Forest Stewardship Program

 Forest Stewarship 

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 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.


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
Matt Provencher
SW Washington 
Stewardship Forester
Olympia, WA
Office: 360-902-1494
Cell: 360-819-7143
Boyd Norton
NW Washington
Stewardship Forester
Sedro Woolley, WA
Office: 360-854-2839
Cell: 360-742-6825
Ken Bevis
Stewardship Wildlife
Ellensburg, WA
Cell: 360-489-4802

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 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.