Olympic Chapter


WHAT: Insects that affect forest health

WHO: Glenn Kohler, Forest Entomologist for DNR’s Wildfire Division in Olympia. 

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 11:30am - 2:30 pm

WHERE: Port Gamble Conference Room, Port Gamble, WA (where we had last January’s meeting.)

Glenn will present a slide show on various bugs that positively or negatively affect forest health.  Glenn helped us a lot last year when we noticed about 100 6’-8’ tall 8 year old firs with cones on them.  We cut one down for a Christmas tree – the cones being an added decoration. After a couple of weeks, we noticed some black streaks on the wall near the Christmas tree, and on closer look, discovered they were caterpillars! Then we looked at the tree and saw that a lot of needles had been eaten off the top branches – not what we had in mind for the holidays! We took some samples in plastic baggies to Glenn's excellent presentation for the Lewis County WFFA Chapter last January. Stay tuned for the rest of the story at our meeting on the 20th!

POTLUCK: Please bring a salad or desert and serving utensil if needed. Everything else will be provided.

RSVP: Vivian Chesterley 206-406-0392 or email vchesterley@gmail.com. Please tell me your name and how many folks you are bringing. Family and friends are invited.


On June 4th, we had a great tour of Dave Robbins' Alder Patch Tree Farm. Not only did we learn a lot about creating a tree farm out of a random bunch of alder, but what has worked and what didn’t. Questions were raised about all sorts of interests, including raising alder at sea level versus a higher elevation, and planning for wildlife enhancement. Some of us topped off the event with a gourmet lunch at Fat Smitty’s!




For information on future meetings, contact the President at olympic@wafarmforestry.com.


Contact Us



President:    Dick Alescio

Vice President:    Dan Kingsbury

Sec/Treasurer:    Vivian Chesterley

Past President:    Sam Comstock

More information

If you have any questions, call Dick Alescio at 206-265-1495 or Sam Comstock at 360-490-0518 or olympic@wafarmforestry.com.