Bruce Dunn 3Bruce Dunn died Aug. 21, 2018, just three months after being elected to the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners. A forester managing RY Timber’s northeastern Oregon land, Bruce spent much of the last 32 years serving on the Wallowa County planning commission, drafting the Wallowa County Nez Perce Tribe Salmon Plan, and chairing the county’s Natural Resource Advisory Committee.

Bruce’s influence ranged far and wide – from private and agency-employed foresters to fish, wildlife and land managers to loggers, reporters and politicians. His fingerprints are on most of the land-use guiding documents used by the board of commissioners today.

A Detroit native and Michigan Tech graduate, Bruce spent his youth summers and his first years after college on his grandfather’s tree farm. When the farm sold Bruce headed west to Idaho to take a job with the U.S. Forest Service. For 50 years he worked in the Intermountain West, for both public land managers and private land owners, as a self-described “dirt forester” – taking his management cues from the forest itself.

To honor Bruce’s dogged tenacity ensuring science-based natural resource management and the professional development of Wallowa County’s future forest, fish and wildlife and range managers, his friends and family created the Bruce Dunn Scholarship Fund.

To be considered, a student must be

• A Wallowa County high school graduate
• Enrolled in a school of agriculture, school of forestry or other natural resource-related area of study beyond the high school level

Preference will be given to applicants seriously contemplating a return to Eastern Oregon to work and live and to students with at least college sophomore standing.

Please download an application form here:

Scholarship Application


For the fund to live into perpetuity, an endowment fund is being established with the goal of raising $100,000. The amount, along with other future fundraising efforts, would support the award of up to $4,000 each year.

To donate, send checks to:

Wallowa Resources

Memo: Bruce Dunn Scholarship

401 Northeast First Street

Enterprise, OR  97828