WESTERGREEN TREE FARM TOUR
An all-around great day was spent by almost 60 people on July 10 while we toured the Westergreen Tree Farm. From ponds, pits, ridges, meadows and more than a few trees to a glorious sweeping view into Canada and of the North Whatcom farmlands we saw it all under sunny skies. Ken Bevis, from the Department of Natural Resources, joined us to talk about wildlife habitats and to entertain us during lunch with some of his original songs and WFFA President Dick Alescio joined us for a day in the woods. Click here for a recap with many photos of the Tour.
NOURSE TREE FARM VIDEOS
David New is back at it with more videos to share with everyone. And with good reason - lots of animal life caught by the cameras. Check out all 5 videos and see if you can identify all the animals (a good game for kiddos). Click here for videos.
HAPPENINGS & RESOURCES
Saturday, August 14 - Bigleaf Maple Syrup Workshop - Eatonville, WA. 9 am - 2 pm. Free, but registration by August 12 is required. Other twilight field tours are scheduled for September 8 (Quilcene) and September 22 (Pe Ell). Watch the WFFA website for further information. Free, but registration is required.
WSU Extension Forestry Summer Webinar Series. Live webinars will be presented on all new topics. They are FREE, but preregistration is required. Each webinar will be offered twice: once from noon - 1:00 pm and again from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. If you are interested, but unable to attend at the times listed, register anyway so you can receive a link to the recording afterward.
- Thursday, July 29 - Who lives here now? Wildlife at home.
- Thursday, August 5 - The Bradley Method of noxious weed control.
- Thursday, August 12 - Variable density thinning.
- Tuesday, August 17 - Forest health highlights.
- Thursday, August 19 - Lions and fishers and bears, oh my! Current events in Northwest wildlife management.
- Thursday, August 26 - Healthy forest understories and the weeds that get in the way.
Saturday, March 19, 2022 - Whatcom Chapter Annual Tree Sale. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. 10 am until noon (or sold out). Check back in early 2022 for further information.
Volunteer Opportunity. For many years our Chapter has supported and been a key part of the 5th Grade Conservation Tour each May (except for 2020 & 2021). For 2022, we have an opportunity for someone. For four days in early May, for 4 to 6 hours a day, 5th graders are bused to a Conservation Site and spend 20 minutes outdoors at a number of various stations. We are in need of someone to take on Station #1 – Introduction and Trees Common to Our Area. It's a great way to give back to the community and in particular to children, who could very well be future tree farmers, because of what they learn during the Conservation Tour. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Vice President Jan Vollmer at email@example.com.
Prescribed Pile Burning Webinar. Check out this webinar from Montana State University Extension Forestry department on how to use fire to treat forest fuels. Click here for the webinar.
Tree School Online - OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources has provided a series of live and taped webinars . Getting tired of staying at home due to COVID-19. Use this opportunity to learn a little more about your Tree Farm. Many, many topics are available. For full details, click here.
THE KING OF THE WOODS (True Bear)
Ken Bevis, renowned DNR troubadour, has written a song about who he believes is the "King of the Woods." For a video of his song, click here to see if you agree with his choice. The video was filmed on the Golden Gate bridge at the Nourse Tree Farm owned by Whatcom County chapter member, David New, and family.
ASIAN GIANT HORNET
We’re sure most of you have heard about the Asian Giant Hornet that is trying to infiltrate our area. In an effort to limit the spread of these very destructive hornets who pose a serious threat to honeybees, other insects and even humans, citizen scientists were solicited to participate in a trapping program. The program is running July – November and we have members who are helping with this effort.
MT. BAKER FFA WINS STATE
We have supported and had a good relationship for many years with the Mt. Baker FFA. Their Forestry team won our State competition earning them the right to attend Nationals in Indianapolis the last week of October. Their team for Nationals will consist of two boys and two girls plus one advisor. As we have done for a number of times when they have earned a spot at Nationals, the Board approved a donation, this year of $3,500, to help them with the costs of this trip. Since one of our purposes is "to promote opportunities for youth education in forestry and land stewardship," the Board felt this was a perfect way to help accomplish that. The topics of the competition include: full knowledge of 28 species of trees, tools of the trade, forest products, chainsaw safety/mechanical knowledge, timber cruising, general knowledge and two unknown team issues. Best of luck to the Mt. Baker FFA team!
DEMING LOG SHOW BLEACHER SIGN
In 2020, the WCFFA Board of Directors voted to donate some monies to causes related to our purpose and function. Among them was a donation to the Deming Log Show and also the purchase of a "bleacher sign" with our Chapter name on it. Please watch the rolling photos that appear on this webpage to see what the sign looks like. It turned out great and will be placed on a bleacher for this year's Deming Log Show which is scheduled for June 12 & 13. The Log Show has been held for the benefit of busted-up loggers since 1963 (except for last year's COVID-forced cancellation). If you've never been, it's a good view of the type of work that occurs in the woods and the equipment that is used and if you've been every year - why stop now - there's something for everyone.
OFFICER & BOARD ELECTIONS
Special congratulations to Jan Vollmer being elected Vice President for the first time after having served on the Board of Directors since 2016. Congratulations also to those who agreed to run again for Office or a Board position and were re-elected by an eVote. This includes: President - Herb Barker, Treasurer - Karen Bellingar, Secretary - Helen Arntson and for Board positions - David New and Lisa Tiemersma/Wendy Wefer-Clinton (sharing one position). Comments were submitted with votes thanking those on the slate offered for running and agreeing to do these jobs which are vital to a well-functioning organization. Thanks to all members who submitted their vote.
Click here to see a quick recap of our first "online" Tree Sale. Thanks for your interest, support and purchases which helped us sell over 23,000 trees. We hope to see you at next year's Tree Sale slated for March 19, 2022.
- Tree Descriptions - for information about soil and shade preferences and uses for seedlings.
- Seedling Planting Guide - small number of seedlings
- Forest Seedling Planting Guide - for larger numbers of seedlings with greater detail.
We’d like to extend a very warm welcome to new members – Bradlee Frierott & Jade Denali Ohana of Maple Falls and Jerry and Lurline Hammer of Everson. And a welcome back to Paul and Lori Murphy of Bellingham.
CAPTURING WILDLIFE ON CAMERA AT NOURSE TREE FARM
David New, co-owner of Nourse Tree Farm, talked about his experiences using game cameras on their property in a virtual meeting held on February 16. There were a wide variety of animals depicted – bear, deer, beaver, hawks, owls, coyote, fish and more. He also gave tips on height to place a camera, angles to consider, activity level of the chosen area, wide-angle lens or not, and other things he learned along the way. Thanks David for the great meeting and representing our Chapter so well. Click here if you would like to see the presentation and a very informative question and answer session after David's presentation.
2020 ANNUAL REPORT
Even with all the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, your Chapter was able to accomplish a great deal. Click here to see the full recap of Activities and Accomplishments.
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CHAPTER GOVERNING DOCUMENTS
Governing documents for the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association consist of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. If you would like to review any of the following documents, please click on the blue words below.
President: Herb Barker
Vice President: Jan Vollmer
Secretary: Helen Arntson
Treasurer: Karen Bellingar
Board Member: Lisa Tiemersma & Wendy Wefer-Clinton
Board Member: Conrad Koehn
Board Member: David New
Board Member: Dan Koehler
Board Member: Dick Vollmer
Board Member: Ed Westergreen
PHIL CLOWARD TRIBUTE
It is with sad hearts that the Board of Directors announce the passing of a Chapter treasure. Phil Cloward spent a great part of his life in the woods as a forester and a logger. He was an integral part of our Chapter and he will be missed. Click here for a short tribute to Phil.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHANGES
With the passing of Phil Cloward, we had a vacancy for the position of Vice President. Per Chapter Bylaws, the remaining members of the Board of Directors voted to move current Board member, David New, into the Vice President position until we have a vote by the membership in April. Additionally, Sharon Westergreen stepped down from her Director position, but Ed Westergreen agreed to step into her position. To cover the vacancy created by David’s move to Vice President, Co-Directors Lisa Tiemersma and Wendy Wefer-Clinton, will each move into a full Director position which rounds out the Board of Directors.
2020 ANNUAL REPORT
Even with all the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, your Chapter was able to accomplish a great deal. Click here to see the full recap of Activities and Accomplishments.
WILDFIRE RESILIENCE PROGRAM
In September & October, your WCFFA Board submitted letters of support to the Whatcom County Executive and Council regarding 2021-22 funding of the Whatcom Conservation District's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. With the support of our organization and many other individuals and organizations, that funding was approved. If you are interested in an on-site wildfire risk assessment or would like to obtain more information, contact Jenny Coe at email@example.com or 360-526-2381, ext. 106. Please be aware they already have a backlog of requests, so if you are interested in an assessment, better to contact them now to get on the list.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
A very warm welcome to five new family memberships in 2020. Gretchen and Allan Klotz of Maple Falls, Greg and Allie Debruin of Everson, Brian and Suzanne Lange of Sumas, Randall Card and Kelly McClurg of Bellingham, and Jennifer and Jeffrey Parker of Bellingham.
"KING OF THE WOODS"
Ken Bevis, the DNR troubadour, has written a new song about who he believes is the "King of the Woods." For a video of his song, click here to see if you agree with his choice. The video was filmed at the Nourse Tree Farm, owned by Whatcom County member, David New, and family.
DONATIONS IN A TIME OF NEED
At the September Board of Directors meeting we discussed the challenges facing many groups during these difficult times. Since we currently have a healthy bank account, it was decided to make some donations to select groups which have a tie to WCFFA.
1. Washington Farm Forestry Association – our state organization comprised of and for forest landowners who are “Stewards of the Land,” coordinates with local chapters – like our own Whatcom County chapter. Knowledge is shared among members, educational opportunities are offered, and a voice for small forest landowners in Olympia is made available. $500
2. Washington Tree Farm Program – voluntary certification program, performed by volunteer inspectors, along with many other resources that ensures healthy privately-owned forestlands that contribute to our state's clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities, while producing the jobs, wood, and timber products we all need. $500
3. Deming Log Show – without the ability to hold a Log Show this year, the coffers for the “Busted Up Loggers Fund” did not receive their normal boost. Because many of our members use the services of local loggers to harvest timber, we chose the Log Show for a donation. We will spend $750 to purchase a bleacher sign – which will provide ongoing marketing of our Chapter, along with $4,250 for the Busted Up Loggers Fund.
4. Mt. Baker High School FFA – this group of teenagers, focusing on forestry, have assisted us for many years in a variety of ways. Most notably, they help to separate and package the 400 to 500 trees that are normally handed out at the 5th Grade Conservation Tour. $1,300 was donated for the purchase of technical forestry supplies needed for this group.
WHATCOM FARM FORESTRY HATS - AVAILABLE TO BUY
In the mood to add to your hat collection? We have a very nicely designed sturdy hat in black with "Whatcom Farm Forestry" and a tree design in green stitched on it. See rotating photos to the right. Hats are $20. Contact Karen Bellingar at 360-303-1193 for purchasing details.
NEW OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS
While COVID-19 kept us from having our annual meeting, it did not stop us from having an election. Herb Barker moved up from Vice President and took over as President of Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association on May 1. Stepping in as Vice President is Phil Cloward. Re-elected Officers include Secretary Helen Arntson and Treasurer Karen Bellinger. Many thanks to Don Assink who moves to Past President after serving as President for three years. And many thanks also to long-time Chapter member Pat Mitchell who leaves our slate of Officers after many dedicated years of service to our group. Dan Koehler was re-elected as a Board Member and Conrad Koehn joins our Board of Directors for the first time. For a full list of all Officers and Board Members, it appears at the bottom of the column to the right.
WHAT TO DO WITH 400 PONDEROSA PINE SEEDLINGS?
We had a bit of a dilemma when COVID-19 shut down the annual 5th Grade Conservation Tour that our Chapter usually assists with in early May. We usually provide an educational station during the tour as well as organizational assistance to keep things moving. In addition, we usually hand out a complimentary ponderosa pine seedling to each of the students attending. With no Tour and 400 seedlings looking for a home, our Tree Sale chairperson and schoolteacher, Lisa Tiemersma, came up with the idea to hand out the seedlings to students at Nooksack, Sumas & Everson elementary schools when the students drove by school to pick up their school-provided meals and/or learning packets. A Smokey the Bear bag, donated by the Department of Natural Resources, was filled with fun things for the kids and the free ponderosa pine seedling from our Chapter.
During these trying times, it was nice to be able to give kids something positive that they could learn from and take home and nurture, with the added benefit of helping to keep our County green and converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. What started out as a dilemma turned into a big win. Thanks Lisa for not only for finding homes for the seedlings, but for all the new challenges you have taken on as a teacher in our current world.
MULTIPLE PARCELS - TAX REFUND POSSIBLE
If you own more than one parcel of forestland, and are assessed a "fire patrol fee" on more than one parcel, you may be eligible for a refund. To find out more, click here for a copy of the Forest Fire Protection (FFPA) Refund Form and its accompanying instructions.
2019 Activities & Accomplishments
We had a busy 2019 with events, tours, educational outreach including a Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop and most importantly, the Nourse Tree Farm was not only selected as the Western Regional finalist, but also the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year! Click here for the recap of 2019 and see below for several articles about the Nourse Tree Farm and the videos about their Tree Farm.
New Family named 2019 National OutstandingTree Farmers of the Year!
Congratulations to the New family, owners of the Nourse Tree Farm near Arlington, WA who are Whatcom County Chapter members. They have been named Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) for their efforts to restore a portion of a critical watershed to help a threatened species. The New family, David and Dar New, Dar's mother, their daughter and her family and their sonsare owners of this 165-acre property which has been in Dar's family for three generations. The American Forest Foundation and the ATFS commended the New family for their passionand dedication. For more information, watch their story.
Twenty-eight Chapter members and family attended a potluck dinner with lasagna and beverages provided by our Chapter. Marilyn Mitchell provided some musical entertainment followed by David New presenting three videos about his family's Tree Farm. The videos included Succession Planning, Stream Restoration and the latest video - that of the family being awarded the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for the Nourse Tree Farm. Links to all the videos are contained within stories on this website.
Harvest Restrictions - Small Forest Landowners
WFFA has been working on alternate harvest restrictions for small forest landowners (SFLO) for over 20 years. A WFFA proposal has been in for review since February 2015. The Forest Practices Board is expected to vote on this proposal for smaller buffers for SFLO's on August 12, 2020. If you are interested in getting short email update summaries as review continues, please contact Ken Miller by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nourse Tree Farm - Western Regional Winner
David and Dar New, third generation owners of the Nourse Tree Farm located outside Arlington and members of the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association, were selected as the Western Regional Tree Farm of the Year. They are now competing for the National Tree Farm of the Year award. Read their story of a legacy almost lost and then nurtured with good forest practices to a place where family and friends enjoy time in nature, with an enhanced wildlife habitat and a restored salmon spawning stream. Click here for the full story.
Nourse Tree Farm Videos
Are you interested in learning more about succession planning or stream restoration? The New family, of the Nourse Tree Farm, were named 2018 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year. They prepared these videos to share their experiences with other like-minded folks. Enjoy.
Vedder's Edge Tour Recap
On Saturday, August 24, twenty Farm Forestry members and friends attended a walk and talk through Jackie & Art Edge's Christmas Tree Farm. But attendees found out that they are more than just a Christmas Tree Farm and that they were happy to share what they had learned. To find out more about the "more than a Christmas Tree Farm" that sits at the base of the Vedder Mountain Ridge, read the recap thoughtfully prepared by Liz Wiegand, and check out the photos taken by Mark Wiegand by clicking here.
Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop
On May 18, a Workshop was held at the East Whatcom Regional Resources Center on Wildfire Risk Reduction for Small Forest Landowners. This Workshop was a cooperative effort of Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association, Whatcom Conservation District, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and a local Fire District. To see a recap of the Workshop, please click here.
5th Grade Conservation Tour
The 5th Grade Conservation Tour was another great success. Various entities man the stations that students visit throughout their Tour. WCFFA handles the introduction to Forestry station and coordinates the logistics for the tour. Washington State Department of Natural Resources addresses Fire. Whatcom County Public Works talks about Water. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service addresses Soil. The U.S. Forest Service demonstrates Wilderness Etiquette at a mock campsite. Sierra Pacific talks about Forest Ecosystems. And, Weyerhaeuser does a presentation on Reforestation and donates the use of the tour site. Whatcom County WSU Extension oversees the tour. Thanks again to Jan and Dick Vollmer for taking the lead role for WCFFA participation in this important educational event in our County.
What does the number 1144 have to do with the 5th Grade Conservation Tour? It is the total of 373 kids, 8 busses, 15 classes, 6 schools, 3 districts, 1 private school, 1 homeschool group, 8 stations, 20 minutes per station, 2 hr 40 minute tour, 9 sponsors, 500 trees given out, 2 outhouses, 1 firetruck, 12 presenters, 6 volunteers, 1 new schedule piloted, 15 smokey bags, 1 cookie lady, 1 new sponsor and 1 horn. Whew - it definitely takes a village to put on a Conservation Tour. Thanks to everyone who participated.
5th Grade Conservation Tour Tree Bagging
Eight WCFFA members helped bag ponderosa pine seedlings at Mt. Baker High School in preparation to give one tree to each student at the 5th Grade Conservation Tour. Many thanks to Ruth Heft, Jan Vollmer, Dan Koehler and Maralee Smith for manning the bagging process. Thanks also to Dick Vollmer & Phil Cloward for bundling up the trees and loading them up and to Conrad Koehn, who donated the dirt and peat, and along with Doug Smith mixed the dirt with peat moss & water to be added to each seedling bag. In addition, eight members of the Mt. Baker FFA forestry class along with their instructor, Todd Rightmire, also helped.
Click here for highlights from the April 12 Annual Meeting which had 46 members in attendance.
2019 Tree Sale - a Success!
With people waiting in line for over an hour before our Tree Sale started, we sold out shortly after our noon closing time, as some leftovers were purchased. 14 species were sold, a record setting 4,644 Western Red Cedar and 18,299 trees sold overall. This included Giant Sequoias that President Don Assink nurtured on his own land for two years. It's clear that WCFFA is doing our part to keep Whatcom and Skagit Counties green with trees. Volunteers were particularly impressed with the cheerfulness of buyers, especially since some of them stood in line for up to two hours. Small children had wide smiles looking forward to planting trees and adults were particularly appreciative of our holding the Tree Sale which allows folks to purchase different types of trees at the extremely low price of $1 each. Even those who missed out on trees they came to buy, because they were sold out, went ahead and purchased something else and just decided they need to come earlier next year. Kudos to Lisa Tiemersma in her first year as Tree Sale Chairperson. An event like this takes the dedication of many volunteers - 73 in fact this year - and we thank everyone who so generously gave of their time - members, spouses, family members, boy scouts and folks just interested in helping. Everyone who volunteered, whether it was preparation, at the sale or clean-up afterwards helps to make this event an annual success. And what perfect weather followed our Sale for everyone to get their trees in the ground. A job well done by ALL!
Is Western Red Cedar Right for You?
Is your forest primarily Douglas-fir? Are you considering diversifying your forest? If you would like to find out more about whether or not Western Red Cedar might be right for your forest, click here to read an article written by our very own Tom Westergreen.
A Tall Tale of Giant Sequoias
On Saturday, March 9, 14 volunteers (including 5 shovel-toting young men) helped dig, sort and bag 1,135 Giant Sequoia 3-year old seedlings in preparation for the annual WCFFA Tree Sale. President Don Assink finished up prepping another 209 seedlings a few days later after the ice surrounding them had thawed. But that is the end of the story. Let's start at the beginning.
With 1,800 Sequoias available at a discounted price in June 2018 due to a customer backing out of a commitment, they were purchased and President Don Assink agreed to take them and plant them on his property. He nurtured these trees, watering throughout the summer and caring for them which resulted in 1,344 seedlings for our Tree Sale. Folks who got these trees for $1 each got one of the best bargains around.
Thanks to Don for all his attention to the Sequoias and his extra hours spent gathering up the final trees before the Tree Sale. Also thanks to Tom Westergreen for his invaluable expertise in helping guide Don through prepping the trees for sale. The 50 bags of trees were a full load for Don's pickup when he delivered them to the Lynden Fairgrounds. Thanks also to Don's wife, Carol, for serving lunch to those who helped dig up the trees (as well as her patience while Don tended to the Sequoias) and thanks to the 14 volunteers for donating a couple hours to be part of such a great story.
2018 Chapter Activities & Accomplishments
2018 was a very busy year for the Whatcom County Chapter and the Board of Directors wanted to update you on those activities and accomplishments. Click here to see the many opportunities that were available to members throughout the year to increase your knowledge and stewardship of your tree farm.
Nesset Farm & Bakke Tree Farm Tours
Twenty people attended the combined tours of the Nesset Farm and Bakke Tree Farm under cloudy, but rainless skies. Many thanks to the wonderful stories and warm welcome provided throughout the day by Ray Bakke, Gordon Bakke, John LaMonte and Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt. The memories that were shared provided the tour attendees with a more up-close and personal tour including ski jumps, divine intervention with a potential flood and a little pastime that will remain a secret among those who attended.
Cone Picking Event
Picking Western Red Cedar cones to replenish our supply of seeds was a fun outing in September. These seeds will be used to custom grow Cedar seedlings for our Annual Tree Sale. Members met at the home of Sharon and Ed Westergreen to strip the Cedar cones from branches gathered the previous day. Other seed pickers included: Jan and Dick Vollmer, Helen Arntson and Paul Campbell, Lisa Tiemersma, Janet Gilda, Phil Cloward, Dan Koehler, Carol and Don Assink, Lars Holien, Gerry Kudsk and Bonnie and Tom Westergreen. The four bushels of tiny, ripe cones harvested will provide approximately 225,000 Western Red Cedar seedlings to reforest over 600 acres!
Mt. Baker FFA Wins Big
One purpose of the WCFFA is “to promote opportunities for youth education in forestry and land stewardship.” The FFA group at Mt. Baker High School placed first this year in the State Forestry Career Development Event, which is the 10th state title for Mt. Baker HS. As the state winner, they attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana and placed 4th in the Nation. The Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association donated $3,000 to the Mt. Baker FFA to help pay for their trip to the National Convention.
2018 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year
Congrats to our fellow member David New and the New family for their tree farm the Nourse Tree Farm being awarded this year's tree farmer of the year by WFFA. It is quite the honor and we couldn't be more proud!
2018 Tree Sale
This year's tree sale was a big success! We sold out completely before noon. There were over 70 volunteers including the wonderfully helpful Boy Scouts. Thanks to all who participated!
60 years – 2018 5th Grade Conservation Tour-Weyerhaeuser Seed Orchard
401 students from 18 classes spread over 4 school districts (9 schools total, 1 private school and home school) attended the tour with 20 minutes allocated at each of 8 stations spread over 4 days.
Special thanks to Mt. Baker FFA for bagging seedlings and to the following WCFFA volunteers: Dick and Jan Vollmer, Sharon Westergreen, Herb Barker, Tom Westergreen, Phil Cloward, Dan Koehler, Doug and Marilee Smith, Conrad and Jeanne Koehn, Joan and Gerry Kudsk, and Alpine Meadows Christmas Trees.
2017 Summer Tree Farm Tours
Dick and Jan Vollmer and Ken Stremler provided tours of their tree farms. Here is a link to a summary about the day.
2017 5th Grade Conservation Tour at the Seed Orchard
Every year multiple groups come together to provide 2 hours of education and entertainment for our local 5th graders over a 4-day period. The Seed Orchard Tour is held at the Weyerhaeuser Seed Orchard on the Y Rd in Bellingham and was attended by 653 students.
Special thanks goes to Sierra Pacific for providing some funds for transportation when schools can't find budget for the field trip.
2017 National Outstanding Inspector of the Year
Congratulations to our very own Tom Westergreen for receiving the ATFS National Outstanding Inspector of the Year for 2017. We couldn't be more proud and know that you are very deserving of this award. Great Job Tom!
2017 Annual Tree Sale
This year's tree sale was a big success with over 60 volunteers including members, extended family and Troup 23 Boy Scouts. We had to substitute plugs for bare roots on the Western Red Cedar as the freezing weather damaged the seedlings. We only had 61 Shore Pine and 85 Japanese Larch left over. Most trees sold out by 11:35.
David New named a 2016 Conservation Leader
David New was named a 2016 Conservation Leader by the Snohomish Conservation District.
Forest Landowner Legal Issues
Leslie Clark, attorney with Phillips Burgess, presented a seminar on Forest Landowner Legal Issues in Burlington in October 2016. She made her handouts available to us. She covered trespass law, adverse possession, easements, recreational immunity, and a number of other timely topics.
Wefer Tree Farm Tour
Even though it was a very drippy day we had 28 attendees for this tour of a tree farm right next to I-5 above Lake Samish.
As part of the tour, the Wefer family provided documents they have used to help govern and organize their Tree Farm as the 3rd and 4th generation has taken over for 2nd generation family members. Copies of policies are available on Internal Controls and Partner Tree Cutting. Additionally, they create a Management Plan with a "To Do" list every year to document activities and provide breadcrumbs for themselves in future years and for future generations who will oversee the Tree Farm.
Chapter Governing Documents
Governing documents for the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association consist of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. If you would like to review either document, please click on the blue underlined words below.
- Whatcom Chapter Articles of Incorporation
- Whatcom Chapter Bylaws
- Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws history
Contact the Chapter President for more information: email@example.com