Sustainable Management

The Mid-Watershed

Small woodland owners, small municipalities, and riparian corridors

Mid-watershed stakeholders promote the conservation of woodlands that support a vibrant local economy while providing ecosystem services and recreation opportunities.

Members of the Forests Community of Interest are engaged in coordinated, focused outreach to small forest landowners so they become aware of and participate in programs that are adapted to fit their needs. Actions that correspond to our overarching strategies include influencing policy, hosting tours and workshops, and getting forest landowners in touch with the many resources available to help make the most of their valuable resource.

Our goal is to have at least 35% of small forest landowners actively participating in stewardship activities by 2024.

In Washington, about 3.2 million acres of forestland are owned by family forest landowners
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Mid Watershed
The Middle Watershed
Two men standing in front a Coburg Tree Farm sign

Resources for Landowners

Stewarding your Woods in the Puyallup River Watershed

The Puyallup Watershed is a unique and beautiful region that brings many economic, environmental, and community benefits to landowners and residents. As a landowner in the watershed, we want to help you get involved in forest stewardship!

From concrete skills like identifying tree species, mapping forest resources, and understanding tax issues, to tried-and-true strategies like thinning overcrowded stands, restoring wildlife habitat, and the pro-tips for managing timber sales, we hope these resources can empower you to start to increase the economic and ecological value of your forest.

You have a wide variety of reasons for owning your land. A management plan is an excellent means to better know your forest, its history, its context within the landscape, as well as document your goals and accomplishments. Use the following resources to map out your vision for your forest and future generations.

Forests of the Northwest are extraordinary ecosystems. They are rich in wildlife and plant species with complex interactions and home to some of the world’s tallest trees and species found only in our region. Many forests in our region need help to reach their true ecological and economic potential. These resources will help your forest provide the beauty, health, and economic benefits it has the potential to achieve.

Thinning your forest or harvesting trees can be a way to improve forest health and also earn income for your family. Once you have a plan in place for your forest, there are a number of resources to pursue for seeking professional assistance and learning how to conduct a timber harvest:

Forest certification is a way to showcase exemplary stewardship practices, receive input from independent experts, and distinguish your wood products in the marketplace. There are generally two certification schemes available to woodland owners in the Puyallup Watershed, each of which can provide you with benefits depending on your goals and objectives:

In addition to certification, woodlands and forestry membership groups provide ways for woodland owners to connect with one another, share information, and appreciate the challenges and joys of forest ownership together.

New resources are coming out every day to help you use the power of technology to steward your forest. Many are available for free on-line. The following tools support forest planning, marketing, networking, and more:

Find Additional Information and Technical Assistance

Local organizations and agencies are here to help you and answer your questions. The following links can guide you to forestry and technical assistance professionals who offer a wide range of services, tools and programs.

Washington DNR Small Forest Landowner Office

  • Family Forest Fish Passage
  • Forestry Riparian Easement
  • Rivers and Habitat Open Space
  • Forest Stewardship
  • Operational Templates
  • Road Maintenance Survey

King County Dept of Natural Resources and Parks

  • Forest stewardship coached planning
  • Technical assistance
  • Current use taxation
  • Firewise communities
  • Cost share for forest enhancement

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Cost share for management planning
  • Cost share for forest enhancement
  • Technical assistance

Northwest Natural Resource Group

  • Educational workshops
  • Forest management assistance
  • Incentives
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification
  • Marketing

Pierce County Planning and Land Services

  • Answers to questions about the permitting and forestry process, such as how to get out of a moratorium

Washington Farm Forestry Association

  • Representation in legislative and policy arenas at State and National levels
  • Forest management assistance
  • Incentives
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification
  • Marketing