Hansen Woodland Farm Recognized as Stewarship Forest by WA DNR

Ferry County tree farm, certified by the American Tree Farm System, now also recognized by Washington Department of Natural Resources as a Stewardship Forest.

Dr. Randall Hansen with DNR Stewardship Forest sign

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Hansen Woodland Farm
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February 15, 2013


(Hansen Woodland Farm: Kettle Falls, WA) -- In the span of a little more than one year, a small family tree farm in eastern Ferry County has become a certified member of the American Tree Farm System and, just recently, been recognized by the Washington Department of Natural Resources as a Stewardship Forest.

Randall and Katharine Hansen, owners of Hansen Woodland Farm, are ardent supporters of good forest practices, with a 20-year plan for managing their forest.

"Like much of the forest land in our area, our property had long been overgrown, which presents several problems, including reduced forest health and increased chances of wildfires," says Randall Hansen. "Our goal is not only improving the health and viability of our forest, but also encouraging neighbors near and far to do the same."

According to Hansen, the first step to managing their forest was developing of a forest stewardship plan -- which provides an overview of all the natural resources on the land, outlines the objectives owners have for the property, and produces a plan of action for accomplishing the goals and objectives.

"While you can work on improving your forest land without a stewardship plan, having one not only helps you with a framework for systematically improving your forest, it can also help secure cost-share grants from state and national agencies -- and you can even get financial assistance from these agencies for developing your plan," adds Hansen.

According to the WA DNR Website: "Landowners with a DNR-approved Forest Stewardship Plan are eligible to display the 'Stewardship Forest' recognition sign, provided free by DNR." Furthermore, a Forest Stewardship Plan may also help you meet the 'management plan' requirement for participation in federal USDA-NRCS administered financial incentive programs, reduced property taxes for designated timber lands, and American Tree Farm System and Forest Stewardship Council certification programs.

About Hansen Woodland Farm: Nestled in the rolling hills of Garden Valley, between Lake Ellen and the Columbia River in Northeast Washington's rural Ferry County, our mission is not only about protecting and nurturing the land and growing our own food, it's also about living a healthier life -- and empowering others to do the same. URL: HansenWoodlandFarm.com.

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Hansen Woodland Farm sign