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Coached Planning – Vashon

Vashon Forest Stewardship Coached Planning 2023

Tuesday evenings starting April 18th

This course is now sold-out

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?
  • 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

Tuesday evening class sessions

The Tuesday evening class sessions will be 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 18 – June 13, 2023.

Field Trip

New date: The field trip will now be 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2023.


Tuesday evening sessions will be held at the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • Nine evening class sessions taught by state and local experts
  • A Saturday 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
  • A tree measuring tool


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.

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. These courses almost always sell out 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.

This course is now sold-out – please contact WSU Extension Forestry to be added to the waiting list to take advantage of any cancellations.

Register by mail

This course is now sold-out – please contact WSU Extension Forestry to be added to the waiting list to take advantage of any cancellations.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. This Program is made possible in part by funding from King Conservation District. In-kind support provided by, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks and the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.

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