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March 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Orcas Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, March 16th, 2019

Spring 2019

A forestry class for property owners

Your Land. Your Trees. Your Goals.

Natural beauty, wildlife, ecosystem health, harvest income, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet are some of the many reasons people value their forestland. Whatever your values are, this comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether you have just a few wooded acres or a larger forest tract, if you have trees on your property, this class is for you.

Topics covered include:

  • How do you know if your trees are healthy? What should you do if they aren’t?
  • Are characteristics of your property attracting or repelling the wildlife you enjoy? What can you do if wildlife cause damage?
  • Are there certain trees you should always keep or remove? How do you cut trees without damaging your land?
  • What types of trees do you have? Does your forest look like a “mess”?
  • How do you know if your trees need to be thinned, and how do you go about it?
  • How do you identify and mitigate fire risks?
  • Are invasive and noxious weeds taking over your underbrush? What are the risks and what can you do about it?
  • What kind of soil do you have and how does that affect what grows?
  • What is the risk of wildfire on your property?

Complete Schedule and Syllabus (PDF) – Coming soon!

Save money, too!

As part of this class we will coach you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that may qualify you for property tax reductions or conservation cost-share grants.

When and Where

Dates and Times

Class Sessions will be held Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, March 16 – April 13th, 2019. The Saturday field trip will be on March 30th.


Saturday sessions will be held at Camp Orkila, 484 Camp Orkila Rd, Eastsound, WA, 98245.

Cost and Registration

What’s Included:

  • Eight evening class sessions taught by state and local experts
  • A Saturday field trip
  • A digital library of reference materials and how-to guides
  • A copy of the book Native Trees of Western Washington
  • A consultation site visit to your property from a state or county service forester
  • A tree measuring tool


Register before February 27th and save $30! The registration fee is $195 before February 27th , and $225 February 27th or later. The cost is per individual or couple from the same household/ownership. Children under 18 are welcome and may attend at no additional cost. Discounts are available for students and active Master Gardeners – call 425-357-6023 for details.

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. This is our most popular location and this class almost always sells out. Cancellations must be received before September 7th to be eligible for a refund and may be subject to a $10 processing fee.


Register online


March 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm