Bob and Kazuko Barker were recently awarded the 2022 Tree Farmer of the Year by our partners at the Washington Tree Farm Program. Their Nelson Road Tree Farm was purchased by Bob and Kaz in 1996 when Bob wanted a retirement project. It was poor quality, neglected pasture land in the Van Zandt area of Whatcom County, in the Nooksack River watershed and the foothills of Mount Baker. Over the last 25 years, 30,000 trees have been planted on the tree farm and the tree farm now plays an important role in providing habitat for endangered salmon runs and the endangered Oregon spotted frog.
Watch the video prepared by the for the presentation by the Washington Tree Farm Program here. View other articles and videos about them here. Congratulations to Bob, Kazuko and their entire family!