Small Forest Landowner Regulation Assistance Program

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Thinking about harvesting but not sure where to start? 
Our Regulation Assistance program assists small forest landowners with questions related to the state’s Forest Practices rules and the Forest Practices Application/Notification (FPA/N). 
Precommercial Thinning and Forest Health Biomass Removal
Are you planning to thin your forested lands in Washington state? If so, this information will assist you to determine whether you need to submit a Forest Practices Application to the DNR to conduct a precommercial thinning and/or forest health thinning activity.
Forest Practices Voluntary Pre-Application Reviews for Potentially Unstable Landforms
Would you like more information on Forest Practices Voluntary Pre-Application Reviews for Potentially Unstable Landforms? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.
For many landowners, harvesting is a once in a lifetime experience and navigating the rules can be overwhelming. The Regulation Assistance program can provide understanding on both the Forest Practices rules and the process in general.
Call or email us with your questions about:
  • State Forest Practices rules and Forest Practices Applications
  • Alternate plans
  • 20-acre exempt harvest activities
  • Long-term Forest Practices Applications
  • Low-impact harvest activities
  • Timber harvest systems
  • Road construction techniques
  • Finding a consultant or logger
  • and more.
If you would like assistance with your forest practices activities, contact the Regulation Assistance Forester at (360) 902-1029, or
Who is eligible
Any landowner that harvests fewer than two million board feet of timber per year on average is eligible to receive technical assistance services from the Small Forest Landowner Office at no charge. Our Regulation Assistance Forester is centrally located in Olympia, and covers all of Washington. These services can be provided remotely by telephone or email, or via a field visit to your property. Contact us today!
Looking for help with Forest Stewardship?
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 U.S. 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.
To learn more about the program, go to