Cowlitz Chapter


Please join us for the Cowlitz Farm Forestry Association (CFFA) and the Cowlitz Conservation District co-sponsored annual dinner meeting.

Date:               April 27, 2023

Time:               Opens: 5:00, Dinner: 6:00, Meeting: 6:30-8:30

Location:         Country Folks Deli, 1329 Commerce Ave. Longview, WA

The dinner will be a buffet this year featuring a choice between a small sirloin steak or mesquite chicken for the entree. The sides include: salad, rolls, clam chowder, macaroni & cheese, vegetables and a blackberry cobbler for dessert. The meal cost will be $30. Please prepay for your meals by April 18th by sending a check made out to CFFA to Walt Vandeperre, 959 16th Ave., Longview, WA 98632. The meals are prepaid to the restaurant. We won’t be able to give any refunds or be able to accommodate any last minute arrivals.

Because the entrees are by order, we need to let the restaurant know one week ahead of time of your selection either of steak or chicken. With the check, please state your meal choice. If you don’t think that your check will arrive by April 18th, please RSVP or call Sara Pursley at 360-274-7297.

Country Folks Deli is normally closed in the evenings. The buffet will be set up in the Commerce Avenue side of the restaurant and tables for dinner in the back of the restaurant. Limited parking is available on Commerce Avenue but there is a large city parking lot west of Commerce. The parking lot may be accessed from Hudson Street or 14th Avenue (one way street going south). Country Folks Deli is between Commerce Avenue and this parking lot. You may enter the restaurant from either side -Commerce Avenue or the alley between Commerce and 14th Avenues.


Thursday, May 11th, 2023 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Sunnyside Grange, 214 Cowlitz Avenue West, Castle Rock

Local log buyers from different areas have agreed to discuss the current log market. Some of the discussion points are current prices, what they expect the market to do through the rest of the year and what they think the market will look like next year. We have done this several times in the past, and usually the questions and answers are the most interesting part. The Log Buyers participating are as follows:

 Erik Metcalf with Cascade Hardwoods                                        Hardwood logs

Contact Info:  (360) 269-0700

 Paul Hadaller with Pacific Fibre Products                                    Pulp logs (360) 431-9661

 Kent Jones, Bell Timber Company                                              Slicer alder and poles

Contact Info: (360) 827-2790

 Ken Maurer with RSG & Gram                                                    Cedar & domestic logs

Contact Info: (360) 430-2643

 Dede Stover with Weyerhaeuser                                                 Export Douglas fir & Whitewood 

Contact Info: (360) 431-8667  

 Mike Johnson with D.R. Johnson is unable to attend this meeting. D.R. Johnson buys oversized logs. Mike's contact information is as follows: (541) 874-2231.



NEW MEMBER RATE - Our chapter continues to seek more members and we need the current members help.  With the reduced new member rate and the Cowlitz chapter paying $10, the cost for 2022 is only $35 for the first year. New members will receive a WFFA sign and a book Stewards of the Land. If you are a new member and haven’t received these items, please ask at the meeting or email




Contact Us


President:    Byron Hinners

Vice President:    Johnny Hill

Secretary:    Sara Pursley

Treasurer:    Walt Vandeperre

Board Member:    Pat Huson

Board Member:    John Keatley

Board Member:    Erik Metcalf

Board Member:    Butch Ogden

Board Member: Joe Gardner

Past President:    Ron Pursley

More information

Please contact President Ron Pursley, for details on upcoming events