Forest Landowners Resources
If you are a forest landowner in Clark County and need assistance, this page will provide some helpful documents and links.
WSU Forestry Extension and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are offering a Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course in Kelso. The course on forest management for small landowners will be offered Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., October 16 through November 20 (plus a field trip on November 16). The classes will be held in the Cowlitz County Administration Building General Meeting Room (3rd floor) at 207 4th Avenue N, Kelso, WA 98626.
Topics covered include silviculture, ecology, harvesting, thinning, wildlife, special forest products, mapping, soils, and much more. Through this series of classes, landowners are “coached” through the process of writing a forest management plan for their property based on their own management objectives. Your management plan is a key to accessing resources for small forest landowners in this area, such as reduced property taxes, cost-share assistance programs, and becoming a certified stewardship forest.
Course fee is $125 ($150 after October 5th) and includes a forest stewardship reference library, aerial photos and maps of your property, forest measurement tools, and an on-site visit with a forester, wildlife biologist, or both! Space is limited to first 20 registrants on first-come, first-served basis.
For questions, contact Patrick Shults at (360) 740-1213 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more, check out the website at http://forestry.wsu.edu/kelsocp/.
Or go to Eventbrite to register now.
- Spotted Lanternfly / Tree of Heaven - Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest, is particularly attracted to Tree-of-heaven. Adults prefer to feed and lay eggs upon the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), a Class C noxious weed in Washington State. Avoid planting Tree of Heaven on your property, and consider safely removing any that already might be present. You can download a PDF Fact Sheet here https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/documents/priorities/Spotted_lanternfly_fact_sheet.pdf
- This summer, two graduates of the interagency Oregon Forest Pest Detector program submitted separate reports on the Oregon Invasives Online Hotline of a suspicious insect damaging native twinberry (Lonicera involucrata). In both cases, the damage occurred on landscape plants in residential areas in Portland. After samples were gathered, the insect was found to be Agrilus cyanescens, an exotic species from Europe that has been established in the NE U.S. since at least 1921. This insect is in the same genus as the emerald ash borer. Other known hosts of A. cyanescens include honeysuckles (Lonicera sp.). This discovery is the first report of this insect on the West Coast.
Attached is a brief scientific note about the discovery. Kudos to the graduates of the OFPD who made the report, Lise Gervais, employed by a private tree care company, and Bethany Lund, Tualatin SWCD. Thank you to beetle taxonomist, Rick Westcott (Oregon Dept of Ag) for providing the identification.
Small Forest Landowner Needing Assistance?
- The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Bill program.
The program packages funding from multiple NRCS programs to provide landscape scale conservation benefits by partnering with other groups and agriculture and forestry producers.
The Southwest Washington Small Forest Lands Conservation Partnership provides RCPP funding to achieve conservation of forests in southwest Washington in a way that engages small forest landowners voluntarily, increases financial and regulatory security for forest landowners and improves forest and watershed health to benefit people, fish and wildlife.
Click on the link below to access a fact sheet for more information, or contact:
813 West Main Street, Suite 106
Battle Ground, WA 98604
Southwest Washington Small Forest Lands Conservation Fact Sheet (PDF)
- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), part of the U.S. Agriculture Department, has funds to help landowners develop forest management plans. To find out how to apply for funding, contact Lisa Schuchman at 360.324.0469 or email@example.com.
- The American Forest Foundation has an online resource for forest landowners to help them manage their woodlands.
Easy-to-use tools help guide forest landowners in mapping their property, setting goals, keeping a journal and connecting with foresters and other woodland owners. My Land Plan helps forest landowners get the most out of their woodlands.
For more information, visit the American Forest Foundation's My Land Plan website.
Heritage Tree Program
The WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardener program has recently launched a Heritage Tree program to recognize special trees located in areas that do not have Heritage Tree programs (cities that do include Vancouver and Ridgefield).
Here is a link to more information and the nomination form: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2079/2018/03/Heritage-Trees-FlyerNomination.pdf. Submit a nomination form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the address below.
For more information, contact:
1919 NE 78th Street
Vancouver, WA 98665
Phone: 360-397-6060 x 5738
- Dave Shaw's suggestions to keep a tree healthy: Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage due to drought
- Learn about bark beetles and how they are attacking drought-stressed Douglas fir trees across Washington by reading this news release from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Wildfire resilient forests
Forest lands can be managed so they are fire resilient without sacrificing wildlife habitat and reducing ecosystem function.
Learn more about what you can do by watching this 6 minute video featuring Ken Bevis, a stewardship fish and wildlife biologist with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
The Washington State University Forestry and Wildlife Extension provides a directory of forestry and silviculture professionals available for private landowners to hire.
The Washington State Consulting Forester and Silvicultural Contractor Directory includes contact information, services provided, bonding and insurance information, experience and counties served.
Clark County provides a list of arborists as a resource for county residents, but the county does not recommend or endorse any specific arborist.
Local arborists (PDF)
If you are a local arborist and would like to be added to this list, please contact:
Hunter Decker, County Forester
Clark County Public Works
Current use programs
Current Use is the term commonly used to describe tax deferral programs designed by the Washington Legislature to support and protect land designated for farming and other resource use.
- Designated Forest Lands Program (Clark County Assessor)
- Open Space Timber Lands Program (Clark County Assessor)
Thinking about a career in forestry?
Fire Science Online has information about careers, internships and volunteer opportunities: www.firescience.org/forestry-careers.
Scribner volume table (PDF)
This chart can help forest landowners estimate how many board feet of lumber can be milled from a log, based on the log's length in feet and diameter in inches. A board foot, often abbreviated as "BDFT," is the equivalent of a square piece of lumber, measuring 1 foot on each side, that is 1 inch thick.
The following chart provides some additional online resources that may be helpful for forest landowners.