I've got close ties to Washington state, having been born there, growing up at a ranch at the base of Mt. Adams with a twin brother, forester father of international repute, and artist mother. I obtaining a summer job with the WA D.N.R. during my college years. Many years (after an advanced degree and numerous jobs) later, I returned to manage our Flying L Ranch Inn & Retreat. While there, I participated in DNR's Forest Stewardship Program because our property contained pine and fir forests.