The Elmore-Vance Tree Farm, managed by Patty Vance, was recently named 2020 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year by the Washington Tree Farm Program. Because the usual Awards Luncheon could not be held, an online presentation was made, featuring videos of them and of the two other nominees, the Five Point Lodge Tree Farm, managed by Mike Blais, and the Pomeroy Tree Farm, managed by Bob Brink and family. All three nominees are Washington Farm Forestry Association members and have properties worthy of an award.
The Elmore-Vance Tree Farm is located in eastern Lewis County, surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. This video shows how Patty has managed the land that was purchased by her father and how she is involving younger members of her family so that it will be in the family for generations to come. For more information, read the press release and description of the tree farm.
The Five Point Lodge Tree Farm is located in Snohomish County and began in 1947 when a group joined together to obtain 320 acres. It is jointly owned by 6 families, with 290 acres in the tree farm.
Pomeroy Tree Farm in Clark County has been in the same family since 1910 and the 6th generation now lives on the property. In addition to growing trees, it also is a working farm where thousands of children have come to learn.