Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve. The FFA motto is not just for the FFA, it’s a life motto that Washington Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) embrace. YF&R members from around the state gathered in Okanogan County May 29-31 to participate in the recovery efforts after the devastating fires last year. All weekend was spent building fences as there are miles and miles of fence that must be repaired or rebuilt after the devastation.
Kent Stokes gave us a tour of not only the fire damage but the flood damage that followed shortly afterward. We visited Kent’s property that is now just charred remains of where a house once stood. Jon Wyss, Okanogan County Farm Bureau president, spent an evening with us answering our questions and explained the events of the fire.
Three full days of building fences and hearing stories was both rewarding and humbling. We are very thankful for the opportunity to help, and we commend the Okanogan Long Term Recovery Team’s efforts. Recovery in Okanogan County will take time, and there is still much to be done. Donations and volunteering is still very much needed.
Special thanks to:
Nicole Jansen – Franklin County
Stacey Righter – Clark/Cowlitz County
Christa Douglass – Franklin
Cameron and Kelsie Knight – Okanogan
Melissa Steele and Brandon Cronk – Spokane
Matt LaShaw — Spokane