Olympic Chapter

Olympic Chapter Port Townsend Pulp & Paper Mill Tour

Update:  We received notice from the Mill this morning that they would like to limit the tour to 10 people. As of this morning, the original tour date of Sept. 29th is full. But we have scheduled another tour date of Tuesday, Sept. 26th, which will also be limited to 10 people.

WHAT: A tour of the Port Townsend Pulp and Paper Mill, followed by a no-host  

               brunch at a local restaurant.

WHEN:  Friday, September 29th.  2023, Tour A: Full

                Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 Tour B: Open for reservations

                9:00 am lasting about 1 hour, both tours

  The Mill:  Fiber from our Chapter’s logging and thinning operations is used as

              pulp wood and hogged fuel to make paper and run the boilers for mill steam

              and on-site power generation. The Mill makes 1,000 tons of Kraft pulp, paper,

              containerboard each day, and employs about 300 people. Dick Alescio has

              done consulting engineering for this mill.


Olympic Chapter Update - 2/10/23 – Dick Alescio

  • We started the year with a January 28th Educational Meeting on the Geologic Origin of the Olympic Peninsula, presented by Dr. Mike Harrell, Professor of Geology at the University of Washington at Port Gamble. Dr. Harrell gave an excellent presentation on how the land mass for our Chapter had been down by the mouth of the present day Columbia River, spanning both states. In no way did this area look like it does today. In addition, one of our members volunteered to bring her cello and play for us during the last portion of our potluck lunch. Pamela Roberts played for ten minutes to our delight. She recently soloed with the Bremerton Symphony. The main course was lemon garlic chicken by Vivian Chesterley.
  • We look forward to an educational Spring meeting in April, a Summer picnic and Tree Farm Tour and a Fall meeting integrated with recruiting new members while placing more WFFA signs.

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.