Small and family-owned forests in the spotlight

At the Washington State Capitol Thursday (Jan. 21), Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark helped kick off a celebration marking the 75 years since the first certified tree farm (managed forest) was established near Montesano in Grays Harbor County. In the 75 years since, numerous small, family owned forest lands in Washington state and elsewhere have been recognized by the American Tree Farm System.

“I congratulate the small forest landowners who own almost half of the private working forestlands in Washington,” Goldmark said. “You are an integral part of our state’s great timber heritage.”

The event, which also included the reading of a congratulatory proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee and remarks by Sen. Kirk Pearson, 39th Legislative District, and Rep. Brian Blake, 19th Legislative District, was hosted by the Washington Tree Farm Program, the Washington Farm Forestry Association, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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