Listen as we talk with Tom and Cindy about their land, their favorite place on earth.
This story begins in 1863 when Tom’s great-great-grandfather purchased a homestead in the Walla Walla Valley. Tom, his wife Cindy, and their family now manage the land that has been passed down through four generations. Their grandson now helps tend the forest helping to make their forest more resilient to forest fire, insects and disease. The family dearly loves their property, which overlaps between Washington and Oregon. Tom says, “It was my grandfather’s favorite place on earth, and it’s my favorite place on earth.” Cindy agrees, “And it’s mine, and I think I could probably say it’s the children’s too.” From huckleberries and mushrooms, to wolves and turkeys this land seems to have it all. Tom says, “If we had a Type II stream with trout running through it, it would be perfect.”