Vashon Forest Stewardship Coached Planning 2024
When: Wednesday evening class sessions will be 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays, February 21 – April 17, 2024.
Where: Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070
Cost: The registration fee is $175. Registration covers up to two adults from the same household/ownership.
For more information and registration, visit the WSU Extension Forestry web site.
A forestry class for property owners: 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?
- 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?
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.
- Nine evening class sessions taught by state and local 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 or county service forester If registering as a couple, only do one registration for the both of you – do not do two separate registrations. Youth under 18 are welcome and may attend at no additional cost.