Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – Online Winter 2020
For landowners with forest property in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties
Click here for the northwest section of this course.
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
Class Sessions will be held 6:00-9:00 PM Tuesday evenings January 28 – March 17, 2020, except for the first night, January 28th, when the class will start at 5:30 PM. The Saturday field trip will be on March 7th (location TBD).
Online – This course will be offered via live, interactive webinars. A high-speed internet connection is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinars with your computer or mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.
Cost and Registration
- Eight live webinars taught by the state’s recognized 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 service forester
- A tree measuring tool
Register before January 11th and save $30! The registration fee is $190 before January 11th, and $220 January 11th or later. The cost is per household/ownership. Discounts are available for students and active Master Gardeners or other WSU volunteers – call 425-357-6023 for details. Registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday January 24th.
Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. This class always sells out. Cancellations must be received before January 10th to be eligible for a refund and may be subject to a $10 processing fee.
If registering as a couple from the same household/ownership, only do one registration for the both of you–do not do two separate registrations.
If registering online, Eventbrite only gives you eight minutes to complete your registration, which includes completion of a 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).
*If your forestland is located in Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, or Whatcom counties, please register in the northwest section of this course.