Designated Forest Land

Washington State encourages sound forestry practices so that present and future generations can enjoy the many benefits they provide.

As a way to encourage commercial forestry in Washington State, landowners may choose to have their land designated as forest land. This designation often results in a lower assessed value and lower taxes. Specific requirements must be met to qualify for this designation.


To request your land be designated as forest land, the following requirements apply:
  • The land must be used primarily for growing and harvesting timber.
  • The land must consist of a single parcel of 5 or more acres; or multiple, contiguous parcels totaling 5 or more acres.
  • Residential home sites are not included in the 5 acre minimum.
  • Designated forest land may include land used for incidental uses that are compatible with growing and harvesting timber, but no more than ten percent of the land may be used for such incidental uses.
  • If the land has appurtenances necessary for the production, preparation, or sale of the timber products, that land may also be included.
  • You must comply with forest practice laws and regulations.