Upcoming Events

    Informational Meeting, Family Forest Legacies, LLC - October 14 - 10:00 AM - Noon - Chehalis

    Do you have plans to carry on your legacy of forest stewardship? This meeting is for those of you who have not yet chosen someone to assist with the future plans of your tree farm, nor have you made specific arrangements. Our legal and tax advisors will be available for general FFL-related questions. Join us to learn how to preserve your working forest! RSVP required to Ken Miller at [email protected] or 360-705-1888.

    Managing Red Alder - October 6-7 - Arlington

    This two-day workshop (which includes a field trip) will take a comprehensive look at both the challenges and opportunities that red alder presents to landowners. We will discuss management options for different property sizes and different property uses (e.g. small-scale timber production vs. backyard forests and natural areas) and how to provide for long-term health, habitat, and water quality in the process.

    Sponsored by WSU Extension.  For more information, see their web page.

    Invasive Weed Control Practicum - September 30 - Arlington

    Sponsored by WSU Extension.  For more information, see their web page

    Fall Forestry Seminar: Forest Health - How Do I Know If My Forest Is Healthy?  September 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Longview

    Sponsored by Washington Tree Farm Program.  Pre-registration required.  $70 for certified Tree Farmers ($105 with spouse); $80 for other adults ($120 with spouse). 

    Click here for registration form.

    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:

    Preston: September 12 - October 31.  Details.

    Sedro Woolley - October 5 - November 30. Details.

    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.

    • Succession Planning Workshop for Family Landowners in Southwest Washington - Ilwaco - October 21, 2017 - Brochure with Details

      Ilwaco, Wash. – Washington State University Extension is offering the award-winning “Ties to the Land” succession planning workshop in Ilwaco in October. Succession planning is the human side of estate planning, and is a way for families to maintain their ties to the land across multiple generations, building awareness of the key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address the challenges. It is a facilitated and interactive workshop with DVD-based components that provides effective tools families can use to decide the future of their land. 

      Families usually attribute a high level of importance to succession planning but concede that they have not done enough preparation.  Sometimes this is due to unresolved issues, passive communication styles, or uncertainty in people’s lives.  Including younger generations in discussions and key decisions about the future of the family land enhances the successful transfer of beliefs and values, compared to a “wait and see” approach.  This workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises that help families address the key challenges of succession planning. Workshop participants learn about the legal and economic aspects of transferring a farm, forest or ranch from one generation to the next. Participants receive a “Ties to the Land” workbook and companion DVD, tools designed to help families to continue to improve and direct communication and planning at home.

      The workshop will be offered Saturday, October 21, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., located at 115 Lake St, Ilwaco, WA. Registration for the workshop is $50 per family or ownership, and includes one workbook, a DVD, and refreshments. A catered lunch may be purchased at least one week in advance for $10 per person. Any attendee who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact WSU privately to discuss your specific needs (509) 667-6540.

      Enrollment is limited to 30 families and registration is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Andy Perleberg, (509) 667-6540[email protected]. To view all upcoming events, please visit forestry.wsu.edu.