WICD provides landowners with assistance on wide variety of forestry questions:
Additionally, WSU Extension has developed a Consulting Forester and Silvicultural Contractor Directory. A consulting forester provides professional forest management services to landowners. A silvicultural contractor provides the labor and equipment to perform forest management tasks such as site preparation, tree planting, vegetation control, pre-commercial thinning, slash disposal, etc. This searchable online directory is state-wide in scope, up-to-date, and currently has 85 companies listed. You can view the WSU Extension Forestry Consulting Directory.
WICD can also provide guidance to a number of cost-share programs and tax benefit programs for which forest landowners may qualify. EQIP, detailed below, is just one of many programs. Visit our Cost Share & Tax Incentive Programs page to learn more, or contact us for specific guidance.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Do you want to improve your forest stands? Do you want to enhance wildlife habitat on your land? Do you need help controlling invasive and noxious weeds? NRCS can help!
The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offers funding to help non-industrial private forest landowners implement conservation projects on their forest land through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial assistance and technical expertise to landowners who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air and other natural
resources on their land.
EQIP provides cost share and assistance payments for the implementation of certain conservation practices such as pre-commercial thinning, stand release, culvert replacements for fish passage, and other practices important to improving and maintaining the health of natural resources in the area. Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications.
If you have natural resource concerns on your land and are interested in making a commitment to conservation, EQIP could provide the funds you need to make it happen. To find out if EQIP is a fit for your operation, contact your local NRCS office at a USDA Service Center in your area or go to www.wa.nrcs.usda.gov
News from WSU Extension Forestry
from Kevin Zobrist, WSU Area Extension Educator, Forest Stewardship
Several years of effort have finally paid off, as the WSU Extension Forest Stewardship program with financial assistance from WICD has now been expanded to cover Island County. This means we will be having workshops and field days on both Whidbey and Camano Islands. For you Whidbey folks, imagine not having to always take the ferry to come to one of our educational events! Our newsletters are a great place to find out about upcoming events and workshops. For access to the current newsletter as well as archives, click on this link: WSU Extension Puget Sound Forest Stewardship E-Newsletter
Native Trees of Western Washington book available
Native Trees of Western Washington, a book by Kevin Zobrist (WSU North Puget Sound Extension Forestry), is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet)
North Puget Sound Chapter
Woman Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet) is a network of women who learn, educate, and work together to build female literacy and involvement in forestry, land conservation, and natural resources. WOWnet is a nationwide program that is dynamic, fun, informative, and strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woman woodland owners and forest practitioners. We support women in forest leadership, women who manage their own woodlands, and all who facilitate the stewardship of forests. Through educational resources and personal stories we strive to instil a sense of confidence and empowerment in women’s abilities to meet the challenges of forest ownership. To hear about upcoming events, sign up here. For more information on the National Women Owning Woodlands Network visit their website.
Links to Forest Health Publications:
Forest Pruning for Quality, Safety, & Aesthetics
For a good “Here’s how-to” guide to forest pruning, download the WSU Extension bulletin:
Conifer Pruning Basics for Family Forest Landowners