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Online Coached Planning NW WA – Fall 2021

Northwest Washington Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course – Fall 2021 Online

Both fall courses are now sold out. Please contact us to get on the waiting list. Even if you don’t make it into one of the fall courses, if you are on the waiting list you will get an early pre-announcement for the next course.

A forestry class for property owners

This courses is for properties in northwest Washington (Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties). Southwest Washington and eastern Washington courses are also offered during the year. Visit the WSU Extension Forestry Website to see what courses are coming up for your region.

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


Two Northwest Washington courses will be held on Wednesdays, September 8th – October 27th, 2021, at different times.

Afternoon course times

12:00 – 3:00 p.m., except for the first class, September 8th, when class will end at 3:30 p.m.

Evening course times

6:00-9:00 p.m. , except for the first class, September 8th, when class will end at 9:30 p.m.

Field Trip

Due to COVID-19 there will be no in-person field trips for this course, but both courses will have a joint “virtual field trip” session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021.


Online – These courses will be offered via live, interactive webinars. A high-speed internet connection is needed (e.g. cable, fiber, DSL). Dial-up or cellular will not work well. 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 after the course due to COVID-19)

Cost: $95

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

Both courses are now sold out. Registrations via Eventbrite are subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee. Online registration will be open until 5:00 PM Monday, August 30, 2021.

Register by mail

Both courses are now sold out. Mail-in registrations must be received by 5:00 PM Monday, August 30, 2021.Send in the registration form along with a check made out to WSU Extension. This fillable PDF form is an accessible document. Fill it out on your computer and then print it out and mail it in with your check to:

WSU Extension Forestry
Attn: Coached Planning Registration
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208

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 do not always 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 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, Skagit Conservation District, Snohomish Conservation District, and Whidbey Island 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 us at least three 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.