Forestry Advisory Committee


The Forestry Advisory Committee has 11 members (PDF):

◦Herb Barker, Small forest landowner
◦Phil Cloward, Citizen with forestry expertise
◦Gordon Iverson, Commercial forest landowner
◦VACANT, Forest product manufacturer
◦Cory McDonald, Department of Natural Resources
◦Rod Lofdahl, Harvester
◦Gerry Millman, Small forest landowner
◦Max L. Perry, Forest product manufacturer
◦Aubrey Stargell, Commercial forest landowner
◦Sharon Westergreen, Citizen with forestry expertise
◦Greg Zender, Harvester

 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