Bryon and Donna have been active in WFFA for over 40 years. Bryon is a retired forester and Donna a retired forestry librarian, so their lives are immersed in forestry. Both have served as President of the Lewis County chapter of WFFA and Donna has been state membership chair for 20 years. Their 160 parcel just west of Chehalis in Lewis County has been the site of many tours for WFFA members, school children, foresters from the Society of American Foresters and visitors from overseas, and the public.
They recently had a shovel logging operation on their property and prepared this video to share with others. Mechanical harvesting with a large excavator, called a shovel, is the most common harvest method used today, but small landowners rarely have a chance to watch the complete process unless it is on their own property.
In 2010 they were named Lewis County Tree Farmers of the Year and went on to be 2011 Washington State and 2012 Western Region Tree Farmers of the Year. This presentation, prepared in 2012 for the National Tree Farm Convention, tells about their management of their tree farm over the past 30 years.