Parkdale Valley Land Trust

 Board of Trustees

Forrest & Pat Frantz




Doug & Jan Merriman


Mike McCarthy






Forrest retired from The Boeing Company in 2007, where he led research on the air you breathe and the floor you walk on inside an aircraft. He now spends retirement working with local farmers and timber managers to preserve approximately 20,000 acres of prime farm and forest land.

Pat worked for the Forest Service for ten years ensuring the conservation and enjoyment of the Snoqualmie Pass area in Washington. She raised two beautiful daughters that inherited her love of the outdoors.

Together they love to hike and snowshoe the slopes of Mt. Hood, surrounding hills, many waterfalls, and the pristine valley.


Doug and Jan Merriman graduated in Horticulture and went on to establish an orchard and nursery on the banks of the Columbia River. They have farmed 40 acres of apples for 30+ years in Orondo, WA.

Doug was a member of the local area committee for Growth Management. He is a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation currently serving on the Board of Trustees. Doug was recently appointed to the Douglas County Weed Task Force.

Jan served on the committee for the Douglas County Regional Shoreline Master Program Update. She was appointed as a property owner concerned with conservation of property rights, native habitat and water quality. Additionally she has spent 20+ years on her local school board currently serving as Board Chair.


Mike has been a self-employed farmer since 1980. He sits on many different boards including the HRVRC, Middle Fork Irrigation District, 1000 Friends of Oregon Farmer Advisory Committee, and the Hood River Grower Shipper Association Marketing Committee. He was instrumental in negotiating the deal between developers and the Forest Service to save the upper valley from resort development.