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PO Box 602 * Vashon, WA 98070 * (206) 463-9405
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VASHON FOREST STEWARDS(VFS)
VFS is a non-profit community forestry business. Our mission is to restore, enhance, and maintain healthy native forest ecosystems, and to manage a sustainable ecological business that provides forestry services and island-grown wood products.

We provide forest consulting services, low-impact forestry services and manage a mill yard producing lumber from locally grown trees sustainably harvested as part of forest stewardship activities. We offer educational workshops on forest planning and management, forest ecology and sustainable forestry techniques.

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Forest Stewardship

VFS was founded by forest landowners to assist forest owners in planning and implementing management practices that enhance rather than degrade their forests. Through our Forest Consulting Services we write - or assist forest owners in writing - forest stewardship plans that guide management activities to accomplish their owner's forest goals, and qualify their property for enrollment into County programs that reduce property taxes. FVS also assists forest owners in carrying out Forest Stewardship Activities that improve forest health, aesthetics and wildlife habitat by thinning trees, planting native species and removing invasive weeds. Trees thinned from the forest often generate revenue that can be used to further forest stewardship.


Steve Buffington & Morgan Holtz milling lumber

Wood Processing / Products

VFS processes some of the wood generated from stewardship operations into high-value products such as flooring, paneling, interior trim, posts and beams, and custom orders for local builders, artists, cabinet-makers and boat-builders.

Education

The VFS mission includes helping to educate the public about forestry, wildlife and ecology issues through published articles, workshops and in-the-field demonstrations.

VFS also manages the Vashon Youth Corps, a high school age work/study crew that assists with forestry and mill yard projects. The students are paid to remove invasive plants, plant native plants and seedlings, build trails, inventory forest resources and establish monitoring plots. They work on both public and private forest lands, while learning about forest ecology and developing their forestry skills. Together with an adult supervisor, they are available for hire.

Supporting VFS

You support VFS when you become a member, use our forestry consulting or stewardship services or buy our sustainably harvested locally grown and processed lumber. Membership contributions help VFS cover operating costs, and allow us to build our infrastructure, improving our capacity to fulfill our mission and remain sustainable.

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Created on 10/10/2005 02:18 AM by kbates
Updated on 02/27/2014 09:45 AM by David
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