Forestry help for landowners
Forests are a defining feature of King County's ecosystems and rural character, and they are a source of sustainable forest products. Discover the many ways to meet individual ownership goals with our training and technical assistance for forest landowners and those who live in or near forests.
Forest Stewardship Technical Assistance & Training
On-site technical assistance.
Staff foresters provide free assistance to forestland property owners and other interested individuals. Upon request staff foresters will visit private properties to provide technical advice and assist with Forest Stewardship Plans or with meeting county and state regulations. Foresters can help landowners plan for meeting their personal forestry goals including: growing a healthy forest, timber enhancement, improvement of wildlife habitat, and protection of water resources. Contact us
Courses and events sponsored by Washington State University and King County
Natural resource professionals will show how to keep your forestlands healthy and productive, and attract more wildlife. By the end of the class, you will have completed a forest stewardship plan for your property, which can qualify you for property tax reductions and cost share assistance.
- 2017 Fall Course in Preston - Tuesday evenings, September 12 to October 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (except the first night, Sept. 12, which will start at 6 p.m.). Field trip on Saturday, October 21st.
- Register for the Preston class before September 26 and pay $190 per household. Tuition is $225 September 26 and later.
Is your home ready for wildfire?
With a little training and a bit of yard clean-up, you can keep your home and family safer. King County foresters are available for free wildfire risk assessments for forest and for help with 'Firewise' community emergency response planning. Visit our Wildfire Safety Planning webpage to learn more.
- Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks
- Water and Land Resources Division
- King Conservation District (external link)
- Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (external link)
News and announcements
Feb. 9, 2015
External article, The Atlantic
The Best Technology For Fighting Climate Change? Trees
External article, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources Blog
Storms and tree damage: Good tree health improves survival odds
Aug. 5, 2010
External article, Capital Press
Thinning leaves owner's mark