Washington State University

Extension Forestry

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

A class for people with wooded property

Spring 2014 – Whatcom County


Your Land. Your Trees. Your Goals.

Natural beauty, wildlife, investment, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet, are some of the many reasons people value their property. 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 acres of woods or a large 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 remove trees without damaging your land?
  • When selling logs, are you getting a fair deal or getting ripped off?
  • How do you find or grow edible berries or mushrooms? How do you cut holiday greens without hurting the tree?
  • 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?


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 p.m. Thursday Evenings
  • March 13 – May 1, 2014
  • Saturday Field Trip April 19th (please note new date)
  • Schedule and Syllabus



Thursday evening sessions will be held at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt Baker Hwy, Bellingham, WA 98226.



  • $165 before February 20th
  • $195 February 20th 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 February 20th to be eligible for a refund and are subject to a $10 processing fee.


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 consultation site visit to your property from a professional forester
  • A tree measuring tool



Registration for this class is now closed.


With thanks to our partners

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. This class is made possible in part by funding from Whatcom County.


All Are Welcome

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations while participating in this program should call WSU Extension at 425-357-6017 at least 21 days in advance.


Class Handouts

* = Optional handouts available online only (no hard copies in class)


Week 1 (3/13/14)


Week 2 (3/20/14)


Week 3 (3/27/14)


Week 4 (4/3/14)


Week 5 (4/10/14)

Week 6 (4/17/14)

Week 7 (4/24/14)

  Week 8 (5/1/14)

Extension Forestry, North Puget Sound Extension Forestry, 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98208-6353, 425-357-6017, Contact Us
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