coaching” participants as they develop simple management plans for their forests that are tailored to fit your personal land management goals.  Among the topics to be covered are: forest ecology; forest health; applied silviculture; reforestation; responsible timber harvesting; forest soils; riparian area management; fish and wildlife habitat; cultural resources; special forest products; forest recreation; and more.  Course fee is $75 per person, family or land parcel. Participation is limited to 15 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of the registration and fee. Classes will be held weekly on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm in Room 4330 of the Schermer Building of Gray’s Harbor College. The course is taught by the state’s recognized experts from WSU, DNR, and other natural resource agencies. Take advantage of this unique opportunity now, as it may not be held in this area again for some time. If you are interested in this training, please call the WSU Extension office at (360) 740-1213 or email at patrick.shults@wsu.edu.  Download the brochure for more details.

To register online, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3380956

WSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.  Evidence of noncompliance can be reported to your local WSU Extension office

Whidbey Island Coached Planning starts March 6, 2018

 

Information and Registration

Our flagship class will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, attract wildlife, and take practical steps to keep your forest on track to provide enjoyment and even income for years to come. In this class you will develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and eligibility for cost-share assistance, and may also qualify you for significant property tax reductions.

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