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Northeast Washington Coached Planning Forest Stewardship Course – Spring 2022 (FULL)

A forestry class for property owners

This course is for properties in Northeast Washington (Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane counties).

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:

  • Learn how to identify the trees on your property
  • What is the risk of wildfire on your property and what steps can we take to mitigate it.
  • Forest Health issues and what pests may be attacking your trees
  • Wildlife and habitat creation
  • Learn about forest practices rules
  • Identify the soils present on your property
  • How to create recreational trails and access roads safely
  • Forest inventory and timber management
  • Tree planting and reforestation
  • Agroforestry, silvopasture, and special forest products
  • Cultural Resources and Native American uses of the land
  • Successional planning for future generations

Where does it count?

As part of this class we will “coach” you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that qualifies for designated forestland tax classification requirements, federal and state conservation cost-share grants, and the American Tree Farm certification of sustainable management.

When and Where

Dates and Times

The Northeast Washington course will be held Saturdays, May 7th – June 11th, 9:00am – 4:00pm. No class May 28th for Memorial Weekend.

Location

In-person – Tri-County Economic Development District/WSU Stevens County office.

986 S Main St. Suite D, Colville WA, 99114

Classes will consist of three morning lectures. Two afternoons will be spent writing forest management plans and two of the classes we will take a field tour down to Chewelah to learn about the topics covered on the Rafter Seven Ranch.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • A digital library of reference materials and how-to guides
  • A consultation site visit to your property from a state service forester
  • Tools and equipment to collect information on your forest

Cost: $120

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Online classes always sell out very early. No refunds within 14 days of the course start date. Eventbrite processing fees are non-refundable.

Registration

If registering as a family from the same household/ownership, only do one registration for all of you–do not do separate registrations for individual family members.

The registration process includes required short questionnaire. If you have forested property, please make sure you have your property information ready before you start the registration process, including:

  • County of ownership
  • Parcel I.D. (found from your county assessor)
  • Section/Township/Range
  • Estimate of total acreage

Tent full of people for field day event

Forest & Range Owners Field Day

Whether you own a “home in the woods” or many acres of land, this “out in the woods” educational event is packed with practical “how-to” information that you need to know.

Stewarding land is both rewarding and challenging. Successful management is due to the decisions you make and the actions you take. Attending the Farm and Forest Event will prepare you to plan and execute sound practices, enabling you to accomplish your management objectives, reduce risks, and protect your financial investment.

This event will include 25 classes and activities lead by experts in forest and range health, wildlife habitat, grazing, soils, and fire protection. Presenters will be available to answer questions specific to your needs and situation.

Come join the more than 16,000 satisfied families who have already experienced these Field Day events across the state. If you think forests and range lands are vital to the quality of life in Washington and Idaho, please pass this information along to your neighbor

Schedule: Saturday, June 11th

Field Day presentations are from 9:00am – 4:30pm.

  • Gates open at 8:00am.
  • Lunch is from 12:00-1:00pm.

Cost

Registration fee is $30 per person, $40 for a family of two or more. Registration on the day of the event is $40 per person, $50 for a family of two or more

About the Site

  • Parking adjacent to presentation
  • Portable restrooms
  • Seating provided at presentation stations and lunch
  • Walking short distances over nearly-level forested terrain is required. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear

Lunch

  • One lunch ticket is included with registration (regardless of individual or family). Additional lunch tickets can be purchased for $10/ea.

Location/Directions

Casa Becca del Norté Tree Farm, 2716 Moser Road, Chewelah WA, 99109

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

or

MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM


2021 Forest Owner’s Winter School – Online

Feb. 27th, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This event will be an online webinar.

Forest Owners Winter School sponsored by:

  • Washington State University Extension
  • Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Family Forest Foundation
  • Washington Farm Forestry Association
  • USDA Forest Service
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Forest Owners Winter School is a hands-on, interactive educational event for families who own forestland in Washington.

  • Get practical, “how-to” advice on simple stewardship practices
  • Talk with agency and natural resource professionals from Eastern and Western Washington who are available to assist you in meeting your family’s goals
  • Virtually meet other landowners (maybe a neighbor!)
  • Get your forestry questions answered at the resource center

There will be a resource area featuring exhibitors, vendors, and displays by public, private, and nonprofit organizations that provide products and services to assist landowners. 

Session topics include:

  • Forest Health
  • Common noxious weeds and their controlling class
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat
  • Wildfire
  • Forest Soils
  • Timber Markets
  • Agroforestry
  • Landowner assistance programs (technical and financial assistance)
  • Working with a land trust
  • Silviculture
  • Tree planting and care
  • Landowner roundtable: Stories from the woods and tips and tricks
  • Working with consulting foresters and the realities of selling timber