The state Department of Natural Resources has begun planting a grove of trees in the Capitol State Forest to honor longtime public servant Mike Murphy, who died in 2014.
The Olympia resident originally from Elma was a supporter of working forests throughout his public career, which included serving as a Grays Harbor County commissioner, president of the Washington State Association of Counties, chairman of the state Liquor Control Board and assistant to the state auditor.
“The world needs more people like Mike Murphy,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said. “Mike was an enthusiastic steward of our state’s public lands, both at the county and state levels, and a dedicated public servant.”
The plan is for the trees planted in Murphy’s honor to be harvested in 60-80 years with the proceeds invested in services for Grays Harbor County and public school construction statewide. The area will then be replanted to continue generating income.