Resources for Beginning Forest Landowners

In 2016 and 2017, we offered a program for new forest landowners in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. We produced two handouts specifically for people who recently purchased forestland:

  • Do-It-Yourself Ways to Steward a Healthy, Beautiful Forest – this guide focuses on simple things Northwest forest owners can do themselves to attract wildlife to the land, provide recreation, and contribute to its well-being.
  • Practices to Steward a Beautiful Forest after Timber Harvest – this guide, intended for forest owners who are preparing to log or have just finished a timber harvest, focuses on planning for a successful harvest and taking advantage of the years after harvest to understand how the forest is responding and to proactively address common forest health concerns.

Our workshops covered everything from managing forests to improve wildlife habitat to discovering non-timber value in the woods. PDFs of the PowerPoint slides from these workshop can help you learn more about your forest and its needs, and propel you along your stewardship journey.

Getting Started

Forest Ecology

Wildlife Habitat

Invasive Species

Optimizing Forest Value

Harvesting and Selling Timber

Funding Options

Other Resources

Photo: Matt Freeman-Gleason


Funded by the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program


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  • Our daughter bought 32 acres of forest near Portland Or. Rich in ferns, mushrooms, and timber. Zoned farmland but little/none cleared. Can’t build on it. Do you have any books you recommend for forestry management ?Thanks for your help. Grandson interested in Environmental Sciences for college major next year. Any suggestions appreciated. Ken


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