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Taking Those First Steps in Succession Planning 

Let’s be honest.  No one wants to think about their own death.  However, if we flip the thinking, we can focus on how we help our loved ones in that transition period.  It is important to think about what will happen to your land in the future.  After investing heart, soul (and probably money) in your property, doesn’t it make sense to plan for a transition of that property to the next generation or to an organization of your choice? 

This isn’t a process you start on Friday evening and by dinner Sunday have completed.  It can take a while to assemble a succession plan especially if you need to do some homework.  But rather than not starting because it is so overwhelming, let’s look at the process as five steps.

Legacy Planning Workshop - Minnesota 

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

Growing forests for great drinking water 

Did you know forests make great water? Or that some forest soils can absorb over 15” of rain/hour compared to a lawn which can absorb only an inch or less of water/hour while pavement doesn’t absorb any rain at all?

Next to me is a MN Women’s Woodland Network mug filled with tap water and tomorrow’s forecast calls for thunderstorms and heavy rain. I’m reminded of just how closely these two things are linked.

Get Your Daily Dose of Trees 


As a women woodland owner or manager I suspect you like trees, feel connected to the woods and likely appreciate the peace and quiet that can be found in that special corner of your woodlot. Intuitively you may recognize some of the health benefits of trees but you will likely be surprised to learn just how much trees are good for us.

The Joy of Owning Woods 

Tired of watching reruns on television? I encourage you to check out the University of California Forestry Extension private forest landowner video series available on YouTube. Each video highlights key topics for landowners including working with a professional foresters, tailoring for your needs, a forester's introduction to forestry, cost share programs, and a family heritage. Each video is 5-8 minutes long. In addition to some great tips and insights, you see some amazing scenery.

Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day 

Event Date: 
Sat, 08/27/2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Claremont Forest – at the intersection of 396th Dr SE and SE 53rd St, Snoqualmie, WA 

$25 per individual | $35 per couple | Student and Master Gardner discounts available

Fire Adapted Communities 

There’s a new kid in town in the world of wildfire, known by the name of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC). 

When Should You Harvest Trees? 

This article was written for owners of woodlands managed for timber production.  There are several good reasons to harvest trees:

(1) The tree is “economically mature”…Merchantable trees are like money in the bank- the value of the annual growth of wood is like interest in a savings account. If the tree’s growth is not earning more than an acceptable rate of interest, it is time to cash it in. It usually has nothing to do with the age of the tree!

(2) The tree has become defective…Damage resulting from wind, lightning strikes or other trees falling into a tree will severely limit growth. Rot, cavities, and fungus growing on the tree are also signs of declining health.

Beat the Weeds: Planning Invasive Species Management 

Deciding how to manage an invasive species infestation can be intimidating. Thankfully, there is help available.