Next meeting: Tuesday, July 18

Picnic and Twilight Tour of Madsen's Tree Farm

Who:          Sam & Sharon Madsen

Where:      Across the road from 486 Coal Creek Road, Chehalis

When:       Tuesday, July 18, 2017

     NOTE TIMES:  Tour starts at 4:00 pm; Potluck starts at 6:30 pm

The Coal Creek Tree Farm is a 468 acre property owned by Sam, Sharon, and daughter, Emily Madsen.  They acquired the property in 2010, but are probably better known to local tree farmers as the supplier of STHIL chain saws and other power tools through their store, Madsen's Shop and Supply, Inc.

The Coal Creek Tree Farm is comprised of a 400-acre forest of 25 to 30 year old Douglas Fir reprod and a 40-acre natural forest with mixed species that is 70 plus years old.

Since acquiring the property, The Madsen's have remediated two old coal mines, built and improved over four miles of road, installed two fish-friendly creek crossings, developed an extensive trail system, and thinned hundreds of  acres of their plantation. They are currently in the process in rehabbing several areas of the tree farm where stocking levels were low and adding to the road system.

Details on the Tour: The Madsen’s tree farm is large, the tour will be by vehicle rather than walking.  Because of the steepness of the roads, 4WD vehicles are needed, so we’ll be riding in the back of pickups or a trailer. Please arrive promptly as it will be difficult to follow the route once the parade of trucks has departed.  If you can’t make it to the tour because of the early starting time, come by 6:15 for a brief summary of the tree farm before the picnic.

Details on the Potluck:  LCFFA will provide fried chicken, beverages, and tableware.  Please bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share.  We have seating for 60 people, but if it is convenient to bring a lawn chair for yourself, please do so.

Driving Directions: In Chehalis, from National Avenue, just south of where it splits into the one-way by Sunbirds, turn on to Coal Creek Road.  Go 1.4 miles and turn left into the tree farm entrance where you will see various signs confirming that you are at a tree farm.  A short distance up the road there is an intersection where you will take the middle road of 3 and continue to the picnic site.  It is a good gravel road, but using 4WD will help prevent washboards.  Please use 4x4 if your vehicle is equipped.


Upcoing Meetings:

August 15: Twilight Tour - Chuck Higgins

September 19: Chain saw safety and maintenance, Stihl Northwest


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.


At the February 21st Annual Meeting and Dinner, Michelle (Blake) Morgan was named 2017 Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year.  Devon Powell and Luke Moerke were elected to fill the vacant positions of Vice President and Secretary and Rick Kuykendall and Chuck Higgins were re-elected to their board positions.     


In November 2016, 90 people attended the Awards Banquet at the Veterans Memorial Museum, bought raffle tickets as a fund-raiser for the chapter, and recognized three members for their good stewardship of the land.

Ron Schuttie for Christmas trees

John Henrikson for Innovative Forestry

Paul Hayes for his service in the early years of Lewis County Farm Forestry Association. To view the presentation that was given, click here.


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.


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 finds Sam whenever he works at the tree farm
Gloria the Grouse finds Sam whenever he works at the tree farm
Chapter Officers
President Derek Burger  
Vice-President Devon Powell  
Secretary Luke Moerke  
Treasurer Norma Green  
East Board Member Rick Kuykendall  
West Board Member Chuck Higgins  
North Board Member Ken Lentz  
South Board Member Charles Coddington