JULY 21, 2016 CHAPTER TOUR - MONTESANO - We will have a Tour of the Research Plantation at Tree Fever Tree Farm to learn more about the co-planting of Western Redcedar with Sitka Spruce. This tour will offer the participation of the Grays Harbor Chapter, Grays Harbor Conservation District and Washington Forest Protection Association. Dr. Andrej Romanovsky will host this informative tour of his tree farm research project. For more information, click on the attached flier.
MARCH 2016 CHAPTER MEETING - We will have a joint meeting with the South Sound Chapter in Olympia on March 9, 2016 (see link here for more information). Ken Miller will discuss his battle with bear damage. We will also discuss the new rules WDFW has adopted to improve bear control.
We will be holding our annual chapter meeting at 6:30 PM, on Wednesday January 13, 2016, at my house, 71 Schafer Meadows Lane North, Montesano, WA 98563 (360-249-6945). The meeting will be followed by a potluck dinner. We will provide the entree, please bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Please bring your spouses. If attending, please RSVP.
Our chapter is one of the smaller Washington State WFFA chapters. As of December 1, 2015, we have 25 members that live in Grays Harbor County, 7 that live in another county in Washington and 7 that live in another state. Additionally there are 19 members that are "secondary members" in the Grays Harbor chapter while being primary members in another Washington State WFFA chapter.
We will be holding chapter elections. The current officers have agreed to run again but we are always looking for new leaders. If you would like to hold an elected position or be more active, please let me know.
Current agenda items are:
Election of Officers
75th Tree Farm Anniversary celebration (Montesano High School 18 June 2016)
WFFA State Annual Meeting (17 June 2016)
Forest Land Taxation
Bear Depredation Rules
Spring Tree Farm Tour
Directions to my house:
Note, if you use a GPS or computer directions, some have been known to take people off on logging roads which is not the best way to go.
From Tacoma, Take I-5 to Olympia and get off at US 101 which says Ocean Beaches. Stay on 101 until you reach mud bay (about a mile or two). You don't want to go toward Shelton and exit to the right. Guide left which is State route 8 going to Aberdeen/Montesano/Ocean Shores. Continue on State route 8 (which turns into US route 12) thru Elma and across the Satsop River. After crossing the Satsop it is about 1 mile to the next exit, Brady. Signs will also say Schafer State Park next right. Take the Brady exit (right off of Hwy 12) toward Schafer State Park.
Coming from Aberdeen, take the Brady exit (on the Aberdeen - Olympia road) going north. Go straight at the next stop sign (on the Brady - Matlock road) toward Schafer State Park.
Go just under 5 miles, cross the Satsop River again and you will see an "Elk Crossing" sign. About 1/3 mile after that sign you will see a warning for a big curve. The entrance to Schafer Meadows is on the left side opposite the curve. The community is gated. If the gate is closed, there is a toggle switch on a pole by the entry. Follow the road till you see about 20 mail boxes. Turn right and then proceed up the hill. When you reach a large barn bear to the right which is Schafer Meadow Lane N. Go past the barn/house (up on the left) and up a short hill. We are the next house on the left at the top of the hill. You will see the shop with 7 RV garage doors.
Sincerely, Howard Wilson, President, Grays Harbor Chapter WFFA, 360-249-6945