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Kitsap Peninsula tree farm one of four nominated for state award

OLYMPIA — Family-owned tree farms on the Kitsap Peninsula, Camano Island, and near Chehalis and Olympia are among the nominees for the 2013 Washington Tree Farmer of the Year.

The award is administered by the Washington Tree Farm Program, a group of small forest landowners, and is based on the farmer’s stewardship, management plan, timber health, innovation and community involvement.

The 2013 winner will be announced April 26 at the Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) annual meeting in Tacoma.

The Washington Tree Farm Program is co-sponsored by the WFFA and the Washington Forest Protection Association. The nominations for Tree Farmer of the Year are made by local WFFA chapters and volunteer inspectors, and the winner is selected by the Washington Tree Farm Program.

The nominees include Woodpecker Tree Farm, operated by Gerald Reitan in Kitsap County. Reitan and his family allow hikers, horseback riders and birders regular access to their 64-acre farm north of Poulsbo, which they’ve owned for more than 50 years. Reitan makes his farm available for forestry workshops and even community events like North Kitsap’s Art in the Woods.

  • The Washington Tree Farm Program is run by and for small forest landowners and includes volunteer inspectors and a governing committee of farmers and foresters. The program is co-sponsored by the Washington Farm Forestry Association and the Washington Forest Protection Association. For more information, go to www.watreefarm.org.
  • The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) represents private forest landowners growing and harvesting trees on about 4 million acres in the state. Members are large and small companies, individuals and families who practice sustainable forestry in Washington’s private forests. For more information, go to www.wfpa.org.

About the Washington Farm Forestry Association

  • The Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) represents a diverse membership of family forest owners, with a mission of empowering citizen ownership and stewardship of private forest land. WFFA members manage their forests, ranging from a few acres to a thousand acres, for timber, other forest products, recreation, aesthetics or wildlife. For more information, go to www.wafarmforestry.com.
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