Designated Forest Land
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|Forms, Publications, State Law
Washington State encourages sound forestry practices so that present and future generations can enjoy the many benefits that healthy forests provide. As a way to encourage responsible, 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.
|The fee for application or reclassification is $550. The fee is non-refundable. Please include the fee with your application or reclassification and make the check payable to "San Juan County Treasurer".
Who may apply?
An owner or contract purchaser may apply for designated forest land assessment. However, all owners or contract purchaser must sign the application for classification, and any resulting agreement.
When may I apply?
Applications may be made for classification at any time during the year from January 1 through December 31. If approved, designated forest land assessment will begin on January 1 following the year the application was submitted.
Applications and Forest Management Plan
The application and Forest Management Plan are submitted at the same time.
The application will not be processed without a Forest Management Plan prepared by a professional forester. The Forest Management Plan shall be assembled in a single document and submitted to the Assessor's Office. The Forest Management Plan must contain all the requirements identified in the "Designated Forest Land Management Plan Requirements".
If approved, designated status begins January 1 the year after you apply. If the Assessor does not notify you as to whether your application was approved or denied prior to July 1 of the year after you apply, the application is automatically approved. If denied, you may appeal the denial to San Juan County Board of Equalization.
Where do I file the application?
350 Court Street
Friday Harbor, WA
|San Juan County Assessor
PO Box 1519
Friday Harbor, WA 98250