‘Ties to the Land’ – A workshop for the whole family

Ties to the land

Do you own and care for farm or forest land? Are you concerned about maintaining these lands from generation to generation? If so, you may be interested in a new series of workshops.

Succession planning—the human side of estate planning—focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses and motivating families to address those challenges.

Families will soon have a chance to participate in Ties to the Land workshops across Washington State, where they will receive information about legal and economic aspects of transferring forest lands from one generation to the next. This all-day workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises to help families develop techniques needed to address tough issues.

The award-winning Ties to the Land curriculum was developed by leading estate planning experts at Oregon State University Extension and the Austin Family Business Program. Registration is $45 per family or ownership and includes a Ties to the Land workbook and companion DVD, designed to help families continue to improve and direct their communications and planning at home.

Dates and exact locations are still to be determined, but will be in the vicinity of Bremerton, Port Angeles, Chehalis, Vancouver, Olympia, Willapa or Gray’s Harbor, Everett, Mt. Vernon, Deming, Issaquah, Usk, Dayton, Asotin, Leavenworth, Spokane, Kettle Falls, Tonasket, Ellensburg, White Salmon, and Chewelah or Deer Park.

These workshops are sponsored by WSU Extension, the DNR Forest Stewardship Program, and the US Forest Service State and Private Programs. Steve Stinson from the Family Forest Foundation will facilitate the workshops.

For more information and to view all upcoming events, please visit http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry or contact Andy Perleberg, WSU Extension Forester, (509) 667-6540; andyp@wsu.edu