Featured Project: Steven D. Stinson Scholarship Application Information

Steven D Stinson Leader in Natural Resources Scholarship 2024 Application Information

Deadline 5:00 p.m. PST Friday, March 15, 2024

Process Email all materials to info@wafarmforestry.com

Award Maximum of $7,000 award split between college students majoring in natural resources and Ag-Forestry Leadership Program applicants.

Purpose The Steven D. Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarship Program is directed towards students from the Pacific Northwest who are studying in a natural resource field. Preference will be given to Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) members and their families and to those studying in forestry-related disciplines. The award can be used to support students at 2-year, 4-year or graduate level post-secondary education levels or Ag-Forestry Leadership Program trainees. Prior scholarship winners are welcome to re-apply. The scholarship awardee(s) will be notified by April 15, 2024.

Awardees will also receive a one year membership to WFFA and a copy of The Ground at My Feet: Sustaining a Family and a Forest, a memoir written by Steve’s sister, Ann Stinson.

Materials Requested

  1. three professional and/or personal references
  2. transcripts (for post-secondary applicants)
  3. resume or CV; the name and address of the family member who is a WFFA member in good standing (if any); and
  4. an essay that includes your
    1. major field of inquiry
    2. career goals
    3. forestry experience
    4. understanding of land
    5. vision of the future of family forests
    6. leadership skills/involvement in student and community organizations
    7. financial need

For additional information contact Elaine Oneil, WFFA Scholarship Committee Chair, at eoneil@wafarmforestry.com

Steven Douglas Stinson (1961‐2014)

An Enduring Legacy of Stewardship

Steve’s passion for family forestlands began with childhood tree planting on the family tree farm in Toledo, Washington. As a young adult, it seemed natural to take up timber cutting, but after several years he sought a larger role in forestry and went back to school. Steve completed his B.S. (Environmental Sciences) at The Evergreen State College and a M.S. (Silviculture) at the University of Washington. While at school, Steve gained recognition within the Washington Farm Forestry Association, as an articulate, common-sense advocate for responsible forestry. Following graduation, he was selected to be the first Director of the Small Forest Landowners Office for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Later he went on to found and direct the Family Forest Foundation to promote practical, science-based forestry including innovative approaches to habitat conservation planning. Steve helped develop the Family Forest Legacies LLC, to allow aging landowners to secure the future of their managed forestlands. These projects remain in place today with members continuing to work toward achieving the goals that Steve envisioned. Steve was a graduate of the AgForestry Leadership Program, he worked with WSU Extension on Ties to the Land Seminars, and, on numerous occasions, led delegations of tree farmers to Olympia and Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, whenever or wherever Steve spotted opportunity to improve the prospects for Washington forests in general and family tree farms specifically, he would be there. Steve’s skills as a forester were all encompassing whether he was working on a green chain, planting trees or falling trees; he was equally comfortable at university symposia, in congressional offices, or seated at a tree farmer’s kitchen table. Although Steve’s life was sadly cut short by cancer in 2014, his legacy continues. To honor his leadership in Natural Resources and to ensure continuing support for young tree farmers pursuing higher education in natural resource sciences, Steve’s family, members of the Washington Farm Forestry Association, and the Family Forest Foundation have joined with Port Blakely Tree Farms to establish the Steven D. Stinson Leadership in Natural Resources Scholarship Fund.