Small Forest Landowner Office

The Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO) at Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers assistance to small forest landowners to protect and promote the ecological and economic viability of their forestlands. It is estimated that small forest landowners own almost 3 million acres of Washington’s forests—about half the private forestland in the state. These privately owned forests provide fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and green landscapes while contributing to the economy of many communities through the production of valuable wood products. DNR and its staff strive to provide landowners with the knowledge and advice they need to keep their land forested.​

​The diversity of Washington state forestlands -- from the rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the dry coniferous forests of eastern Washington -- presents a wide range of management opportunities and choices. At the Small Forest Landowner Office, we seek to provide you with technical and financial assistance that  helps you meet your objectives for your lands -- whether it's to enhance fish and wildlife habitat, reduce fuels, increase recreation opportunities, improve forest health, produce revenue or all of the above. Contact us today.
The Small Forest Landowner Office is here to help you. Contact us today.

Financial Assistance Programs

  • Family Forest Fish Passage program helps landowners replace culverts and other stream crossing structures that prevent trout, salmon and other fish from reaching upstream habitat.
  • Forestry Riparian Easement program compensates eligible landowners in exchange for a 40-year easement on “qualifying timber” on their property.
  • Rivers and Habitat Open Space program acquires permanent forestland conservation easements for unconfined channel migration zones and habitat that is critical for state threatened or endangered species.

Regulation Assistance Programs

  • Regulation Assistance program can assist you on any forest practices related questions and with the Forest Practices Application process.

Looking for help with managing your forestlands?

The Service Forestry Program 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 Forest Health Assistance for Small Forest Landowners.  

Are you interested in finding out about other incentive programs? 

The Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative created a search tool called the Conservation Program Explorer. This tool helps to raise awareness of available programs and connect landowners to agencies and organizations that implement these programs. Click here to view the Conservation Program Explorer and find out about other incentive programs in your area.