2022 Annual Meeting and Picnic

Pacific County Farm Forestry Assn Annual Meeting and Picnic

When:        Saturday July 16 at 2:00 pm.

Where:      Greg and Sue Pattillo’s Picnic Grounds

Directions: Pattillo Tree Farm, 2000 Mallis Landing Road, Raymond, at the picnic area on the road above the house.

Directions: From Hwy. 101, turn east on Hwy. 6 (toward Chehalis), go 1 mile turn then right on Bloomhardt Road. Go 1½ miles - AMOST to the golf course but turn left onto Mallis Landing Road just 50 feet before road comes to a “T”. If you come to the stop sign, back up 50 feet and turn left onto Mallis Landing Road. Go up Mallis Landing Road approximately one mile. Watch for orange tree farm tour signs.

From the east on Hwy 6, go 0.7mile past Entering Raymond sign (just past Case’s pond) and turn left onto Bloomhardt Road. Go 1½ miles - AMOST to the golf course but turn left onto Mallis Landing Road just 50 feet before road comes to a “T”. If you come to the stop sign, back up 50 feet and turn left onto Mallis Landing Road. Go up Mallis Landing Road approximately one mile. Watch for orange tree farm tour signs.

Bring chairs

What:        Annual Meeting and Picnic


2:00           Meet and Greet

3:00           Election of Officers and Board Members

3:15           Pacific County Fair Booth

3:30           SW WA Family Forest Field Day August 13

4:00           Potluck Dinner



Jointly hosted by Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and South Sound chapters           

Who:           Merc and Nina Boyer

When:         Wednesday, July 13, 2022              5:30 p.m.

Where:       68 Butler Mill Road, Elma, WA

The Boyers own 4 parcels of land, one dating back 6 generations to the 1880’s.  They live on their 51.3 acre Grays Harbor County tree farm.  Since 2015, they have completed 3 harvests totaling 20 acres followed by planting nearly 10,000 seedlings of 13 different tree species.

The tour will be a 0.9 mile walking loop with 4 “Stop & Talks”.  Vehicles can accommodate those unable to walk the distance. Including all is the goal.

Tour Highlights

  • A 2 Acre Clone Red Alder Test Project in collaboration with WSU/Puyallup in its 4th year of growth
  • A 10 Acre WR Cedar monoculture plantation with 6 yrs growth (planted to replace root rot DF)
  • A 12 Acre, 28 year old Doug Fir monoculture plantation with laminated root rot issues
  • A mixed species planted plantation in its 3rd and 4th years of growth (DF, WRC, WWP and RA)
  • A fish stream RMZ with decisions to be made: setbacks, FREP, FFFP, etc.
  • Legacy Tree Groves of 3 or more different species capable of living 1,000 years or more
  • Multiple deer browse protection methods compared side by side
  • Red Alder stumps with coppice (sprouting) for plantation regeneration
  • Wildlife enhancement projects
  • A Chehalis Valley View at sunset in Grays Harbor
  • A WA State registered honey bee operation; Blackberry Hill Apiary
  • A free raffle drawing for home grown tree farm wild honey & other tree farm related goodies!

Refreshments: The Grays Harbor Chapter of WFFA is providing snacks and refreshments.

Restroom facilities will be available.

Covid: The tour is outside. Please take whatever precautions that keep you comfortable.

Invite a friend(s) interested in sustainable working forests and good stewardship.

Driving Directions: On Highway 12, between Oakville and Elma (between mileposts 27 & 28 at Porter) turn onto Butler Mill Road. Drive 0.3 miles, then turn right uphill onto our private blacktop driveway at the Forestry Tour sign. (Mail box has #68). Continue up our road until a greeter shows you where to park.

Questions?  Please call or text Merc @ 360 480 4282 with any tour or directions questions.




Contact Us



President:    Nick Somero

Vice President:    vacant

Sec/Treasurer:    David Powell

Board Member:   Steve Huber

Board Member:   Jim Hillery

Board Member:   Rex Hutchins

Board Member:   Robert Falkner

Membership, Historian: Victor Niemcziek

More information

For more information call Nick Somero, 360-589-0171. 

Contact Nick by email at pacific@wafarmforestry.com. (If this link doesn't work for you, copy/paste or type it into your email TO field.)



Archived Content

In Memoriam: George McNelly

In memory of George McNelly, highly respected tree farmer, long time Pacific County Chapter board member, long time Lewis County Chapter member, historian of logging and lumbering industries, and most of all a cherished leader, mentor, and friend.

To All,

This is being written by Greg Pattillo as the McNelly Tree Farm in Pacific County and the Pattillo Tree Farm were neighbors. George passed away on February 20, 2021 from complications of a stroke he suffered a few days earlier.  George was very active and gave a lot of time and effort to the Pacific County Farm Forestry Association, where he got to know every Tree Farmer in the county on a personal basis.  My Wife and I were officers in the Chapter for a number of years, and anytime we would call on him for help with a meeting, or a picnic, or a fair booth he was always ready to help.  With his bright personality he loved talking to other tree farmers, about any subject, but especially logging and logging equipment and logging history.  He attended all Pacific Chapter meetings, but also many Lewis Chapter meetings with his tree farmer friends Nick Somero and Victor Neimcziek.  George was my favorite banker starting about 30 years ago and it was there he took a great interest in logging equipment and talking with the local loggers.  He would say to me let's go to the equipment show at the Oregon Logging Conference and "smell the new paint". George and I swapped some older machines like skidders between ourselves, but there wasn't much new paint on them.   He and I also loaned hundreds of books to each other; usually about logging or timber company history, and some western novels.  George did a lot of reading!  He always brightened my day with his many visits to my place.

George was born in Winlock in Lewis County in January of 1943. His father was a well known "gyppo" logger or small contract logger doing small logging jobs around the area, and had a contract for a long time with Port Blakely Mill Company where he did some of their first commercial thinnings.  I find it really fascinating that George knew some of the original founding members of Washington Farm Forestry Association personally as a young guy around Winlock.  Most notably that would be George England of Winlock.  George also had a beautifully managed 20 acre timberland near Winlock for many years which he only recently sold in the Fall of 2020.  The family still has the Pacific County property.

I am glad to have had a close association with George McNelly along with all the other tree farmers, it has made life much more interesting.

Greg Pattillo

For the latest information from Chapter President Nick Somero, see the Fall Newsletter.

Most members of the Pacific County Farm Forestry Chapter are represented in the Washington Legislature by Senator Jeff Wilson and Reps. Joel McEntire and Jim Walsh.  If you are interested in following what is going on during this year's virtual legislative session, you may be interested in getting on their email newsletters so that you will receive future messages such as this one from Rep. Walsh, which contains many valuable links to watching and participating in the virtual legislative session.

University of Washington Maple Syrup Study

It turns out a fair number of small landowners are tapping their maples for fun, but not too many have looked at it for profit. The University of Washington hopes to change that.  They have established a research project aimed at identifying the opportunities and obstacles to developing a maple syrup industry in the Pacific Northwest.  To that end they have partnered with east coast maple sugar production experts and engaged WFFA to identify research sites and willing landowners to test various systems that could address the vagaries of our climate and species.  Data generated by the study will be used to identify successful strategies for tapping maples in a temperate rainforest climate. If successful, it would be another way to generate income from your forests while bringing the sweetness of west coast big leaf maple syrup to the world.  That would be a good thing as the taste is unique and frankly fabulous!   

The 3 year project will collect data on the volume of sap and syrup that can be produced taking into account (1) variation in elevation, latitude, and climatic zones (2) collection methods using traditional bucket collection vs. high vacuum tubing systems, (3) size and health of bigleaf maple trees, and (4) timing of tapping and strategies for re-tapping trees throughout the season (December-March).  These data will be used to characterize the costs and benefits involved in starting a maple sugaring enterprise in the PNW and to learn the successful strategies for tapping maples in a temperate rainforest climate. 

Courtesy of Elaine Oneil.

Regional Partnership Program Brings Technical & Financial Assistance to

Small Forest Landowners in Southwest Washington

The Southwest Washington Small Forest Lands Conservation Partnership is a voluntary and incentive based program with the focus of providing technical & financial assistance to Small Forest Landowners in eight Southwest Washington counties― Pacific, Grays Harbor, Wahkiakum, Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark. The Southwest Washington Small Forest Lands Conservation Partnership is part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program or RCPP. RCPP utilizes NRCS funding within a geographic area/region and leverages contributions from partners to deliver the program. This is a joint effort by the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Washington State Conservation Commission & eight Conservation Districts, Washington State University Extension, and Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

The Southwest Washington Small Forest Lands Conservation Partnership provides funding for four Stewardship foresters to help landowners develop Forest Management Plans and financial assistance to assist in the implementation of Forest Management Plans. Financial assistance is available to implement a variety of stewardship practices to improve forest health, water quality, and wildlife habitat. Stewardship practices include but are not limited to density management, vegetation control, improving wildlife habitat and others intended to help landowners meet their stewardship goals/objectives and improve the health and productivity of the forest. Financial assistance is available through NRCS’s Environment Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP) through DNR is available to correct fish passage barriers. Forest Conservation Easements through the NRCS Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) are also available.

The following is a map detailing the project & work areas. Each work area has been assigned a Stewardship forester to assist landowners within the designated counties. For more information on this and other programs and opportunities contact the Pacific & Grays Harbor Conservation District:

David Houk

Grays Harbor Conservation District

330 W Pioneer Ave

Montesano, WA 98563


(360) 249-8532

Report on August 2018 Tour

Members visited the Grabski Tree Farm, a beautifully managed stand of Douglas-fir planted in 1984. It was thinned early on, and all remaining trees were pruned up at least 20' in the 1990's. The entire Grabski family was involved in this, including the late John Grabski, as well as several local forestry workers. It was impressive and worth seeing.