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Our Management Goals and Work Program:

 

Combining our management goals and our work program  is often difficult. We have set many goals and have ideals that we want to meet, but putting them to work on the ground is far easier said than done.  Although we will try to explain what our goals and work program consists of,  often the best means of explaining something is through photos.   This page discusses what we are accomplishing through our work in thinning our tree stands to enhance our forest's ecosystem health along with photos to visualize it. 

 


Work Strategy:

Our management strategy is to observe our land and work with it to enhance its own natural productivity, which is high.  We aim for mixed species, uneven-aged stands of trees.  Some areas are naturally predisposed to grow oak or madrone, some fir or pine.  This is taken into consideration as we formulate our management plan for that specific area.  We walk an area many times and consider all factors before we begin physical work in that location.  Often we change our original plan once we begin our field work, since “leave” trees can be damaged or we notice necessary wildlife habitat.  We practice a form of natural selection.  We never take out a genetically superior tree unless it has some type of disease or defect or is obviously declining in health.

 

We have developed our work into a three-phase program. We begin by walking and marking trees to be removed, as well as any special trees which must be retained, during the first entry into an area. Initially, we take out the obviously injured, deformed, diseased, bug-infested, or severely suppressed trees.  Our land has a proclivity for Fir in most areas, so at times we remove some decent saw logs.  Many times we reach a hardwood patch that fills the firewood bins and provides an excess to sell.  The second entry to an area is normally made to mark and take out residual damage and thin out the stand- without denuding such an area that you burn and/or shock the stand in the summer sun.  Once the trees have begun to respond to the thinning procedure, a third entry can be made.

 

We mark trees to be taken out in order to release a particular tree, remove an overtopped tree, remove one that doesn’t look healthy, or at minimum that appears to be susceptible to insects or disease, and in order to provide acceptable spacing for the remaining trees.  Basically, by the time you get to a third entry, you should have had time to observe the response to your previous entries.  If you try to buck nature you aren’t going to make much headway, so you need to be constantly watching, comparing and analyzing the situation and the areas response to your work, in order to find the right solution to managing the area.  It becomes fairly obvious what Nature wants to do, which trees are going to respond, and which trees are never going to be worth anything. 

 

Just remember that when you remove some of the overstock, the remaining trees will really appreciate the extra nutrients, water and space. We used to be afraid to get aggressive in our approach, but after tours and visits to other forest lands and seeing what neglect and apathy can do, we decided that doing something is better than doing nothing. 

Our Thinning Program:

The photos below should give you a very clear indication of what we started with, what we are trying to accomplish and what the end results look like.

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Overgown area prior to any thinning entry

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Area after two thinning entries

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Ferns indicate very wet areas that should be protected

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Fungi on the forest floor assist in building rich humus

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Wild Iris and Ferns


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