Winter 2024 Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course- NW WA section

This course is now sold-out.

Thursday evenings starting January 18, 2024

A forestry course for property owners

This NW Washington course section is for people with properties in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom counties. There will be separate courses for other parts of the state throughout the year.

  • For information on Puget sound area courses (Island, King, Pierce, San Juan, and Snohomish), please contact Kevin Zobrist.
  • For information on southwest WA courses, please contact Patrick Shults.
  • For information on eastern WA courses, please contact Andy Perleberg

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

Thursday evening class sessions

The Thursday evening class sessions will be 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. January 18 – March 14, 2024

Field Trip

There will be an in-person field trip from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024 in Forks.


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

What’s Included:

  • 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

Cost: $150

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

Register online via Eventbrite. Registrations via Eventbrite are subject to credit card processing fee. Online registration will be open until 5:00 p.m. December 22, 2023.

Register by mail

Mail-in registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m. December 22, 2023. Download the mail-in registration form (PDF). This fillable PDF form is an accessible document. Fill it out on your computer and then print it out and mail it in with a check made out to “Washington State University Extension” to:

WSU Extension Forestry
Attn: Molly Darr
16650 WA-536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

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 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 Washington State University.

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 Molly Darr at least three weeks prior to the event

Class Handouts

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.