Forest Health Assistance for Small Forest Landowners
   

Cost-Share Assistance to Improve Forest Health and Reduce Wildfire Risk

 
Are you a non-industrial forestland owner who wants help managing your lands for optimal forest health, creating a Forest Stewardship or Forest Management Plan, or applying for cost-share assistance to reduce catastrophic wildfire risk? Financial assistance is available for forestland owners in central and eastern Washington who have up to 5,000 acres of forest and want to make their forests healthier and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Click the link below to fill out the form to see if you qualify and to schedule a free consultation to gauge your wildfire and forest health risks.
Request a free consultation
 
Many forestlands in central and eastern Washington need treatment to become more resilient to insect infestation, disease and wildfire. We’re committed to helping landowners protect their property from these threats. As part of the Eastern Washington Cost-Share Program, we offer a free consultation to gauge your wildfire and forest health risks, then share in paying for the cost of treatment with qualified landowners.
 
The program is part of the state's 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan for central and eastern Washington, which calls for maximizing the effectiveness of forest health treatments by coordinating and prioritizing forest management activities across watersheds and large landscapes. For every $1 million spent on forest restoration, there is $5.7 million generated in economic returns.

Eligibility

 
Non-federal owners of forestland in central and eastern Washington, who own less than 5,000 forested acres in Washington state, are eligible to participate in the cost-share program.

How it works

  • Complete the form to request a free consultation.
  • A local forester will contact you at the number you provide to schedule a time for your consultation that works for you.
  • The forester will visit your property, and assess it for insect infestation, disease and wildfire risk.
  • You’ll receive written recommendations for how to make your forested property better prepared for wildfire.
  • Fill out the Eastern Washington Cost-Share Program application to apply for cost-sharing.
  • You’ll be notified how much of the work will be paid by DNR. Then you can get to work (or hire someone to do it) and feel more confident about your property’s ability to weather wildfire.

Frequently asked questions

 
Who will do the consultation?
A local forester in your area will meet with you.
 
How long will it take for someone to contact me to schedule a consultation?
You’ll be contacted in the order your inquiry was received. We try to be as timely as possible with requests.
 
How long will the consultation take?
The consultation time depends on the size of the property. Typically, consultations take between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
 
Will you do the work for me?
We do not have resources to do the work, but we will share the cost of the work up to a predetermined amount for qualified property owners. You will be notified of the amount we will cover when notified whether your application was approved.
 
How long will it take to find out whether my application for cost-sharing is approved?
It typically takes 1-2 weeks.
 
What if I want to do the work myself?
Property owners who qualify for the cost-sharing program are welcome to do the work themselves instead of hiring it out. We will provide details on how to get reimbursed for the work should you opt to do it yourself when notifying you of your application status.
 

Forest Stewardship and Forest Management Assistance

 
Forest Stewardship is a nationwide program providing 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 DNR’s Forest Health and Resiliency Division.
 
Stewardship and forest-management foresters can help you assess resource conditions and forest health, identify potential problems and opportunities, and recommend management practices to help you achieve your objectives. The program can help you develop and implement a Forest Stewardship Plan to guide current and future management actions and help you qualify for financial assistance, current use taxation, recognition, and certification programs.
 
Additionally, if you would like information and/or assistance in creating or maintaining wildlife habitat in your forest, you can receive free assistance from our statewide forest stewardship fish and wildlife biologist. 

Eligibility

 
Forestland owners of 5 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.

Contact

 
Our Stewardship Assistance Foresters are:
 
Matt Provencher
Western Washington
Stewardship Assistance Forester
Olympia, WA
Office: 360-902-1494
Cell: 360-819-7143
matt.provencher@dnr.wa.gov
 
Rob Lionberger
Eastern Washington
Stewardship Assistance Forester
Colville, WA
Office: (509) 685-2795
Cell: (509) 703-9988
rob.lionberger@dnr.wa.gov
 
Stewardship Assistance Foresters by map
 
Our Statewide Forest Stewardship Fish & Wildlife Biologist is:
 
Ken Bevis
Stewardship Fish & Wildlife Biologist
Ellensburg, WA
Cell: 360-489-4802
ken.bevis@dnr.wa.gov

Educational Programs and Materials

 
Washington State University (WSU) 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. Coached planning, WSU’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. Go to forestry.wsu.edu for more information.

Looking for help with forest regulations?

 
Are you a small forest landowner seeking assistance with forest practices regulations? Visit the Small Forest Landowner Office page