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Forests are a defining feature of King County's ecosystems and rural character, they are a source of sustainable forest products, and they are key to King County's quality of life.

There are many ways to achieve forestland ownership goals through the training and technical assistance offered to forest landowners and those who live in or near forests.

On-site Technical Assistance

King County foresters provide free assistance to forestland property owners and others engaged in forest management or protection. Upon request, staff foresters will visit private properties to provide technical advice, assist with development of Forest Stewardship Plans or provide guidance on how to best meet county and state land use regulations. Foresters can help landowners develop a vision for management of their forestlands, which may include improvement of the health of their forest, implementation of a forest management plan that is both ecologically sustainable and economically viable, improvement of wildlife habitat, and protection of water resources. Contact Wendy Sammarco for more information.

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

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Natural resource professionals from King County, the King Conservation District, WSU Extension and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources teach how to keep forestland healthy and productive, and attract more wildlife. By the end of the eight-week class, students will understand the basics of forest management and will have a great start on a forest stewardship plan, which can qualify landowners for property tax reductions and local or federal cost share assistance. For details, go to Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, visit the WSU Extension Forestry website or call 425-357-6017.

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Is your home prepared for a wildfire? With a little training and some attention to conditions around your home, you can keep your home and family safer. King County foresters are available for free wildfire risk assessments. For help with Firewise community emergency response planning, visit our Wildfire Safety Planning webpage to learn more. The King Conservation District also provides Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention Services to help homeowners and communities prepare for wildfire.

Forest Practices Illustrated

The publication Forest Practices Illustrated, produced by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, provides guidance on the Forest Practices Act (FPA) and how it might apply to individual forest stewardship activities. King County foresters are available to help navigate FPA requirements and provide assistance with any required county forestry-related regulations. (Contact Eric Beach, Regulatory and Permitting Specialist.)

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