Paul Wagner of Darrington received a Special Award of Recognition at the meeting. Paul is a forester with Atterbury Consultants working with private forest landowners in northern Washington. He was recognized for his continuing efforts to promote professional forestry education and networking by organizing meetings and educational events in the North Puget Sound region. Paul spearheaded the 2010 WSSAF annual meeting in La Conner and most recently the Silvicultural Challenge between forestry students from the University of Washington and University of British Columbia.
Paula Kaiser of Covington, Wash., received a Special Award of Recognition. Paula is a graduate from the Natural Resources Program at Green River Community College and currently serves as the college’s forest land manager. She was cited by WSSAF for serving the past two years as the South Puget Sound Chapter Chair (largest in the state), networking GRCC students with forestry professionals, and leading efforts to design a new Working Forest display.
The Longview Chapter was named the Chapter of the Year for 2011. The chapter has a long tenure of state and local involvement in forestry in southwest Washington, ranging from annual forestry field day with Kelso students, to promoting Arbor Day events in Longview-Kelso to co-sponsoring the 2011 Joint Oregon-Washington State annual meeting in Portland. The chapter has 42 professional members. The Longview Chapter is currently chaired by Mike Johnson of Hancock Forest Resources and in 2011 was chaired by Patrick Allen of Sierra Pacific Industries.
Also receiving recognition were new Golden members that were honored with 50-year membership certificates, and Peter Heide, who was elected to Fellow last year, received his certificate.
John Walkowiak is the WSSAF Awards chair and also serves as District 1 Council representative. He can be reached at 360-534-1303 or email@example.com.