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Extension Forestry

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Carnation Fall 2018


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)

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 6:30-9:30 PM Wednesday evenings September 5 – October 24, 2018, except for the first night, September 5th, when the class will start at 6:00 PM. The Saturday field trip will be on October 13th.


Wednesday evening sessions will be held in the Great Room at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation, WA 98014.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • Eight evening class sessions taught by state and local 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 or county service forester
  • A tree measuring tool


Register before August 18th and save $35! The registration fee is $205 before August 18th, and $240 August 18th or later. The cost is per individual or couple from the same household/ownership. Children under 18 are welcome and may attend at no additional cost. Discounts are available for students and active Master Gardeners – call 206-263-1128 for details.

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. This is our most popular location and this class almost always sells out. Cancellations must be received before August 28th to be eligible for a refund and may be subject to a $10 processing fee.


Register by mail

Send in the Registration Form along with a check made out to WSU Extension. Registrations must be received no later than 5:00 PM Tuesday September 3rd. The registration form is an accessible document.

Register online

Register online with a credit card via Brown Paper Tickets (subject to credit card processing fee). Online registration will be open until 5:00 PM Tuesday September 3rd.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry, the Washington Department of Natural Resources Small Forest Landowner Office, and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. This Program is made possible in part by funding from King County.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation need to contact Kelsey Ketcheson at WSU Extension, 1000 Oakesdale Ave SW Suite 140, Renton, WA 98057, 206-263-1128, or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Class Handouts

Visit the Carnation 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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