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Ties to the Land

Ties to the Land Succession Planning for Family Forests and Farms

Enumclaw – November 3, 2018

Keep Your Family Forest or Farm in the Family

The Importance of Succession Planning

Your land will outlive you. Who will care for it when you’re gone? Will it be a family legacy or a family squabble? Will it be kept intact and protected, or will it be divided up and sold off in pieces? Will it become a source of conflict between surviving family members? What is the long-term future that you want for your property?

Many family forest and farm owners want to preserve their family lands but face challenges engaging family members in ownership and management. This program explores succession planning, the “human side of estate planning,” which focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing families who own forest and farmland, and motivating families to address those challenges.

The Ties to the Land Program

Ties to the Land is an award-winning curriculum developed by leading estate planning experts at Oregon State University Extension and the Austin Family Business Program. Working as a family, you will learn about legal, economic, and, most importantly, relational aspects of transferring forests and farms from one generation to the next. This workshop is a mix of DVD-based presentations and practical exercises to help your family develop techniques to address tough issues.

When and Where


The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday November 3, 2018.


The workshop will be held at Thunder Mountain Middle School, 42018 264th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022.

Cost and Registration


The base workshop registration fee is $40 per family or ownership, which includes one workbook, a CD, and refreshments. Lunches are available for $10 per person. Lunches must be ordered by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 31st. Extra workbooks are available for $25 each.


Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. October 31st.

Register by Mail

To register by mail, send in the mail-in registration form (PDF) (an accessible, fillable PDF form best viewed with the free Adobe Reader software) along with a check made out to WSU Extension. Mail-in registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday October 31st.

Register online

Register online with a credit card through Eventbrite (subject to credit card processing fee). Online registration is available until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday October 31st.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This Program is made possible in part by funding from Washington State University Extension, King Conservation District, King County, and the Renewable Resources Extension Act.

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 Kelsey Ketcheson at 206-263-1128 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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