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Washington Tree Farm Program News
Spring 2017
Letter from the Chair:
Know your standards, celebrate
the people who make this
program great...
Tammie Perreault
Last week - I was in Yakima speaking
about Tree Farm Certification at the
Washington Society of American
Foresters meeting. My talk covered the
2015-2020 standards for American
Tree Farm Systems. Its important for
every Tree Farmer, no matter how long
you have been certified, to understand
the most recent standards. You can
download a copy here or send an email
to info@watreefarm.org to have a copy
mailed to you.
If you are being inspected this year you
will likely need to fill out an addendum
to ensure your management plan meets
the 2015-2020 Standards. You can
learn more about this simple form
here. If you need help getting ready for
On May 5th, we will honor Tree
Farmers and Volunteers at our Annual
Awards Luncheon. You may remember
Tom Westergreen was honored as State
Inspector at this luncheon last year-and now he is the National Inspector of
the Year!
We hold this event in conjunction with
our partner organization, Washington
Farm Forestry Association, during their
annual meeting. We hope you will join
us in Bothell for our Annual Awards
Luncheon. You can register to attend
here: http://www.wafarmforestry.com/
your inspection don't hesitate to
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contact us!
At the end of my talk in Yakima, I
received an unexpected honor from one
of our most well-known volunteers-Andy Perleberg. Andy quietly presented
me with the vintage Tree Farm pin in
the picture above. He told me the story
of how he was given this pin from the
late (great) Don Theoe who mentored
Andy as a new Inspector. What an
It is a reminder that the Tree Farm sign
is about not just Certification--it is
about the people who come together
over generations to make our State
program strong.
The second day of their annual meeting
will be a field tour of Crystal Lake Tree
Farm--certified since 1982. Come out
and see what your fellow Tree Farmers
are doing!
I hope you will join Tree Farmers and
volunteers to honor our past and
celebrate our future.
As always, if you have any questions or
recommendations about Washington
Tree Farm Program. Please feel free to
call me at (360) 515-1340 or email at
Congratulations to the National Tree Farm
Inspector of the Year
Tom Westergreen is presented the National Outstanding Inspector of the
Year Award by Tom Martin, President and CEO of American Forest
American Tree Farm System Honors Tom Westergreen
as 2017 National Outstanding Inspector of the Year
The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is pleased to recognize Tom Westergreen
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of Sumas, Washington as the 2017 National Outstanding Inspector of the Year.
Westergreen was selected from among four regional winners for his exceptional onthe-ground work with family forest owners in Washington and commitment to the
American Tree Farm System.
The Outstanding Inspector of the Year award annually recognizes forest inspectors for
exceptional sustainable forest management and exemplary work for ATFS. The award
was presented on February 23 at the 2017 ATFS National Leadership Conference in
Greenville, South Carolina.
“Tom does what he loves most: talking to, sharing with, and learning from his fellow
Tree Farmers,” said Tom Martin, president and CEO of the American Forest
Foundation, which manages ATFS. “He uses his personal story to help other
landowners understand the importance of sustainable forest management and
recognizes that his role as an Inspector goes beyond assigned reviews.”
Westergreen has a life-long passion for tree farming and ATFS. He was raised on and
currently manages his family tree farm, land that has been sustainably managed by his
family since 1888. It is one of the oldest Tree Farms in Washington, having been
recognized by ATFS for decades. He became an ATFS Inspector in the early 1980’s and
currently serves as a Region Inspection Coordinator in Washington.
Westergreen is an active member of the forestry community in Washington. For
example, he has testified at state legislative committee hearings on topics and issues
that are important to Washington’s landowners and forests. He is also responsible for
developing and overseeing the Whatcom Women in Timber “Woods Tour,” an annual
event that for more than 30 years has taken the public out to the woods to see
sustainable forestry management first-hand. Westergreen was nominated by the
Washington Tree Farm Program.
The 2017 Regional Outstanding Inspectors of the Year, all with outstanding
accomplishments, are Derek Albers of Maryland, Michael Hughey of Mississippi and
Christine Walroth of Wisconsin.
2017 Milestones
Two Tree Farms are being recognized in 2017 for being certified for 50
years! Congratulations to:
John Kingsbury
Elizabeth Lonseth
Being recognized for 25 years certified this year are:
Dale Arola
Jim Durkos
Bill Fisher
Doug Windes
Jeanine Brigham
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Cyril Grose
William Armbruster
Joyce Curtis
Allen Rolfson
Pacific Education Institute
Bringing Students to Your Tree
Would you like to share your passion
for your tree farm with students in your
local community, but don't know how
or where to start?
The Pacific Education Institute (PEI)
through their Project Learning Tree
(PLT) affiliation has received a grant to
bring tree farmers and teachers
together for a one-day workshop in
early August (date/location TBD) to
experience PLT lessons that prepare
students for a forest site visit as well as
develop lessons that can be tailored to a
specific tree farm.
PEI envisions scientifically literate
citizens making balanced decisions for
a thriving future. To accomplish this
our mission is to deepen student
engagement by empowering educators
to take students outdoors to learn
integrated, real-world science.
We work to deliver authentic careerconnected learning with a balanced
perspective. Project Learning Tree is a
national program of the American
Forest Foundation (AFF) that has
developed Project Learning Tree
Activity Guides. These are engaging
lessons that address what a forest is,
why they are important, what products
we get from them, and how they are
managed. Find out more about
National PLT at www.plt.org.
Another valuable resource for
landowners is Walk in the Forest which
was developed by AFF and Society of
American Foresters (SAF) to provide
forest land owners with guidance to
having teachers, community leaders,
and children visit their managed forests
in a meaningful way.
PEI values our partnerships with Tree
Farmers and hope you can participate
with us in August. If you would like
more information about us, the
resources mentioned or the workshop
contact Denise Buck, PEI Program &
Operations Director at
Idaho Forest Group Mills pays a Premium
In the last newsletter we talked about the Idaho Forest Group offering an additional
$5.00 per thousand foot over their printed prices for logs from certified Tree Farms. Of
that amount, they send $4.50 to the landowner and $.50 to the State program where the
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logs were harvested. This generous program has brought in several thousand dollars to
Washington Tree Farm Program. Some have asked us where are these mills are
located? Idaho Forest Group has mills throughout the entire Idaho Panhandle. Movie
Springs, Laclede, Chilco, Lewiston, and Grangeville.
If you are interest in selling to them log onto www.ifg.com click on the "timber" tab
and enter your contact info in the "contact a forester" tab. You can also call (208) 7726033 to reach one of the log accountants directly.
Is your chainsaw ready for spring?
By John Keeler
Are you getting ready to do some management activities, maybe a thinning? Then
make sure your chainsaw is as ready as you are. Chainsaw inspection and
maintenance are critical to its mechanical integrity and safety. The following
checklist is designed to help you operate your chainsaw properly.
Make sure fasteners on your chainsaw are snug.
Check the AV system and ensure the buffers are in place and not worn, broken
or damaged.
Check your air filter often. If your filter is dirty, clean the filter according to
manufacturer directions or replace the filter.
Check the chain on your saw when on idle. If the chain moves when the saw is
idling, adjust the saw’s idle using the proper adjustment screw on the
Check your muffler and spark arrestor according to you saw’s maintenance
Inspect the bar, chain and sprocket frequently. Don't forget to install a new
sprocket after every two chains wear out.
Keep your saw chain sharp. File the chain with a few light strokes on each
tooth using a file and guide each time your refuel, even if you think the chain is
already sharp.
Replace worn, cracked or damaged chains immediately.
Check and maintain your bar. Inspect the guide bar body, grooves and rails for
damage, wear, and debris. Repair minor nicks with a flat file.
When reinstalling your guide bar, always place the bar with the opposite side
up from when you last took it off.
Finally, check your chain brake to make sure it engages and disengages
Most owner’s manuals feature a chart detailing the maintenance you should perform
and at what intervals. If you are unable to perform any of these functions, return
your chain saw to an authorized dealer for inspection and maintenance.
Upcoming Events
We have many great events lined up in 2017. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and visit
www.watreefarm.org to find out more.
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Washington Tree Farm Program Quarterly Meetings
April 13th, 2017
July 13th, 2017
October 12th, 2017
Please email info@watreefarm.org for information. Everyone is Welcome!
Washington Tree Farm Program Awards Luncheon
May 5th, Bothell, WA
WSU Field Days and Coached Planning
Fall Forestry Seminar!
The best educational event for small landowners is returning to Vancouver, WA in Fall 2017
Join us in Washington D.C., American Forest Foundation Advocacy Day
October 3-4
Interested? chair@watreefarm.org
Lost in the woods?
Has your email, phone or address changed since your
last inspection? If so we might not be able to locate
you. Please take the time to send us an email with any
changes so we can contact you.
If you have questions, suggestions, or comments about this newsletter, please
contact Elizabeth Ide at info@watreefarm.org or 360-602-1603.
If you have interest in volunteering with Washington Tree Farm Program's
committee, please send a letter of interest/qualifications to the address below.
Washington Tree Farm Program
P.O. Box 1814
Olympia, WA 98507
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