An opportunity to learn about the history of Pacific Northwest trees, the success of area tree farms and the potential to turn slash piles into jet fuel will be featured at the annual meeting of the Northeast Washington Farm Forestry Association (NEWFFA).
The meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Chewelah Golf and Country Club from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to register for the event by Feb. 1.
NEWFFA is a membership-based organization of private forest landowners that works to promote family forests by reducing the burden of costly regulations and taxes on private property.
NEWFFA will host several speakers, including Vik Yadama, who will explain how to use wood waste in the production of jet fuel. Yadama is a member of the outreach team for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and the Washington State University Extension. Yadama will share how logging byproducts like slash piles, usually seen as a nuisance, can actually propel new opportunities.
Author Jack Nisbet will also be presenting at the meeting on the life and research of Scottish naturalist David Douglas. Douglas conducted research and collection of various seeds and species of trees in the Northwest in 1825-1833. Nisbet will share what Douglas discovered two centuries ago and how it relates to Pacific Northwest forests today.
Breakout educational sessions geared for youth ages 14 to 18 will also be offered at the meeting. NEWFFA is providing free registration (including lunch) for the first 15 students to register.
NEWFFA will also honor the 2012 Washington Tree Farmer of the Year, Alan Walker, who will share his story.
The conference includes a soup and sandwich buffet lunch. Registration costs are $20 per adult, $10 per youth (18 and under). For more information, contact Patti Playfair at 936-3842 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Registration is available online at www.wafarmforestry.com.