Message from Tami Miketa

As the new manager of the Small Forest Landowner Office, I want to have a good understanding of the people I represent and their forests. I work for you and your land, and the way I can best fulfill this important duty is to hear from you!

In this issue we highlight a couple of easy ways you can help us:

  • Complete our Small Forest Landowner Survey. It will only take a minute or two – TOTAL.  It asks for acres and years of forest land ownership, why your land is important to you, and what kinds of organizations you are involved with. If you have already completed it, thank you! Click here to start the survey!
  • Spread the word about joining the small forest landowner mailing list. Join Now!

I recently read an article, “What Sustainable Forests Mean to Private Woodland Owners” from National Woodlands Magazine. We included it in this issue and I encourage you to read it too.

It says the U.S. Forest Service’s National Report on Sustainable Forests confirms that private woodland owners are the biggest group of forest stakeholders in the United States! It also lists some of the goods and services that flow from private forests – YOUR forests – that society needs and uses: things like building materials, paper, clean water and air, wildlife habitat and natural beauty. And, our nation’s rapidly growing energy needs are looking toward woody biomass harvested from forests. Our forests are now more important than ever!

Here’s what concerns me: The article goes on to say, “… among the nation’s nearly 11 million private woodland owners, fewer than 20 percent avail themselves of the services of a forester and only two percent join landowner associations to advocate for rights and issues related to forest ownership and management.” Click to read article.

We at the Small Forest Landowner Office estimate that less than one percent of Washington’s small forest landowners have signed up to be on our mail list. The more landowners we have on our mailing list, the more people we can inform about forest-related legislative and government issues, and workshops and classes available to help attain forest management goals – whatever those goals may be. Please actively encourage other forest landowners to join our mailing list and get involved!

Helping you to stay up to date on the latest forestry and land use information in your region will continue to be one of our top priorities. But it’s also important that communication goes both ways. I want to hear about your perspectives, experiences, and concerns.

The key is to be involved. As the article says, the decisions you make about your land today, to manage for the things you deem valuable, will determine what America’s forests will look like in the future.

You play such an important role in shaping America’s forests. I look forward to working with you and representing your best interests.

Tami Miketa