Washington State University

Extension Forestry

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

A forestry class for property owners

Spring 2018 – Vashon

*This class is now full*

Please see our Classes and Events page for other opportunities to take this and other classes.


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


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.



  • Class Sessions 6:00-9:00 PM Monday Evenings*
  • March 26 – May 14, 2018
  • Saturday Field Trip April 28th.
  • *Except the first night, 3/26, when class will start at 5:30



Monday evening sessions will be held at the Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070.



Save $30 before March 16th

  • $150 before March 16th
  • $180 March 16th 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 16th to be eligible for a refund.


What’s Included:

  • Eight evening class sessions taught by the state’s recognized experts
  • A Saturday field trip
  • A large notebook 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



This class is now full


With thanks to our partners

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 and/or in-kind support from King County and King 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 Kelsey Ketcheson at 206-263-1128 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Class Handouts

(*denotes available online only – not on your thumb drive)

Week 1 (3/26/18)


Week 2 (4/2/18)


Week 3 (4/9/18)


Week 4 (4/16/18)

Week 5 (4/23/18)


Week 6 (4/30/18)

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