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

Around We Go – Again

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A big decision has recently made by the Hyla Woods team and our wonderful bird research partners. After cleaning up the mess created by the party held to celebrate 18 years of monitoring birds in a forests and completing a full 15 year cycle of monitoring, we faced the hard decision of “what now?”.  After […]

Onwards Through the Mystery

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It comes up often in our conversations –  “could climate change be playing a role in what we’re seeing here…..?” Whether it is dying trees, greater intensity of rain fall, abnormally long and hot dry spells, we wonder. The scientists within – and among – us point out that we can never fully know. On […]

Calling It Like It Is

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It all seemed so simple, logical, and clean – until it wasn’t.  When it came to directing the course of our sawmilling and processing operation we would, of course, take charge.  The decisions would be made by us – which of the forest’s twelve tree species to mill, what products we’d make from the wood, […]

New Years Day – Salmon Style

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The best part is that I perceived the event with something other than my eyes.  Just as folks in the upper Nehalem have for thousands of years before us, we’d been watching and waiting.  Would they return? If so, when?  With the creek’s flow at near record lows, our hopes we’re high.  While doing maintenance […]

PSU MBA Students Focus on Forest Issues

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The Hyla Woods Team is excited to see students from all ages and disciplines come to the forests to seek answers to questions that are important to them – and to us.  This fall it was our pleasure to work with students in Portland State University’s Masters in Business Administration program. Here is a taste […]

Catlin Gabel 7th Graders’ State of the Creek Report – 2018

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2018 Annual State of The Creek Report    –  Catlin Gabel 7th Grade Class Golden maple leaves wash downstream as Coho salmon climb against the current on their return to Lousignont Creek. One season ends and another begins. For the seventh-graders at Catlin Gabel School, this marks the end of another rewarding field season at Hyla […]

Woodworking With Forest Vitality in Mind

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The Hyla Woods team wants to salute our local, furniture making partner for doing a good thing. Though it may seem small, we think it is significant. Much like the chef who calls for the most select cuts from an animal without considering what the rancher will do with the remainder of the animal, for […]

State of Lousignont Creek – Catlin Gabel School Report 2017

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Editor’s Note – Due to challenges posting this important eco-narrative report, we need to ask for your help in viewing it. If you double click on each of the five panels below, they should blow up into a legible for you. Sorry for the trouble and thanks for your interest.  1,000 cheers to the Catlin […]

Who Knows – Where the Wood Goes? And How the Boat Rows?!

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Every year since we added a sawmill and dry kiln to our operation fifteen years ago, we have enjoyed watching the list of cool projects made from the forests’ wood grow longer.  Over the years we’ve followed with excitement as our wood was transformed into the body of new boats – but this latest is […]

House Rental/Caretaker Position – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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House for Rent – The House: The house is a simple, functional, well kept, 900 SF A-frame. It has a bedroom loft above a main floor with living space, kitchen, and bath. Electric stove, oven and hot water heater. Wood stove with back up electric heat. Well water. Solid cell phone coverage. Power from West […]

A Mystery, Dilemma, and a……… Bathroom

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The Mystery – (and it is a sad one) – As shared in earlier posts, the Hyla Woods forests are experiencing a much accelerated rate of trees dying.  Dead trees are an important part of a healthy forest, and we sometimes help things along by girdling trees to create snags.  But in the past two […]

From Bolivia With Love……..

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“What’s the big deal about an Olive Sided Flycatcher?” That’s a reasonable question. It was answered in the course of this morning’s third and final annual bird count in our Mt. Richmond Forest. Here are a few of the reasons why we are excited to hear and see them: Inspiring Globe Crossers – Their long […]