Message from Tami Miketa, Manager of the Small Forest Landowner Office

Tami Miketa, Manager, Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO)
Tami Miketa, Manager, Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO)

Your Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO) continues its rebound by filling two new positions. First, is our new landowner technical assistance forester for western Washington: Josh Meek. Josh will provide technical assistance on forest practices-related questions to small forest landowners throughout western Washington.

This newly created position will provide on-site technical assistance to small forest landowners who need to understand the state’s Forest Practices Rules and navigate the Forest Practices application process. Now, we can assist landowners with unit layout, riparian management zone (RMZ) delineation, harvest systems, road layout, alternate plans, 20-acre exempt harvest activities, long-term applications, low impact harvest activities… just about any general forest practices-related question. In addition to outreach to landowners, Josh will assist with forestry education around our state’s west side.

Josh Meek, SFLO Technical Assistance Forester.
Josh Meek, SFLO Technical Assistance Forester.

Josh comes to us with a bachelor of science in education and a master’s in forestry from the University of Montana. He also has several years of forestry experience working with both state and federal governments. For the past two and a half years Josh has worked in DNR’s South Puget Sound Region in both State Lands and Forest Practices. There is such a great need to help small forest landowners complete their Forest Practices Applications and help them through the process. I am glad that we will have an outstanding person who can fill this important task! If you are interested in using Josh’s services, please contact him at joshua.meek@dnr.wa.gov or call him at (360) 902-1849.

Jeremy Homer, SFLO Family Forest Fish Passage Program Specialist.
Jeremy Homer, SFLO Family Forest Fish Passage Program Specialist.

I am also pleased to announce that Jeremy Homer has accepted the natural resource specialist 2 position in the Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP). Jeremy has a great understanding of forest practices rules and regulations and will oversee FFFPP road-crossing construction. In addition to assisting landowners with stream typing and fish barrier evaluations, Jeremy will play an important role in helping to coordinate the public outreach for the program. Jeremy has worked in DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region for the last 9 years and comes to us with a wealth of experience in forest practices and timber sales. Let’s all welcome Jeremy and Josh to the SFLO team!

At the SFLO we are slowly regaining the staffing levels we had in previous years, and bringing these new positions on board is a great start to improving our services to you.