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Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Northwest Washington Section

Sign up for this section if you are in Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, or Whatcom County. Those in southwest Washington should sign up for the Southwest Section. If you live in one area but have property in the other, you can contact us and we can help you pick the right section.


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.


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


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.


Register by Mail

To register by mail, send in the 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.

Register online

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


Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. This Program 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 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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