Sessions (Forestry)

The Focus on Forestry sessions for 2016 are shown below. 
Time Session
10:30 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).

11:30 a.m. Specialty Forest Products
Presenter: Jim Freed, Emeritus Natural Resources Professor, Washington State University

Specialty forestry products (also called nontraditional f orestry 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 Dep. 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.

4:00 p.m.
Forestry Transfer of Development Rights
Presenters: Steve Skorney, Senior Planner, Snohomish County Planning and Development Services; Nick Bratton, Policy Director, Forterra

Interested in buying and managing a forest or reducing taxes on your current forest? Consider a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), a market-based approach that promotes growth in focused areas while conserving working forests. An estimated 46% of Snohomish County’s private forests are at risk to conversion to development. A developer buys the right of a landowner to develop a parcel, and then uses or sells that right to build more dense or taller housing elsewhere. When the development rights are removed, a conservation easement for forestry or farming is placed on the land. In this workshop, landowners are introduced to the basics of TDR and the financial gains it can provide to reducing the price of the land. Participants in the workshop will learn the basics of TDR as well as be introduced to organizations that specialize in helping landowners purchase and conserve land through TDRs as well as Snohomish County regulations promoting TDR.