Upcoming Events

    Forest Owners Field Days

    It seems like summer is a long way away, but it will be here before we know it!  Dates and locations have been set for the two Forest Owners Field Days that are held each summer. 

    Eastern Washington: June 23 at Valleyford. Registration form and details.

    Western Washington: August 18 at Woodland. Registration form and details.

    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.

    2018 Classes:

    • Fall 2018 - Preston - Wednesdays staring September 5
    • Fall 2018 - Arlington - Tuesdays starting September 18
    • Fall 2018 - Chehalis - Mondays starting September 17
    • Fall 2018 - Leavenworth - Mondays starting October 29

    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.

    Washington State University Extension is offering the award-winning “Ties to the Land” succession planning workshop. 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 key discussion about the future of the family farm enhances the successful transfer of believes and values, compared to a “wait and see” approach. The 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.

    A Ties to the Land Workshop is scheduled for August 11 in Olympia. Details and Registration