2021 Stinson Scholarship Announcement

WFFA is proud to announce the 2021 offering of the Steven D. Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarship. This is the sixth annual scholarship offering, made available to WFFA members, families and affiliates. The scholarship is a maximum of $6,000. View the 2021 scholarship announcement for details and view the scholarship page for additional information on our program. The due-date for scholarship applicants is 3/15/21; awardees will be notified by 4/15/21.

Watch "Bugs and Crud at Rafter Seven Ranch" Video

Enjoy this educational video which highlights some of the challenges faced at Rafter Seven Ranch in Chewelah, Washington. These bugs and crud include Armillaria Spp., Meria laricis (Larch Needle Cast), Sphaeropsis sapinea (Diplodia Tip Blight) and the invasive species Arceuthobium Spp. (Dwarft Mistletoe). Rafter Seven Ranch is owned and operated by Bob Playfair and his daughter, Patti Playfair, of our WFFA Northeast Chapter.

This video is a coordinated production featuring Patti Playfair (WFFA Past President), Randy Burke (WFFA Spokane Chapter President and WSU Landowner Assistance Forester) and Melissa Fischer, PhD (DNR Forest Entomologist); with videography and editing by Sean Alexander (WSU NE Extension Forester) and music by Ken Bevis.

"True Bear" Video from Ken Bevis

A few weeks ago, all traffic was stopped on the Golden Gate Bridge at the Nourse Tree Farm in north Snohomish County, so that Ken Bevis could sit on the guardrail and sing a song he wrote titled "True Bear". Ken is DNR’s stewardship wildlife biologist and a talented songwriter and artist. Enjoy this music video "True Bear" from Ken.

Credits: Recorded live on the Golden Gate Bridge at Nourse Tree Farm in north Snohomish County, WA; Music, lyrics and performance by Ken Bevis; Video recording by Brendan White and Dave New; Bear video clips and photos from wildlife cameras at Nourse Tree Farm; Video editing by Dave New

2020 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year Named

The Elmore-Vance Tree Farm, managed by Patty Vance, was recently named 2020 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year by the Washington Tree Farm Program. Because the usual Awards Luncheon could not be held, an online presentation was made, featuring videos of them and of the two other nominees, the Five Point Lodge Tree Farm, managed by Mike Blais, and the Pomeroy Tree Farm, managed by Bob Brink and family. All three nominees are Washington Farm Forestry Association members and have properties worthy of an award.

The Elmore-Vance Tree Farm is located in eastern Lewis County, surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. This video shows how Patty has managed the land that was purchased by her father and how she is involving younger members of her family so that it will be in the family for generations to come. For more information, read the press release and description of the tree farm.

The Five Point Lodge Tree Farm is located in Snohomish County and began in 1947 when a group joined together to obtain 320 acres. It is jointly owned by 6 families, with 290 acres in the tree farm.

Pomeroy Tree Farm in Clark County has been in the same family since 1910 and the 6th generation now lives on the property. In addition to growing trees, it also is a working farm where thousands of children have come to learn.