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Learn to Plan for Your Farm or Forestland to Become a Lasting Legacy

ARLINGTON, Wash. – Landowners often dream of having their children inherit their land and manage it with the same care they have taken. That rarely happens without thoughtful advance planning. Those who fail to plan risk a final outcome they may not like–loss of the land and loss of a legacy.

This fall, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension will present “Ties to the Land,” a two-part workshop designed to help land and forest owners plan for the future of their land and legacy.

Part one will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 1, and part two will be on Thursday, Oct. 8. Both sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hadley Hall in the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 18513 59th Ave N.E., in Arlington, Wash.

Originally developed by landowners, extension agents, and business experts from Oregon State University, “Ties to the Land” explores succession planning, the “human side” of estate planning. The award-winning program stresses the importance of formulating a plan with the entire family, involving all generations in management decisions early on, and holding family meetings to understand everyone’s goals.

Participants will learn how to start and continue the conversation, as well as tips for guiding the process so that everyone feels part of the final result. A group of estate-planning experts will help provide the voice of experience during a panel discussion at the second session.

Advance registration is required and class size is limited. The cost for the two-part workshop is $75 per family. To register, contact Karie Christensen at 425/357-6039 or at klchristen@wsu.edu.

For more information on the series, contact Kevin Zobrist at 425/357-6017, email kzobrist@wsu.edu, or visit http://snohomish.wsu.edu/forestry/TTL2009.htm.

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Media Contacts

Kevin Zobrist, WSU Snohomish Co. Extension Natural Resources Educator, 425-357-6017