Forestry as Part of the Solution

May 3-5, 2023, at the Maple Hall in LaConner, Washington

White pine cone, Photo taken by Samantha Chang

Hosted by the North Puget Sound Chapter in beautiful La Conner, this meeting will be held in-person. We look forward to welcoming first-time attendees and catching up with friends and colleagues with an icebreaker mentoring event, a full day of speakers covering a variety of forestry topics, exhibitors, awards banquet, Forester’s Fund silent auction, and field trips.

The speaker sessions will include presentations on forest health, climate resilience strategies, tribal cultural uses, carbon projects, and forestry in youth education.

The town of La Conner is located a short drive through farmland from I-5, across the channel from the Swinomish Reservation. Maple Hall is within close walking distance of a variety of shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants from pub fare to fine dining with locally sourced ingredients. The Museum of Northwest Art, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, and Skagit County Historical Museum have something for everyone. Although the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival officially wraps up at the end of April, fields of late-blooming tulips may still be found nearby.

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Registration includes light refreshments at the Icebreaker Social on May 3, and both breakfast and lunch on May 4.  All events on May 3 and 4 take place at Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, in La Conner.  A pass for free parking will be provided at registration.

The Tree Farm Inspector Appreciation Breakfast is hosted by the Washington Tree Farm Program. It is a free event for current Tree Farm Inspectors on Friday, May 5, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub (previously the Farmhouse Restaurant), 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon. Please select this free ticketed item when registering if you plan to attend.

  • Early bird registration is open through April 14. After April 15, registration prices for SAF members, Non-SAF members, and Exhibitors will increase by $50.
  • Online registration closes April 28.

SAF Members $150

  • Includes all-day Wednesday and Thursday sessions
  • Meals and refreshments between sessions

Add-ons
Award banquet – $50
Friday Field trip, includes lunch – $25
Additional banquet guest – $50/guest
Tree Farm Inspector Appreciation Breakfast – Free
Sponsor a student

Non-SAF Members $200

  • Includes all-day Wednesday and Thursday sessions
  • Meals and refreshments between sessions

Add-ons
Award banquet – $50
Friday Field trip, includes lunch – $35
Additional banquet guest – $50/guest
Tree Farm Inspector Appreciation Breakfast – Free
Sponsor a student

Companion $100

  • Includes all-day Wednesday and Thursday sessions
  • Meals and refreshments between sessions

Add-ons
Award banquet – $50
Friday Field trip, includes lunch – $25
Additional banquet guest – $50/guest
Tree Farm Inspector Appreciation Breakfast – Free

Exhibitor $250

  • Includes all-day Wednesday and Thursday sessions
  • Meals and refreshments between sessions

Add-ons
Award banquet – $50
Friday Field trip, includes lunch – $35
Additional banquet guest – $50/guest

Student $50

  • Includes all-day Wednesday and Thursday sessions
  • Meals and refreshments between sessions

Add-ons
Award banquet – $35
Friday Field trip, includes lunch – $15
Additional banquet guest – $50/guest
Tree Farm Inspector Appreciation Breakfast – Free


The breakfast is open to current Tree Farm Inspectors and will be held at Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub (a.k.a. Skagit Valley Farmhouse)

The Washington State SAF Business Meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, following the speaker sessions. The Business Meeting is required by the state bylaws and gives members the chance to hear reports from their state officers on WSSAF’s activities and financial status, learn about open positions in the Executive Committee and nominations for upcoming elections, and any other “business of sufficient importance to require careful consideration of the membership at large.” The Business Meeting is included with registration.

The Awards Banquet on Thursday evening will be a celebration of WSSAF Foundation scholarship and awards recipients. It is our chance to recognize the contributions of selected members to the Society and our profession, and support students on their journey to a career in forestry and natural resources. The Silent Auction, proceeds of which support forestry education and outreach through the Forester’s Fund and WSSAF Foundation scholarships, will conclude during the Awards Banquet. The Awards Banquet is a separate ticketed item.

To nominate an WSSAF member for an award, please visit https://forestry.org/washington-awards/.

Details will be posted here as field trip locations are finalized.

A block of rooms is available at a discounted group rate at the La Conner Country Inn, 107 S. Second Street, for stays arriving May 3 and departing May 5. To make a reservation, guests must call the hotel at (360) 466-3101 and reference the group name “Society of American Foresters.” Reservations must be made by April 19. After this date, guests may continue to book rooms at market rate, based on availability.

The group rate includes complimentary continental breakfast, parking, and wi-fi. The Country Inn has two floors and there is no elevator. There are a limited number of pet-friendly rooms that can be reserved for an additional fee per pet if coordinated with the hotel. Bookings made through third-party sites do not qualify for group pricing. 

Continuing education units will be available for attending the annual meeting and field trips.

Check back here for the approved Society of American Foresters CFE and Ecological Society of America CEU units.

Thanks for the support of our generous sponsors!  If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Chapter Chair Samantha Chang at NorthPugetSAF@gmail.com.

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