Northwest NEWS

April 3, 2000

Valley Special

Course offered on forest stewardship

   Are you interested in improving your skills and knowledge for managing your forest land? Do you want to qualify for economic incentive or tax reduction programs that could save you at least 50 percent and up to 90 percent on your taxes each year?

   Would you like to learn how to enhance wildlife habitat or tree production or diversify the economic gains from your forest? Then join Washington State University Cooperative Extension for the Forest Stewardship program.

   This valuable course helps landowners develop their own forest management plan that meets their goals and objectives. Anyone interested in managing their forest land for economic, aesthetic, wildlife, or other objectives is strongly encouraged to take this program.

   During the program, you will receive over 40 hours of training and guidance from natural resource professionals who are there to assist you in writing your plan and meeting your management objectives. Participants will take classes on soils, topography, hydrology, wildlife enhancement, incentive programs, forest health, and techniques for enhancing forest diversity.

   The program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Carnation. There will be eight classroom sessions and two field trips (April 29 and May 20). Classes begin on April 19 and last through June 7.

   In order to write an effective forest plan, attendance is required at all classes and field trips. The fee is $100. Pre-registration is required. Registration must be received by no later than April 14.

   For a registration form and additional information, contact Stephen Sax, Forestry Education Program Coordinator, at WSU Cooperative Extension by phone at 206-205-6380 or 1-800-325-6165, ext. 56380, or send e-mail to steve.sax@metrokc.gov.