Don Hanley has been named WSSAF 2019 Forester of The Year! Don has been a member of Society of American Foresters for 51 years. He is currently the chairman of WSSAF's Golden Members Appreciation Luncheon and a very active member of the South Puget Sound chapter. Don is Emeritus Extension Forester and Extension Professor with the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, at Washington State University. His expertise is in the area of silviculture for non-industrial private forests. Don is also an expert in windbreak applications for use in the arid regions of the Pacific Northwest. He
The Washington State Society of American Foresters (WSSAF) Foundation is continuing to award scholarships to community college and university students excited about pursuing careers in forestry. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 to 21 bright and worthy students.
Scholarships for the upcoming academic year of 2019 – 2020 are being awarded to Colleen Purefoy ($2,000), and Gustavo Segura ($1,000).
20th Anniversary of Forest and Fish – Past, Present & Future
May 2-4: Silverdale - 2019 WFFA Annual Meeting - 20th Anniversary of Forest and Fish - Past, Present & Future - Co-hosted by the Olympic, South Sound and Grays Harbor Chapters
Experienced wildfire manager to oversee state’s largest on-call fire agency, community preparedness, and community forestry outreach
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire. Geissler, who joined the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 29, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the state’s largest on-call fire department.
“George brings experienced leadership to our efforts to protect 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestland.” Franz said. “And as our new Washington State Forester, George will play a key role with all our communities across Washington.”
Geissler comes to DNR from Oklahoma where he served as the director of forestry services and state forester with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture where his duties included coordinating the department’s Forest Stewardship program, forest management planning, prescribed fire planning, financial analysis and technical assistance. He previously worked in private forest management and as a wildland firefighter and forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.
As of January 1, 2017, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the UW has been accredited by SAF for the Masters of Forest Resources and two undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) options within the Environmental Science and Resource Management degree. The Sustainable Forest Management option has been granted initial accreditation and the Natural Resource and Environmental Management option has been granted provisional accreditation.
In recognition for his exceptional work as a Tree Farm Inspector and his outreach efforts in promoting sustainable forestry across Washington State, Tom Westergreen received the Regional Outstanding Inspector of the Year 2017 award from the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
“I was very surprised the local committee nominated me,” Westergreen said. “It’s very kind of them to recognize the work I have done over the years.”
Washington State SAF is hosting our Fifth Annual Forest Products Legislative Reception. We want you to join us in this meet & greet style event that makes meeting and talking to legislators and colleagues fun and easy in a relaxed environment. Plus you can tour a very cool museum.
When: Thursday, January 19, 2017; 6:00-9:00 PM
Why did you decide to pursue a degree in forest management?