Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) is an organization of small forest landowners.

Our goals are:

  • to provide educational programs for our members to help them manage their forest land better;
  • to be a voice representing small forest landowners in Olympia;
  • to promote fair taxation and regulation on the federal, state, and local government levels so that forest management can continue for generations to come;
  • to increase public awareness of family-owned forests.

 

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WFFA 2020 Annual Business Meeting Election Results

WFFA conducted our Annual Business Meeting elections via online and mail-in ballots. We successfully approved our Bylaws revision and welcome the following members to terms of service for 2020-21:

  • Dick Alescio - President  (Olympic Chapter)
  • Court Stanley - 1st Vice President (Lewis Chapter)
  • Ann Stinson - 2nd Vice President (Lewis Chapter)
  • Paula Hopkins - Secretary (Pierce Chapter)
  • Bill Scheer, Jr. - Treasurer (Lewis Chapter)

Thank you to all our WFFA members who took the time to offer your input on the future of WFFA by casting your vote.

 

WSU Extension Forestry Webinars

WSU Extension Forestry is offering a series of webinars on Zoom from now until the end of July.  They are free but you must pre-register and sign up for a Zoom account before the webinar.  See their web page for details.

 

Upcoming Chapter Events

  • July 21: Lewis - Twilight tour of Port Blakely Seed Orchard. Details.
  • July 22: Pacific - Picnic and Greg & Sue Pattillo's. Details.
  • August 12: South Sound - Tour
  • August 26: Pacific - Tour of Willapa Bay Timber LLC Tree Farm. Details.
  • September 9: South Sound - Tour
  • October 14: South Sound - Overview of Regulatory Assistance and Small Forest Landowner Programs with Todd Olson, DNR Regulation Assistance Forester
  • November 11: South Sound - Program Planning for 2020
  • All other Chapter events are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. Please check back to this website for rescheduling.

 

Upcoming State-wide Events

Mark Your Calendars - April 26-28: 2021 WFFA Annual Meeting and Field Tour - Heathman Lodge, Vancouver – Hosted by the Clark and Cowlitz Chapters - Please continue checking back for further details and AM21 registration information. If you have any questions please call Kelly at 360-388-7074 or email [email protected].

 

David New Webinar - Nourse Tree Farm, Our Tree Farm Story

Washington state is the home of the Nourse Tree Farm, belonging to the New Family, who are the 2019 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. David New provided us with a webinar on June 16 and now we have it posted to our YouTube site. Please click on this link to view David's webinar featuring photos, videos and story-telling to present the history of the farm, woodland management, the four ATFP precepts of Wood, Wildlife, Water, and Recreation, as well as succession planning, and salmon stream restoration. Thank you again, David! 

If you are interested in hosting a virtual tree farm tour, please email Elaine Oneil, Executive Director, ([email protected]) or Jon Matson, IT Consultant ([email protected]). This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the unique aspects of your tree farm and share what you think makes it "Cool to be a Tree Farmer"!

 

2020 Stinson Scholarship Recipients

The 2020 Steven D. Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarships were awarded to Alannah Cross, Erik Kemp and Justin Stanley. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our awardees were not able to accept their awards at our 2020 Annual Meeting. Our Scholarship Committee contacted each awardee with the news of their scholarship. Please click here to view the scholarship award page for Alannah, Erik and Justin.

 

Visit our Upcoming Education Events page for a list of opportunties to improve your land stewardship.

  

 

 

 

MEET A WFFA MEMBER

O'Neill Pine Company, owned by Richard and Debra Pine and their family, were recently named Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year for 2019. Their award was presented by Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who attended the Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Washington Tree Farm Program Awards Luncheon where the ceremony took place.

Watch a video about their tree farm to learn more.  You also can visit their web site which also leads you to drone views of several of their parcels on their YouTube channel.

NATIONAL OUTSTANDING TREE FARMERS OF THE YEAR!  The New Family, 2018 Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year, were named Western and then National Outstanding Tree Farmers by the American Tree Farm System.  Their Nourse Tree Farm in Arlington, WA, has been in their family for 76 years.  Watch a video about them or read more in their application and this magazine article.  Congratulations to the New Family for receiving this recognition!