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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

Happy Stewardship Forest ownersForest Stewardship Coached Planning 2018

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.

  • 2018 Winter Course (Online) - Thursday evenings, February 1 to March 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (except the first night, 2/1, which will start at 5:30). Field trip on Saturday, March 10th. 

Register for the Online class before January 19th and pay $185 per household. Tuition is $215 January 19th or later.

  • 2018 Spring Course (Whidbey Island) - Tuesday evenings, March 6 to April 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (except the first night, 3/6, which will start at 6 p.m.). Field trip on Saturday, April 14th. Sessions will be held in the auditorium at Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Rd, Coupeville.

 Register for the Whidbey Island class before February 23rd and pay $170 per household. Tuition is $200 February 23rd or later.

  • 2018 Spring Course (Vashon) - Monday evenings, March 26 to May 14, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (except the first night, 3/26, which will start at 5:30 p.m.). Field trip on Saturday, April 28th. Sessions will be held at the Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon.

Register for the Vashon class before March 16th and pay $150 per household. Tuition is $180 March 16th or later.

To learn details about the course content, click the link for the class above, visit the WSU Extension Forestry website or contact 425-357-6017.

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.

For questions about forestry services in King County, Washington, please contact Bill Loeber, King County Forestry Program.

Related information

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News and announcements

November 28, 2017
External article, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources Blog "Ear to the Ground"
Mind The Gap: Mimicking Nature in the Managed Forest

Apr. 16, 2015
Amid critically low snowpacks, King County offers advice on protecting homes from wildfire

Feb. 9, 2015
External article, The Atlantic
The Best Technology For Fighting Climate Change? Trees