NEXT MEETING: Twilight Tour, June 19, 6:30 p.m.

WHAT: Tour of Commercially Thinned Stands on ALCO (Agnew) property near Centralia

WHO: Ben Carlsen, Forest Management Solutions LLC

WHERE: Meet in the Yardbirds parking lot in Chehalis, on the west side near the bird

ALCO Holdings LLC is a local, medium-sized forest land owning company owned by the Agnew family.  They own about 12,000 contiguous acres east of Centralia. 

We are going to look at examples of commercial thinning of young stands (age 25-30 years), targeting residual densities of 160-200 stems per acre, using both ground-based and cable-based thinning systems. The ground-based thinning was 2 years ago and the cable-based was this season.  The final stop will be at a stand that was thinned to this density 8 years ago, and is in the schedule for harvest in 2020.

If you are a railroad or local history buff, you may be interested in an article about the Eastern Railway and Lumber Company, the predecessor to the Agnew Company, which put railroad lines up Little Hanaford and Big Hanaford valleys into the area we will be seeing. Here is the link.

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At the Washington Tree Farm Program's 33rd Annual Awards Luncheon, held during the Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting on May 21, 2018. 2018 Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year Michelle Blake Morgan competed with 2 other nominees for the title of Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year.  Another tree farmer received the state award, but as part of the competition, a video of Michelle and her tree farm was prepared and is available for viewing here.

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In case you missed the April meeting, Connie Harrington's presentation Where Should I Plant Alder? is available online. In 28 minutes, Connie explained how soil characteristics, drainage, elevation and microclimate (frost) are important criteria in determining where alder will grow well, and directed us to tools that can be used to find that information for your property.

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At the Annual Meeting on February 20, Richard and Debra Pine, O'Neill Pine Company, were recognized as Lewis County Tree Farmers of the Year for 2018.  Their presentation included a 7-minute drone overview of their properties which can be viewed on YouTube.

Officers and Board Members were elected for 2018-2019.  Devon Powell was elected President, Dave Roberts Vice-President, Luke Moerke Secretary, Norma Green Treasurer, Board Members are Ken Lentz, Rick Kuykendall, Chuck Higgins, and Russ Armitage.

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At the 2017 Awards Banquet on November 14, three tree farmers were recognized for good forest stewardship.  They were:

Tom & Melissa Fagerness, Fagerness Family Tree Farm, for Intensive Management

Luke Moerke, Moerke Land & Timber, for Forest Management

James & Jil Muller for Commercial Thinning.

Steve Webster, retired WSU Forestry Extension Agent, past LCFFA secretary, president, and board member for life, was given the Distinguished Service Award postumously.  He passed away in June 2017. The presentation that was given at the banquet can be viewed online.

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Summary of our October 17th meeting

With a series of photos taken over 18 years, Bruce Alber of Wilbur-Ellis Company showed how trees that are free from grass and forb competition for the first couple years after planting, stay ahead for the long term.  He talked about the two times for spraying (site preparation before planting and release after planting) and the chemicals that can be used on different species of plants.  One thing that is especially important for the small landowner doing backpack spraying is the calibration of the equipment so that the herbicide is applied at the correct rate.  He provided a handout with a no-math method of calibration, and another handout with details on types of spraying and chemical to use for different species of plants.  These handouts are available below:

Calibration HandoutSpraying Handout.              

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Micheal Hurley, the 2016 Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year, competed with 2 other nominees for the Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year.  Another nominee was named winner, but a video of Micheal Hurley's tree farm was made and can be viewed here.

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Bill Logan, the 2015 Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year, was nominated for 2016 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year.  That title was given to another nominee, but a video of his tree farm was prepared and can be viewed here.

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The Lewis County Farm Forestry Association meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except December.

Educational meetings are held in the Lewis County Courthouse basement conference room in January, March, April, May, and October at 7 p.m.

Twilight tours are held in June, July, August and September at 6:30 p.m.

Two dinner meetings are held at other locations: the Awards Banquet in November and the Annual Meeting in February.

For further information contact the President at [email protected]

 

Gloria the grouse always finds Sam on his tree farm
Gloria the grouse always finds Sam on his tree farm
Chapter Officers
President Devon Powell  
Vice-President Dave Roberts  
Secretary Luke Moerke  
Treasurer Norma Green  
East Board Member Rick Kuykendall  
West Board Member Chuck Higgins  
North Board Member Ken Lentz  
South Board Member Russ Armitage