Washington State SAF

Washington State

Don't Miss Out! Register Now for the Fall Forestry Seminar!

The premier forestry educational seminar is returning to Southwest Washington!
This year’s theme, "Forest Health: How do I know if my forest is healthy?" 
 
Key speakers include: Dr. Jenny Glass of the WSU Puyallup Plant and Insect Lab, Dr. David Shaw of OSU, and Dr. Georg Ziegltrum of Washington Forest Protection Association. See attached schedule for details of this educational program.

Glacier Peak Institute Seed Orchard Project

Earlier this month SAF members partnered with Glacier Peak Institute to take middle school students from Darrington, Washington, for a week of hands-on learning about forestry and natural resources at the Darrington Seed Orchard located on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  Students learned about tree growth and the importance of genetics, how climate change can affect forest health, rivers and water pollution, the 10 Essentials for hiking, energy transfers in nature, invasive plants, wildlife and salmon habitat, and practiced using a crosscut saw.  They also helped clear undesired trees from the Orchard and built slash piles to reduce fire risk.  Thanks to the SAF Forester’s Fund and the North Puget Sound Chapter for providing the funding that made this possible!  And thanks to all the other volunteers who helped these kids connect with the Forest in their backyard!

CLICK HERE to read the in-depth article on the Glacier Peak Institute website!

SAF Accredits Three University of Washington Degree Programs

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.

Tom Westergreen Awarded Regional Outstanding Inspector of the Year

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.”