The trees are his classroom

As a child growing up in Southern and Central California, Todd Bates always saw the forest through the trees — even when the landscape looked a lot different from the evergreen vista he now enjoys from his office on Fuller Hill at the Satsop Business Park.

Fully transplanted as the Grays Harbor College forestry instructor and the manager of Satsop’s sustainable forest plan for the past five years, Bates has what he considers to be a two-hat dream job uniquely suited for a life spent in the forests of the West.