Sessions (Forestry)

The Focus on Forestry sessions for 2016 are shown below. 
Time Session
9:45 a.m.   While Waiting for Your Trees to Grow - Introduction to Silviculture
Presenter: Duane Weston, retired chief forester for Pacific Denkmann Company's Pilchuck Tree Farm

This presentation will help landowners managing lands with designated Forest Land tax status. The workshop presents management practices to satisfy the local tax assessor in order to meet the responsibility of maintaining their Forest Land status.Healthy forests provide timber, clean air, drinking water, home for wildlife, places for recreation, food, beautiful vistas and thousands of products. When not managed, forests can become unhealthy and unproductive, causing risk to homes, investments and communities. This often occurs due to overcrowding, disease, machine damage and insects further exacerbated by poor to little management. An introduction to best management practices to improve the health and productivity of your forest using a number of techniques. At the end, there will be open discussion amongst participants on forest management (Bring questions related to your current or planned land parcel).

11:00 a.m. Specialty Forest Products
Presenter: Jim Freed, Emeritus Natural Resources Professor, Washington State University

Specialty forestry products (also called nontraditional forestry products) are opportunities to realize a return on forested lands and forested riparian buffers while waiting for trees to grow or on lands providing ecological services not for timber harvest. Learn opportunities from management techniques for forest products to finding markets and sellers. An Introduction to five major areas of Specialty Forest Products: Florals and greenery, Native Plants, Medicinals, Mushrooms and Wild Edibles. The goal of the talk is to provide forest landowners with new opportunities to help their lands become economically viable. Participants will be provided with connections and resources to further designing a diversified economic management strategy for their forests. 

3:00 p.m. Sustainable Systems and Landowners
Presenters: Josh Meek, Technical Assistance Forester, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources; Boyd Norton, Northwest Washington Landowner Assistance Forester, Washington State Dept. Of Natural Resources

Small forest landowners receive advice in developing a plan for forest health, understanding their objectives in forest management decisions, and wading through regulations. A common barrier to development of a successful management plan is understanding Washington State’s complex rules affecting timber management. This discussion helps landowners through the Forest Practice Rules and Forest Practice Application to develop a sustainable plan for their forest.

4:15 p.m.
Forestry Transfer of Development Rights
Presenters: Steve Skorney, Snohomish County and Nick Bratton, Forterra

Interested in real estate options for your land that give you a financial return while you retain ownership and timber rights? Want to protect your property for future generations and continued forestry? Consider transfer of development rights (TDR), a real estate tool available to land owners in Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties. TDR is a voluntary, market-based program that incentivizes growth in areas where it’s desired while conserving working forests. An estimated 46% of Snohomish County’s private forests are at risk of conversion to development. TDR offers an alternative real estate option for farmland and forestland owners by providing a means for realizing the development value of their lands without onsite development. In this workshop landowners will learn the basics of TDR, the mechanics of the program, and its benefits. Participants will hear examples of program success in Snohomish County and around the region from organizations that specialize in helping landowners purchase and conserve land through TDR.