WSU Extension Forestry

Northwest Region

Serving Whatcom, Clallam, Kitsap and Jefferson Counties

What is Forestry Extension?

Forestry extension consists of expert staff and faculty who are dedicated to assisting landowners with the complex and rewarding task of forest stewardship.  Our goal is to encourage and support small forest owners as they manage their properties towards their own goals.  Whether your mission be enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, growing timber, improving recreation opportunities, or any number of creative goals, we offer up-to-date information backed by scientific research and access to a community of resources to help you make it happen.  This local unit covers northwest Washington counties (Whatcom, Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap) and provides a variety of classes, workshops, and seminars, as well as occasional on-site assistance.

What are we up to?

The Northwest Washington Forestry Extension program is managed by Dr. Molly Darr, Forest Health Extension Specialist. Do you have a forest health related issue or topic you’d like to learn more about? Reach out to her at!

Sign up for the NW WA Extension Forestry mailing list to receive announcements for classes and events in your area.

Subscribe to Forest Stewardship Notes, a statewide, quarterly online newsletter full of information for small forest landowners.

Upcoming Programing

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

This spring, we are excited to offer this course for the Northwest Washington region! Our flagship course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, attract wildlife, and take practical steps to keep your forest on track to provide enjoyment and even income for years to come. In this course you will develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and may help qualifying landowners enroll in reduced property tax or conservation cost-share grant programs. 

Please follow the link below for online course registration and details.

  • Northwest WA Online Course (Whatcom, Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties) 
  • Dates: Every Thursday, January 18th – March 14th, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $150 per family. Space is limited. The online version of Coached Planning is our most popular program and sells out quickly. This program is an educational partnership between Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural Resources

Women Owning Woodlands

WOW-WA Chainsaw workshop in Olympia, WA.

Women Owning Woodlands provides an engaging and welcoming atmosphere for landowners who have historically been left out of forest land management (e.g., women and nonbinary individuals). Our programming connects members to trusted professionals and resources, and provides a space for folks to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing goals and practicing technical skills. This gives members the space to gain knowledge and establish confidence which leads to empowered and informed land management decisions.

Women Owning Woodlands and Washington State University Extension offer these programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status.