The Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine Association is an organization that was formed from a grass-roots level concern for a race of trees. The recent history of ponderosa pine in the Willamette Valley is rooted in forest landowners wanting to reforest but whose lands were poorly suited for Douglas-fir. They saw that ponderosa pine could survive and thrive in soils too wet or too dry for Douglas-fir. Those same landowners became the conservation advocates and champions of “valley pine” as they managed their low elevation forests