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Washington Friends of Farms & Forests Elects Officers and Board Members

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Olympia, WA – Washington Friends of Farms & Forests is a non-profit trade association serving agriculture, timber, vegetation management, and lawn and tree care.  New officers and directors were recently elected.

Mike Warjone, Forestry Manager for Port Blakely Tree Farms, Olympia, WA was elected President. Port Blakely is a privately held timber company with land in Washington, Oregon, and New Zealand.

Director Valarie Eckloff was elected Vice President. Ms. Eckloff owns and operates Washington Vegetation Management Services in Chehalis, Washington. Ms. Eckloff joined the board as a director in 2011.

Jeff Blackner, the Tacoma branch manager for Washington Tree Service has served as a director of Washington Friends of Farms & Forests for many years. Mr. Blackner was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Three new directors have also joined the board of Washington Friends of Farms & Forests:

Phil Madden, owner of PM Orchards and Consulting, LLC in Manson, Washington brings his expertise in cherry and apple production and export marketing to the board.

Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington Potato Commission, Moses Lake, Washington, brings his marketing savvy to the board as a new director.

David Wasgatt, silviculture forester for Hancock Natural Resources, Glenwood, WA brings 30 years of expertise in private forest management.

The following directors were re-elected:

Bruce Alber, Wilbur Ellis Company; Vancouver, WA

Robin Parry, Great Salt Lake Minerals; Othello, WA

Mark Sheldahl, Weyerhaeuser Company; Castle Rock, WA

Bryan Stuart, Dow; Sacramento, CA

Don Wallace, Sedro Woolley, WA

Washington Friends of Farms & Forests has over two hundred members involved in natural resource management and food and fiber production. Washington Friends of Farms & Forests educates the public and decision makers about the science and technology necessary to produce safe, abundant, economical food, fiber and landscaping and to maintain a healthy, productive and safe environment for our agricultural and urban communities.

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