Northeast Chapter contact information:
Phone or text: 509-596-0931

Vaagen Brothers’ Colville Mill Tour


The North East Chapter received notification that the Colville Mill is going to have a two week shutdown which would affect our tour.  Our group would not be able to see the mill in action.

The Chapter has decided to reschedule the tour to Friday, June 16th at 9:00 a.m..
The picnic is also rescheduled.  

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  See you on June 16th.  


Family Forest Field Day Scheduled for Northeast Washington – North Idaho Forest Owners

July 15, 2017


Pullman, Wash. – A unique opportunity is coming for family forest owners and managers in northeast Washington and north Idaho. Instructed by experts in forest management, wildlife habitat, and other land stewardship disciplines, this “out-in-the-woods” educational event will provide useful, timely, and unbiased information sure to meet the needs of landowners with five or 500 acres.


The program will be held at the Cedar Mountain Farm Bed and Breakfast, just east of Silverwood Theme Park, near Athol, Idaho.  Additional directions to the site can be found at  Gates open at 8 a.m.  Presentations will take place at 9 a.m., 10 am, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  A Rustler’s Roost barbecue lunch will be offered on-site for $10 (not included in registration fee), but should be ordered no later than June 7th. Participants also are welcome to bring a lunch or dine in Athol.


To receive the “early bird discount,” participants should pre-register for the field day by Friday, July 7th to ensure their place and to order a lunch.  A brochure with more detailed information, driving directions and the registration form can be found at Registration is $20 per person and $30 for two or more people (nuclear family) before July 7th. Registration on the site is $30 per person and $40 for two or more (nuclear family).  Mobility assistance is available if requested in advance. For registration questions, call (208) 262-1371.


Idaho Forest Owners Association, Idaho Department of Lands, Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Family Forest Foundation, and WSU and U. Idaho Extension Forestry Programs are the primary sponsors of the field day. The link to the brochure is listed below.


Upcoming Events of Interest to Our Members:

June 16, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Vaagen Brothers Mill Tour - Presentation 'Log Grading" - Picnic Lunch


July 15, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Family Forest Field Day - NE WA & Northern Idaho Forest Owner


August 5,  2017

NE Chapter - Summer Field Day - Rock Creek Ranch - The Phillips family celebrating their 100th 


Fall 2017

"Tie to the Land"

Succession Planing Workshop


March 2018

NE Chapter Annual Meeting - March 3, 2018 - The Chewelah Golf & Country Club - CHewelah, WA



Past Events of Interest to Our Members:

2017 Annual Meeting 

This year the theme was “The Value of Working with Contractors”.  Guest speakers from local forestry consultation groups and agencies talked on partnering with local contractors to improve forest and increase the bottom line.

Here is the link for the speakers that were at the event.

August 20, 2016 - Forest Field Day Highlights Forest Operations at Historic Tree Farm

The annual Forest Owners Field Day is scheduled at Walking L Tree Farm, an approximately 800-acre tree farm established by Carl Lundberg (and now managed by his year anniversity heirs) off Williams Lake Road, starting at 8:30 and ending mid-afternoon. From Colville, take Highway 395 west to Williams Lake Road. After approximately 5 miles, turn right onto Gillette (Creek) Road. Stay to the right at the fork, onto Lee Hedrick Road. Signs will be posted from the Williams Lake Road turn off. Follow the signs to the Walking L Tree Farm property gate.

Youth educational event at Walker Tree Farm

Chapter Officers
President Jim Sibley  
Vice President Alan Walker  
Secretary Ann Van Dielen  
Treasurer Bill Berrigan  
Stevens County Rep Val Messerall  
Ferry County Rep Olga Mill  
Pend Oreille County Rep Bill Kemp  
Member at Large Alexis Walker  
Membership Alan Walker