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Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Olympia 2019

April 1- May 20

An 8-Week Forestry Short Course for Small Forest Landowners

Learning about wildlife in the forest Classroom during Coached Planning Students learn in a forest setting

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), April 1 – May 20 (+ Field Day on Saturday, May 4)

Where:  Olympic National Forest Supervisor’s Office – 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

Cost:     $100 per property enrolled (couples and children welcome)

 

Ready to sign up?

Register online (open soon)

Register online using a credit card via Brown Paper Tickets.

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 5PM on Thursday, March 28th.

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.

Forest Health Seminar: Skagit County (Dec. 12th)

December 12th, 2018

Trees are dying in Skagit County – learn why and what to do

Mount Vernon, Wash – Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout Skagit County and the rest of western Washington. This year trees were particularly hard-hit, especially western redcedars, causing concern for many property owners. Washington State University (WSU) Extension Forestry will be giving a free public seminar to explain why so many trees are dying right now and what property owners can do.

Learn what makes forests healthy or unhealthy and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, including their environmental roles and the important interactions between them. Learn about what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts. The seminar will be taught by Kevin Zobrist, associate professor of forestry at WSU and author of the book Native Trees of Western Washington.

Admission is free, and no confirmation necessary.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, December 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

For more information contact Brendan Whyte, WSU Extension Forestry at (425) 357-6023 or brendan.whyte@wsu.edu.

Ties to the Land – Chehalis 2019

Looking up from beneath a forest canopy

 

Do you own and care for farm or forestland?

If so, you probably have strong feelings about leaving your land in good condition for the future. Succession Planning—the human side of Estate Planning—focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address those challenges.

 

What’s Covered

Ties to the Land is an award-winning succession planning workshop offered by WSU Extension. Succession planning is the human side of estate planning, and is a way for families to maintain their ties to the land across multiple generations, building awareness of the key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address the challenges. It is a facilitated and interactive workshop with DVD-based components that provides effective tools families can use to decide the future of their land.  Workshop participants learn about the legal and economic aspects of transferring a farm, forest or ranch from one generation to the next. Participants receive a “Ties to the Land” workbook and companion DVD, tools designed to help families to continue to improve and direct communication and planning at home.

Working as a family, you will receive information about legal and economic aspects of transferring forest lands from one generation to the next. This workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises to help families develop techniques needed to address tough issues.

 

When and Where

March 9, 2019 – 9AM to 4PM

Chehalis Veterans Memorial Museum

100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532

 

Cost

Registration is $50 per family or property ownership.

Lunches are available for an additional $10 per person.

 

Registration

Register online

Register online using a credit card via Brown Paper Tickets (subject to credit card processing fee).

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 March 4th.

 

Accommodations

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 Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213 or patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

Tools of the Woods – Training and Maintenance Workshop

What’s Covered

This half-day class covers the safe use and proper maintenance of chain saws, trimmers, and brushcutters. It includes review of safety & maintenance procedures followed by a hands-on training with your personal tools. Each attendee is invited to bring 1 – 2 products; chain saws, trimmers, brushcutters, etc. for the hands-on session. The preference is that you bring STIHL products since we will have the maintenance parts to take care of any issues. It will make it more difficult for competitive products, but if that’s all you have you’re welcome to bring any brand of product!

Lunch will be provided.

When and Where

December 15th, 2018 (9AM – 1PM)

Stihl Classroom

215 N Hamilton Rd., Chehalis, WA 98532 (use south parking lot)

Registration [SOLD OUT]

 

Accommodations

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 Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213 or patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

 

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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.

 

Red Alder Management Workshop – Sep. 29th in Kent

Kent, WA
Saturday September 29, 2018
Details and Registration

Ties to the Land Succession Planning Workshop – Nov. 3rd in Enumclaw

Enumclaw, WA
Saturday November 3, 2018
Details and Registration

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.

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