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Technical Note: Evaluating the Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course in Washington State

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From 1992 to 2005, over 1,100 family forest owners in Washington State participated in a Forest Stewardship Coached Planning (FSCP) course conducted by Washington State University Extension and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The course provides forest stewardship education and assists private forest landowners in writing their own forest stewardship management plans with guidance and “coaching” by natural resource professionals. A survey of past course participants conducted in 2006 had a 60% response rate. As a result of the course, 96% of the respondents believed they had a better understanding about management options, and 73% had implemented a practice they would not have done otherwise. Management planning is prevalent among the respondents, with nearly 70% having some type of management plan. Implementation of new management practices through the FSCP approach in Washington exceeds the rates reported in the national Forest Stewardship Program national survey.

Keywords: family forests; stewardship plans; survey

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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