photographs and text by Cheryle Easter
published by the Washington Farm Forestry Association
Stewards of the Land documents the lives of 64 Washington state tree farmers. The common theme across all the stories is a passion they share for the land and nature as they fight to hold on to their farms despite the pressure to sell out.
Family tree farms represent approximately one eighth of the forestland in the United State’s premier timber growing state. But it’s the location of their land that makes this story so important. Standing as a buffer between the urban and rural lands, their farms protect the ecologically sensitive fish streams. Yet tree farmers are the most vulnerable to conversion.
The folk art photography by photojournalist Cheryle Easter captures the lifestyle of these independent individuals who are safeguarding the future of our forestland by the sheer strength of their conviction.
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