By Vidette Staff
A Grays Harbor tree farm is one of four nominees for the 2013 Washington Tree Farmer of the Year.
Ken and Bonnie Miller, who own the Miller Tree Farm, have 41 acres south of Olympia and 42 acres east of Oakville.
“The couple host demonstrations and social events on the farm and have also been instrumental in reviving the South Sound chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association into one of the most active chapters in the state,” a press release from the association states. “Their goal with the farm is to not just generate retirement income but maintain wildlife habitat and give back to the forestry industry, from which Ken Miller is retired.”
The Miller Farm will compete with the Kristoferson Farm on Camano Island, the Woodpecker Tree Farm near Poulsbo, and the Hillcrest Tree Farm near Chehalis for the 2013 Washington Tree Farmer of the year, which will be announced April 26 at the Washington Farm Forestry Association annual meeting in Tacoma
The award is administered by the Washington Tree Farm Program, a group of small forest landowners, and is based on the farmer’s stewardship, management plan, timber health, innovation and community involvement. The Washington Forest Protection Association represents private forest landowners growing and harvesting trees on about 4 million acres in Washington State. Members of the 100-year-old association are large and small companies, individuals and families who practice sustainable forestry in Washington’s private forests. For more information, go to www.wfpa.org.