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In this issue: WFFA 2016 Annual Meeting Announcement, Seedling Sales, Log Selling Symposium, and more...
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Save the Date: WFFA Annual Meeting and ATFS 75th Anniversary Celebration

WFFA 2016 Annual Meeting
Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia
The Annual Meeting will feature an all-day program with an excellent line-up of speakers, luncheon celebration of the 75th anniversary Tree Farmer of the Year, and evening banquet. This year we are opening up registration to selected groups of non-members. We will be encouraging local SAF and agency staff to join us as we ‘tell our story’ with recordings to be used for future outreach. More information coming soon!

American Tree Farm System 75th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Montesano High School
Join tree farmers and foresters from around the state to celebrate the 75th anniversary of sustainable forestry at the home of the oldest certified tree farm in North America! The celebration includes a morning program and options for guided tours to several sites in the afternoon. The public is welcome and encouraged to come. Co-sponsors for this major event include the Washington Farm Forestry Association, the Washington Tree Farm Program, the City of Montesano, and the Society of American Foresters. Watch for more information.

It Must be Spring - Lots is Happening in the Woods!

1. DOE Grants
Due Date & Time: February 21, 5 pm
The Department of Ecology (DOE) is proposing to grant $137 million to fund clean water projects across Washington. These projects include: 1) Skagit County Public Utility District No. 1 $1.6 million to purchase and retain forested land above Gilligan Creek to protect a source of public drinking water. The project will reduce risks of sediment delivery, chemical pollution, temperature impacts, and landslides to the stream. 2) The Nooksack Indian Tribe would receive $139,000 to restore 51 acres of forest along the South Fork Nooksack River. Mature trees will shade and cool the river, help filter pollution, and create large woody debris for salmon habitat and natural stream function. Maps, project descriptions and proposed funding amounts can be found here. The proposed funding is contingent on a final state 2016 Supplemental Budget and federal grants. Spending could begin as early as July 1, 2016. To submit comments on the proposed projects, email Daniel Thompson: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov. (A public comment session on proposed funding amounts was held on 2/5/16 at the Pierce County Library in Tacoma.)

2. DNR Solicitation: Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Competitive Grants
Due Date & Time: February 29, 2016, 4:30 pm
Funds for this project are through a grant made available from the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking their partners and stakeholders to help develop their LSR requests. A LSR grant can help you: restore small private forestlands; plan for, plant, and manage trees in urban areas; and help small forest landowners preserve their working forestlands. To find eligibility requirements, a description of the proposals being sought, links to guidance documents, and key deadlines, and to submit a letter of interest, go to dnr.wa.gov/lsrDNR RFP 16-41 Contact: Jonathan Guzzo, 360-902-1229, jonathan.guzzo@dnr.wa.gov

3. Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association Seedling Sale
Saturday, March 19, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Northwest Washington Fair Grounds in the Henry Jansen Agricultural Center. Fifteen species offered at 90¢ each. More information: http://www.wafarmforestry.com/Whatcom

4. Clark County Farm Forestry Association Seedling Sale
Saturday, March 19, 8 am to Noon
Where: Albertson’s, 2108 W. Main St., Battle Ground, WA 98604
With assistance from Washington State University Master Gardeners. More information: http://www.wafarmforestry.com/Clark

5. Emerging Biofuel Options for San Juan Forests
Saturday, March 19, 12-5 pm  •  Friday Harbor, WA
Where: San Juan County Council Chambers, 55 2nd St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Learn about new ways to improve your forest’s health and use low value wood. Topics include: Options for Using Woody Biomass, Biochar Manufacture, All Things Firewood, Thinning in the San Juans, and more. Workshops have a limited number of spaces, so register soon: http://sanjuans-biofuels.eventbrite.com

6. Mt. Adams Chapter Spring Meeting: Habitat for Birds
Saturday, March 26, 1-4 pm  •  White Salmon Library
Biologist Cathy Flick will talk about habitat for cavity-using birds and Vic Blandine will talk about building bluebird boxes. Cathy will offer as a door prize the book Birds in Nest Boxes: How to Help, Study, and Enjoy Birds When Snags Are Scarce by Charlotte C. Corkran and Vic will offer a bluebird box as a door prize.
More information: mtadams@wafarmforestry.com

7. The Fisher Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) is pending publication in the Federal Registrar. Once it is published there will be a 30-day comment period. The expected decision on a listing will be April 7th. If you wish to sign up for the Fisher CCAA, you must do so before the listing date: no later than April 6th. For more information on the Fisher, the CCAA, and enrolling in the program, please contact Gary Bell at 360-902-2412 or Gary.Bell@dfw.wa.gov.
Learn more about the Fisher CCAA here: https://sflonews.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/small-forest-landowners-needed-to-help-in-fisher-recovery/

Upcoming WSU Event:
Selling Logs from Your Property

This event is a “comprehensive educational symposium for landowners” hosted by WSU Extension Forestry to be held on March 11-12 at Green River Community College in Auburn. Topics include:
•  Timber sale fundamentals
•  Selling methods
•  Types of sales
•  Types of buyers
•  Getting fair value for your logs
•  Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a landowner
•  What a forestry consultant can offer you
•  How to select a logger
•  Permitting requirements and harvest regulations
•  and more...
 
The speakers include consulting foresters, experienced landowners, log buyers, loggers, and representatives from the DNR and the Department of Revenue (DOR). The agenda includes classroom sessions, panel discussions, a field trip, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch.

The cost for individual registration is $23/person before March 3 and $30/person March 3 or later. For couples, registration is $33/couple before March 3 and $40/couple March 3 or later. Student and Master Gardener discounts are available.


Call 206-263-1128 for more information. Details and registration: http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/timbersymposium/

GIS Course

Would you like to learn how to utilize Geographical Information System (GIS) to help manage your tree farm? Centralia College East is offering a non-credit course at a reduced tuition rate. Click here for course details, the course flyer and the course letter. Class begins April 8.

Scholarship Deadline Approaching

In 2016, WFFA is proud to offer the first scholarship from the Steve Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarship Fund. Scholarship details and an application are available here. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.

A BIG Thank You to Our 2016 Patrons!

Platinum Plus
Port Blakely Tree Farms

Platinum
Alta Forest Products
Green Crow
O'Neill Pine Company
Weyerhaeuser Company

Gold
American Forest Management, Inc.
Great Western Lumber Company
Green Diamond Resource Company
Jones Stevedoring Company
Northwest Hardwoods
Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Co, Inc.
WestRock

Silver
Atkins Tree Farm LLC
Bloedel Timberlands Development, Inc.
Boise Cascade LLC
Cascade Hardwood LLC
GreenWood Resources
Idaho Forest Group
M&R Services Company
Manke Lumber Company
Pacific Denkmann Company
RSG Forest Products, Inc.
Stevenson Land Company

Bronze
A.L.R.T. Corporation
Columbia Vista Corporation
Giustina Resources
IFA Nurseries, Inc.
Millwood Timber, Inc.
Northwind Forest Consultants LLC
Silvaseed Company
Washington Hardwoods Commission

Copper
Drummond Timber LLC
Pursley Logging Company, Inc.
Schermer Construction, Inc.
Tudor LLC
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