Lewis County Chapter


When: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 5:30pm  NOTE EARLIER TIME (due to earlier darkness)

What: Twilight Tour of St. Urban Experiment Station

Who:   Vince Panesko                

Where:       Winlock area

The property has been in Vince’s family for over 100 years.  He has owned it for 40 years, but lives outside the area so has only actively managed it for the last 4 years.

It is located on the divide between the Cowlitz River drainage and the Chehalis River drainage, and the soil is poorly drained clay that is wet in the winter and dries to rock hard in summer.  It has been a struggle to get seedlings to survive after harvest.  Tour attendees will view a 19-acre clearcut, 17-acre stand of uneven-aged timber to be logged or thinned soon, and 3-acre cedar plantation in abandoned hayfield.  Vince’s career was as a scientist who performed experiments, and he considers everything he has done on the property an experiment.  At each site he will describe the management decisions that have been made and give others the opportunity to make comments based on their own experiences.


  • Take Exit 68 on I-5 and go west on the Avery Road 0.5 mile to a blinking red light (4-way stop.)
  • Turn left on the North Military Road and go south 1 mile to the Antrim Road.
  • Turn left on the Antrim Road and go east 0.5 mile almost to the end of the road next to the I-5 freeway.
  • Turn left through two double red gates into the tree farm.
  • Parking is on a 5 acre hayfield just inside the red gates.

704 Antrim Rd. Is the closest street address.  That address is the farm on the south side of the road, our gates and property are on the north side.

Since there will be a second stop 0.4 miles into the woods, those visitors with extra room will be directed to line up on the rocked road into the woods while others can park their cars in the hay field.  A restroom will be available at the second stop.

Report on June Tour

Over 70 people attended the tour of Merc and Nina Boyer's Kiona Tree Farm on June 20.  Read all about it at article published by The Chronicle after the tour.  The Chronicle also gave us great publicity with an article before the tour.

Two Scholarships Awarded

College scholarships have been awarded to two students studying for a career in natural resources.

Port Blakely Company has donated $1000 per year for 5 years in honor of their employee Dave Roberts, upon his retirement.  Since he was President of the Lewis County Farm Forestry Association, they offered to fund this scholarship.  The chapter has matched their annual contribution, allowing us to give two scholarships.

Matthew Scheuber is studying Civil and Forest Engineering at Oregon State University. Luke Gerow is studying Forest Management at Grays Harbor College.

Contact Us



President:    Rick Kuykendall

Vice-President:    Reggie Hamilton

Secretary:    Jonathan Stoffer

Treasurer:    Norma Green

East Board Member:    Jerad Spogen

West Board Member:    Chuck Higgins

North Board Member:    Ken Lentz

South Board Member:    Russ Armitage

More information

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 lewis@wafarmforestry.com


Archived Content

April 2023 Meeting

If you missed the April meeting, you can watch the recording of a very interesting presentation by Dr. Dan Omdal.  His topic was Common tree diseases in western Washington forests, but there were so many questions and discussion that he only covered the major root diseases, plus additional information on bigleaf maple dieback.  We hope to have him back in the fall to complete the presentation on stem and foliar diseases.

February 2023 Annual Meeting

Three new officers and board members were elected.  The current board consists of:

  • President: Rick Kuykendall
  • Vice President: Reggie Hamilton
  • Secretary: Jonathan Stoffer
  • Treasurer: Norma Green
  • Board Member: Ken Lentz
  • Board Member: Chuck Higgins
  • Board Member: Russ Armitage
  • Board Member: Jerad Spogen

Colton Cooley gave a presentation on the Washington Ag/Forestry Class 42's trip to Puerto Rico.  It can be viewed here.  Also, he provided a document containing comments by class members about their experience.

January 2023 Meeting

Glenn Kohler, DNR Forest Entomologist, gave an interesting presentation on Forest Insects in Western Washington.  His slides are available here.  There is no audio, but the slides has many details on them and you can view the presenter notes by clicking on the chat box icon in the upper left corner of the slide.

November Awards Banquet Presentations

At the November 15 Awards Banquet, 80 members enjoyed a dinner provided by Dan and Nancy Schmit and three awards were given to: Mike & Liz Powell for Commercial Thinning, Ken Wilson for Custom Harvesting, and Jason Imes for Forest Management. If you would like to watch the presentations that were given about these award-winning tree farms and their owners, go to www.wafarmforestry.com/VideosAbout

In Memoriam

June Hansen passed away May 11, 2022, 7 weeks before her 102nd birthday. She came to Lewis County as an extension agent for Washington State University, and worked teaching food preservation classes and organizing 4-H clubs. She met Steve Hansen in the Extension office and they married in 1956.  They spent every weekend planting trees by hand on their farm east of Onalaska. Steve was one of the founding members of Lewis County Farm Forestry Association and was active in the association until his death in 1986. Years later, June and her daughter Heather won awards for Reforestation and Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year for those plantations.

Report on June 21, 2022, Tour of B&D Tree Farm

Bryon Loucks discussion their ongoing problems with deer browse and rubbing damage and showed some of the products they have used to prevent it, specifically Vexar on western redcedar seedlings, and netting and repellents on Douglas-fir.  In 2020, 15 acres was harvested that had root rot issues.  The decision was made to plant cedar and to fence it rather than installing Vexar tubes.  Western redcedar and Port Orford cedar were planted at a high stocking level in anticipation of getting revenue from boughs in the early years.  Attendees were able to see the 8 foot high fence, the recently planted seedlings, and the herbaceous vegetation which has come in quickly despite a site preparation spray.

Bryon then showed the recent Timber Sale of 37 acres and talked about the timber sale process, which was the first time the Loucks had used this harvest option.  Previously they have always hired a logger and done their own marketing.  Anyone interested in learning more was referred to the “Marketing and Final Harvest” chapter of Forest Management for Small Landowners, written by Bryon and available on the WFFA web site. 

Report on March 15, 2022 Meeting

If you missed the presentation by Kelly Verd and Kenna Fosnacht's What's happening in the Lewis County Conservation District, it can be viewed on YouTube.

Report on Meeting of February 15, 2022

The first indoor educational meeting of the Lewis County Farm Forestry Association in almost 2 years was held at the Veterans Memorial Museum.  Following the election of officers, members of the O'Neill family, owners of Hemphill O'Neil Company, were presented with a cedar sign and recognized as Lewis County Tree Farmers of the Year for 2022.  The presentation that was given about their property can be viewed here.

Jenny Knoth, member of the Ag/Forestry Leadership Program Class 41 gave a presentation about their international trip to Cambodia and Vietnam in early 2020.  It can be viewed here.inlock

In Memoriam

Dennis Hadaller, LCFFA member and former Lewis County Commissioner, passed away December 28, 2021. He was involved in the logging industry for his whole life and once served as president of the Washington Contract Loggers Association. Read his obituary here.

Cultural Resources protected by Spogens

LCFFA member Lorie Spogen was featured in a recent article in The Chronicle for the preservation of an old cemetery on forest land that she and her husband Mark purchased.  We think of "cultural resources" as Native American artifacts, but the graves and headstones of early pioneer settlers are also cultural sites that should be preserved.  Read the full article here.

In Memoriam

Boyd Wilson, LCFFA member, former WFFA State President, retired DNR forester, and Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year in 2014 passed away August 9, 2021.  Read his full obituary here.  A memorial service will be held at noon, September 11, 2021, in the Burfoot Park, Olympia. Further details can be obtained from his daughter Cindy Wilson, 4541 86th Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98516. Bookwoman99@hotmail.com 360 561-0524

In Memoriam

Audrey Oxley passed away July 10, 2021.  She and her husband Derald were active members in Lewis County Farm Forestry Association for over 50 years.  Derald first served as President in 1959 and again in 1974, and served as treasurer for many more years.  They lived on their Fir Acres Tree Farm, which was recognized as Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year in 1998.  

Report on August 2021 Tour at Chuck and Nan Higgins Tree Farm

Over 80 members and guests attended a brief presentation by Washington Tree Farm Program's Bob Obideski to Chuck and Nan Higgins in front of the large Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year sign that had been delivered to them earlier.  Then Chuck led a tour of the property and described many of the difficulties he has had establishing a vigorous forest in areas that were poorly stocked and overgrown.

Report on July 2021 Tour and Picnic at the Cowlitz Ridge Tree Farm

The 75 attendees were divided into 3 groups who took different routes around the Cowlitz Ridge parcel.  Ann Stinson and Lou Jean Clark led walking tours, while Doug Stinson narrated the group that rode in trailers.  Following the tour, participants enjoyed getting together for the first time in many months around a potluck dinner.

November 2019 Awards Banquet

On November 19, 100 members and guests attended the annual Awards Banquet where Bruce and Mary McDonald were given an award for Plantation Management and Tribecca LLC (Derrick Taylor and family) were given an award for Forest Management.

Numerous raffle prizes acquired from local businesses were distributed.  Dale Agnew won a pole saw donated by RSG and Uriah Kennedy won a chain saw donated by Service Saw.  We appreciate the donations from all of the companies and individuals that allow us to support chapter activities without any other fund-raising activities.

May 2019 Meeting

Mike Warjone of Port Blakely hosted a tour for over sixty members of Port Blakely’s 28 acre, 9 year old western red cedar plantation in Winston Creek in East Lewis County. The plantation was fenced for the first six years to prevent animal browse. Mike explained the reasoning and justification for constructing the fence as well as offering what he has learned and what he would do differently on the next fence project. There were lots of questions and answers and some good conversations pertaining to cedar planting.

April 2019 Meeting

Eric Cohen of Port Blakely talked about fertilizing Douglas-fir.  His presentation slides give much more detail, but the essential points were:

1)  It isn't worth fertilizing all soils, only glacial soils that aren't really high site;

2) The best growth increase you can hope for is 10-15%.;

3) Just do one treatment about 10 years before harvest.

March 2019 meeting

Kent Jones of Resource Contractors LLC told us about the kinds of red alder trees that he purchases to be sliced.  They must have a 13 inches minimum diameter at the small end and be very clear of knots.  If you have trees that meet this criteria, he is paying a very good price.  The biggest problem is that most small land owners harvest in the summer, and he does not buy alder when the weather gets hot because of its rapid deterioration. He also buys Douglas-fir and western red cedar poles for Oeser Company in Bellingham.  If you would like to listen to his presentation, you can do so here.

February 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner

On February 19, members enjoyed a fried chicken dinner at the Oakview Grange and re-elected Ricky Kuykendall and Chuck Higgins to Board positions.  The 2019 Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year Award was presented to the Elmore Vance Tree Farm.

Micheal Sprouffske of Class 39 of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program spoke on their international trip to Greece & Italy.

November 2018 Awards Banquet

At our annual awards banquet, 3 family forest owners were recognized for their good forest practices through multiple generations.  Those recognized were: Shirley Heitzmann, Elmer and Nancy Laulainen for Forest Stewardship; Bill and Mike Merriman for Forest Management, and Chris and Melanie Clowe for Commercial Thinning. Each received a large cedar sign that they can proudly display.

Attendees had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses and members, including 2 chain saws.  Richard Pine was the winner of the chain saw donated by RSG, and John Henrikson won the chain saw donated by Service Saw.

October 2018 Meeting: Who will buy my oversized logs?

Rich Nelson of Millwood Timber, Inc. described an interesting market for the oversized, ugly logs that no one else wants.  His company puts them into containers in Tumwater and ships them to China, where they are transported by truck considerable distances to the interior of the country to be made into coffins.  Chinese people who live in cities must be cremated, but those who live on their land in the country can still be buried in family plots on their own land.  They like to have single boards for each section of the coffin, so they like our oversized logs.  Defect isn’t critical because they can putty over it and paint the coffin.

If you missed the presentation and would like to hear it and see some of his photos, you can view it here.