During the first week of April, the WSSAF had their annual meeting attended by foresters, spouses and friends. It was held along the shores of Lake Chelan at Campbell’s resort.
The program focused on dry forest restoration strategies and treatments with an outstanding cadre of speakers from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a non-governmental organization, and a consultant from British Columbia. These presentations were excellent and provided ample time for questions and answers.
A highlight of the meeting was the Thursday evening banquet where WSSAF Chair Ellie Lathop presented the Chapter of the Year award to Paula Hopkins, chair of South Puget Sound Chapter. Adrian Miller, Longview Timber, was selected the Forester of the Year. Three members were awarded 50-year Golden memberships: James Hertel, Richard Pierson, and Robert Wiggins. We were very fortunate to have Bob Wiggins in attendance. He shared some of his history and thoughtful words of wisdom, including: maintaining the status quo means being left behind; different approaches can get similar results; The phrase: “I’ll believe it when I see it” really means I’ll see it when I believe it—you choose to believe; and we cannot predict the future, but we can sure help create it! Congratulations to all.
The after-dinner speaker was Jack Nisbet, the Author of The Collector and David Douglas – A Naturalist at Work amongst other works. Mr. Nisbet delivered a wonderfully inspiring talk on David Douglas the early botanist. His focus was Douglas’s work in the Pacific Northwest.
Before the meeting, the WSSAF Executive Committee met. The committee is working on two important policy statements addressing Working Forests and Forestry Education. Please watch for other communications on these two topics.
On Friday, Dale Swedberg, Sinlahekin Wildlife Area manager, led a superb field trip addressing prescribed fire benefits to wildlife. The Sinlahekin is an exceptionally well-managed wildlife area and a hidden “gem” in the dry forests southwest of Loomis, Wash.
We wish to thank Michelle Ellis, Terry Orton, and Andy Perleberg for all their work making this meeting a success.
We would also like to acknowledge financial support from: Bureau of Land Management; Green Crow Company; Green Crow Timber, LLC; Green Diamond Resource Company; Hancock Forest Management, Inc.; Tom Hanson; Longview Timber, Corp; Merrill & Ring; Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.; Port Blakely Tree Farms, LP; West Fork Timber Company; and Weyerhaeuser Company.