Forest Stewardship Program

 Forest Stewarship 
The 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 state, 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 discover recommended management practices to help you 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.

Who is eligible?

Forestland owners of ten or more acres are eligible for an advisory site visit at no cost. Owners of smaller acreages can receive consultation from DNR by telephone or email

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

Washington State University Extension’s flagship course teaches landowners how to assess 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.

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 in Washington state, are eligible to participate. For more information call 360-902-1706 or 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 Forestry in cooperation with DNR, and other agencies and organizations, 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 for more information.

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.