Northwest Washington Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course – Winter 2022 Online
The winter course is now sold out. Please contact us to get on the waiting list. Even if you don’t make it into the winter course, if you are on the waiting list you will get an early pre-announcement for the spring courses.
A forestry class for property owners
This courses is for properties in northwest Washington (Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, 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
The course will be held on Thursdays, January 27th – March 24th, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be no in-person field trip for this course, but there will be a “virtual field trip” session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022. The virtual field trip is one of the most important components of the course, and all participants should plan to attend.
Three optional virtual meet-ups will be held from 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. on January 27th, March 3rd, and March 24th to give participants an opportunity to turn on their cameras and microphones and interact more directly.
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
- Ten 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 not happen until after the course)
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).
This course is now sold out.
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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, Pierce County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Snohomish Conservation District, and Snohomish County Surface Water Management. In-kind support provided by DNR, King County, King 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 Kevin Zobrist at email@example.com at least three weeks prior to the event
Visit the Online Coached Planning Handouts Page to download copies of course handouts and presentation slides. A passcode will be provided in class to access this page.