Winter 2024 Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course – Puget Sound Section
Thursday evenings starting January 18, 2024
This course is now sold-out
Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list.
A forestry course for property owners
This Puget Sound area course section is for people with properties in Island, King, Pierce, San Juan, and Snohomish counties. There will be a separate courses for other parts of the state throughout the year.
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 evening class sessions
The Thursday evening class sessions will be 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. January 18 – March 14, 2024
There will be an in-person field trip from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Carnation.
Online – These courses will be offered via live, interactive webinars. A high-speed internet connection is needed. You can access the webinars with your computer or mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.
Cost and Registration
- 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
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.
This course is now sold out. Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list.
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, 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 Sarah Stewart 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 password will be provided in course to access this page.
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