February 2018 Education Meeting

When:  Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. Pizza, 7 p.m. Meeting

What:  The Future of Commercial Wood Construction

Who:   Mike Warjone, Director of Forestry, Port Blakely Tree Farms          

We are entering a point in human history where the cost of energy and the associated environmental effects of producing energy are the driving factors in our ability to survive. Most developed countries in the world have embraced the concept of commercial (tall building) construction with wood as a key solution to this problem. New technologies like Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and other mass timber construction are the future, and our Pacific NW forests are the best place in the world to grow these products.
As Port Blakely's Director of Forestry, Mike Warjone oversees all aspects of land acquisitions, forest inventory, finance, growth and yield modeling, silviculture, GIS and forest health. Mike joined the company in 1997, and has since worked in both the US and New Zealand operations.  He also represents the industry as a board member for Washington Friends of Farms and Forests and the serves on the policy committee at the Washington Forest Protection Association. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Willamette University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife Bree and his daughters Sam and Jasmine.

Where: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 150, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA.  Note: For security reasons, the building may now be locked after business hours.  Room 150 is the first door on the left, just before the double doors, or you may go through the double doors into the building and through the hallways to room 150.

Directions:  From the I-5 Freeway take Exit 104 onto Hwy. 101.  Take exit for Cooper Point/Auto Mall Drive; follow signs to courthouse:  Right on Evergreen Park Dr., Left onto Lakeridge Dr., Right into Court House Parking.  Follow driveway to building #1 on left side of complex.

President’s Message:

Greetings from the cold, bold north and land of 10,000 (frozen) lakes, Minnesota. I am here enjoying the company of family and getting a reminder of what -20 degrees feels like. If anyone tuned in to watch the Super Bowl festivities, I'm sure you saw a few folks bundled up as they wandered the streets of Minneapolis.

I want to take a moment to thank Bruce Alber of Wilbur-Ellis for his presentation to our group at the last meeting. He had some terrific information to share regarding weed control and the long lasting positive correlation of tree health / vitality to early stage weed control. Here are a couple of quick bullet points from his talk:

- It is critical to have first year weed control with new seedlings. Early weed control resulted in twice the volume for a 23 year-old plantation verses an untreated area.

- Weed control results in greater root vigor in early stage seedling growth which also minimizes long term deer browse damage. For best results you need to take out grass and not just the overtopping alder trees in a Doug Fir plantation. There really is no benefit to the young seedling if you do not take out the grass.
- Broadcast spraying when the trees are dormant is the most effective treatment technique. If you need to spot spray, treating an area at least 3 to 4 feet in diameter is best.
- Data very clearly shows that preventing weeds early on leads to bigger trees.

There were many other things Bruce went over in relation to chemical specific applications. If you would like a specific consultation for your farm it is best to contact him directly or perhaps more reasonably the Auburn Washington office of Wilbur-Ellis. The phone number to the Auburn office is 253–351–6591. Bruce provided a four page handout with information related to tree and weed control and application techniques. If you would like a copy please contact me and I will email one to you.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday, February 15th when we will hear from Mike Warjone of Port Blakely regarding a relatively new and exciting building technique called Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). This will be a great discussion on potential new outlets and markets for our Pacific Northwest wood. Keep in mind this meeting will not be on our regularly scheduled Wednesday as the 14th is Valentine's Day.


Present Officers:

· Pres.: Justin Becker 360-789-8449  justin[email protected]

· Co-Secretary: Norma Green 360-753-1487  [email protected]

· Co-Secretary: Brian LeTourneau 360-943-8774 [email protected]

· Treasurer:  Bonnie Miller  360-705-1888  [email protected]

Our membership drive continues.  You are all encouraged to approach at least one person for membership.  Our chapter will give a $25 rebate to new members for the first year. Membership Special for 1st time new members: $45 for 1 year, 1 chapter. 

WFFA does a lot more than have meetings.  Maintaining favorable conditions, regulations, and attitudes regarding land ownership requires member participation and vigilance.Contact Pres. Justin Becker: [email protected] 360-789-8449 or Treasurer Bonnie Miller: 360-705-1888

2018 Meetings & Tours -- 2nd Wednesday, unless noted -- Mark your Calendars!

· Education Meetings:  Jan. 10,  Thurs. Feb. 15, March 14, April 11, Oct 10,

· Tours:  May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept 12

· Nov. 15 Thurs. -- Planning meeting for 2019

South Sound Farm Forestry Association Co-Secretaries: Norma Green, 360 753-1487,[email protected], and Brian LeTourneau, 360 943-8774[email protected]


South Sound chapter typically meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month except November and December.

-- January through April and October are educational meetings held in Olympia.  FOOD is provided at 6:30 p.m., Business meeting at 7:00 p.m., followed immediately by program.

-- May through September are field tours at various locations, usually starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the chapter president at [email protected]   

Chapter Officers
President Justin Becker
Co-Secretary Norma Green
Co-Secretary Brian LeTourneau
Treasurer Bonnie Miller