WFPA Board appoints Jason Spadaro interim executive director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2021 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, (360) 791-9372 Olympia, Wash. – The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) executive committee has named Jason Spadaro as its interim executive director. Spadaro’s unanimous appointment as interim executive director follows the sudden passing of longtime executive director, Mark Doumit, on June 21, 2021. “Mark, the dedicated WFPA staff and the … Read More

Washington Forest Protection Association announces sudden passing of Executive Director Mark Doumit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 22, 2021 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, (360)791-9372 Olympia, Wash. – The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) is profoundly saddened to announce today that its Executive Director, Mark Doumit, passed unexpectedly Monday (June 21). Doumit was 59. Since 2006, Doumit served as WFPA executive director, advocating for private forestland owners and championing the critical role the forestry … Read More

Gov. Inslee approves forestry industry carbon bill


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Olympia, Wash. (March 25, 2020) – Today, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law ESSHB 2528, legislation acknowledging the essential role Washington state’s forestry industry and working forests play in removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and affirming it is in the public’s interest to support all aspects of a fully integrated forest sector in the state. The … Read More

Washington state family given national outstanding tree farmer of the year award for habitat restoration


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 5, 2019) – Today, the American Tree Farm System awarded the New family of Bellingham, Washington the National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year honor from among more than 73,000 certified Tree Farmers nationwide, thanks to their efforts to restore a portion of a critical watershed to help a threatened species in their state. … Read More

2019 legislative session results overall good for forestland owners


The 2019 legislative session wrapped up with a flurry of activity during the final days of the session. Around-the-clock legislating happened as lawmakers worked to conclude on time. A whopping 2,208 bills were introduced over the course of the 105-day session. Things moved fast; capacity was stretched thin. But from that hard work, groundbreaking new policies in environmental law, tax … Read More

Washington Farm Forestry annual meeting celebrates 20th anniversary of Forests & Fish Law


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 29, 2019 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, 360-791-9372 or Elaine Oneil, 360-388-8033 US Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and other leaders in natural resources and forestry will speak at the annual Washington Farm Forestry Association meeting May 3-4 in Silverdale. Organizers of the yearly event, which represents 1,300 independent small woodland owners, say the annual meeting offers … Read More

Washington forestry association celebrates its 110th anniversary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 7, 2018 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, 360-791-9372 The Washington Forest Protection Association, the trade association for the state’s private forest landowners, is celebrating its 110th anniversary at its annual meeting on Thursday in Olympia. WFPA was founded in 1908 when leaders in the timber business mailed letters to timberland owners inviting them to form a voluntary … Read More