From consultations with service foresters, to assistance with stewardship planning, to fish passage funding, to help navigating complex regulations, if you’re a forest landowner, the Washington Department of Natural Resources probably has a program that could help you.
In an effort to make its existing programming more accessible, last month DNR launched its new Landowner Assistance Portal. The navigation tool is designed to help landowners search by topic for general information, technical and financial assistance, and help with permits and regulations to help keep their forest healthy, productive and resilient to wildfire.
The portal is intended to be a one-stop shop for forest landowners with questions about a wide variety of topics, gathered earlier this year through an informal survey process.
When visiting the tool, located at dnr.wa.gov/LandownerAssistancePortal, users will find 34 of DNR’s most searched-for subjects sorted into four categories: Resources for Managing My Forest, Keeping My Forest Healthy, Education and Training, and Permits and Regulations.
This podcast features Matt Provencher, Manager of the Service Forestry Program with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, which supports small forest landowners. Thanks to new legislative funding, this program is dramatically expanding. We discuss the details of the expansion and the implications for landowners needing assistance managing their forestlands.