Tour of Boyer Family Tree Farm

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 5:30pm

Near Porter

Grays Harbor Chapter

Twilight Tour of the Boyer Family Tree Farm, jointly sponsored by Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and South Sound chapters

Who:           Merc and Nina Boyer

Where:       68 Butler Mill Road, Elma, WA

The Boyers own 4 parcels of land, one dating back 6 generations to the 1880’s.  They live on their 51.3 acre Grays Harbor County tree farm.  Since 2015, they have completed 3 harvests totaling 20 acres followed by planting nearly 10,000 seedlings of 13 different tree species.

The tour will be a 0.9 mile walking loop with 4 “Stop & Talks”.  Vehicles can accommodate those unable to walk the distance. Including all is the goal.

Tour Highlights

  • A 2 Acre Clone Red Alder Test Project in collaboration with WSU/Puyallup in its 4th year of growth
  • A 10 Acre WR Cedar monoculture plantation with 6 yrs growth (planted to replace root rot DF)
  • A 12 Acre, 28 year old Doug Fir monoculture plantation with laminated root rot issues
  • A mixed species planted plantation in its 3rd and 4th years of growth (DF, WRC, WWP and RA)
  • A fish stream RMZ with decisions to be made: setbacks, FREP, FFFP, etc.
  • Legacy Tree Groves of 3 or more different species capable of living a 1,000 years or more
  • Multiple deer browse protection methods compared side by side
  • Red Alder stumps with coppice (sprouting) for plantation regeneration
  • Wildlife enhancement projects
  • A Chehalis Valley View at sunset in Grays Harbor
  • A WA State registered honey bee operation; Blackberry Hill Apiary
  • A free raffle drawing for home grown tree farm wild honey & other tree farm related goodies!

Refreshments: The Grays Harbor Chapter of WFFA is providing snacks and refreshments.

Restroom facilities will be available.

Covid: The tour is outside. Please take whatever precautions that keep you comfortable.

Invite a friend(s) interested in sustainable working forests and good stewardship.

Driving Directions: On Highway 12, between Oakville and Elma (between mileposts 27 & 28 at Porter) turn onto Butler Mill Road. Drive 0.3 miles, then turn right uphill onto our private blacktop driveway at the Forestry Tour sign. (Mail box has #68). Continue up our road until a greeter shows you where to park.


Event contact information: 

Questions?  Please call or text Merc @ 360 480 4282 with any tour or directions questions.