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A deep dive into data from the Department of Natural Resources reveals some scary trends and surprising findings. 

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 8:42pm

Enjoy this educational video which highlights some of the challenges faced at Rafter Seven Ranch in Chewelah, Washington. These bugs and crud include Armillaria Spp., Meria laricis (Larch Needle Cast), Sphaeropsis sapinea (Diplodia Tip Blight) and the invasive species Arceuthobium Spp. (Dwarft Mistletoe). Rafter Seven Ranch is owned and operated by Bob Playfair and his daughter, Patti Playfair, of our WFFA Northeast Chapter.

This video is a coordinated production featuring Patti Playfair (WFFA Past President), Randy Burke (WFFA Spokane Chapter President and WSU Landowner Assistance Forester) and Melissa Fischer, PhD (DNR Forest Entomologist); with videography and editing by Sean Alexander (WSU NE Extension Forester) and music by Ken Bevis.

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 7:22am

The plan outlines more than 100 priority actions to improve and conserve forests across Washington, including goals that support fish and wildlife, rural economies, wildfire response, outdoor recreation, family forestry, urban trees, and clean air and water.  Also unveiled in the 2020 Forest Action Plan is a western Washington prioritization map showing 16 priority areas with the greatest opportunities for forest investments. These priority landscapes, spanning nearly 2 million acres, are where state and federal resources will be deployed first to increase forest resilience.  Forests in central and eastern Washington have their own high-priority areas identified through the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan, which DNR released in 2017.

Read the Washington 2020 Forest Action Plan at www.dnr.wa.gov/ForestActionPlan.

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 8:52pm

Ken and Bonnie Miller are a fixture of sorts in the small forest owner community of Washington.  They’ve been active in the Washington Farm Forestry Association for years, have hosted multiple WSU Extension events, and Ken is an active advocate for small forest owners in state natural resource policy.  This passion for private forestry started back in 1989 when they bought their first tree farm, a 30-acre recently clear-cut parcel in Grays Harbor County that they re-planted and managed with the help of their children.

A few years later in 1993 they bought another clear-cut parcel in Thurston County wedged between Millersylvania State Park, Scott Lake, a golf course, and a growing residential neighborhood.  This one was 40 acres and came with a house, so they moved in and got to work replanting there too and have been managing both properties ever since. 

Years later, in 2017, an opportunity came up to buy the long-abandoned “back nine” of the adjacent golf course.  With plenty of planting and stand management experience under his belt, Ken didn’t hesitate.  It provided a second access driveway for their house but also a familiar challenge, starting a forest.

An article published in the October 2020 issue of Forest Stewardship Notes tells the full story.

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 9:36pm

Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, are currently burning our western landscape. How did we get here and what can be done about it? Dr. Paul Hessburg, research landscape ecologist for the US Forest Service, has spent the last 40 years learning about how we got here and what can be done about it. Watch the Era of Megafires film.

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 3:02pm

A few weeks ago, all traffic was stopped on the Golden Gate Bridge at the Nourse Tree Farm in north Snohomish County, so that Ken Bevis could sit on the guardrail and sing a song he wrote titled "True Bear". Ken is DNR’s stewardship wildlife biologist and a talented songwriter and artist. Enjoy this music video "True Bear" from Ken.

Credits: Recorded live on the Golden Gate Bridge at Nourse Tree Farm in north Snohomish County, WA; Music, lyrics and performance by Ken Bevis; Video recording by Brendan White and Dave New; Bear video clips and photos from wildlife cameras at Nourse Tree Farm; Video editing by Dave New

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 10:10am

If you missed the WSU-sponsored webinar Fire in Western Washington - A Different Kind of Animal when it was presented earlier this summer, this might be a good time to watch it!

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 9:08pm

The Elmore-Vance Tree Farm, managed by Patty Vance, was recently named 2020 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year by the Washington Tree Farm Program. Because the usual Awards Luncheon could not be held, an online presentation was made, featuring videos of them and of the two other nominees, the Five Point Lodge Tree Farm, managed by Mike Blais, and the Pomeroy Tree Farm, managed by Bob Brink and family. All three nominees are Washington Farm Forestry Association members and have properties worthy of an award.

The Elmore-Vance Tree Farm is located in eastern Lewis County, surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. This video shows how Patty has managed the land that was purchased by her father and how she is involving younger members of her family so that it will be in the family for generations to come. For more information, read the press release and description of the tree farm.

The Five Point Lodge Tree Farm is located in Snohomish County and began in 1947 when a group joined together to obtain 320 acres. It is jointly owned by 6 families, with 290 acres in the tree farm.

Pomeroy Tree Farm in Clark County has been in the same family since 1910 and the 6th generation now lives on the property. In addition to growing trees, it also is a working farm where thousands of children have come to learn.

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 7:07pm

WFFA conducted our Annual Business Meeting elections via online and mail-in ballots. We successfully approved our Bylaws revision and welcome the following members to terms of service for 2020-21: 

Dick Alescio - President (Olympic Chapter)
Court Stanley - 1st Vice President (Lewis Chapter)
Ann Stinson - 2nd Vice President (Lewis Chapter)
Paula Hopkins - Secretary (Pierce Chapter)
Bill Scheer, Jr. - Treasurer (Lewis Chapter)

Thank you to all our WFFA members who took the time to offer your input on the future of WFFA by casting your vote.

Sun, 08/16/2020 - 7:57am

Washington state is the home of the Nourse Tree Farm, belonging to the New Family, who are the 2019 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. David New provided us with a webinar on June 16 and now we have it posted to our YouTube site. 
Please click on this link to view David's webinar featuring photos, videos and story-telling to present the history of the farm, woodland management, the four ATFP precepts of Wood, Wildlife, Water, and Recreation, as well as succession planning, and salmon stream restoration. Thank you again, David!

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 8:20am

WSU Extension Forestry offered a series of webinars during the summer. If you missed them, they can be found under Videos at this web site, or under the appropriate Educational link. See the WSU Extension Forestry web page for details of future offerings.

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 8:09am

The 2020 Steven D. Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarships were awarded to Alannah Cross, Erik Kemp and Justin Stanley. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our awardees were not able to accept their awards at our 2020 Annual Meeting. Our Scholarship Committee contacted each awardee with the news of their scholarship. Please click here to view the scholarship award page for Alannah, Erik and Justin.

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 8:30am