Mark your calendar now and plan to join the ranks of more than 9,000 family forest owners who have attended Washington’s Regional Forest Owners Field Days at venues all across the state. These “out-in-the-woods” educational events feature practical information on a wide variety of topics related to owning and caring for forestland. They consistently get excellent reviews from those who attend. If you own forestland, the Field Days are “must attend” events!
- Eastern Washington: Saturday, June 16, 2012 — Pend Oreille County
- Western Washington: Saturday, August 18, 2012 — Thurston County
Watch for details at ext.wsu.edu/forestry
MONEY STILL AVAILABLE TO HELP REDUCE WILDFIRE AND BARK BEETLE RISK
DNR’s Eastern Washington Forest Landowner Cost-Share Program can help pay for up to 50 percent of the cost of thinning, pruning, and slash disposal to improve forest health and reduce wildfire and bark beetle risk. The program can also help fund preparation of a Forest Stewardship Plan by a consulting forester. The application is quick and easy to complete. Go to www.dnr.wa.gov and type “cost share” in the search box for full details and an application form. The program is primarily funded by grant funds from the USDA Forest Service.
NEW INTEGRATED FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN GUIDELINES
Several agencies and organizations require participating landowners to prepare some form of a management plan for their forested properties. These entities have now cooperated to develop a single set of management plan guidelines that will simultaneously allow landowners to qualify for multiple programs. Plans prepared according to the new guidelines should meet the requirements for:
- The Forest Stewardship Program
- USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Farm Bill Programs
- American Tree Farm System Certification
- Current Use Property Tax Programs
The guidelines were cooperatively developed by the US Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Revenue, and Washington Tree Farm Program. For a copy of the new guidelines, go to www.dnr.wa.gov and type “Forest Stewardship Plan” in the search box.
AM I CRAZY TO OWN TIMBERLAND? THE GOOD! THE BAD! THE UGLY!
The 2012 Annual Washington Farm Forestry Association Conference will be held May 3-5 in Spokane Valley. Join other “crazy” forest landowners for great presentations, field trips and dancing.