Chapter Governing Documents

Governing documents for the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association consist of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.  If you would like to review either document, please click on the blue underlined words below. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Nourse Tree Farm Tour - 10 a.m.  (see below for details).
  • Fall 2018 (starting Sept. 8, 2018) - Forest Stewardship Coached Planning.  How to assess trees, avoid insect & disease problems & other topics.  You'll develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan.  Click here for more information on this WSU Extension course. 
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018  - Invasive Forest Weed Control - Mount Vernon - Field Practicum.  Learn to identify & control some of the most common invasive weeds that cause economic & environmental damage in forests.  Click here for more information on this WSU Extension course. 
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Annual Tree Sale @ Lynden Fairgrounds (no minimum purchase required).

2018 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year

TREE FARM TOUR - SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 10 a.m. 

Congrats to our fellow member David New and the New family for their tree farm the Nourse Tree Farm being awarded this year's tree farmer of the year by WFFA. It is quite the honor and we couldn't be more proud!

Join David New and his family for a tour of the Nourse Tree Farm in Arlington on June 30.  

David wants to host a tour for both UPS and Whatcom chapter members.  It will be a driving and walking tour to cover most aspects of the property including 2013 harvest, 2015 planting, 2016 stream construction, 2017 & 2018 stream bank planting and a mixed stand that he wants to pick member's brains about what to do with it.  

Directions:  1.5 miles east of I-5, exit 212 (Stanwood/Camano Island).  1130 Stanwood-Bryant Road - 1st place on the right at the bottom of the hill if you are coming from the freeway.  Look for the State Tree Farmer of the Year sign.

Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle and sturdy walking shoes.  

Please RSVP if you plan on attending by emailing [email protected]

 

2018 Tree Sale

This year's tree sale was a big success!  We sold out completely before noon.  There were over 70 volunteers including the wonderfully helpful boy scouts.  Thanks to all who participated!

One big change was the handing off of the reins from our Tree Sale Chairperson for so many years, Sara Brown, to our new Tree Sale Chairperson, Lisa Tiemersma.  Thanks to Sara for coordinating the tree sale for over 20 years!  Also, thanks to Lisa for stepping up to take over for Sara.

2017 Summer Tree Farm Tours

A big Thank You goes out to Dick and Jan Vollmer and Ken Stremler for providing a wonderful day of touring!  Here is a link to a summary about the day.

2017 5th Grade Conservation Tour at the Seed Orchard

Every year multiple groups come together to provide 2 hours of education and entertainment for our local 5th graders.  The Seed Orchard Tour is held at the Weyerhaeuser Seed Orchard on the Y Rd in Bellingham. At this publication, we are still researching how many years this has been held - many parent's remember going when they were a kid!

This year's event was pretty well attended with 653 students (that's 27 classes from 12 schools within 4 districts!).  Each class spends 2 hours total visiting 8 different stations.

4 days total time involved for the representatives of organizations including DNR, Whatcom County Soil Conservation District, US Forest Service, Sierra Pacfic, Weyerhaeuser, Black Mountain Forestry, WA State Fish and Wildlife, and WCFFA.  Special thanks goes to Sierra Pacific for providing some funds for transportation when the schools can't find budget for the field trip.

2017 National Outstanding Inspector of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Tom Westergreen for receiving the ATFS National Outstanding Inspector of the Year for 2017.  We couldn't be more proud and know that you are very deserving of this award.  Great Job Tom!

2017 Annual Tree Sale

This year's tree sale was a big success.  We had to substitute plugs for bare roots on the Western Red Cedar as the freezing weather this winter damaged the seedlings.  We only had 61 Shore Pine and 85 Japanese Larch left over.  Most trees sold out by 11:35.

There were over 60 volunteers this year including members, some extended family, and Troop 23 boy scouts.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all that make this fun event possible!

Congrats to Member David New - 2016 Conservation Leader

Last November, our member David New was named a 2016 Conservation Leader by the Snohomish Conservation District.  Here is a link to the article: http://snohomishcd.org/blog/2016/11/16/2016-conservation-leaders-of-the-...

Forest Landowner Legal Issues
 
Leslie Clark, attorney with Phillips Burgess, presented a seminar on Forest Landowner Legal Issues in Burlington in October 2016.  She has kindly given us permission to share her handouts with chapter members.  She covered trespass law, adverse possession (where someone can claim your land if they meet four requirements), easements, recreational immunity, where a landowner is not liable for unintentional injuries, but it only applies if you do not limit users recreational activities and a number of other timely topics.  She provides statute references so you can research a particular topic in more detail if you wish.  
 

2016 Wefer Tree Farm Tour

Many Thanks to the Wefer family for an awesome tour!  Even though it was a very drippy day we had 28 attendees.  It's unique location (right next to I5 across from Lake Samish) made access super easy.

As part of the tour, the Wefer family provided documents they have used to help govern and organize their Tree Farm as the 3rd and 4th generation has taken over for 2nd generation family members.  Policies were created on Internal Controls to address how much someone could spend without further authority as well as a Partner Tree Cutting policy which identifies what type and how many trees a family member can cut down.  These policies were not reviewed by legal counsel, but are rather used just as guidelines for their Tree Farm to operate.  They are currently working on a records retention policy.  Additionally, they create a "To Do" list every year to document activities and provide breadcrumbs for themselves in future years and for future generations who will oversee the Tree Farm.     
 
We very much appreciated the opportunity to tour the farm and learn from a very dedicated tree farm family!
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Contact the Chapter President for more information: [email protected]
Annual Tree Sale Set-up
Annual Tree Sale Set-up

Chapter Officers

President Don Assink  
Vice President Herb Barker  
Secretary Liz Wiegand  
Treasurer Sara Brown  
Board Member Lisa Tiemersma and Wendy Wefer-Clinton  
Board Member Phil Cloward  
Board Member Don Ruhl  
Board Member Dan Koehler  
Board Member Dick and Jan Vollmer  
Board Member Sharon Westergreen  
Past President Pat Mitchell  
Membership Tom Westergreen  
Tree Sale Lisa Tiemersma