King County Rural Forest Commission
King County, Washington
The members represent the diversity of rural forestry interests and geographic regions of rural King County. Specifically, members represent the following interests: private rural forest landowners; advocates of non-timber values of forest land; affected Indian tribes; consumers or users of local forest products (e.g. mills, lumber suppliers, artisans, florist suppliers, and others); academic or professional foresters or forestry associations; rural cities (including Black Diamond, Carnation, Duvall, Enumclaw, North Bend, Skykomish, and Snoqualmie); and Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Commission members must have a working knowledge of King County forestry, a strong commitment to promote forestry in the rural area, the ability to work with differing viewpoints to find solutions to complex problems, and a willingness to commit the time. Commission members are asked to volunteer for a minimum term of three years. Duties include attending bi-monthly meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at the Preston Community Center (usually) and occasional subcommittee meetings. We welcome inquiries from King County residents interested in serving on the RFC at any time!
Recognizing that conserving healthy forests is essential to protecting and restoring water and air quality, providing recreational opportunities and maintaining a viable forestry industry in King County, the Commission issued the report Actions Required for King County to Conserve Rural Forests in 2009.
The Commission meets six times a year and the public is welcome to attend. Meetings in 2019 will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as follows:
1) January 17, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
2) March 21, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
3) May 16, 2019: King Conservation District, 800 SW 39th St., Suite 150, Renton
4) July 18, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
5) September 19, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
6) November 21, 2019: Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley
From time to time the Commission meets via conference call. Members of the public may listen to the discussion at a central location.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Farley Wolf at email@example.com or 206-477-4363.
Past meeting minutes (Adobe Acrobat PDF format):
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Commission members and the forest interests they represent
Monica Paulson Priebe (Chair)
Amy LaBarge (Vice Chair)
Professional forester (forest ecologist)
Steven Mullen-Moses (Executive Committee Member)
Affected Tribes (Snoqualmie Tribe)
Wendy Davis (Executive Committee Member)
Forest landowner & Consumer or user of local forest products (forester/sawmill operator)
Forest landowner & Advocate of non-timber values of forest land
Forest landowner (Campbell Global)
Advocate of non-timber values of forest land
Professional forester & Rural cities
Forest landowner & Consumer or user of local forest products
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Brandy Reed (ex officio)
King Conservation District
Kelsey Ketcheson (ex officio)
Washington State University Extension
Martie Schramm (ex officio)
USDA Forest Service
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
For questions about the Rural Forest Commission, please contact Kathleen Farley Wolf, Project/Program Manager, King County Forestry Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 477-4363.