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Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Kelso

Wednesdays, October 16 – November 20

A Forestry Short Course for Small Forest Landowners

Student learn about the importance of forest thinning Classroom during Coached Planning Students learn about wildlife in the forest Students learn about forest inventory

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.  Over several weeks 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
  • Silviculture
  • Site preparation and planting
  • Mapping your forest (maps provided)
  • Managing for recreation/aesthetics
  • Forest inventory
  • Forest health

  • Forest ecology
  • Harvesting and thinning
  • Wildlife management
  • Forest soils
  • Financial assistance for landowners
  • Special forest products
  • Forest cultural resources

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


When:    Wednesday evenings (6PM – 9PM), October 16 – November 20 (+ Field Trip on November 16)

Where:  Cowlitz County Administration Building General Meeting Room (3rd Floor) – 207 4th Ave N, Kelso, WA 98626

Cost:    Register before October 5th and save $25! The registration fee is $125 before October 5th, and $150 October 5th or later.  Registration cost is per household (limit to 4 people).

Ready to sign up?

Register online using a credit card via Eventbrite.  Online registration ends October 15th at 11:30 PM.

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 Monday, October 14th.  Checks will be cashed the week of the first class session.


Call Patrick Shults at (360) 740-1213 or email at

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 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.