Department of Natural Resources supervisor Sue Trettevick in 2013.

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Forks-area DNR leader steps down

Sue Trettevick retired in June to be more available for her teenage daughters.

IN STORMY WEATHER, like the North Olympic Peninsula has just endured, you can never be exactly sure what trees will lose their tops or completely blow over.

When a respectably sized tree leaves the canopy, can it be replaced?

How long will it take to fill the void?

So it is when an esteemed senior staff member leaves the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Sue Trettevick, 63, retired June 30 from her position as the Olympic region manager in DNR’s Forks office.

The Olympic region covers state trust lands in Jefferson, Clallam and the northwest portion of Grays Harbor counties.

Her position remained vacant until Mona Griswold came in mid-August from Charlottesville, Va., to take Trettevick’s place.

Trettevick’s parents raised her on their property between Sekiu and Neah Bay.

As a youngster, she went to Clallam Bay School.

She moved away before finishing high school and returned in 1982 to do clerical work for DNR, which was common for women at the time.

Barring a few years’ hiatus to work for the state elsewhere, she has worked for the Olympic region office until her recent retirement.

Trettevick recalls being the only woman at meetings throughout the years.

She feels it might have contributed to her careful preparations of presentations.

“People were very willing to share their knowledge with me, and I don’t remember feeling much resistance to my ideas,” Trettevick said.

She worked her way up through the ranks to lead the Olympic region’s office.

“I came to the DNR not expecting to stay,” she said.

“But the issues they deal with and the people I worked with made it so I felt good about the work we were doing.”

During the three years she was gone from the West End to work for the state Department of Transportation in Olympia, Trettevick decided to adopt two girls.

Because of the nurturing climate she found in the West End, she said she “made a purposeful decision” to be back living and working in Forks when the adoptions were finalized.

Now her oldest daughter, Maya, is a senior and her youngest, Kayci, is a freshman at Forks High School.

“I retired to be more available for my teenagers,” Trettevick said.

“I will miss the connections with the people and what is going on around the state,” she explained, adding, “There are a lot of good people both in the agencies and outside.”

Staff members at the Forks DNR office said they will miss her knowledge and attention to detail.

Everyone I talked to agreed that she was very thoughtful and thorough.

One longtime employee of the Forks office said she appreciated Trettevick’s “knowledge of how all the pieces fit and things came together.”

Trettevick “left things in good shape,” Griswold said.

“I appreciate that.”

Although Trettevick was already retired when Griswold arrived, Griswold said she has been helpful in answering questions.

Griswold has “a solid background in forestry, conservation, forest certification and leadership,” she said.

Her prior work includes being an auditor for both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program and the Forest Stewardship Council.

Both of these international nonprofit organizations offer independent certification standards that ensure products come from forests managed with a view toward the future.

“I love Forks,” Griswold said.

Having grown up in a small town in New York, she appreciates the West End’s welcoming ways.

Griswold is ready to sink her roots down and reach out to find her place in the canopy of the Olympic region.


Zorina Barker lives in the Sol Duc Valley with her husband, a logger, and two children she home-schools.

Submit items and ideas for the column to her at zorina [email protected], or phone her at 360-327-3702.

West End Neighbor appears in the PDN every other Tuesday. Her next column will be Nov. 1.

More in Opinion

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Story Slams: Drawing moths to a flame

EIGHT DAYS TO go before the next Story Slam: a convergence of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Feeling love for the new guy

DEAR MR. NEW Guy, According to a recent press release you have… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: West End comes out for annual Forks auction

SARAH DECKER TOOK command of the microphone Sunday afternoon at the Quillayute… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The early tourist season

ALL OF YOU people who were complaining about the unseasonably nasty weather… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Singalongs at the movies

THE PICTURE PALACE. It’s a place many of us have never seen.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The signs of spring

I REMEMBER THAT first hint of springtime. It was long before the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Veterans seek wilderness respite

KEN CHOSE NOT to give me his last name. Ken qualifies as… Continue reading

Our View: The power of the public

Gov. Jay Inslee’s veto of legislation that sought to exempt the state… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A solution for Sequim elk

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. State wildlife officials have… Continue reading

Editorial roundup: Regional news outlets insist Inslee must veto records runaround

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a roundup of editorials from regional news… Continue reading

Urge Gov. Inslee to veto public records end-run

Editor’s Note: The correct phone number for the governor’s office is 360-902-4111.… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Theater is sustenance for actor, audience

SWEET, BITTER, SPICY: The fare at the local playhouse varies. It comes… Continue reading