Department of Natural Resources supervisor Sue Trettevick in 2013.

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 barker81@gmail.com, 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

PAT NEAL: Spill some salmon here

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The bad news was… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The daylight digs

THE END OF steelhead fishing season was the day my universe came… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Twilight forever and ever

THERE’S A DISTURBING trend in modern journalism for reporters to use fleeting… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A question of flowers

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think that if you didn’t… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The de-extinction of the 100-pound salmon

Who says there’s no good news? Recently scientists claimed they are on… Continue reading

Derek Kilmer
POINT OF VIEW: Your neighbors are fighting for a stronger local economy

GROWING UP IN Port Angeles, the hum of mills was more than… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Smells like spring fever

THERE MAY BE nothing more beautiful than pussywillows in the snow. Unless… Continue reading

LETTER: There he goes again

Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that his administration was once again… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: To build a fire

Camping isn’t just for summer anymore. The woods, beaches and campgrounds are… Continue reading

ron allen
POINT OF VIEW: Good stewardship for future generations

IT IS A tribal saying that “Every River Has Its People” and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Fishing from a sinking boat

It was another tough week in the news. Steelhead fishing on the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The 50th anniversary of the Boldt Decision

It’s been 50 years since the Boldt Decision of Feb. 12, 1974.… Continue reading