11/19/19  Forest stakeholders: Science should inform water typing rule.  T.J. Martinelli, The Lens. The state Forest Practices Board for 20 years has been working on a water typing rule that determines where fish habitat protected by state law from timber harvesting begins and ends. The board last week voted to approve a slightly modified version of recommendations from a work group set up earlier this year to help resolve disagreement among stakeholders.

11/14/19 Foresters cry “end run” around harvest plan. T.J. Martinelli, The Lens.  The Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) for more than four years has been working with the state on its alternative harvest proposal for small forestland owners included in the 1999 Forests and Fish Law. Now, some WFFA leaders are crying foul over a recent announcement by a policy committee overseeing the plan that it will not evaluate the scientific research included in the proposal.

11/13/19  Extension Foresters expand stewardship education to save Washington forests.  This fall, Washington State University Extension Foresters are partnering with state and federal agencies to help owners safeguard their forests. Two new projects, funded by more than $600,000 in national and state grants, are expanding stewardship education and helping landowners create and use master plans for healthy forests.

11/10/29 Forest health is a delicate dance of life and death, experts say.  Yakima Herald-Republic, Nov. 10, 2019. Chris Brandon and Brendan Cockrum, foresters with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, talk about the importance of the Elk View timber sale for improving forest health by reducing the number of trees with thinning.

11/4/19 New timber factory in Spokane Valley will help economize forest health, create jobs, Washington leaders say. State officials and business people gathered in Spokane Valley on Friday to celebrate the opening of the largest manufacturing facility for cross-laminated timber (CLT) in North America, owned by Katerra.

10/13/19 Forest consultant planted with no plans to retire. An article in the Spokesman Review featuring Maurice Williamson, forestry consultant in eastern Washington and former WFFA state president.

8/26/19 Japanese legislators hear from Washington foresters. WFFA Past President Ken Miller hosted a tour for Japanese legislators on his tree farm and described the active management strategies and long-term planning necessary to prepare a crop of trees for harvest 40 years later – along with lessons learned from the state’s 1999 Forests and Fish Law.

5/1/19  Passing on insights learned from decades in the woods. Boyd Norton earned respect for his woodland wisdom and put up with a few gnome jokes along the way. DNR Stewardship Forester Boyd Norton retires.

4/29/19  Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting celebrates 20th anniversary of Forests & Fish Law.  US Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to speak.

4/28/19 A new website State of America's Forests: an Interactive Guide offers a graphical view of data from the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis unit.  It is a story of regrowth, renewal, and abundance.

4/19/19 Unanimous support for our forestland bill. A bill to study the economic health of Washington small forestland owners has cleared the legislature with unanimous support. ESSB 5330 sponsored by Sen. John Braun (R-20) received a “thumbs up” from the state House on April 17, following its passage in the Senate on Feb. 27.

2/27/19 On the Rise: Local factories part of tall wood building movement. Spokesman-Review Feb. 26, 2019. Katerra Inc. is on track to open an engineered wood products factory in April in Spokane Valley. Vaagen Timber also has a facility to produce cross-laminated timber in Colville.  Oregon has one producer. Most of the rest are in Canada.

2/11/2019 Promises still unmet for small forest land owners. TJ Martinell, The Lens.  Two decades after the state legislature passed the Forests and Fish Law to protect fish habitat, it is still unclear to what extent the regulations have negatively impacted small forestland owners. At the same time, forestry groups and state officials have highlighted the insufficient technical and financial assistance given to those landowners that was promised as part of the original bill.  Legislators are seeking to address those problems via SB 5330.

10/24/2018  Initiative 1631 - Implementing a Carbon Fee, by Heather Hansen, WFFA Government Relations Consultant. Landowner News 16(3) Fall 2018.

10/24/2018  Good Forest Management Vs the Carbon Initiative 1631 – Who Does It Better? by Dr. Elaine Oneil, Executive Director of Washington Farm Forestry Association.  Landowner News 16(3) Fall 2018.

9/15/18 Some of Washington's biggest trees are dying and scientists don't know why. The Chronicle, Centralia/Chehalis, Was., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, p. 13. Reports of dying and dead big leaf maple trees have been made for over 10 years. Several agencies and UW graduate student  Jake Betzen are studying the problem.


The Five Springs Tree Farm, owned by the Kingsbury Family, has been named the 2018 Western Region Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.  They were the 2017 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year.  For more information about their property and their management of it, follow this link to the American Tree Farm System's announcement.  They are nominees for the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for 2018.


Ken Miller, past WFFA State President, gave a presentation on the Small Forest Landowner Riparian Template Proposal at the Washington Hardwoods Commission Annual Meeting on June 14, 2018.  His entire 25 minute presentation is available for viewing.


On January 31, 2018, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, brought together its partners -- from local fire districts and volunteer fire teams to the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Guard -- at the first Wildland Fire Summit, to work on developing a Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan to envision a new future for effective wildland fire management. A fact sheet for the development of the WA Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan has now been released.

7/12/2017 Treesource: Forest Journalism for a Sustainable Future

A new online magazine has been started as a way to help the general public understand forests and the work of foresters.  It can be accessed at  The intended audience is the general public and the stories are intended to be more in-depth than the usual daily news story.

1/4/17 New Wood Technology May Offer Hope for Struggling Timer - Cross-laminated timber tested at two mills, Gillian Flaccus and Phuong Le, Associated Press: D.R. Johnson Lumber Co., is one of two U.S. timber mills making a new wood product that’s the buzz of the construction industry. It’s called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, and it’s made like it sounds: rafts of 2-by-4 beams aligned in perpendicular layers, then glued — or laminated — together like a giant sandwich.  The resulting panels are lighter and less energy-intensive than concrete and steel and much faster to assemble on-site than regular timber, proponents say. Because the grain in each layer is at a right angle to the one below and above it, there’s a counter-tension built into the panels that supporters say makes them strong enough to build even the tallest skyscrapers.  “We believe that two to five years out, down the road, we could be seeing this grow from just 20 percent of our business to potentially 60 percent of our business,” said Redfield, D.R. Johnson’s chief operating officer. “We’re seeing some major growth factors.”  Click here for the rest of the story.

7/18/16 - Behind the Tree Farm Sign:  This video was produced in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the birth of the American Tree Farm Program. The first certified tree farm in the program was located here in Washington state, in Montesano.