2009 WFPA Annual Meeting Messages From President Robert Meier and Executive Director Mark Doumit
WFPA 2009 Annual Report
2009 WFPA Annual Meeting Registration Form
Green Diamond Resource Company put the finishing touches on a busy summer of work tht included removal of a Tacoma Power diversion dam and replacement of three outdated road culverts.
Conservationists, timber companies and environmentalists announce their support for recently introduced federal legislation to create Community Forestry bonds. Lands purchased with the new bonds would remain in private ownership and still be logged, and also carry a permanent conservation easement under which it could not be developed.
Seattle's Washington Policy Center announced that its 2009 Environmental Innovator Award will be presented to Bruce Lippke, Professor of Forest Economics at the University of Washington. Lippke is being recognized for his consistently thoughtful, scientific and innovative work on forest sustainability.
Stan Mueller, co-owner of the Mueller-Sack Tree Farm, was named 2009 Tree Farmer of the Year. Mueller received his award from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark during the Washington Farm Forestry Association's annual meeting on May 29-30, 2009.
WFPA launched its new television and internet advertising campaign today, asking the question, "What Does the Forest Mean to You?" The campaign will air statewide on major networks and cable television, and can be seen on www.forestsandfish.com
Governor Gregoire today signed Senate Bill 5401, creating a habitat open space program to facilitate strategic acquisitions of the Northern Spotted Owl and other endangered species habitat located on private lands.
Governor Gregoire today signed Senate Bill 5562, amending the definition of "forest practice" in the nuisance law and shielding forest landowners from litigation in the future.
Governor Gregoire signed legislation that helps the Department of Natural Resources create energy from wood waste in Washington State's forest. In addition to utilizing forest biomass to generate carbon-neutral renewable energy, the projects will create jobs and improve forest health.
The Washington Tree Farm Program announced nominees for the 2009 Tree Farmer of the Year. For additional information, go to www.watreefarm.org
In a recent story published by the Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine, WFPA's Georg Ziegltrum commented on the elusive and destructive Mountain Beaver, and its impact on commercial forest operations.
Dr. Margaret Tudor is honored by the Washington State Senate for her efforts to emphasize the importance of the outdoors in the study of science and development of the K-12 Science Education Standards in Washington State.
A special work group of public, private, environmental, and forestry interests appointed by the Washington State Forest Practices Board jointly testified is supporting HB 1484 -- which would create a habitat open space program to purchase land or conservation easements for federally listed threatened and endangered species such as the northern spotted owl.
In October 2008, stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives convened at the NW Environmental Forum to examine the challenges forestry and forest management is facing. This Forum has provided an opportunity to examine data, review the outcome of recent research and collaborate on how to maintain Washington's forested landscape. Participants agreed on six actions that would assist in maintaining Washington forests.
WFPA 2008 Annual Report
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $900,000 in Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-Wet) grants to five Pacific Northwest recipients, including the Pacific Education Institute (PEI).