Lewis Chapter


March 16: Marketing opportunities for small landowners, by Dorian Smith and Dan Kingsbury

April 5: Figured maple: Finding, understanding and growing "gold" in the woods, by John Keller

May 1: Impact of state programs and regulation on small forest landowners. 3 speakers from UW

May 5: Site preparation, by Dick Hopkins

In Memoriam: George McNelly, 1943-2021

George G. McNelly was called home to Heaven Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. He was born in Olympia, Wash., Jan. 3, 1943, to George R. and Virginia (Berdine) McNelly. He had five siblings, Denis McNelly, Joel (Cathleen) McNelly, Howie (Annie) McNelly, Kathleen (John) Taylor, and Eileen McNelly, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, that he loved to spend time with

George, also known as "Buzz", had great memories of growing up in Winlock, Wash. He told stories of earning money for extras by picking strawberries, peeling bark, harvesting timber cone for seed, collecting scrap metal, mowing lawns, etc. He said his parents taught them to earn their “own stuff”.

After graduation, he attended Saint Martin's University while working part time. George enjoyed a long banking career and retired in 2009. He spent many hours during his retirement working on his tree farms, restoring a vintage motorcycle, visiting and reminiscing with friends, cutting wood, and faithfully watching Jeopardy.

Although George and Anne (Fosse) celebrated their 40th anniversary at home due to COVID-19, not all anniversaries were so uneventful. One of George’s fondest memories was their 25th anniversary trip to New Brunswick where he was able to explore his familial roots. They were blessed with two daughters, Megan and Leigh. George’s eyes always lit up talking about his girls and he always made sure his family was taken care of first... every time.   

A graveside service will held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo, Wash. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Wash. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.

Go to the Pacific Chapter page for a memorial written by a WFFA member.

Summary of October 2020 Meeting

Our October meeting was held online.  Todd Olson, Department of Natural Resources, Regulation Assistance Forester, talked about Washington rules and regulations, Forest Practice regulations, water typing, and ways that he can help small forest land owners.

Summary of September 2020 Meeting

Our September meeting was held online.  Nick Somero, Pacific County Farm Forestry Association President and formerly employed by Natural Resources Conservation Service gave a presentation titled "Tree Farm Roads - Managing Your Second Largest Investment."  If you missed the live presentation, you can view the recorded version.

Summary of February 2020 Meeting

At the Annual Meeting in February, the following officers and board members were elected:

President: Dave Roberts                        Treasurer: Norma Green

North Board Position: Ken Lentz            South Board Position: Russ Armitage

The positions of Vice-President and Secretary are unfilled.  We are seeking volunteers who are willing to help keep the chapter viable.  If you are interested, please contact any board member.

The terms of Board Members Chuck Higgins and Rick Kuykendall continue through 2020.

Jason Alves gave a presentation on his Ag/Forestry trip to Ecuador and the Meskill Tree Farm represented by John Arata was named Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year for 2020.

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President:    Dave Roberts

Vice-President:    vacant

Secretary:    vacant

Treasurer:    Norma Green

East Board Member:    Rick Kuykendall

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

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.