WSSAF members from Washington's South Puget and Southwest Chapters were judges for the annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Forestry State Championship on April 29, 2016. The state championship for high school students alternates between eastern and western Washington locations every year. In 2014 and 2016, the state championship was held at Lincoln Tree Farm, north of Eatonville. Coordinators for the event were John Gross (Longview chapter) and Dick and Paula Hopkins (South Puget Chapter). WSSAF judges were:
- Team Issues - Make Farnum of South Puget Sound
- Compass and Pacing - Chuck Lorenz of Southwest
- Timber Cruising - Gene McCaul of South Puget Sound
- Equipment ID - Tom Hanson of South Puget Sound
- Tree Disorders - Dave Cass of South Puget Sound
- Map Interpretation - Loren Hiner of Southwest
- Tree ID - Candra Grimm of Southwest
- Chainsaw ID and Troubleshooting - Dick Hopkins of South Puget Sound
- Written Exam - Paula Hopkins of South Puget Sound
Again, Mt. Baker High School placed first to go on to the national championship in Indianapolis in October. Second place was Wenatchee High School; third place was Colville High School. Ten teams from nine schools participated. The closest school came from Puyallup High School; Centralia High School had their first team in 30 years.
If SAF members would like to help coach and mentor forestry teams in the future, please contact John Gross or Dick and Paula Hopkins.