Additional landowner assistance foresters to offer advice to family forest owners

Ken Bevis
New to DNR’s staff is Ken Bevis, who advises small forest landowners on wildlife habitat management issues. Photo: DNR.

Need advice and access to resources to better manage your forestland? Small forest landowners across the state turn to Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for onsite forest management consultation. Now, we have more professionals to provide you with more assistance.

The Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO) at DNR recently welcomed two highly experienced professionals to its Forest Stewardship Program staff. The Forest Stewardship Program helps family forest owners manage and care for their lands. DNR’s foresters offer consultation and advice to landowners on timber harvests, resource protection, leaving trees for wildlife, reducing wildfire risk, attracting waterfowl, and many other topics.

Meet the new foresters  

Long-time and highly regarded wildlife biologist, Ken Bevis, comes to DNR from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Ken will serve as a resource to family forest owners, and those who advise them, statewide. He will be available to provide landowners with on-site wildlife habitat management and animal control assistance statewide. He’ll be based out of the DNR Southeast Region Office in Ellensburg.

Boyd Norton
Boyd Norton provides forest management assistance to forest landowners in Western Washington. Photo: DNR.

Another long-time and highly regarded professional, Boyd Norton, will be joining the Small Forest Landowner Office staff to provide Forest Stewardship Program assistance to landowners in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties. Boyd has extensive previous experience assisting family forest owners in several capacities over a period of 36 years with DNR. He is based at the DNR Northwest Region Office in Sedro Woolley.

Find out more about what the Forest Stewardship Program offers.

Contact information:

Ken Bevis, Statewide Forest Landowner Assistance Fish and Wildlife Biologist, DNR SE Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. E-mail: Ken.Bevis@dnr.wa.gov Cell Phone: 360-489-4802.

Boyd Norton, Landowner Assistance Forester, DNR NW Region Office, 919 N. Township St., Sedro Woolley, WA 98284. Boyd.Norton@dnr.wa.gov Cell Phone: 360-742-6825. Desk Phone: 360-854-2839.

Note: Current Western Washington Landowner Assistance Forester, Mike Nystrom, will serve the remainder of western Washington, south of Norton’s service area.

 Mike Nystrom, DNR Small Forest Landowner Office, P. O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012. Mike.Nystrom@dnr.wa.gov Cell Phone: 360-742-8506 Desk Phone: 360-902-2903.