Meet Members

Mike Blais

As the manager of Five Point Lodge Inc., Mike Blais isn’t just managing this 290-acre tree farm on behalf of his family but five other families who also have an ownership stake in the continued sustainable stewardship of this tree farm. The tree farm was founded in May 1947 and is located near Sultan, Washington. Their primary objectives are managing for timber production, wildfire habitat,...

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Bob & Jane Brink

Bob & Jane Brink, partners in the Pomeroy Tree Farm near Yacolt in Clark County, live on and manage the property where Jane's great grandfather, E.C. Pomeroy, settled in 1910.  They were nominees for the 2020 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year.  This short video telling about their tree farm was...

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Derek & Corina Burger

I grew up spending my childhood living most of the year in Chehalis, Washington, and spending my summers living with my Grandparents in a small town in Northern Germany. I have many happy memories of the woods in both places, having been afforded the freedom to explore the forest with my friends, build forts, and cause just the right amount of trouble. I’ve also been an avid mushroom hound...

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Chris & Melanie Clowe

Chris Clowe’s dad, Earl Clowe, originally purchased 160 acres in Mossyrock in 1946. Chris and his wife, Melanie, moved around the Northwest following jobs (mostly logging) in their youth and returned to the family farm in 1980. They currently hold 88 acres of the original purchase made by Chris’ dad. Chris and Earl embarked on logging of the back 34 acres upon Chris’ return to the farm in 1980...

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Dickinson Family

The Dickinson family ownership of land in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington started in 1945 when Ben Dickinson returned home to Starbuck, WA, after the liberation of Europe in World War II.  His mother had been saving his military pay until he returned.  He met and married Susan Harris, a school teacher and they began to purchase “summer pasture” land to support a herd of 30 cow-...

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Micheal Hurley

While growing up in the woods just outside of Castle Rock an Longview, Washington, Navy veteran Michael Hurley always dreamed of owning a tree farm. Today he and his wife, who is a former Arkansas state trooper, are living that dream on their 128-acre tree farm located on the headwaters of Salmon Creek nestled within a surrounding landscape dominated by Douglas fir, Western hemlock, red alder...

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Bill & Janet Kemp

Like other people, Bill Kemp found that life is a route of many changes that could not be foreseen. Upon high school graduation, he entered college toward a B.S. in Forestry (Fish & Wildlife), but interrupted that goal with a stint in the U.S. Navy for 11 years of active duty. Bill eventually completed the forestry degree, along with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. in Education, and...

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Dan Kingsbury

The Kingsbury's Five Springs Tree Farm was purchased in 1955 by John Kingsbury, and is now managed by his sons, Daniel and Doug, and their families. With a strong family ties to the tree farm, each member of the family is actively involved with management and future objectives. Over the years the tree farm has been very active both in the community and on the land. In 2017 they were named...

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Rick Kuykendall

Rick is a professional forester who has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, for a private consulting company, and currently as currently the Program Manager in Forest Resources for the Corps of Engineers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  One of his jobs in the DNR was in the Small Forest Landowner Office where he assisted and advocated for small...

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William "Bill" Logan

Burnt Ridge rises from rolling farmland as you travel east from Onalaska, WA. Upon this ridge is a 40 acre piece of land known as the J.W. Logan Tree Farm, owned by Bill and Marilyn Logan. The J.W. initials are a tribute to the late father of William “Bill” Logan, who originally purchased these 40 acres as a portion of a larger...

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Bryon & Donna Loucks

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...

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Ken & Bonnie Miller

Ken and Bonnie Miller are a fixture of sorts in the small forest owner community of Washington.  They’ve been active in the Washington Farm Forestry Association for years, have hosted an uncountable number of tours on their property, and Ken is an active advocate for small forest owners in state natural resource policy.  This passion for private forestry started back in 1989 when they bought...

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David & Dar New

David and Dar New, and their daughter’s family, Jennifer and Jeff Parker and their sons, are owners of the Nourse Family Tree Farm near Bellingham. The 165-acre property has been in Dar’s family for three generations. 

The New family began their stewardship journey with no formal forestry background or extensive financial resources, yet they knew they wanted to care for the land...

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Richard & Debra Pine

Richard and Debra Pine, owners of O'Neill Pine Company, have 45 parcels totalling about 2200 acres of land, primarily along the I-5 corridor in Lewis County.  The land was first acquired by Debra's grandfather Harold O'Neill.  Richard and Debra were named Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year in 2019.  This short video...

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Doug Stinson & Fae Marie Beck

Doug Stinson decided he wanted to be a forester when he was a teenager growing up in Missouri.  A summer job in Oregon convinced him that he wanted to move west.  After completing his forestry degree and serving in the Marines, he headed to Alaska where he began his forestry career and met his wife Fae Marie.  Because they wanted to own forest land, they returned to Oregon, and eventually...

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Patty Vance

Patty Vance is manager and co-owner of the 149 acre Elmore-Vance Tree Farm which is located in eastern Lewis County, In 2019 she was named the Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year, and in 2020, she was honored as the Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year.  This video shows how Patty has managed the...

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Tom, Ed & Bill Westergreen

Tom, Ed, and Bill Westergreen were raised on the property that has been in the family since 1888.  Their father Richard started teaching them about forestry at a young age. This video tells the family's story.

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