Rural Forest Health Management Program

KCD established the Rural Forest Health Management Program to support stewardship practices for private landowners with less than five acres of woodlands. The Rural Forest Health Management Program delivers this support through:

  • Developing Forest Stewardship Plans
  • Assisting with forest health issues
  • Connecting landowners with other forest stewardship resources and services
  • Providing forest stewardship education opportunities in King County, such as the WSU’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course and the WSU’s Forest Owners Field Day

Through this program’s support landowners can become confident, capable stewards of their forest resources and help sustain our vital Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems. Our planning services can also help landowners access KCD cost-share funding for stewardship projects, receive recognition for their commitment to forest stewardship, and qualify for King County tax reduction programs.

To request KCD technical assistance or stewardship planning service, please submit the form linked at the upper right, or contact our forestry staff directly:

Mike Lasecki, Program Coordinator, 425-282-1928 or michael.lasecki@kingcd.org

Brett Anderson, Forest Stewardship Planner, 425-282-1953 or brett.anderson@kingcd.org.

Michael Mendez, Forestry Project Coordinator, 425-282-1925 or forestryip@kingcd.org.

Forest Education Opportunities

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning

Learn how to write your own Forest Stewardship Plan by taking a course that teaches landowners about forest health and management topics. The course includes:

  • Eight evening class sessions taught by the state’s recognized experts
  • A Saturday field trip
  • A large notebook of reference materials and how-to guides
  • A copy of the book Native Trees of Western Washington
  • A consultation site visit to your property from a state or county service forester
  • A tree measuring tool

The next Forest Stewardship Coached Planning class will be held in Carnation starting September 5, 2018. For details and registration click HERE.

Washington State University Extension Forestry

WSU Extension Forestry provides classes, publications, and online resources for people with just a few acres of woods as well those with larger forests or tree farms. Whether you are interested in a healthy forest, wildlife, timber production, the beauty and aesthetics of a natural area, or some combination thereof, they have research-based answers to help you get the most out of your property.

To learn more about services available from WSU Extension Forestry, contact Kevin Zobrist at 425-357-6017 or kevin.zobrist@wsu.edu.

Request KCD Rural Forest Health Planning Services

King Conservation District provides technical assistance, forest health assessments, and planning services for landowners with less than five acres of woodlands. If you would like assistance with developing and implementing a Forest Stewardship Plan, please submit the
King Conservation District Rural Forest Health Service Request

If You Own 5 Acres or More Forestland

KCD’s Rural Forest Health Program is designed for landowners with fewer than five acres of woodlands. If you own five acres or more of forest, request planning and technical assistance through King County Forestry Services.

KCD Forest Health Management Cost-Share

KCD’s Landowner Incentive Program can award up to $22,500 per landowner for implementing forest health management practices in their forests. To qualify for KCD cost-share funds, landowners must have an approved Forest Stewardship Plan and live within the KCD service area, which includes all of King County except for the cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish. Click the link below for detailed information:

KCD Rural Forest Health Management Cost-Share

King County Tax Incentives

Developing a Forest Stewardship Plan is the first step toward qualifying for tax incentives through King County’s Public Benefit Rating system. Enrolling your forestland the program could translate into a 50%-90% reduction in the assessed value of your forest property. See the King County website to learn more about the Public Benefit Rating System.