Upcoming Events

    Forest Owners Field Days

    Dates have been set for the 2017 Forest Owners Field Days.

         Eastern Washington: Dayton, June 24

         Northern Idaho: Athol, ID, July 15

         Western Washington: Oakville, August 19

    Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course

    Whether you have just a few acres or a large forest, this comprehensive university-based course will help you get the most out of the land you love.  As part of this course, you will be coached in the preparation of a Management Plan for your property, which may qualify you for cost-sharing applications, forest certification under the American Tree Farm System and property tax reductions.  

    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?

    What’s included:

    • 8 classroom sessions taught by forestry experts
    • A Saturday field trip
    • A large notebook full of reference materials and how-to guides
    • A copy of the book Native Trees of Western Washington
    • A tree-measuring tool
    • A one-on-one consultation at your property with a professional forester.

    2017 Classes:

    Friday Harbor (San Juan County) - March 11 - April 8.  See link for details and registration.

    Enumclaw - April 25 - June 13. See link for details and registration.

    Sedro Woolley - October 5 - November 9. See link for details and registration.

    The most current details are always available at the WSU Forestry Extension web site.

    Ties to the Land - Succession Planning Workshop

    This award-winning succession planning workshop is offered at irregular intervals at various locations around the state.  Succession planning is a precursor to the more traditional estate planning.  The focus is on communication and big-picture planning within families. Woodland-owning families often do not talk explicitly about whether the forest land should remain intact, continue to be managed for forestry, and/or stay in the family.  Other key issues include who in the family has the capability/interest to continue managing the property, family dynamics (including conflicts), who is already invested in the property, equal vs. equitable inheritance, etc. These are all things that families should address before meeting with an estate professional to draw up legal arrangements. The nominal course fee includes all family members and an excellent workbook is provided for attendees to work with after the workshop.

    Sessions are being scheduled for 2017.  Watch here for future annoucements.