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In this issue2017 Annual Meeting; Bigleaf Maple Decline Study, Tree Farming on the Key and more...
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  Annual Meeting 
Tree Farmers Do It All - Wood, Water, Recreation and Wildlife

Don't miss out on the exciting features of the 2017 Annual Meeting, including the Talents of WFFA Art Exhibit, two field tours (to the Fritch Mill on Thursday and to Crystal Lake Tree Farm on Saturday) and so much more. The Upper Puget Sound Chapter of WFFA will be hosting our Annual Meeting on May 4-6 in the Bothell/Woodinville area. Read all the details in the Annual Meeting Brochure; the Registration Form and driving directions are attached for those who have not yet registered. Please note that if your membership account has an email linked to it, you will ONLY be receiving your Annual Meeting Registration Packet electronically. We save on cost by only mailing paper copies to our members who do not have an email account.

Please register early as space is limited for the Thursday tour of the Fritch Mill and Friday's Washington Tree Farm Program Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.  The Hilton Garden Inn discounted room rate of $124 (plus tax) is only guaranteed through April 13.

Quick and Easy Registration - Once you complete your registration form, you can either:

  1. mail it in with a check
  2. mail it in with your credit card information included;
  3. fill in your credit card information, scan it and email it in; 
  4. or you can call Kelly Zandell with your registration information and credit card details and she'll fill out a form for you.
Whatever is easiest for you! Kelly is available at info@wafarmforestry.com or 360-388-7074. 

We look forward to seeing you in May!

 Legislative Update

Heather Hansen, our WFFA Government Relations Consultant, has prepared the attached WFFA Legislative Update. Upcoming hearings and bills that are of important to our members are detailed. If you have questions, please contact Heather at hhansen@wafarmforestry.com.



Bigleaf Maple Decline Study: Opportunity to Improve Your Stand

There is a noted decline in bigleaf maples in Washington State. DNR Forest Pathologist, Amy Ramsey, is partnering with University of Washington Graduate Student, Jake Betzen, on a study of this affected species. Jake is the primary contact for landowners who have bigleaf maple on their property. The study details the methodology that will be used to sample both affected and unaffected trees. The process basically involves taking 2-3 tree cores from each bigleaf maple (up to three) as well as from three non-bigleaf maple trees, taking a small clipping of leaves from the three bigleaf maples, and ten 1" diameter, 30 centimeter deep, soil cores from the ground around the trees. These methods are all designed to be minimally damaging and shouldn't cause any problems for your trees. WFFA members have already agreed to be study participants. If you too are interested in assisting with this study, please email Jake at jakebetzen@gmail.com.


Timber Clips

Please enjoy this March 31 Timber Clips listing of informative links prepared by Cindy Mitchell and our friends at WFPA.

Tree Farming on the Key Peninsula

This positive article about tree farming appeared in the March 2nd issue of the Key Peninsula News.  All three of the tree farmers featured in the article are WFFA members. What a great example of Telling Our Tree Farm Stories!

Cutting Trees to Save the Forest

This article supports thinning forests in Washington's Cascades to reduce fire risk. The Nature Conservancy is looking to make the dry forests of Washington's Central Cascades more resilient to fire.

Thanks to our 2017 Patrons!
 
Platinum Plus
Port Blakely Tree Farms
Washington Forest Protection Association
 
Platinum
Alta Forest Products
Hemphill-O'Neill Company*
O'Neill Pine Company
RSG Forest Products, Inc. - EAO
Sierra Pacific Industries
 
Gold
American Forest Management
Cascade Hardwood LLC
Grandy Lake Forest Associates LLC
Great Western Lumber Company
Green Diamond Resource Company
Hampton Affiliates
Jones Stevedoring Company
Northwest Hardwoods
WestRock
 
Silver
Atkins Tree Farm LLC
Bloedel Timberlands Development, Inc.
Boise Cascade Company
Four Seasons Forestry Services, Inc.*
GreenWood Resources
Hama Hama Company
Jorgensen Timber LLC
Millwood Timber, Inc.
Pacific Denkmann Company
Pope Resources - EAO
Pursley Logging Company, Inc. - EAO
Stevenson Land Company
Timber Services, Inc.
Western Timber, Inc.* - EAO

Bronze
A.L.R.T. Corporation
Cowlitz River Rigging, Inc.
IFA Nurseries, Inc.
NorthWind Forest Consultants LLC
R. L. Smith Logging, Inc.*
Schermer Construction, Inc.
Silvaseed Company
Washington Hardwoods Commission
 
Copper
Berrigan Forestry, Inc.* - EAO
Drummond Timber LLC
Erickson Logging, Inc.*
Tudor LLC
 
Special thanks to our:
*New 2017 Patrons
EAO - Education, Advocacy and Outreach Patrons
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