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.

  • Contact us for chapter information: [email protected]
  • Our next meeting will be in Sept-Oct: date & location to be determined
  • Please submit any news items and photos you think appropriate for our page to the above email.
  • To renew your membership, this link will take you to a help page with information and links to the renewal form for your account.  RENEW NOW.
  • Note: Clicking on a photo in the slide show at right will allow for manual viewing.

WFFA Annual Meeting  -- May 20-22, 2018

Will be held at Sun Mountain Resort outside of Winthrop. Stay tuned for details - you won't want to miss this one !  The program will be centered around E. WA forest health, the recent wildfires and recovery.

WSU Coached Forest Stewardship Planning comes to Cle Elum - spring 2018. 

This course will guide forest landowners through the preparation of their own forest stewardship plan. Classes will begin on Monday evening March 19 and continue every Monday evening for 8 weeks at a location in Cle Elum.  Even if you aleady have a FSP this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills for an updated plan.

May 25, 2017

Was a history making day for our area with the formation of the Kittitas Fire Adapted Communities Coalition. This is much needed to provide a coordinated approach to assuring that Kittitas County eventually becomes a FAC. Some high priority projects will be fleshed out at the next meeting on October 11, 2017 at the Roslyn Fire Deartment from 1-3 pm. For more information contact Phil at [email protected]

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WUI and CWPP Info - 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: https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/cds/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: https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/cds/firemarshal/documents/Firewise-Firescape-Brochure.pdf

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21st  ANNUAL MEETING - KITTITAS CHAPTER - SEPTEMNBER 16, 2017

This was our traditional Fall BBQ - Potluck Annual Meeting. Al Runte' & Mikki Douglas and neighbor Mike & Karen Hoban hosted on their 15 acre forest and residence on the Pasco Road.  Excellent turn out with 18 members and 18 guests attending. Al gave us a informative presentation about how they have created and maintain defensible space around the house and recently completed shaded fuel break on a portion of the adjacent forest.

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Our spring, 2018 meeting is tentativley scheduled for April 21st or  28th. This will be an indoor educational meeting -- Let us know if you have any topics you would like on the agenda.  [email protected]

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Chapter Polo Shirts with WFFA Logo Now Available

Lynnea Thibodaux organized the chapter polo shirt/vest project and we are 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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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.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) purchased 47,921 acres from Plum Creek in Kittitas County in 2012. Click on the link here to see the latest from TNC:   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?  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 to 1.6 million acres. There are three ongoing restoration projects: Little Naches, 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 - Aug, 2017 -----

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 have 70 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 --

FUEL BREAK VEGETATION 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].

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.  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 2017 after 4 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 - Fall, 2017

Cost Share Assistance Available: Our local DNR Stewardship Forester is Jason Emsley. Jason is the go to person for the DNR Forest Health/Fuels Reduction Cost Share Program and other forestry assistance.  You can contact Jason at 509-899-9671 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. 

Willis Enterprises chip mill at Bullfrog (I-90 exit 80) is buying small logs. This is a big plus for those of us that are generating 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 an 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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We LOVE our trees!
We love our trees !

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