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Northeast Washington Coached Planning Forest Stewardship Course

*The next course will be held spring of 2022. Check back here for updated information*

A forestry class for property owners

This course is for properties in Northeast Washington (Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane counties). Landowners in other counties of Eastern Washington may register for this class. However, priority registration will be given to landowners in Northeast Washington.

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 reforestion
  • 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 may qualify you for property tax reductions, 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 6:00-8:00 PM Monday and Wednesday evenings, Sept. 20th – Nov. 17th

Location

Online and in-person – WSU Extension Forestry will now be bringing you Coached Planning in a hybrid model. Classes will be offered via Zoom. Students can either remotely watch lectures from their homes or can join in a live classroom at the Spokane Community College, Colville branch.

A high-speed internet connection is needed for students who wish to remotely join in. 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:

  • 16 live webinars taught by the state’s recognized experts
  • A digital library of reference materials and how-to guides
  • A consultation site visit to your property from a state service forester (may be delayed until after the course due to COVID-19)
  • Tools and equipment to collect information on your forest

Cost: $100

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

REGISTER HERE


Tent full of people for field day event

Fall Farm and Forest 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 8 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, October 2nd

Field Day presentations are from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

  • Gates open at 9:00am.
  • Presentations at 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm,
  • Lunch is from 12:00-1:00pm.
  • A detailed schedule of presentations will be available the week prior to the event and provided at check-in.

Topics

  • Wildlife Habitat and Management:
    • Wildlife walk and talk
    • Snag creation and management
    • Wildlife damage mitigation
    • Habitat Piles
    • Learning Edge Effects
  • Wildfire and Home Defense:
    • Learning wildfire resistant trees and shrubs
    • Identifying ember risks surrounding the house
    • Managing zone 1 and 2 using Fire safe principles
    • Identifying overstocked forests and continuous fuel beds
    • Discussing features of a fire resilient forest
  • Silviculture:
    • Tree planting techniques
    • Site Preparation
    • Seedling survival
    • Dealing with post-planting vegetation problems
    • Managing density
  • Forest Health:
    • Forest health walk and talk
    • Identifying Douglas-fir beetle
    • Managing armillaria
    • Drought impacts
    • Dwarf mistletoe impacts

Cost

Registration for this event will cost $20 for an individual ticket.

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

  • lunch is included with registration

Location/Directions

WSU Vetter Extension and Research Forest (VERF), 5281 Hattery-Owens Rd., Deer Park 99006, WA.

Students learn about forest inventory


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