Upper Puget Sound Chapter

 UPCOMING EVENT!

A tour of CRYSTAL LAKE COMMUNITY’s beautiful forest.  The tour will be lead by the communty’s Jeanne Koruga.  Other community members will likely be there as well.

WHEN:  SATURDAY, MAY 11TH 9:00AM

MEETING LOCATION:  Parking lot at 23909 Crystal Lake Road, Woodinville 98077

DURATION:  We anticipate 2-3 hours. 

The starting time will be a bit earlier to accommodate prior commitments of the tour guides. 

We are very grateful to Crystal Lake for hosting this event.  It should be a good one!

Any questions, plz don’t hesitate to contact me:

Ken Osborn             360-770-6887            kennethdosborn@gmail.com

OTHER SCHEDULED EVENTS:

JUNE 8:          Camano Tree Farm.  Theme:  Intergenerational transfer & mgt

JULY 12:            Sierra Pacific Mill Tour. Burlington

AUGUST 2:    Janicki Industries’ recently completed Mass Timber Building

                        and Pacific Tonewoods.  Both east of Sedro-Woolley

SEPT 7:          UPS ANNUAL MEETING.   Mountain Tree Farm. East of Arlington

                        Host:  Teresa Weldon

Report on September 2023 Tour

Long-time member Duane Weston hosted a tour on his tree farm Stilly View Forest near Arlington.

Duane told about the history and plans for his 46 acre property where he has performed most of the work, and shared some of the knowledge and experience that he accumulated during his extraordinary career as a forester and tree farmer.


In an article in a recent Forest Stewardship Notes, UPS member Dave Ingebright told about two ways to earn extra income from your tree farm.  His was used to shoot a movie, and also he rents a campsite on his property.  Read the article here, or read it and more information about the Valhalla Tree Farm here.


On September 18, 2021, the Upper Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association hosted a Tree Farm Tour on the property of WFFA member Ken Osborn's Devils Creek Road Tree Farm. His forest ownership is under Nookachamps Forest, LLC and he has owned this 120 acre parcel since 1992.

Forty attendees braved the predicted rainy windy weather and were rewarded with a rain-free day! 

Ken gave an excellent explaination his tree farm management, which included several ages of stands from newly planted up to one that was planted in 1968 and commercially thinned twice. Ken mostly replants with Douglas fir, but also mixes in some Western Red Cedar and Hemlock. He discussed the advantages of doing site preparation before the new seedlings are planted. We also saw a 1987 unit planted with Cedar in root rot areas and another where Cedar was under planted after a commercial thinning. WFFA Executive Director Elaine Oneil spoke about carbon storage and markets, and Dave Peterson talked about managing for a resilient forest. 

 

 

Contact the chapter president for more information: ups@wafarmforestry.

 

 

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President:    Ken Osborn

Vice President:    

Sec/Treasurer:   Bob Layton

Past President:    Jim Owens

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Archived Content

On August 23, 2018, the chapter toured of the Wilson Tree Farm in Snohomish. Jon Wilson shared with us the fruits of his labor and his goals for his property.

On July 21, 2018, the chapter assisted with the Open House at the Nourse Tree Farm, owned by the New Family.  In May they were named the 2018 Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year.

On April 21, 2018 the chapter met at the Skogen Tree Farm (outside of Granite Falls) for a Potluck Lunch and Tree Farm Tour. Alternative methods to control unwanted or competing hardwood species in a 10-year old Douglas fir plantation and other general plantation maintenance.