Forest Landowners Resources
If you are a forest landowner in Clark County and need assistance, this page will provide some helpful documents and links.
Forest Health Seminar – Longview, WA
Registration is open!
Is Your Forest “Healthy”? What Does That Mean?
Insects, disease, drought, wildfire, climate change, invasive species . . . These are all challenges that forests face and they seem to be taking a toll. As you look around the forest in your backyard or on your way to work, you may see several dead or dying trees. But is this anything to worry about? Forest health is a complex concept and tree death is a natural part of it, which can make it difficult to know when a dead or dying tree is truly a bad thing. This seminar will help you understand when to be concerned, what to look for, and what you may be able to do about it on your own property. You’ll also receive a wealth of information on resources available in your area that can help you learn and do more.
When: July 10, 2019 from 6PM – 8PM
Where: Cowlitz County Training Center – 1942 1st Ave, Longview, WA 9863
Cost: No cost but please register ahead of time.
For information on how to register, visit the WSU Extension Forestry website.
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:
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
Bark beetles and 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.
Need help with forest management plans?
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, 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.
My Land Plan
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.
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.