Northeast Washington Coached Planning Forest Stewardship Course – Spring 2022
A forestry class for property owners
This course is for properties in Northeast Washington (Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane counties).
Your Land. Your Trees. Your Goals.
Natural beauty, wildlife, ecosystem health, harvest income, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet are some of the many reasons people value their forestland. Whatever your values are, this comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether you have just a few wooded acres or a larger forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this class is for you.
Topics covered include:
- Learn how to identify the trees on your property
- What is the risk of wildfire on your property and what steps can we take to mitigate it.
- Forest Health issues and what pests may be attacking your trees
- Wildlife and habitat creation
- Learn about forest practices rules
- Identify the soils present on your property
- How to create recreational trails and access roads safely
- Forest inventory and timber management
- Tree planting and reforestation
- Agroforestry, silvopasture, and special forest products
- Cultural Resources and Native American uses of the land
- Successional planning for future generations
Where does it count?
As part of this class we will “coach” you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that qualifies for designated forestland tax classification requirements, federal and state conservation cost-share grants, and the American Tree Farm certification of sustainable management.
When and Where
Dates and Times
The Northeast Washington course will be held Saturdays, May 7th – June 11th, 9:00am – 4:00pm. No class May 28th for Memorial Weekend.
In-person – Spokane Community College, Colville branch.
Classes will consist of three morning lectures. Two afternoons will be spent writing forest management plans and two of the classes we will take a field tour down to Chewelah to learn about the topics covered on the Rafter Seven Ranch.
Cost and Registration
- A digital library of reference materials and how-to guides
- A consultation site visit to your property from a state service forester
- Tools and equipment to collect information on your forest
Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Online classes always sell out very early. No refunds within 14 days of the course start date. Eventbrite processing fees are non-refundable.
If registering as a family from the same household/ownership, only do one registration for all of you–do not do separate registrations for individual family members.
The registration process includes required short questionnaire. If you have forested property, please make sure you have your property information ready before you start the registration process, including:
- County of ownership
- Parcel I.D. (found from your county assessor)
- Estimate of total acreage