The Forestry Advisory Committee provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council on issues that affect the forestry industry. The Forestry Advisory Committee also provides a forum for all sectors of the forestry community to contribute to discussions on the future of forestry in Whatcom County.
The committee is currently on hiatus. Future meetings will be scheduled as needed.
The Forestry Advisory Committee has 11 members. Ten members are appointed by the County Council and one represents the Department of Natural Resources:
Vacant, Small Forest Landowner
Scott Thompson, Small Forest Landowner
Vacant, Commercial Forest Landowner
Vacant, Commercial Forest Landowner or qualified designee
Greg Zender, Harvester
Vacant, Citizen with Forestry Expertise
Sharon Westergreen, Citizen with Forestry Expertise
4-year terms, 2 term limit, 1 year separation required before commencing another 2 full terms
There are 10 Council-appointed members of the Forestry Advisory Committee including 2 representatives from each of the following categories:
Citizen with forestry expertise
Commercial forest landowner
Forest product manufacturer
Small forest landowner
The Forestry Advisory Committee reports directly to the County Council or other appropriate advisory boards, commissions, and committees as necessary to carry out the following functions:
Review and provide recommendations on zoning issues, comprehensive plans, subarea plans, regulation and annexation issues, and other proposals which directly affect lands or forestry activities in or adjacent to forest land.
Establish, promote, and implement a comprehensive forestry protection and preservation program.
Analyze and develop recommendations that will assist the county in addressing issues which affect forestry at the county, regional, state, and federal levels.
Assist, upon request of the Director of Planning and Development Services, that department by providing review and comment on comprehensive planning and zoning related issues in or adjacent to forest land.