Forestry Work by Conservation Districts

Forest Landowner Assistance Memorandum of Understanding

To better serve non-industrial private landowners in Washington state, an interagency memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been developed to streamline and simplify coordinating delivery of forestry programs and services.  To view the MOU, please click here. WA Interagency Landowner Assistance MOU

Now, a landowner essentially can develop one forestry plan which will be accepted by the rest of the agencies. The MOU also describes how the agencies will work together, share information, and minimize duplication (among other things).  It is the hope of those who signed the document, and the staff supporting them, that this will make your life easier and more predictable.

The memorandum of understanding is between the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington State Conservation Commission, Washington State Association of Conservation Districts, Washington State University Extension, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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Forestry work by Conservation Districts

Conservation Districts provide benefits to Washington’s small acreage, private forest land owners and intend to provide more in the future. Some of Washington’s 47 districts have limited amounts of forest lands while others have substantial forests. The degree of district involvement in forestry activities is related to the amount of forests within each district. Different districts emphasize forestry at different levels – some having limited programs and others having relatively broad involvement.

WACD’s forestry work is evolving and will change over time. A first step is determining what forestry expertise we have, what the issues are, what our priorities ought to be, and how to manage and fund forestry activities. We are looking at impacts of the 2008 Farm Bill, partnering opportunities, and how to organize ourselves for success. Initially, we are looking at forest management, omitting some established programs like Firewise. Firewise has been up and running in several districts for a few years and is somewhat “ahead” of our forestry activities. As we develop our forestry program, the forestry and Firewise groups will re-look at our organization, and in the meantime will work and coordinate with each other.