Olympic Chapter

Getting Maple Syrup from Bigleaf Maple Trees. 

Date:  October 2, 2021    1:00-4:00 pm

Location: Quilcene, see directions below

Maximum number of participants: 20

Please RSVP to make sure you get a spot!  vchesterley@gmail.com, or text or call me at 206-406-0392. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS: SEPT 25, 8 PM.  I will need to know your name and the number of people you are reserving for.

For a further description and driving directions, click here.

Report on August 23 Twilight Tour

Our Forest Products Twilight tour was a big success.  Herm Nelson showed us various forest products he sells, tools used to harvest, and talked about the business end of specialty forest products.

The biggest revelation to me was that Herm grows trees specifically to be used for harvesting. He takes boughs from them each year, and keeps them about 8’ tall, so they are easy to pick from. These trees are full, bushy, and beautiful: you’d never know branches had been cut to sell. What’s more, he gets a harvest every year, unlike those of us who patiently wait for 30-50 years for a harvest!!  And while boughs may sell for less than a dollar a pound, it takes only one or two branches make up a pound, so the dollars add up fast. That’s just boughs, there is also the huckleberry, salal, and other greenery sold to florists world wide.

Report on August 9th Tour & Picnic

27 people attended the Olympic Chapter annual picnic held this year at the Chesterley Family Tree Farm. Neighbors whose land surrounds the tree farm were also invited, 6 attended.

As each car entered, each person was given a handout detailing the various stands seen (harvest dates, replanting info, areas thinned) as they drove through the tree farm to the picnic site. The merits of WFFA were extolled for the neighbors, and an update given on what WFFA is doing on the state level. A  walking tour of the recently thinned 26 year old stand, and a clear cut done about 5 years ago and replanted was shown. Folks looked at areas where we are trying to control scotch broom and shared information on what they have done and what success (or not!) they have had.

For information on future meetings, contact the President at olympic@wafarmforestry.com.

Contact Us



President:    Dick Alescio

Vice President:    Gene Anest

Sec/Treasurer:    Vivian Chesterley

Past President:    Sam Comstock

More information

If you have any questions, call Dick Alescio at 206-265-1495 or Sam Comstock at 360-490-0518 or olympic@wafarmforestry.com.