Davis Family

In 1989 Don Davis was approached by a real estate agent who asked if he would be interested in purchasing about 70 acres of woodland near Carnation in King County.  Little did Don know that this would lead to a fulfilling family venture of spending time in the woods and managing a small forest, which they call 100 Acre Woods at the request of the grandchildren in deference to Winnie the Pooh.

Two subsequent purchases increased the tree farm to 157 acres.  Don's son Ben and his wife Wendy now bear most of the responsbility of tending to the place.  With the assistance of the King County Conservation District, the family has conducted forest management activities to improve forest health, such as pre-commercial thinning, controlling invasive species, pruning and hazardous tree removal.  WSU Extension Forestry has regularly held Coached Planning Class field sessions at the 100 Acre Woods and tours for King County events.  Wendy currently is vice-chair of the King County Rural Forest Commission.

Most weekends you can find much of the famil tending the forest, tracking wildlife, riding the ATV, and hanging out in their little piece of heaven.  At age 96, Don is walking up and down the roads and trails, leading the family by example.  He has created a legacy that his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren plan to perpetuate.

In 2024 they were nominated for the Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year and the U.S. Forest Service prepared this video about their property for the Awards Luncheon.