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
"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