The history of timber in Washington State is incredible and the stories of families’ livelihood in the woods is both inspiring and motivating. Our forests are important to me and managing them for future generations to enjoy is critical.
Growing up in the foothills of Mt. Rainier was the perfect setting for a foundation in forestry. Fishing, camping, hunting, skiing, and working in the woods consumed me. Trees have always captivated me by their herculean nature and law defying structure. The anatomy of trees is simply amazing and the role they play in everyday life is even more impressive. So many products use wood, the latest I’ve heard is some brands of make-up using wood particles!
Having a family history of logging and being captivated by the adventure and pride of logging, I decided to try my hand in the woods. Loggers are some of the best people you will ever meet, and incredible stewards of the land. I’ve seen a logger bottle feed a newborn fawn and raise it when it otherwise would have died. Environmentalists and loggers are really not that different when you get down to the core.
In my career I hope to continue to bridge this gap as we need to utilize natural resources for economic growth but also manage them appropriately for all parties involved. I now work for Weyerhaeuser Company in harvesting.