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.

Kittitas WFFA 22nd Annual Meeting  - 2018

Will be held on Sept 22nd, 11AM to 4PM. Click here to view the event flier. This will not be our traditional BBQ potluck but rather A community event to held at the Cle Fire Station. Food and Refreshments will be provided. Guest Speaker topics to be Will Include:

  • Your Defensiblbe Space and First Reponders
  • Available Alternatives to assure a "Green" forest for the next generation.
  • How prescribe fire can be a useful for family forest owners.
  • What does the future hold for Kittitas County Family Forest Owners
    You won't want to miss this one, So mark your Calanders Now!!

 Oct 25, 2017 in Cle Elum

WA DNR Releases 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan - E. WA --This is good news for all forest owners and managers -- for the first time forest health will be addressed on a landscape scale cross-boundary approach through existing authorities and "Good Neighbor Agreements".  The legislation has also created the Forest Health Advisory Committee, which includes a seat for WFFA. Kittitas Chapter President will represent WFFA on this committee. Click here to see the entire plan


Kittitas Chapter Spring Meeting - April 28, 2018

This was one of our most successful programs. 25 attended a timely program: "Are We Prepared for Fire in Our Wildland Urban Interface?". Featrured were:

  • Scott Chambers, DNR Landowner Assistance brought us current with Cost share programs and 20 year E. WA Forest Health Plan. 
  • Carolyn Berglund from the Hidden Valley/Swauk Fire Adapted Neighborhood addressed: "What Does Fire Adapted Mean for Our Community"  and K- FACC (Kittitas Fire Adapted Community Coalition).
  • Then Rose Shriner talked to us: "Time to Get Serious about Living with Fire"  and how to participate in the the Kittitas CWPP now under development.

    Take Home Messages:

  • "The forest will burn -- The only decision space we have is how and when it will burn" \
  • We have choices: If we're smart we will choose periodic mechanical thinning (commercial & pre-commercial) followed up with prescribed fire where it is practical".
  • "The Alternative are future forests that will look nothing like what we have been enjoying for the last 60-70 years"

(Adapted from Dr. Paul Hessburg - Era of Megafires)
The value of homes across the U.S. at risk of wildfire damage is more than  $1.5 trillion. Although not in the top 10, We are Inculded in counties with the highest risk of loss!

Chapter News - Feb, 2018
Our chapter is now partnered with the Upper Yakima/Cle Elum watershed Cooperative Weed Management Area [CWMA] There are periodic meetings held in Cle Elum to update forest owners and others on the identification and control of noxious weeds


2017 wildfires = 700,000 acres
Resuted in:
12,300,000 tons of CO2
Compared with:
10,200,000 tons of CO2 from cars in 2017.
Wouldn't it be fun to know this info for WA State ?
K-FACC 2018

 Kittitas Fire Adapted Communities Coalition,  K-FACC is meeting once a month. This organization is much needed to provide a coordinated approach to assuring that Kittitas County becomes a FAC.   WFFA member Mitch Long has stepped up to be Chairman. There is alot going on withing the coalition including the new CWPP. For more information contact Phil at [email protected]


Kittitas County CWPP Info - Currently in the final stages. There have been 2 public outreach workshops. The Plan is being developed by Rose Shriner at Kittitas Consevation District in collaboration with K-FACC. Rose is seeking input from people like us that live in the WUI. You are encouraged to follow the progress on the Conservation District website.
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:

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.

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.
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 ---  We are seed zone 631. Note: It appears we are having a outstanding Douglas Fir cone crop in 2018.

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:  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.



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.

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 - August, 2018 -----
Thank-you all for renewing your membership !

Welcome New members: Ed and Salaha Brighton, John Matava, David Van Wert & Nancy Wagley

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:

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

Member News -

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 - Summer, 2018
Cost Share Assistance Available: Our local DNR Landowner Assistance 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. 8" is miimum top diameter.

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.

WOOD TO ENERGY News -- June, 2018
The new biofuels plant in Lakeview Oregon is expected to convert 136,000 tons of woody biomass and forest by products in 15 million gallons of renewable fuels annualy !!!

Forest BioMass is also being used for generating electricity!
For example: a 25 megawatt plant takes 600 BDT (bone dry tons)
A 25 MW plant requires 40 chip van loads per day.
A chip van roughly = 30 green tons or 15 BDT

Learn more about the benefits of joining Kittitas Chapter.

We love our trees
We love our trees !

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