Looking to the Next Century, WFPA's Annual Meeting Kicks-Off 100th Anniversary

Nov 09, 2007, 00:00 ET from Washington Forest Protection Association

    OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington Forest
 Protection Association (WFPA) will kick-off their 100th Anniversary
 celebration at this year's annual meeting on Thursday, November 15, at the
 Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia. The meeting will highlight
 the successes and challenges facing the forest industry, while also
 focusing on the 21st century vision for sustainable forestry as WFPA looks
 to the next 100 years of business in Washington State.
     The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will include distinguished
 presentations from Washington State leadership. Topics include climate
 change, rural economies, working lands initiative, competition in a global
 marketplace, and the future of the industry. Speakers include:
 representatives from Governor Chris Gregoire's Office; Commissioner of
 Public Lands, Doug Sutherland; Attorney General, Rob McKenna; Community,
 Trade & Economic Development director, Juli Wilkerson; and Department of
 Agriculture director, Valoria Loveland. The keynote speaker is former
 University of Washington head football coach, Jim Lambright.
     In the afternoon, there will be presentations discussing business and
 technology trends in the industry as well as a vision for forestry over the
 next century.
     "Our challenge at WFPA is to help the people of our state understand
 the real value that working forests provide to all of us. This meeting will
 address the challenges we face today and the choices we will have to make
 in the future to maintain working forests as a preferred land use," WFPA
 Executive Director Mark Doumit said.
     Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) is a trade association
 representing private forest landowners in Washington State. Our members
 (http://www.wfpa.org/pages/membercompanies.html) are large and small
 companies, individuals and families who grow and harvest trees on 4.2
 million acres. WFPA was originally established in 1908 as a fire protection
 association. Now, we are committed to advancing sustainable forestry in
 Washington State to provide forest products and environmental benefits for
 the public, by establishing balanced forest policies that encourage
 investment in forestland, protection of fish, water and wildlife and
 promote responsible forest management as a preferred land use.
     For a complete meeting agenda, please visit http://www.wfpa.org.

SOURCE Washington Forest Protection Association