Do you own forested or wooded property in Snohomish County or on Camano Island? Whether you own a few acres of woods or a larger forest tract, there are a variety of services available to help you get the most out of your land. Whether you’re interested in preservation and aesthetics, periodic timber harvest for income or anything in between, Snohomish Conservation District has the resources to help you achieve your goals and objectives.
The District works closely with the WSU Extension Forestry program in Snohomish County, which provides education and technical assistance to forest landowners. These include: classes, workshops, field days, online learning modules, an informative newsletter, how-to videos and an online library of over 40 publications and videos to help manage forestland. WSU Extension Forestry also maintains a searchable directory of forestry consultants and silviculture contractors on their website.
The popular WSU Extension flagship forestry program, Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, is a multi-week training featuring experts from across the state to teach owners everything they need to know to steward a forest. Topics include: soils, silviculture, forest health, wildlife, invasive species, protecting water resources and measuring trees. As part of the program, participants receive coaching from experts to help develop a written forest stewardship plan specific to their site. An approved plan translates to recognition as a Stewardship Forest that includes a sign to post on the property. The plan may also help participants qualify for cost share programs or discounted property taxes for forestry use. A site visit from a professional forester and a publication resource library are also included as part of the program.
Resources for Forestland and Woodlot Owners
- Visit the WSU Extension Forestry website to access to landowner resources, connect with WSU forestry faculty and staff, get an updated class and field day schedule, and get on the newsletter list: http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/.
- See this site for the forestry consultant and silviculture contractor directory: http://forestry.wsu.edu/consultingdirectory/.
- For a listing of all agencies that provide assistance for Snohomish County or Camano Island landowners and descriptions of what services each agency or organization provides, download the WSU Extension publication Forestry Education and Assistance for Washington Forest Landowners at https://pubs.wsu.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=1352
- Need help on the ground? Want to walk your land with an expert? The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Small Forest Landowner Office offers free site visits for landowners with ten or more forested acres. For more information, visit http://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/forest-practices/small-forest-landowners/forest-stewardship-program.
- Download the Do-It-Yourself Ways to Steward a Healthy, Beautiful Forest from the Northwest Natural Resource Group sponsored by the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. For a full list of their resources visit their library at http://www.nnrg.org/resources.
Firewise is a national program that helps landowners and communities prevent damage from devastating wildland fires.
Find out more at the national website: www.firewise.org