Spring 2023 Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course – Puget Sound Area Course

Thursday afternoons starting March 16th

A forestry course for property owners

This Puget Sound area course section is for people who live or have properties in Island, King, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. We have courses happening in the other western Washington counties as well. If you are in another western Washington county, please contact us and we will steer you to the right course.

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 forested property. Whatever your values and objectives 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?
  • Can you successfully generate income from harvesting timber? How do you work with loggers?
  • How do you increase biodiversity and foster old growth type forest conditions?

Save money, too!

As part of this course 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

Thursday afternoon class sessions

The Thursday afternoon class sessions will be 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. March 16th – May 11th, 2023

Field Trip

There will be an in-person field trip April 29th 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Online – These courses will be offered via live, interactive Zoom webinars. A reliable high-speed internet connection is needed. You can access the webinars with your computer or using the Zoom app on a mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • Nine 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

Cost: $150

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

Online registrations are subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee.

Registration is closed

Register by mail

Registration is closed

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, King County, Pierce County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Snohomish Conservation District, and Snohomish County Surface Water Management.

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 Grace Garrison at least three weeks prior to the event

Class Handouts

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