Steve and Marilynn Barnowe-Meyer

In 1992, Steve and Marilyn Barnowe-Meyer purchased 19 acres of stumpage on the Toandos Peninsula, about 13 miles south of Quilcene. They and their children, Kerey and Brooke, turned the property into a diverse and complexed forest that boasts 35 native tree species (identified or planted), 22 native shrub species, 66 native wildflowers, grasses and ferns, and 1 native fungus for a total of 124 Pacific Northwest native species!

Portions of Nighthawk Tree Farm are once or twice harvested examples of a G2S2-ranked (globally imperiled, state imperiled) upland plant associated identified by the Washington Natural Heritage Program; that plant association is the "Douglas-fir - Western Hemlock / Pacific rhododendron - evergreen huckleberry" upland plant association.  Their tree farm continues to retain all of the components and most of the vertical structure of that plant association. 


The Barnowe-Meyer's landowner goals include 1) sustainably growing and harvesting trees and other non-timber products; 2) maintaining or enhancing the soil, air and water quality for wildlife habitat and rare plant species; and 3) contributing to biological diversity and to recognize the unique characteristics of special sites on the tree farm.

Steve received a degree in forest resources from the University of Washington and spent his entire career in the forest industry, working in the woods, permitting harvests, on forest practice policy, and as an advocate for the forest industry. Since retirement, he has served WFFA and the small landowner community by participating in several TFW committees and advocating for us in the Legislature.  Currently he is serving on the Forest Practices Board representing small forest landowners.  He is also a certified ATFS Tree Farm Inspector. 

Several years ago, Steve prepared a short video titled "Why I support Washington Farm Forestry Association."

They became certified with the American Tree Farm System in 1994 and received the 25-year Tree Farm sign in 2019. In 2024 they were nominated for Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year, and the U.S. Forest Service made a video about their tree farm for the Awards Luncheon.