Olympic Chapter

Next Olympic Chapter Meeting


Date: May 13th, 2023, Saturday will be our next meeting.

Location: Port Gamble in the Conference Room under the restaurant.

      (Same location as our last Business Meeting.)

Time: 3:30 – 6:30 pm.  (Later time due to an earlier event in the room.)

Program:  Forest Health and related DNR sponsored financial assistance to Small Forest Land Owners. Presentations from the following, delineating their programs to include forest health funding.

  • Anne Favolise:     DNR, Stewardship Forester based in Port Angeles. 
  • Dr. Molly Darr:      WSU Extension Forester for Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap counties on Forest Health.  She is a Forest Entomologist, and will address what kills our trees, how to identify it, and where to get help.                  
  • Margaret Kreder:  Mason County Conservation District Stewardship Forester based in Shelton, and a representative based in Port Angeles from the Callam/Jefferson County Conservation District.

Election of Officers:  President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer


Food: Potluck  Please bring a salad, side dish, or desert and serving utensil if needed. Main dish, beverages, plates and flatware, will be provided.


RSVP to Vivian (vchesterley@gmail.com, or text 206-406-0392) by May 9th. Please give your name and how many are coming.

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.