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Franz Names Geissler as State Forester and Supervisor of Wildfire Operations

Experienced wildfire manager to oversee state’s largest on-call fire agency, community preparedness, and community forestry outreach

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Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire. Geissler, who joined the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 29, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the state’s largest on-call fire department.

   “George brings experienced leadership to our efforts to protect 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestland.” Franz said. “And as our new Washington State Forester, George will play a key role with all our communities across Washington.”

Geissler comes to DNR from Oklahoma where he served as the director of forestry services and state forester with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture where his duties included coordinating the department’s Forest Stewardship program, forest management planning, prescribed fire planning, financial analysis and technical assistance. He previously worked in private forest management and as a wildland firefighter and forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.

Legislative Day on the Hill!

Tell Your Tree Farm Story 
in Olympia on January 18th!
A coalition of forestry partners, including the WFFA, have coordinated efforts for three great events on January 18, 2017. View the event flier here. We will begin with a Legislative Day on the Hill, where WFFA members will make appointments to share their tree farm stories with their legislators, we will then have the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Franz and close the day with a Forest Products Legislative Reception.
 

Apply Now! Foundation Scholarship 2018-2019

2018-19 WASHINGTON STATE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS FOUNDATON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Washington State Society of American Foresters (WSSAF) is accepting scholarship applications from students pursuing an education in Forestry.  The scholarship is available to individuals who will be attending, full time during the 2018–2019 school year, a Forestry Program at one of the following schools:

Don't Miss Out! Register Now for the Fall Forestry Seminar!

The premier forestry educational seminar is returning to Southwest Washington!
This year’s theme, "Forest Health: How do I know if my forest is healthy?" 
 
Key speakers include: Dr. Jenny Glass of the WSU Puyallup Plant and Insect Lab, Dr. David Shaw of OSU, and Dr. Georg Ziegltrum of Washington Forest Protection Association. See attached schedule for details of this educational program.

Glacier Peak Institute Seed Orchard Project

Earlier this month SAF members partnered with Glacier Peak Institute to take middle school students from Darrington, Washington, for a week of hands-on learning about forestry and natural resources at the Darrington Seed Orchard located on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  Students learned about tree growth and the importance of genetics, how climate change can affect forest health, rivers and water pollution, the 10 Essentials for hiking, energy transfers in nature, invasive plants, wildlife and salmon habitat, and practiced using a crosscut saw.  They also helped clear undesired trees from the Orchard and built slash piles to reduce fire risk.  Thanks to the SAF Forester’s Fund and the North Puget Sound Chapter for providing the funding that made this possible!  And thanks to all the other volunteers who helped these kids connect with the Forest in their backyard!

CLICK HERE to read the in-depth article on the Glacier Peak Institute website!