The Kittitas Chapter meets twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall.  The Fall meeting is a potluck and BBQ at a member's tree farm, with a fund-raising raffle and election of officers.

Field Day Mar 31, 2017 - photo on slide show

WA State Forestry & Wildlife Societies annual meeting field day was held on the Hundley Family forest & farm -- off of I-90 exit 78; Fire Station 73.  This event was  a huge success with 18 Kittitas Chapter members joining with 30 + Forestry and Wildlife professionals   The Hundley family explained their forest health, fuels reduction projects and their collaboration with the Kittitas Conservation Trust to restore salmon habitat on the 1.5 mile reach of the Yakima river through their property.  WFFA volunteers organized parking, room set-up, other logistics and setup the coffee and display table.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - May 6, 2017

This year are traditional spring meeting will be participating with Kittitas County Fire District 7 and the Kittitas Conservation District  in the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. This will be at the Swauk-Teanaway grange hall from 8:30 to 12:30. We will need a few volunteers to assist David Sack with our WFFA display table and as servers for the Ice Cream Social

if you would be available to help with this Please contact [email protected]

20th ANNUAL MEETING - KITTITAS CHAPTER - OCTOBER 29, 2016

This was our traditional Fall BBQ - Potluck Annual Meeting. Roy and Mary Grinnell hosted on their 10-acre forest and residence on Teanaway Terraces east of Cle Elum.

Over 33 attended including Patti Playfair, WFFA president.  Other special guests were Rose Shriner, the new Kittitas Conservation District rep providing FireWise/Defensible Space assistance to WUI home owners; and The Nature Conservancy representaive, Darcy Batura who provided information about the TNC forest ownership in central Washington eastern Cascades.  TNC now has an office in downtown Cle Elum. 

Roy and Mary Grinnell gave us a informative presentation about their forest ownership background and experiences: they had a cabin and 7.5 acres on Lookout Mountain that was destroyed in the 2012 Taylor Bridge fire and have been working on reestablishing the forest. Click Here to read the Grinnell story

Activities on their Teanaway Terraces 10 acre forest and homesite include participation in the DNR forest health cost share program and Conservation District fuels reduction project on access road. 

  Rose can be reached at 509-925-8585.

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Chapter Polo Shirts with WFFA Logo Now Available

Lynnea T. organized the Chapter shirt project and is now taking orders. See photo in slide show at the right. To place and order contact us at [email protected]These are high qualtiy cotton-polyester shirts that come in women and men sizes.

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PONDEROSA PINE SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE FOR 2017

Kittitas WFFA Member Jake Carton has on order 1200 PP seedlings he is willing to divide up and share cost on.  These are container Styro 6 plugs from Silvaseed Nursery orginating from our upper County seedzone (631) elevation 2000-3000 feet.

For more Details

Please contact Jake directly:

Cel: 845-518-8899

[email protected]

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2016 Fire Season

We lucked out for another year with only one fire -- The Hwy 10 fire on July 2 - started at the approximate same location as the devestating Taylor Bridge fire in 2012.  There were significant different conditions and responses between these two events as explained by District 7 Chief Russ Hobbs and Public Information officer Carolyn Bergland.  Click here to read their story.

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October, 2016 - County News

Kittitas County is in the process of revising the 20 year Comprehensive Land Use Plan. If you own land in Kittitas County you might want to track this and input which is possible on the County website. You don't have to go to meetings although Kittitas WFFA is being represented on the Resource Lands Advisory Group by Vic Monahan and Phil Hess.

Click on the link below to see the latest.

http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/cds/comp-plan/twenty-year/plan-development.aspx

If you live or have property in the WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) you should become familiar with the Kittitas County CWPP (Community Wildfire Protection Plan). This plan came out in 2009 and is now being updated by Kittitas Conservation District. They will be seeking public input. We are seeking a volunteer from our Chapter to track this and give us periodic updates.

Here is a link to the current CWPP.

http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/firemarshal/20090218-KCWFPP.pdf

We will keep you posted.

Also if you have a house or planning a house in the WUI, you will  be interested In this FireWise, Firescape brochure from the Kittitas County Fire Marshal

http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/firemarshal/documents/Firewise-Firescape-Br...f

WANT TO MAKE A FEW EXTRA BUCKS ?

Silvaseed Nursery in Roy, WA is looking for someone to set up a cone buying station for our seed zone. This would be for DF, PP and WL. We are having a good DF cone crop this year. Cone buyers get paid a commission and organize cone collectors. For more details contact us at [email protected] or call Mike Gerdes at Silvaseed: 253-843-2246 --- Note:  it might be too late this year but this would be an on going annual project.  We are seed zone 631.

FUEL BREAK VEGETAION MANAGEMENT

One of our members is using goat grazing for managing vegetaion in a shaded fuel break.  See in slide show at the right. This is in a area where there is no usual livestock grazing. Contact us for more details [email protected]

May 14, 2016

Was the day for our Chapter Spring Meeting. We partnered with Kittitas County Fire & Rescue District 7 to co-sposor the Annual Wildfire Preparedness Day.  This was a huge community event, with over 150 attending . 

WFFA members, Bill Hundley & family offered their adjacent property for overflow parking and we had several chapter volunteers direct traffic, parking and other logistics. The morning session covered topics associated with the Fire Adapted Communities initiative followed by a hosted BBQ lunch with the food provided by our Kittitas Chapter.  The afternoon session featured Ken Bevis, DNR Stewardship Wildlife Biologist: Maintaining Habitat Diversity while Reducing Forest Fuels.  Ken's talk was followed by: Talk Forest Health with a Forester. This was a Q & A format for those folks wanting to know about bugs & crud affecting their forest. Lots of interest in both topics.

----- NEWS FLASH - January, 2016 -----

Kittitas County Commissioner, Gary Berndt has been selected by DNR Land Commissioner Peter Goldmark to fill the newly created role of Wildland Fire Liaison.  Part of Gary's duties will be selecting and guiding the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee to strengthen Washingtons wildfire response.  Gary has announced that he is resigning as County Commissioner effective about April 1.

Gary Berndt has selected Kittitas Chapter member Tony Craven to serve on this advisory committee representing WFFA and other family forest owners. 

By now you have probably heard that the The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has purchased 47,921 acres from Plum Creek in Kittitas County.  We are all wondering what this major change of ownership means for our upper County communities.  Click on the link here to see what TNC has to say:  http://www.washingtonnature.org/centralcascades  They now have an office in Cle Elum at 110 East First St..  Darcy Batura is the local TNC Community contact person.

Darcy can be reached at 509-852-2508.

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TAPASH SUSTAINABLE FOREST COLLABORATIVE

What is Tapash ?  Was established in 2007 between major government and tribal landowner agencies in the eastern Cascades of south- central Washington: including USFS, Yakama Nation, WA DNR, WA DFW, and TNC. The Collaborative provides a framework for cooperation and coordination to restore forest resistance &  resilence to wildfire and insect and disease attacks. 1.6 million acres. There are three ongoing restoration projects: Little Nache, Oak Creek, and the latest is Manastash-Taneum. These projects include tree thinning and prescribed burning contributing to wood supply and fire risk reduction.

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A good source of Native Trees & Shrubs are available from WA Conservation District Nursery. For details click here.

  • Another good source is Derby Canyon Native Plants in Peshastin. Google Derby Canyon Native plants for their excellent website.

----- MEMBERSHIP REPORT - October,  2016 -----

Welcome New members: Paul & Dodie Gray, Jason Ireland, Kyle Nelson,  Charles and Judith Peterson, Jason Williams, Al Runte and Mikki Douglas, Daniel Seetin and Jacob (Jake) Carton.

We now have 73  family and individual forest owners, forest contractors and others that share our values and interest in family forestry.

Thank-you all for your continuing support!

Our Chapter membership represents approximately 8,500 acres.

We are open for new members! Please invite; forest ownereship is not a requirement.  If you do not own forestland, you can join as an Associcate member. Click here for membership application: http://www.wafarmforestry.com/join

WFFA Signs - if you do not have a WFFA sign or want another, send an email to the above chapter email.

Member News --

Bill Hall has figured out a creative method for planting styro #10 PP plug seedlings on tough/rocky ground. He is using a cordless drill with a 1/14" Irwin Speedbore twist drill. Bill says it works great and a lot easier than a planting shovel or bar. See Bill in the slide show. For more details See Bill's technique . For browse protection he uses a 2' Max Grow tube installed with a 2' , 1/2" PVC stake pounded into the ground with a 1/2", 3' steel bar driver with a head on one end for driving in the PVC stake.  Pretty clever Bill ! As of 2016 after 3 years,  Bill reports about 50% survival which is good for this tough site.

Several of our members are conducting forest health and FireWise fuels reduction projects this summer.  This means commercial and pre-commercial  thinning, ladder fuel pruning, slash disposal and log sales. See Examples in the slide show.

Factoid -  Kittitas County is 61% forested. There are 914,469 forested acres, mostly federal and state. There are 2,600 family forest owners representing 58,000 forest acres (source: UW State Forestland Database, 2007).

Other Kittitas Chapter Hot Topics - Summer, 2016

Cost Share Assistance Available: Our local DNR Stewardship Forester is Scott Chambers. Scott is the go to person for the DNR Forest Health/Fuels Reduction Cost Share Program and other forestry assistance.  You can contact Scott at 509-925-0929 or email: [email protected]

LOG MARKETS - There is a local place to sell your logs: Western Wood LLc  has a log yard near Cle Elum. For information and log prices contact John Tortorelli at 206-310-2599 or Michelle Zaun at 360-825-1342.  The majority of the logs on every load must be cut to the preferred 38' length. 

However, the Willis Enterprises chip mill at Bullfrog (I-90 exit 80)has closed -- we hear this is permanent. This is a bummer for those of us that have been gernerating small logs from forest health and fuels reduction harvest entries.

Remember: To harvest trees you need a FPA (Forest Practices Application) from WA DNR. It is advisable to have a active FPA to take advantage of fluctuations in log prices and contractor availability. A Long Term Application (LTA) is recommended. A LTA is good for 15 years vs the standard 3 year FPA.

FPA exceptions are: 5000 BF per year for personal use on the property and trees within a tree length and one-half of a structure.

 

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Chapter Officers
President Phil Hess  
Sec./Treas. Patty O'Hearn  
First Vice President David Sack