McCleary Coached Planning Course a Huge Success

coached planning

DNR and WSU Extension offer multi-week courses for landowners interested in developing forest management plans.

WSU Extension and Washington DNR recently concluded an 8-week coached planning course in Grays Harbor County where 31 families improved their understanding of forest ecosystems, the importance of active forest management and how to become even better stewards of their own forestland. The course covered a multitude of topics, including forest ecology, management and health, wildlife habitat and the harvest of non-wood products such as edibles.

Field Day Learning About Wildlife

Class participants were enthusiastic about what they learned and excited to implement these newly acquired skills and understanding across their forestland. We’d love to have you join us at one of our upcoming courses.

The next scheduled Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course starts on Saturday March 11 in Friday Harbor (San Juan County). More information about this course.

Unfortunately, the 2017 Online Coach Planning class is full. Check the WSU Extension Forestry calendar web page for future offerings of this and other classes — online or face-to-face — and find links to publications, videos and other resources.

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2016 Tax Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published its annual tax tips for forest landowners. Current as of Sept. 30, 2016, this publication provides up-to-date federal income tax information affecting timber transactions and is intended to assist woodland owners, logging professionals, foresters and their tax accountants in filing the 2016 tax returns. Click to view or download this report.

Events, Workshops and Publications

Invasive Weed Control Expo

Learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that plague forest landowners, including: holly, ivy, blackberries, knotweed, reed canary grass, and Scotch broom.

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

If you own wooded property, our flagship course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

  • Newport (focus on eastern Washington forestland issues) — Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 2017, to Feb. 28, 2017 (also available via computer streaming for snowbirds and absentee landowners) More information  Early registration discount ends Dec. 1, 2016
  • Online (focus on western Washington forestland issues) — Tuesdays, Jan. 24, 2017, to March 7, 2017. (High-speed internet connection required). Early registration discount ends Jan. 10, 2017More information
  • Friday Harbor, Saturdays, March 11, 2017, to April 8, 2017. More information

How to Manage a Timber Sale

Chehalis — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan, 21, 2017, at the O’Neill Pine Professional Center. More information and registration

Portland, Ore. — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Sauvie Island Grange. More information and registration 

 

Workshops coming in 2017

  • 25th Annual Family Foresters Workshop, January 20, 2017, Spokane
  • 2017 Logger’s Workshop, March 22, 2017, Ag and Trade Center, Colville

New Publication

Washington State Consulting Forester and Silvicultural Contractor Directory

A compilation of forestry professionals around Washington state who provide professional services to private forest landowners. Published by WSU Extension Forestry. Click here to view or download the directory

Events, workshops and publications

Northwest Natural Resource Group Workshop Series (The Beginning Forestry Program)
You Bought a Forest, So Now What?

Chehalis — Saturday, April 23, 2016

This workshop will introduce forest owners to Pacific Northwest ecology and provide key information for starting to assess and manage woodlands. Topics this class will cover include: Forest ecology, tree identification, inventory approaches and options to assess forest health, tree stocking, invasive species, and wildlife habitat, mapping tools, current use taxation, local resources, technical assistance, and much more.

Event and registration information

 

Firewise Communities Workshop

Spokane (Spokane County) — May 17-18

“The best time to become Firewise is before the next fire starts…” Find out what steps to take to protect your home and neighborhood from wildfires, what resources are available to help you, and what we have learned from our recent wildfire seasons.

More information

 

Northwest Natural Resource Group Workshop Series (The Beginning Forestry Program)
Ecological Forestry 101; Intro to Silviculture & Wildlife Habitat

 

Oakville — Saturday, June 11, 2016

Many forest owners in the Pacific Northwest are interested in maintaining forests that provide a broad range of economic and ecological values. This workshop will introduce you to the principles of ecological forestry as well as tools to implement it successfully on smaller parcels. Topics include: Forest dynamics, forest health, young stand management, uneven-aged management, hardwood management, maintaining & enhancing wildlife habitat, and much more.

Event and registration information

 

2016 Forest Owner’s Field Day: Eastern Washington

Colville — Saturday June 25, 2016
Brochure, registration, schedule coming soon
Check WSU Extension Forestry for updates

 

2016 Forest Owner’s Field Day: Western Washington

Sequim — Saturday August 20, 2016
Brochure, registration, schedule coming soon
Check WSU Extension Forestry for updates

 

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

If you own wooded property, this course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

Deming (Whatcom County) — Thursday evenings, September 15 – November 3
More information

Preston (King County) — Tuesday evenings, September 27 – November 15
More information

Events, Workshops and Publications

Workshops

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – WSU’s flagship course teaches landowners how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

  • Liberty Lake (Spokane County) – Wednesday evenings, starting September 16
  • Preston – Tuesday evenings starting September 22.
  • Langley – Thursday evenings starting October 8.

Forest Owners Field Days – Field days feature a whole suite of our most popular forest stewardship workshops. The state’s top forestry specialists will be offering hands-on field sessions throughout the day on a variety of topics that will help you to better understand, protect, enhance, and enjoy your forest.

Online

Forest Stewardship University offers a complete online education experience, featuring over 20 mini-courses ranging from forest health to taxes.

Publications

Forestry Education and Assistance for Washington Forest Landowners – A directory of key agencies and contacts for forest owners throughout Washington.

Small-scale Sawmill Directory – These databases provide a partial listing of sawmills that accept small quantities of logs:

Websites

Forest Seedling Network – An interactive website that connects landowners with seedling providers, forest management services and contractors.

Woodland Fish and Wildlife – A cooperative effort between state and federal agencies and universities to provide woodland owners with wildlife management information. The 21 publications cover topics as varied as cavity nesting ducks to wildlife found in white oak woodlands.

Women Owning Woodlands – The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woodland owners and forest practitioners through news articles, blogs, events, resources, and personal stories.

Events, Workshops and Publications

Seminars

Native Trees – WSU Extension Forestry Specialist Kevin Zobrist will present a slide show of native trees in western Washington and discuss their characteristics.

  • Stanwood – Saturday January 31, 2015

Good Roads and Forest Health – The second of a four-part series for Skagit County forest landowners introduces the principles of forest hydrology and forest road planning/maintenance. Topics will include: forest hydrology 101; forest road planning, design and maintenance; funding and technical assistance programs. Following an indoor presentation, participants will join technical experts for a site tour to see how good road maintenance and construction can provide benefits to a forest.

  • Sedro-Woolley – Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:30 am to 5 pm. Pre-registration required. The cost of this workshop is $15 and includes lunch.

Workshops

Forest Owners Winter School – A hands-on, all-day event with class choices ranging from chainsaw maintenance (bring your saw!) to wildlife habitat, plant ID, native land use, wildfire planning, timber management and more.

  • Colville – February 21, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm. Pre-registration required. For more information, contact Andy Perleberg at 509-667-6540 or via email at andyp@wsu.edu

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – WSU’s flag-ship course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

  • Thursday evenings February 12, 2015, to March 26, 2015 6:00-9:00 p.m. Online
  • Tuesday evenings starting March 31 in Monroe

Forestry Classes at the 2015 Country Living Expo – Classes include Chainsaws 101 For Women, Edible Mushroom Cultivation, Native Trees of Western Washington and more.

  • Stanwood – Saturday January 31, 2015. Registration required.

Forest Owners Field Days – Mark your calendars for next summer’s field days. June 20, 2015 (Cle Elum) and August 15, 2014 (Francis).

Online Classes

Forest Stewardship University offers a complete online education experience, featuring over 20 mini-courses ranging from forest health to taxes.

Timber Tax Update for the 2014 Tax Year – This webinar is designed to help woodland owners, foresters and their tax advisors prepare for the filing of their 2014 federal tax returns. In addition to providing useful tax tips and covering the latest changes to tax law, the webinar will also cover tax deductions, timber income reporting, 1099-S filing, basis, loss, and filing Form T.

  • Thursday Feb 5, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to Noon (2:00 to 3:00 pm US/Eastern)

Publications

Forestry Education and Assistance for Washington Forest Landowners – A directory of key agencies and contacts for forest owners throughout Washington.

Consulting Foresters Directory – A listing of private consultants that can help you carry out forest management activities.

Small-scale Sawmill Directory – These databases provide a partial listing of sawmills that accept small quantities of logs:

Websites

Forest Seedling Network – An interactive website that connects landowners with seedling providers, forest management services and contractors.

Woodland Fish and Wildlife – A cooperative effort between state and federal agencies and universities to provide woodland owners with wildlife management information. The 21 publications cover topics as varied as cavity nesting ducks to wildlife found in white oak woodlands.

Women Owning Woodlands – The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woodland owners and forest practitioners through news articles, blogs, events, resources, and personal stories.

Events, Workshops and Publications

Seminars

Ecological Forestry and Riparian Health – Learn how to use ecological forestry to manage your woodlands. This four-part Skagit County workshop series begins by introducing the principles of ecological forestry, its relationship to healthy streams, and strategies for successful riparian function. Participants will also participate in a site tour of a working forest that demonstrates ecological forest management principles in action.

  • Sedro-Woolley – Saturday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration required. The cost of this workshop is $15 and includes lunch.

Wetlands, Ponds and Amphibians – Spend an evening enjoying pizza and learning about the importance of wetlands, regulatory issues around wetlands and ponds, controlling reed canary grass and other invasive plants around ponds and wetlands, and amphibian species found in western Washington woodlands.

  • Everett – Thursday, November 13, 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration required. The $8 fee for this seminar includes the cost of pizza!

Native Trees – WSU Extension Forestry Specialist Kevin Zobrist will present a slide show of native trees in western Washington and discuss their characteristics.

  • Everett – Thursday, December 4, 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration required. The $8 fee for this seminar includes the cost of pizza!

Workshops

Forest Owners Winter School – A hands-on, all-day event with class choices ranging from chainsaw maintenance (bring your saw!) to wildlife habitat, plant ID, native land use, wildfire planning, timber management and more.

  • Colville – February 21, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more information, contact Andy Perleberg at 509-667-6540 or via email at andyp@wsu.edu

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning – WSU’s on-line course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, and attract wildlife. State experts will help you develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan to keep your woods on track to provide enjoyment and income for years to come.

  • Thursday evenings, February 12, 2015, to March 26, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

On-line Classes

Forest Stewardship University offers a complete online education experience, featuring over 20 mini-courses ranging from forest health to taxes.

New Publications

Forestry Education and Assistance for Washington Forest Landowners – A directory of key agencies and contacts for forest owners throughout Washington.

Consulting Foresters Directory – A listing of private consultants who can help you carry out forest management activities.

Small-scale Sawmill Directory – These databases provide a partial listing of sawmills that accept small quantities of logs:

Websites

Forest Seedling Network – An interactive website that connects landowners with seedling providers, forest management services and contractors.

Woodland Fish and Wildlife – A cooperative effort between state and federal agencies and universities to provide woodland owners with wildlife management information. The 21 publications cover topics as varied as cavity nesting ducks to wildlife found in white oak woodlands.

Women Owning Woodlands – The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woodland owners and forest practitioners through news articles, blogs, events, resources, and personal stories.