Friday Harbor Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Spring 2024 Intensive Course

A forestry course 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 course 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 course 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?
  • How will climate change impact your property and what can you do to improve the resiliency of your trees?

You might save money, too!

As part of this class we will “coach” you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that may help otherwise qualifying landowners enroll in conservation cost-share grant programs or current use property tax reductions.

When and Where

Maximize your time with our intensive course

Your time is valuable. Rather than spread the course over weeks, we are going to give you everything you need to know about stewarding your property in a three-day training packed with all the same great educational content as our longer courses, including a field trip!

The course will be held 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. March 28 – 30, 2024.


The course will be held at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • Three full days of education packed with practical information you can use
  • A field trip
  • 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 or county service forester


The registration fee is $175. Registration covers up to two adults from the same household/ownership. If registering as a couple, only do one registration for the both of you – do not do two separate registrations. Youth under 18 are welcome and may attend at no additional cost.

  • The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
  • Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. These courses almost always sell out.
  • Cancellation requests must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2024 to be eligible for a refund. Eventbrite processing fees are non-refundable. Cancellations of mail-in registrations may be subject to a $10 administrative fee.


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

Register online via Eventbrite. Online registrations are subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee. Online registration will be open until 5:00 p.m. March 20, 2025 or until the course sells out.

Register by mail

Mail-in registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m. March 25, 2024. Download the mail-in registration form (PDF). This fillable PDF form is an accessible document. Fill it out on your computer and then print it out and mail it in with a check made out to “Washington State University Extension” to:

WSU Extension Forestry
Attn: Friday Harbor Coached Planning Registration
6705 Puget Park Dr
Snohomish, WA 98296

Note: to fill out the mail-in registration form, we recommend that you right-click the download button and select “Save link as” to save the PDF file, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader rather than viewing it within your web browser. The form functions may not work when viewed in a browser window.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. This Program is made possible in part by funding from San Juan County, San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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 Quinn Merrick at 425-357-6023 or at least three weeks prior to the event.

Course Handouts

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