For more than 100 years, the Defrees family of Baker City, Oregon, has been raising beautiful ponderosa pine. The horses have given way to four wheelers, but not much else has changed. Even though the latest generation of Defrees went off to become doctors, lawyers and scientists, the ranch draws them all back home whenever they can get there. It’s what they do together. It’s who they are together. It’s more than the family business. At the Defrees’ ranch, the business is family.
Did you know these Forest Facts?
- In the past 30 years, U.S. forestland has grown by nearly 33 million acres.
- More than 56 percent of U.S. forests are privately owned, much of it by family forest owners who manage their lands to provide value to future generations.