Requirements & Valuation for Designated Forestland

Designated Forestland Classification Requires Forest Management Plan

 Applications for Designated Forestland classification are made to the county assessor. A timber management plan is required to be filed at the time of new application, if sale or transfer of forestland occurs on contiguous land less than 20 Acres, or at application for classification transfer from Farm and Agricultural Open Space. A notice of continuance signed by the new owner(s) is required at every sale or transfer of classified land. 
The application form requires information about a forest management plan, restocking, fire protection, insect and disease control, weed control, and any other summary of experience and activity that supports the growth and harvest of forest crops for commercial purpose. 

Determination of Forestland Value

The assessor is required to maintain a forestland valuation as spelled out in statute according to the schedule prepared by the Department of Revenue for the Timber Tax law, Chapter 84.33 RCW. The assessor shall consider only the use to which such property is currently applied and shall not consider potential uses of such property.

Important: On line "Fill-in" Forms are provided to assist taxpayers, however, "Fill-in" forms cannot be submitted on-line. Many forms require submittal with valid signatures. If you have questions, please contact the Assessor's Office.