Western Washington Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course will be offered online

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course
These forest landowners attending a Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course are getting tips to control bear damage to their trees. Photo: DNR.

There’s a lot to learn about managing forests, even small ones. And small forest landowners are busy people — many have other jobs. That’s why we’re looking forward to the online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course — a series of live, interactive webinars that starts later this month.

Woodland owners are invited to participate in the seven-week online course, which will run Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., April 24 through June 5.

This course is open to landowners with property anywhere in Western Washington. (Future courses will be offered for Eastside properties.) The remote-learning program is designed to help forest landowners develop customized management solutions to meet their ownership objectives. Whether you own 5, 50, or 500 acres of forest this course will help you expand your knowledge, tools, and confidence for managing your forestland.

During the course, participants will develop personalized Forest Stewardship Plans. With an approved stewardship plan, a landowner can receive state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and qualify to become certified as a sustainable forest. That also brings eligibility for cost-share assistance programs. An approved stewardship plan may also qualify owners who meet minimum acreage requirements for significant property tax reductions.

The course includes seven evening webinars, admission to a Saturday field day this summer, a comprehensive Forest Stewardship notebook, property maps, aerial photos, and an individual on-site consultation at your property from a professional forester or wildlife biologist. The course is presented through Washington State University, Snohomish County Extension and DNR.

Registration information is available online from Snohomish County-WSU Extension Office or by contacting Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension Forester, at (425) 357-6017. Registration is $200 per household and includes learning materials that will be shipped to you. Class size is limited and is first-come, first-served.

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