Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
A forestry class for landowners
Spring 2017 – Friday Harbor
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?
- What types of trees do you have? Does your forest look like a “mess”?
- Are characteristics of your property attracting or repelling the wildlife you enjoy? What can you do if wildlife cause damage?
- When should you worry about trees being hazards?
- How do you know if your trees need to be thinned, and how do you go about it?
- 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?
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.
- Saturdays 8:00 AM -2:30 PM
- March 11- April 8, 2017
- Draft Syllabus
The class will be held at the Skagit Valley College Community Room, 221 Weber Way, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
For participants coming from the other islands, we will coordinate carpools/shuttles from the ferry dock so that you can just walk on the ferry.
- $185 before March 1st
- $215 March 1st or later
Cost is per individual or couple from the same household/ownership. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Cancellations must be received before March 1st to be eligible for a refund and are subject to a $10 processing fee.
- Five Saturday sessions, including a field trip, with forestry and wildlife experts
- 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 by mail
Send in the registration form with a check (made out to WSU Extension).
Register online with a credit card via Brown Paper Tickets (subject to credit card processing fee).
With thanks to our partners
This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources Small Forest Landowner Office. This Program is made possible in part by funding from San Juan County and the San Juan Islands Conservation District.
All Are Welcome
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 Ian Fawley at 425-357-6023 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the event.
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Week 1 (3/11/17)
- Week 1 Agenda
- Sample Plan
- Native Trees Worksheet and resources
- Stand Dynamics Worksheet
- Cover Page Template
- Cover Page Example
- Quick Guide to Nomenclature for your Forest Stewardship Plan
- Guidelines for preparing a stand map
- Mapping Spatial Resources Handout
- Example Stand Descriptions
- Landowner Objectives and Introductory Overview Examples
- *Forest Health First Order Diagnostics
- Forest Health Section Examples
- Forest Health Resources Handout
- *Native Trees Slides
- *Stand Dynamics Slides
- *Forest Health Presentation Slides
Week 2 (3/18/17)
- Week 2 Agenda
- Site Preparation Handout
- Species Tolerance and Spacing Quick Guides
- Tree Spacing Handout
- Inventory/Timber/Wood Products section Examples
- Management Timeline Examples
- Timber Sale Handout
- Wildlife Section Examples
- Wildlife Handouts
- *Silviculture Presentation Slides
- *Wildlife Presentation Slides
- *Timber Sale Video Slides
Week 3 (3/25/17)
- Week 3 Agenda
- Soils Worksheet
- Soils Section Examples
- Sensitive Resources Worksheet
- Sensitive Resources Examples
- Bald Eagle Fact Sheet
- Inventory Worksheet
- Inventory “Cheat Sheet”
- *Soils Presentation Slides
- *Sensitive Resources Presentation Slides
- *Intro to Current Use Presentation Slides
- *Inventory Part 1 Presentation Slides
Week 4 (4/8/17)
- Week 4 Agenda
- Weeds Subsection Examples
- Firewise Brochure
- Steps to take during a wildfire checklist
- Firewise Plants
- Aesthetics and Recreation and Property Access, Roads and Trails example sections
- Special Forest Products section examples
- *Invasive Weeds Slides
- *Firewise Presentation Slides
- *Other Opportunities for Landowners Slides