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!!

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 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

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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)
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ITEM OF INTEREST
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!
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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

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ITEM OF INTEREST from IDAHO
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 ?
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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]

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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: 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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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 ---  We are seed zone 631. Note: It appears we are having a outstanding Douglas Fir cone crop in 2018.
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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 - 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: 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 - 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.
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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 !!!
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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
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Chapter Officers
President Phil Hess  
Sec./Treas. Patty O'Hearn  
First Vice President David Sack