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Forest Stewardship Program

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The Forest Stewardship Program is a nationwide program which provides advice and assistance to help family forest owners manage their lands.  The program is a cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and state forestry agencies.  In Washington, the program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO).

The Forest Stewardship Program helps you assess resource conditions and forest health, identify potential problems and opportunities, and recommends management practices to help achieve your objectives.  The program can help you develop and implement a Forest Stewardship Plan to guide future management and help you qualify for financial assistance, current use taxation, recognition, and certification programs.

Updates from the Forest Stewardship Program

2014 Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Class – Your Land, Your Trees, Your Goals: Whether you have a few acres of woods or a large tract, this class is for you and will help you get the most out of your land!  Topics include tree health, attracting/repelling wildlife, soil types, weeds, and how to get a fair price for your logs.

  • Whatcom County- Thursday nights March 13th to May 1, 2014;  6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt Baker Hwy, Bellingham, WA 98226.  For additional information call 425-357-6017.
  • Interactive webinar  - Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm beginning April 23thFor additional information call 425-357-6017.

Current Tax Use Seminar- This free seminar covers current use tax programs that are available to small forest landowners.  There is no charge for this seminar, but pre-registration is required. Space is strictly limited and is first come, first served. To register, contact Lauren Grand at 425-357-6023 or lauren.grand@wsu.edu.

  • Fall City - Tuesday April 8, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Fall City Library, 33415 SE 42nd Pl, Fall City, WA 98024.

Forest Pruning and Thinning– Learn how to thin and prune your woodlands to improve their development, reduce fuels and improve aesthetics. 

  • Tonasket - Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Fire Springs Ranch.  Registration is first come, first served. 

Shitake Mushroom Cultivation-  Learn how to grow gourmet mushrooms in your woods!  This hands on workshop will guide you through cultivating the mushrooms, with each participant receiving a small alder log to drill, plug, and wax.  Participants will also learn about other mushrooms that they can grow and receive information on where to buy plug spawn. Pre-registration is required!

  • Greenbank – A morning and an afternoon session will be held Saturday April 12, 2014, with each session limited to 35 people.  The sessions cost $35.00 before 3/15 and $45 after 3/15.

Forest Owners Field Day - This field day features 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. Forest owners from around Western Washington are invited and encouraged to attend. 

Forestry Advice and Consultation

DNR Foresters and a Wildlife Biologist are available throughout the state to provide on-site advice specific to your land and ownership.

What does it do?

Landowner assistance foresters advise landowners on timber harvest, resource protection, leaving trees for wildlife, reducing wildfire risk, and many other topics.

 

How does it work?

A DNR Forester will visit your property, answer your questions, offer forest management advice customized to your goals, and can get you started on creating a Forest Stewardship Plan.

Who is eligible?

Forestland owners of ten or more acres are eligible for an advisory site visit.

Owners of smaller acreages can receive consultation from DNR by telephone or e-mail in addition to the information available in the following publications:


• Backyard Forest Stewardship in Western Washington
• Backyard Forest Stewardship in Eastern Washington


 

  Financial Assistance (Cost-Share)

Funding may be available to help you implement a variety of forest conservation and improvement practices:

Supported by grant funds from the USDA Forest Service, DNR administers the Eastern Washington Forest Landowner Cost-Share Program to improve forest health and reduce the threat of bark beetle and wildfire damage in Eastern Washington. Non-federal owners of forestland in Eastern Washington, who own a total of no more than 5,000 forested acres within the state of Washington, are eligible to participate. For more information call 360-902-1706 or click here to submit an application online.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers financial incentive programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), to promote conservation practices on farm, forest, and ranch lands statewide.

These programs may also be able to offer financial assistance to landowners who wish to hire a private consulting forester to develop their Forest Stewardship Plan.

Educational Programs and Materials

Washington State University Extension, cooperating with DNR, and others provides educational programs and materials for family forest owners. Offerings include multi-week Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Shortcourses to help you develop a Forest Stewardship Plan, Regional Forest Owners Field Days, Forest Stewardship University online, and more. Go to forestry.wsu.edu for more information.

Recongnition

Landowners with a DNR - approved Forest Stewardship Plan are eligible to display the “Stewardship Forest” recognition sign, provided free by DNR. A Forest Stewardship Plan may also help you meet the “management plan” requirement for participation in USDA-NRCS administered financial incentive programs, current use property taxation, and American Tree Farm System and Forest Stewardship Council certification programs.

Click here to submit a Landowner Assistance Request Online

Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:

USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Forest Stewardship Program
1111 Washington St. SE, PO Box 47012
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1706
Fax 360-902-1428
foreststewardship@dnr.wa.gov

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