Our Approach

We are a 6th generation experimental family forest business in the Oregon coast range working towards a better model of forestry.


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In this section we share a range of resources and materials that may be of interest and value to our many partners: Hyla Woods Ecoassessment – The report is our first effort at summarizing as many aspects of the forests’ functions as possible. Monitoring Plan – Details of the Hyla Woods monitoring plan and an update […]


If you’re interested in connecting with Hyla Woods, there are a few good ways. Get in touch:  Peter Hayes- peter@hylawoods.com Ben Hayes – ben@springboardforestry.com   971-678-9466 Join our email list:  info coming soon. Find us on social media:  https://www.instagram.com/hyla_woods/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/hylawoods/ Visit with some of our friends:  Build Local Alliance (www.buildlocalalliance.org) Northwest Certified Forestry (www. nnrg.org/nw-certified-forestry) […]


One piece of the puzzle of making the growing of ecologically complex forests economically viable is finding, or developing, quality markets for all of the logs removed from the forest – including seven species and varied diameters and grades. As neighboring forests and the mills they supply become increasingly simplified (focused on small diameter fir […]

Our History

Our History With Forests – Our family’s life and wellbeing have been intertwined with forests since 1848 when our ancestor, Orrin Ingram, went to work as a teenager in the forests and steam sawmills of the Adirondack Mountains.  As family involvement with forests and sawmills grew and moved west – through Ontario, Wisconsin, and the Northwest – each […]


Hyla Woods is a family-owned business caring for three, working, experimental forests in the northern Oregon Coast Range. Using positive impact forestry methods, we aim to grow ecologically complex, economically viable, responsibly operated forests. Our wood is sold in both log form and as finished products, milled in the forest and dried in our solar dry […]

Updates From the Woods

Flattening Both Curves – Covid 19 and Greenhouse Gases

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The Hyla Woods Team is continuing and ramping up our efforts to explore ways that we and our forests might make their greatest contribution to limiting and addressing the climate crisis. While we’re in the process of developing our updated plan of action, we started by working to better understand the larger, longer term context […]

A Remarkable and Exciting Success – (not ours :))

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It worked!  One of PhD candidate Hankyu Kim’s backpack wearing Hermit Wablers flew to Mexico and back bringing data to help answer the puzzle of where they over winter. Here’s the more complete story:  The heart of Hanku’s research is trying to expand knowledge about the ecology of Hermit Warblers, including answering the previously unanswered […]

Saved From Owls – by an Owl – Call?

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In the spirit of providing a little escapist diversion during these challenging times, here is a recounting of a recent, intense forest adventure and learning experience. Fair warning, dear readers, the risk and danger that we felt and describe may not be well founded, but there is no way to know. On the evening of […]

Uplift in the Time of the Virus

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Has the past week left you hungry for a little good news? If so, here’s some: These first hints of leafing out on this willow shoot are part of a larger, encouraging story. This uplifting window into spring (it has not been cancelled!) is thanks to work done in the winter of 2019 by students […]

Through the Eyes of Others

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Since 1986 the Hyla Woods team has been most fortunate to learn from visitors to the forests. Some come from close at hand while others come from afar – including Chile’, Indonesia, France, Slovakia, England, Germany, New Zealand……  There is much that we learn from all of them.  While we learn from from their descriptions […]

Who Knows Where the Wood Goes – And Comes From?

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By now our regular readers know the drill.  It goes something like this: An email alights in the Hyla Woods inbox asking whether we might be willing and able to provide wood for yet another off-the-beaten-track project. Against our better judgement we respond “perhaps – please tell us more about what you’re after….” The specific […]

Henry Needs Help!

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Helping Henry – My cousin, Henry, is a determined and thoughtful person. I was reminded of this recently when he asked me the same question several times a year spread over three years.  His is a good question and he, for good reason, kept asking it because I have yet to come up with an […]

State of the Creek Report 2019 – From Catlin Gabel School 7th Graders

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2019 State of the Creek Report Catlin Gabel Class of 2025  Summer ends, school begins, maple and alder leaves drop to the forest floor…and the seventh-grade science students from Catlin Gabel School head to Hyla Woods for their annual assessment of Lousignont Creek. For seven years and counting, these student-scientists have flexed their newfound field […]

State of Wonder – In a Time of Wondering

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This weekend over 100 of us gathered in our Timber Forest for the annual ritual of welcoming the Coho salmon home from their long and hard circuit of the Pacific and 1,000 foot, 100 mile climb up the Nehalem River.   It is uplifting to consider how those before us did the same thing on the […]

When the Wonderful World Comes to Us

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On the one hand, it is easy to imagine how the lives of Coast Range forest keepers (benign woodland creatures) could be closed in and provincial – focused on only our small world.  While there is potential for that, for the Hyla Woods crew we’re fortunate to be avoiding that pitfall. Just yesterday the wide […]

Pasture to Oak Woodland Ecosystem Restoration – The Adventure Continues –

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After investing twenty years and a few dollars and hours into ensuring that all oak in our Mt. Richmond Forest are free of the risk of being killed by over topping by light stealing fir, in 2016 we extended our stewardship of oak ecosystems to include working to reestablish oak ecosystems in a pasture from […]

Outrunning – Or Not?

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Converting more than a dozen of our forests’ oldest, largest, and most beautiful cedars from standing, newly dead ghosts into paneling for who knows whose home gives me time to reflect.  Here is some of what’s floated to the surface: We all know of individuals or communities that have successfully outrun a serious threat.  Perhaps […]