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.
Paul Wagner of Darrington received a Special Award of Recognition at the meeting. Paul is a forester with Atterbury Consultants working with private forest landowners in northern Washington. He was recognized for his continuing efforts to promote professional forestry education and networking by organizing meetings and educational events in the North Puget Sound region.
On May 19th, Pam Phillips (GRCC graduate) and Amy Kroll (DNR pathologist) gave a presentation to the South Puget Sound Society of American Foresters in the Green River Community College 'school forest' on Phellinus sulphurascens, a destructive and often fatal root rot disease that affects the root systems of Douglas-fir trees.
The North Olympic Chapter of Washington State SAF hosted a biomass tour for over 80 community leaders from the Port Angeles-Port Townsend area. Led and organized by Chapter Chair Harry Bell, along with chapter members John Calhoun, Cam Field, Martha Hurd and Tom Swanson, the tour included stops at the Herman Bros/Evergreen Fiver biomass facilities and field operations. Participants learned about biomass production and transportation, benefits of biomass harvesting, and efforts to minimize site impacts.