Natural Resources

Program Contact: Sheila Gray, Director
(360) 740-1214 •

nrs1At Lewis County Extension Sheila Gray is available to take and direct your calls in the area of Natural Resources and Horticulture

Our Stewardship Forester with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the SW Region of Washington is temporarily vacant due to unforeseen circumstances. For your stewardship forestry needs give Sheila a call or send an email.

Backyard Forest Stewardship is a way for everyone to get involved in a way to care for your ‘niche’ of the woods.

Sheila Gray has been with WSU Extension since 1995. Prior to her appointment to Lewis County Director in 2003, she was the Natural Resources/Horticulture Agent for Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Sheila’s background is in ornamental horticulture with crossover into native plants and forest seedling experience as she was an assistant grower and supervisor at the WA DNR Webster Forest Nursery from 1989 to 1995. She also holds an MA in public administration which she puts to use each day as the Lewis County Extension Director.

She may be reached at (360) 740-1214 or via email at


Forestry Newsflash!

The “Purple Needle Eater” needle cast disease has been found in low elevations sites of former Christmas tree farms that mature trees are being currently harvest for boughs. See more at: