Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Natural Resources

Program Contact: Andrew Perleberg, Extension Forester
509-667-6540 •




Forest Owners Winter School

Feb. 17, 2018

9 am – 4:30 pm

Community Colleges of Spokane – Colville Center

Forest Owners Winter School sponsored by:

  • Washington State University Extension
  • Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Family Forest Foundation
  • Washington Farm Forestry Association
  • USDA Forest Service
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Forest Owners Winter School is a hands-on, interactive educational event for families who own forestland in Washington.

  • Get practical, “how-to” advice on simple stewardship practices
  • Talk with agency and natural resource professionals from Eastern and Western Washington who are available to assist you in meeting your family’s goals
  • Meet other landowners (maybe a neighbor!)
  • See equipment displays and speak to vendors
  • Get your forestry questions answered at the resource center

There will be a resource area featuring exhibitors, vendors, and displays by public, private, and nonprofit organizations that provide products and services to assist landowners. 

Session topics include:

  • Chainsaw safety and maintenance (a 3-hour hands-on workshop. Bring your saw!)
  • Common noxious weeds and their controlling class
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat
  • Forest Health
  • Forest Soils
  • Forest Taxation
  • Hand Tools
  • Landowner assistance programs (technical and financial assistance)
  • Protecting your home and forest from fire
  • Silviculture
  • Technology for your Forest
  • Tree and shrub identification
  • Working with consulting foresters and the realities of selling timber

Download brochure and registration form here: 2018 Forest Owners Winter School Brochure

Past Events

Ties to the Land: Succession Planning for Landowners

February 3, 2018

8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Do you own and care for farm, forest, or ranch land?
If so, you probably have strong feelings about leaving your land in good condition for the future. Succession Planning—the human side of Estate Planning—focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address those challenges.



2018 Ties to the Land – Colville– brochure

Register Early!
Enrollment in this course is limited to 30 families and is first-come, first-served!
Is your family spread across the state?
Ties to the Land is also being offered at other locations around the state.

Working as a family, you will receive information about legal and economic aspects of transferring your farm, forest, or ranch lands from one generation to the next. This workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises to help families develop techniques needed to address tough issues.
Registration fee: $50 per family or ownership


Ties to the Land is an award-winning curriculum developed by leading estate planning experts at Oregon State University Extension and the Austin Family Business Program.

Each family will receive a Ties to the Land work-book & companion DVD, which are designed to help families continue to improve and direct their communications and planning at home.

Workshop Location

February 3, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
WSU Stevens County Extension

986 S. Main, Suite D
Colville, WA 99114