Pre-packaged orders will be put in vehicles March 20 at fairgrounds

WHATCOM ­— The annual tree sale of the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association will go forward this year, although in a different format.

The sale, now in its 62nd year, is held each March at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. Because of COVID concerns, the 2021 format encourages customers to pre-order their trees online.

Customers should access the Washington Farm Forestry Association website at www.wafarmforestry.com/Whatcom to learn about the trees for sale and to place an order by credit card. The website offers information about family forest management and other activities the Whatcom chapter and state association are involved in.

Trees need to be pre-ordered by March 12 and then can be picked up at the Lynden fairgrounds on March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Customer orders will be packaged and safely placed in vehicles in drive-through. If extra trees are still available, they can be purchased on March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sixteen species are available. It’s $1 for each seedling, with no minimum quantity.

With any questions contact Lisa Tiemersma, sale chairperson, at 360-389-8260, or Tom Westergreen at 360-966-3605.

The nonprofit continues to improve the environment here in Whatcom County in various ways, says Westergreen.

The county chapter is of family forestland owners. The Washington Farm Forestry Association is a voice for small forest landowners, who own about half of the private forest lands in the state. They care for their forests while providing public benefits to all, by protecting water quality and vital wildlife habitats. These private forests also offer rural areas natural beauty and recreation opportunities. “Our trees are a continuing solution to climate change, absorbing carbon from the air while they grow, and then when we need to harvest some, the carbon is stored in manufactured solid wood products. Then we replant and start the next forest,” Westergreen said.

The idea behind the annual tree sale is that people can buy tree seedlings to beautify their yards and property, create windbreaks and natural screens, and start their own new forests. Across 62 consecutive years the Whatcom chapter has now distributed over 1.2 million trees in the region. Proceeds are used to educate landowners on sustainable forest practices, provide seedlings to school children and support numerous other forestry-related projects.