Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) is an organization of small forest landowners.

Our goals are:

  • to provide educational programs for our members to help them manage their forest land better;
  • to be a voice representing small forest landowners in Olympia;
  • to promote fair taxation and regulation on the federal, state, and local government levels so that forest management can continue for generations to come;
  • to increase public awareness of family-owned forests.

 

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Upcoming Chapter Events

  • June 18: Lewis - Mossyrock - Tour of Chris and Melanie Clowe's Tree Farm. Details.
  • June 18: Cowlitz - Longview - Survey Issues, by Karl Germunson. Details.
  • June 21: Pierce - Lincoln Tree Farm - Water, Wetlands, & Regulations from Pierce County Perspective; Nikki Yonkow, Pierce County Environmental Biologist - Tree Farm Tour with Potluck Dinner to follow - Please RSVP - Details.
  • July 18: Clark - Yacolt - Tour of Morgan Gillette Tree Farm. Details.
  • July 10: South Sound - Tacoma - Tour of Stella Jones Pole Yard
  • July 11: Clark - Tour of Bowden Tree Farm. Details.
  • July 27: Clark - Annual Summer Potluck at 2019 Tree Farmer of the Year Torun and Jared Larwick. Details.
  • July 16: Lewis - Randle - Picnic and Tour of Vance-Elmore Tree Farm.
  • August 14: South Sound - Oakville - Tour of Julie Sackett's Tree Farm
  • August 15: Clark - Tour of Pacific Lumber & Shipping log yard with complimentary BBQ. Details.
  • August 20: Lewis - Winlock - Tour of Heitzman/Laulainen Tree Farm.
  • August 24: Whatcom - Vedder's Edge Christmas Tree Farm Tour. Details.

 

  • Small Forest Landowner Forest Carbon Survey - As promised in the December Landowner News, we are inviting you to share your views and thoughts regarding the question of “Who Owns the Carbon?”  We have devised a short survey (15 questions that should take you about 10 minutes to complete), so that we can get a better handle on how to respond to upcoming legislation in a way that represents our membership. Please click here to complete the survey and help inform your WFFA leadership about your thoughts on forest carbon.

 

Visit our Upcoming Education Events page for a list of opportunties to improve your land stewardship.

Did you miss the WFFA 2019 Annual Meeting and

Field Tour in Silverdale?

The theme was the 20th Anniversary of Forests and Fish - Past, Present & Future.

  

Moderated by Ken Miller, participants on three panels discussed:

  • The History of Forests and Fish
  • Resource Protection under Forests and Fish
  • Economic and Social Viability Under Forests and Fish 

Luke Rogers provided information on the small landowner database and Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen talked about Sustaining Family Forests at the evening banquet. 

All of these presentations can be viewed here.

2019 Steven D. Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarship Award Winners - At our WFFA 2019 Annual Meeting Fae Marie Beck, Steve's mom, was pleased to announce the winners of this year's scholarship. Please visit the Stinson Scholarship page to learn more about our awardees, Colleen Purefoy, Justin Stanley and Dylan Streeter.

 

 

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O'Neill Pine Company, owned by Richard and Debra Pine and their family, were recently named Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year for 2019. Their award was presented by Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who attended the Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Washington Tree Farm Program Awards Luncheon where the ceremony took place.

Watch a video about their tree farm to learn more.  You also can visit their web site which also leads you to drone views of several of their parcels on their YouTube channel.

Jeff  & Jacque Peters were also nominated for the award.  A video of their tree farm is available for viewing.

The Kingsbury Family, 2017 Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year, were recently named Western Region Tree Farmers of the Year and are candidates for the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.  See more about their tree farm here.