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 Extension Forestry Spring/Summer Online Class Series Starts May 13
WSU Extension Forestry offers free online classes for property owners
The classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Due to increased security, you must have your own Zoom account to participate. You can easily create a free Zoom account if you do not already have one. Important: you must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the class at least two hours before the class start time. Each class is offered twice: one from 12:05-12:55 pm, and again from 7:05-7:55. If you are interested in a class but will be unable to attend, please register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.
6/18 - If you build it, they will come – Fun wildlife habitat enhancements
The basic habitat needs of wildlife, food, water, and cover are sometimes incompletely provided in our forests. Limiting factors such as availability of cavities for nesting or roosting cover, can be addressed by providing strategic and appropriate structures created, managed, and maintained by landowners. Join DNR Landowner Assistance Biologist Ken Bevis to Learn about boxes, piles, creating wildlife trees, water sources, and other techniques in this fun and free ranging class!
- Register for the 12:05 p.m. session of “If you build it, they will come – Fun wildlife habitat enhancements”
- Register for the 7:05 p.m. session of “If you build it, they will come – Fun wildlife habitat enhancements”
6/23 - Well begun is half done – proper site preparation and early vegetation control
Are you thinking about planting trees? Or did you already plant trees but worry they are going to be outcompeted by other vegetation? Excessive brush or undesirable plant pressure and reduce tree survival rates – wasting time and money. Join DNR Landowner Assistance Forester Matt Provencher to learn about vegetation management, why it’s important, and techniques for completing the job!
- Register for the 12:05 p.m. session of “Well begun is half done – proper site preparation and early vegetation control”
- Register for the 7:05 p.m. session of “Well begun is half done – proper site preparation and early vegetation control”
6/29 - Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)
Have you recently harvested timber? Do you have an old field or other area that you think trees might look great in? Are you wondering what to plant? When to plant? Where to plant? How to plant? Join DNR Landowner Assistance Forester Matt Provencher to learn about matching species and stock type to your site as well as timing and what a properly planted tree looks like.
- Register for the 12:05 p.m. session of “Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)”
- Register for the 7:05 p.m. session of “Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once)”
There is no shortage of news coverage, research, publications, and educational programming available to address the issue of wildfires in the dry forests of eastern Washington and the rest of the interior Pacific Northwest. These areas have been hit hard by wildfires due to decades of fire suppression and require a massive forest restoration effort to reduce fuel loads. But what about fires in the wet forests of western Washington? How do wildfire behavior and forest fire ecology differ in this region? How does a changing climate impact the risk of catastrophic fires and what does this mean for how we manage forests and protect homes here? Attend this free webinar to hear DNR experts discuss the science of wildfire in western Washington and the steps you can take to prepare.
When and Where
Tuesday, June 30th (6PM – 8PM) via Zoom
Cost and Registration
This webinar is free but pre-registration is required and can be done via Eventbrite.
To learn more about the webinar and how to view it, see the attached flier or visit the course website.
7/14 - Plantae non grata – Invasive species on small woodlands
Join Sasha Shaw from the King County Noxious Weed Control Program to learn about invasive and noxious weeds that impact woodlands in western Washington. Identification, impacts, plant biology and control methods will be covered for woody and non-woody plants that threaten forest health, habitat, and ecosystems in the region.
- Register for the 12:05 p.m. session of “Plantae non grata – Invasive species on small woodlands”
- Register for the 7:05 p.m. session of “Plantae non grata – Invasive species on small woodlands”
7/28 - The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse
Root disease is one of the most common forest health issues in western Washington. WSU Extension Forestry Professor Kevin Zobrist will cover identification and treatment options for the four most common root diseases: laminated root rot, annosus root disease, Armillaria root disease, and Schweinitzii root and butt rot.
- Register for the 12:05 p.m. session of “The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse”
- Register for the 7:05 p.m. session of “The four horsemen of the root disease apocalypse”
Acknowledgements and Accommodations
This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University, Island County, King County, King Conservation District, San Juan County, San Juan Islands Conservation District, Skagit County, and Snohomish Conservation District. In-kind support provided by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, University of Washington, and King County.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Brendan Whyte at 425-357-6023 or email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the event.
- 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://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/profile/spotted-lanternfly
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
- Forest Health Fact Sheet
- Why is my Tree Dying?
- How drought stress and climate change affect Washington’s trees.
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.