Meet Members

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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O'Neill Family

The Hemphill-O’Neill Company has been a family-owned and operated lumber and timber company since 1947.  Seventy-five years ago, Harold O’Neill and Allen Hemphill started as lumber brokers for the many small independent sawmills in the area.  The company grew to be one of the largest independent family owned lumber and decking manufacturers in North America.  Robert O’Neill, Sr. became...

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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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Nick Somero

Nick Somero, owner of M&H Tree Farm, was a nominee for Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year for 2021. His tree farm owes its origins to Nick’s parents who purchased the property in 1940. Over the years, Nick purchased additional acreage that grew the property to its current 50 acres, and it has been certified as a tree farm for 41 years....

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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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Townsend Family

Located in the foothills of Mt Rainier, the Coburg Tree Farm began with the multi-generational dream of Robert Wise, grandfather of Steve, Dave, Carl, and Keith Townsend, to provide an opportunity for his family to manage a forest in perpetuity utilizing the skills and energy of current and future generations of the family. This dream began when he purchased 280 acres of land in 1954 and 1955...

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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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