Technical Assistance

Managing forest ecosystems can be challenging and complex. The Conservation District provides initial consultation through site visits, web conferencing, and over the phone to determine what specific needs and concerns you have with forest planning, best management practice implementation, and or monitoring forest resources. Our services are free, non-regulatory, and resource plans are kept confidential. 


Below are expandable lists with additional topics covered by forestry assistance. Information and assistance is tailored to the site and landowner needs identified through initial consultations.

Forest Management Planning

Forest Health

Wildfire Risk Assessment and Preparedness

Forest Measurement and Tools

Ecosystem Services

Climate Adaptation

Afforestation and Reforestation

Non-Timber Forest Products

Forestland and Timber Taxation

Fish and Wildlife Habitat

Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Forest Roads


Financial Assistance

In order to meet all the requirements for a given funding entity we encourage landowners to schedule an initial site visit as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate agency and funding program. Many grants and cost-share programs are competitive, so we strongly encourage starting the process of seeking cost-share with a new or updated plan. In some cases, the District can facilitate landowner or operator implementation directly, in other cases we provide a technical assistance memo or an advanced resource management plan to ensure you have necessary the details and eligibility aligned to the funder requirements.





Outreach and Education

Our forestry outreach utilizes a variety of media, including our District E-Newsletter, online calendar of forestry related events, a catalog of local, regional, state, national, and international forestry educational organizations and resources. We also provide or participate in online and or in person workshops, presentations, for a variety of topics of interest to forestland owners, agency partners, and non-governmental organizations.

Skagit CD Forestry Education Catalog


Past Outreach Examples:

Presentation: In-person

Firewise to Forest Health (2021)


Seminar: Hybrid (online and in-person)

Stand Dynamics: Tree Farm Silviculture (2021)


Workshop: In-person

Updating your Forest Management Plan (2020)



Skagit Wildfire Web App

Planning and assessment tool of Past, Present, and Future Wildfire Conditions, with current local, state, federal data sources. Layer list and descriptions

Tree Seedzone Web App

Planning and assessment tool of historical, current, and provisional seed zones for common pacific northwest tree species from state and federal data. Layer list and descriptions

USGS EarthExplorer

Comprehensive source of historical aerial imagery, searchable by selected area and datasets

WSU Silviculture Contractor and Consulting Forester Directory

WSU Small Scale Mill Directory

Washington Contract Logger Association Master Logger Certified Contractor Directory


WA DNR Washington Monthly Survey Prices for 'Delivered Logs'