The Greater Federal Way Chamber takes a look at the economic impact of forestry in the Federal Way region.
By age 12, Court was already passionate about forestry and knew it would be his life’s work. He worked his way through Green River College earning a Forest Tech degree and obtained a BS in Forest Engineering from the University of Washington. He began his career in the woods more than four decades ago, planting trees, cruising timber, then as a forest engineer in a remote logging camp in southeast Alaska.
Court began working for Port Blakely Tree Farms in 1986, auditing tree planting, surveying and inventory cruising. He became the District Forester for Southwest Washington where co-led the development of one of the first Habitat Conservation Plan in the State. He worked his way through the company, becoming Chief Forester, Vice President and then President of Forestry in 2006. Court retired from the company in July, 2020.
As President of Forestry, Court ensured the operations in New Zealand and the US aligned with the company’s vision and values. A vocal advocate for stewardship forestry, he champions best management practices both for our forests and across the industry. He served on the boards of the Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) and Oregon Forest Industries Council. He currently serves as President of the United Way of Lewis County, board member of the World Forestry Center, Washington Farm Forestry Association and is the Board Chairman of Wilcox Family Farms, a 100-year-old sustainable farm.
He has now started his own business helping landowners and Counties on forestry issues.
Court enjoys working with wood, boating and hiking, even more so when his kids and granddaughter accompanies him.