In this issue: WFFA 2016 Annual Meeting, ATFS 75th Celebration in Montesano, Alternate Plan Assistance, and more...
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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 or 360-388-7074.

Alternate Plan Assistance
An Unofficial Guide to Helping SFLO Alternate Plans Succeed

If you’re in need of more information about how a Small Forest Landowner Alternate Plan can help you better manage your tree farm, Ken Miller has your back. Ken has written a very complete guide to how this set of rules can work to your advantage. According to Ken:

“Forest and Fish provides small forest land owners (SFLOs) significant regulatory deference in Alternate Plans (APs) to offset the disproportionate impact of the rules where we can also show relatively low impact on stream functions. APs allowing additional harvesting can be very complex and intimidating, so few SFLOs take advantage of this opportunity. Eventually we believe much easier “template” versions will be available.

Until a low impact template is available, this unofficial document is intended to provide SFLOs with supplemental information to help you understand the process, and offer some hypothetical examples of potential strategies to demonstrate riparian protections in your particular AP application.”

The full article is available to WFFA members here. Ken will also develop a shorter summary for public use. And be sure to check out the June 4 Mini-Field Day at Ken and Bonnie’s Tree Farm (see Events in sidebar) - Ken will be expounding further on the ideas in his paper. Thanks, Ken!

Please note that the event previously listed as the DNR Field Day on 6-25 is the WSU/DNR Field Day.
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More Great Events Coming Up!

June 4:
South Sound Chapter
Mini Field Day at Ken & Bonnie Miller’s
Session topics will include harvesting closer to your streams with Alternate Plans, and Bonnie’s always popular quilt show-and-tell. Get the details here.

June 16:
Washington Hardwoods Commission Annual Symposium
Plan to “Experience an Alder Day in the Woods” by visiting Weyerhaeuser Red Alder plantations and learning more about: site productivity, planting site selection, plantation establishment, stand density management, and commercial thinning.  The timing of this event coincides perfectly with the WFFA Annual Meeting and the ATFS 75th Anniversary Celebration of Sustainable Forestry. Visit their website to register online.

June 25:
WSU/DNR Forest and Range Owners Field Day
This event will include classes and activities led by experts in forest and range health, wildlife habitat, grazing, soils, fire protection, and timber and non-timber forest products. Presenters will be available to answer questions specific to your needs and situation. Youth activities are available throughout the day!
Pre-registration: $20 per person, $30 for family.  Late registration $30 and $40. Brochure will provide specific location, list of classes, and registration form.

July 19:
Chehalis - Lewis County Chapter
To Thin or Not to Thin?
Tour of B&D Tree Farm, owned by Bryon & Donna Loucks and Annual Picnic.

July 21:
Grays Harbor Chapter
Growing Cedar
A tour of Andrej and Nancy Romanovsky’s tree farm near Brady. This event will showcase the work done at Tree Fever Farm that documents the results of different methods of protecting cedar seedlings in the field. An informational flier is available on the WFFA web site here. For further information, please contact

August 20:
Sequim, Olympic Peninsula
Forest Owners Field Day - Western Washington
Details will follow as the date draws closer.
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