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Forest Stewardship Coached Planning  

Coached Planning is a six-nine week short course (depending on location) designed to assist private forest landowners in writing their management plans.

Participants will identify management goals and put together a comprehensive forest management plan. Plans may qualify you for cost-share assistance for plan implementation; recognition as a Stewardship Forest ; and reduced current use property tax rates

Course topics:

  • Introduction to Forest Stewardship and personal goal setting
  • Maps and property descriptions
  • Introduction to forest ecology
  • Inventory of forest resources, field equipment and tree measurements
  • Silvicultural techniques and alternatives and site regeneration
  • Wildlife habitat identification, inventory, and enhancement
  • Forest soils
  • Riparian areas and water quality issues
  • Forest health
  • Special forest products cultural resources
  • Legal issues, forest practice regulations and incentive programs

What will I learn?

  • How to evaluate your forest's health
  • How to evaluate fish and wildlife uses on your property and improve habitat
  • How to identify silvicultural alternatives and when they should be applied
  • How to identify common forest plants
  • How to protect soil and water
  • Your rights and responsibilities as a forest property owner

Forest Stewardship Program-Coached Planning is a collaborative education program for Washington State family forest landowners. The program is conducted by WSU Extension in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources Forest Stewardship Program, Rural Technology Initiative (in collaboration with UW and WSU), US Forest Service Cooperative Programs, Washington State Parks, Conservation Districts, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, and consulting foresters.

Who to contact:
(Coached Planning classes are taught at various locations throughout the state of Washington. If you would like to sign up for a class contact the Extension agent, listed below, for your area.)

NE (Ferry, Stevens, Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties)

Emily Burt
Area Forestry Educator
Washington State University Extension
350 E. Delaware Ave. #9
Republic, WA 99166
509.775.5235 (ph)
509.775.5218 (fax)

NW (Kitsap County)

Arno Bergstrom
WSU County Extension Forester
Washington State University Extension
345 Sixth St., Ste 550
Bremerton, WA 98337-1874
360.337.7225 (ph)
360.337.4864 (fax)

NW (King County)

Amy Grotta
WSU County Extension Forester
Washington State University Extension
919 SW Grady Way, Ste. 120
Renton , WA 98055-2980
206.205.3132 (ph)
206.296.0952 (fax)

NWC (Snohomish and Skagit Counties)

Kevin Zobrist
Forest Stewardship Educator
WSU Snohomish and Skagit County Extension
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208-6353
425-357-6017 (ph)

NC (Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Okanogan, and Yakima Counties)

Andy Perleberg
Area Extension Educator, Forestry
Washington State University Extension
400 Washington St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509.667.6658 (ph)
509.667.6561 (fax)

NW/SW (Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason and Kitsap Counties)

Jim Freed
WSU County Extension Forester
Washington State University Extension
DNR Resource Protection
PO Box 47037
Olympia, WA 98504-7037

NW/SW (Pierce, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties)

Mike Nystrom
Extension Forester/DNR Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator
DNR Seed Orchard Office
Olympia, WA 98501
253.350.0018 (ph)

SW (Lewis, Pacific, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties)

Tony Sachet
Extension Forester/DNR Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator
USDA Service Center
Longview, WA
360.578.0728 (ph)  

SW (Lewis County)

Sheila Gray
WSU Lewis County Extension Director
Washington State University Extension
351 NW North St. MS: AES01
Chehalis, WA 98532-1900
360.740-1214 (ph)
360.740.2792 (fax)

SW/SE (Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties)

Ole Helgerson
WSU County Extension Forester
Washington State University Extension
Courthouse, PO Box 790
Stevenson, WA 98648
509.427.9427 (ph)
509.427.4165 (fax)

Upcoming Coached Planning Sessions:

Coached Planning Classes are usually listed on our Calendar of Events. For the most current information regarding classes visit county specific web-sites listed above or contact an extension agent listed above.

More Links:

Coached Planning Photo Album
Featured Program: Washington Forest Stewardship

Past Coached Planning Classes via Streaming Video

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