Forestry Advisory Committee


Notice of Special Meeting

The Whatcom County Forestry Advisory Committee will hold a meeting June 6, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Planning & Development Services Northwest Annex, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. 

Agenda items include: voting for Chair and Vice Chair, discussion of a Forestland Preservation Grant Application, future management of the Nooksack Watershed within the MBSNF, and the Shoreline Management Act and Working Forests.

For more information contact Joshua Fleischmann at (360)778-5952 or view the Agenda.



The Forestry Advisory Committee has 11 members:

  • Gerry Millman, Small Forest Landowner
  • Scott Thompson, Small Forest Landowner
  • Aubrey Stargell, Commercial Forest Landowner
  • Vacant, Commercial Forest Landowner or qualified designee
  • Rod Lofdahl, Harvester
  • Greg Zender, Harvester
  • Phil Cloward, Citizen with Forestry Expertise
  • Sharon Westergreen, Citizen with Forestry Expertise
  • Vacant, Forest Products Manufacturer
  • Vacant, Forest Products Manufacturer
  • Cory McDonald, Department of Natural Resources


 See the Vacancies List

Term Limit 

  • 2 full terms
    • 1 year separation required before commencing another 2 full terms

Term Length

  • 2 years


There are 11 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
  • Harvester
  • Small forest landowner
The committee also includes a representative from the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


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 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:
  1. 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.
  2. Establish, promote, and implement a comprehensive forestry protection and preservation program.
  3. Analyze and develop recommendations that will assist the county in addressing issues which affect forestry at the county, regional, state, and federal levels.
  4. 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.


  • Whatcom County Ordinance 2013-014
  • Whatcom County Code 2.123