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Online Coached Planning NW WA

Northwest Washington Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Courses- Online Fall 2020

A forestry class for property owners

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?

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.

When and Where

Dates and Times

We will be holding two separate Online Coached Planning courses this fall!

These courses are for northwest Washington. A southwest Washington course will be offered in early 2021.

The TUESDAY course will be held 6:00-9:00 PM Tuesday evenings, September 8th – October 27th, 2020, except for the first night, September 8th, when the class will end at 9:30 PM.

The THURSDAY course will be held 6:00-9:00 PM Thursday evenings, September 17th – November 5th, 2020, except for the first night, September 17th, when the class will end at 9:30 PM.

Note:  Due to COVID-19 there will be no in-person field trips for 2020 classes, but all participants are invited to join a future class field trip).


Online – These courses will be offered via live, interactive webinars. A high-speed internet connection is needed. 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:

  • Eight live webinars taught by the state’s recognized 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 (may be delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19)

Cost: $60

We know this is a difficult time financially for many people. Because of this, we have pulled together some additional funding to allow us to drop the normal $200 per household/ownership course fee down to $60.

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Online classes always sell out very early. No refunds within 30 days of the course start date. Eventbrite processing fees are non-refundable.


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 acreage and county parcel number(s).


Register online

Registrations via Eventbrite are subject to credit card processing fee.

Register for the TUESDAY course, beginning Sept. 8th and ending Nov. 3rd.
This class is Sold Out. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.
Online registration will be open until 5:00 PM Friday, September 4th.
Register for the THURSDAY course, beginning Sept. 17th and ending Nov. 12th.
This class is Sold Out. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.
Online registration will be open until 5:00 PM Wednesday, September 16th.


Register by mail

Send in the registration form along with a check made out to WSU Extension. The registration form is an accessible document.

Both classes are sold out. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.
Mail-in registrations for the TUESDAY  course must be received by 5:00 PM Friday, September 4th.



Mail-in registrations for the THURSDAY course must be received by 5:00 PM Wednesday, September 16th.


Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This Program is made possible in part by funding from Island County, King Conservation District, San Juan County, Skagit County, and the Snohomish Conservation District. In-kind support provided by DNR, King County, and King Conservation District.

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 Brendan Whyte at 425-357-6023 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Class Handouts

Visit the Online Coached Planning Handouts pages to download copies of class handouts and presentation slides. A password will be provided in class to access this page.

WSU Extension publications contain material written and produced for public distribution. Alternate formats of our educational materials are available upon request for persons with disabilities. Please contact Washington State University Extension for more information

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