By now you have heard a lot about the two back-to-back events that are on tap for June. Anticipation has been building for this year’s WFFA Annual Meeting on June 17 in Olympia, Washington. Many hours have been devoted to developing an extremely interesting and relevant program.
Dr. Klaus Puettmann, Edmund Hayes Professor in Silviculture Alternatives at Oregon State University, will set the stage for our day by exploring how small forest landowners and complex systems theory of forested ecosystems have a lot in common. We’ll illustrate these ideas with inspiring stories from our tree farmers that truly reflect the kind of diversity we maintain across the landscape.
The Tree Farmer of the Year luncheon this year will celebrate our oldest certified tree farms and include a keynote from Tom Martin, President of the American Forest Foundation. In the afternoon we have Stephen Bernath, Deputy Supervisor for Forest Practices at the Department of Natural Resources, who will contribute his perspective on adaptive management as a tool to support landowner goals while protecting forest resources.
Stephen will be followed by three very compelling stories that reflect how we as landowners take on the challenge of managing riparian zones with the current alternate plan framework. We finish up the day with some music and storytelling by Ken Bevis, DNR Stewardship Wildlife Biologist. Come join us for an enjoyable and educational event.
On the following day, we’ll head out to Montesano, Home of the Tree Farm, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of tree farming. This public event will open with some words from Pat Clemons, the granddaughter of Charles H. Clemons Sr., for whom the first Tree Farm was named. We move on to a compelling story from William Stewart, a multi-generational tree farmer, and end with architect Susan Jones’ story of how our seedlings will be used in tall wood buildings in the cities of the future.
Between these two book-ends of growth and ultimate use, elected officials and agency leaders will talk about the significance of small forest landowners as a critical part of our rural economy, environment and social fabric. The American Tree Farm System National Office will offer a wider perspective on the importance of looking forward, while building on where we have come from over the past 75 years.
We’ll close with a ceremony honoring tree farmers who epitomize what it is to be Stewards of the Land, and then head out for some interesting forester-led guided tours of Lake Sylvia State Park. The public is invited.
The Society of American Foresters has granted continuing education (CFE) credits for both the WFFA meeting and the ATFS celebration. Each day has 4.0 hours of approved Category 1 CFE credits.
For more details, view the Annual Meeting Brochure and Registration Form. If you have questions about the Annual Meeting or ATFS 75th Anniversary Celebration, contact Kelly Zandell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-388-7074.