Once in a Lifetime Wood

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This winter has been made unique in the Mt. Richmond Forest by the remarkable wood that we have spent the winter milling. For many years there has been, hidden away in a corner of the forest, a large pile of easily overlooked, large, strangely shaped, old cedar logs. At the end of a logging project […]

What the Owls Tell Us

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On the evenings of March 1 and 3, we continued our adventures in trying to learn more about the owls in the Hyla Woods forests, and what their presence, absence, and distribution might tell us about the forests. Building on our experimental efforts a year earlier, in our second year we developed and followed a […]

Fish Count!

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Saturday December 17th saw a lively, diverse, and enthusiastic gang of over 100 people gatherered on a beautiful, clear, cold day to watch and celebrate the return of coho to the forest and the turning of the midwinter season. Highlights included – the fish, of course; a wide range of explorations and conversations in the […]

The Story of a Story

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Something happened last weekend that reminds us of the truth in our belief that “the forest has something new to teach us every time we walk through it” – provided we keep paying attention and asking questions and seeking answers to them. In this case we saw something remarkable and rare that we had never […]

First Fish to Lousignont Creek

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  It is always exciting to spot the first coho of the year making it back up to the Timber Forest. Sunday Nov. 20th was a clear, cold day and we enjoyed both picking the last of the season’s chanterelles and watching 18 bright, lively, and determined fish. We also spotted some feathery ice formations […]

Bears and Bucks

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Though we never need a reminder that “we are never alone” in the forests, this fall has provided some exciting reminders. Bear tracks in the mud and shots captured by monitoring cameras help us keep good track of the resident bears. Work by our committed, “elite corps” of hunters replaces the role of preditors that […]

Some Terrific Wood

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Given the apparent feebleness of our memories, when it comes to see what types of boards are hidden in the stacks of wood that have spent the toasty summer drying in the solar kiln, the surprises are a little like unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. The fall’s 3,000 board foot charge of Oregon white oak […]

First Significant Logging in Six Years

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After choosing not to do any major logging projects, due to poor market conditions, for the past six years, we’ve completed three projects this summer and fall. The largest project involved thinning of 60 tp 90 year old stands near the upper gate and on top of Mt. Richmond. Also at Mt. Richmond, we are […]

Forest Community School – Wild and Productive in the Forests

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Building on the outstanding work that they’ve done over the past five years, level 2 students and teachers came to both the Timber Forest and the Manning Forest for study and exploration this fall. While the primary focus was on answering ongoing questions about the status and trends in creek health, they also explored a […]

A Week in the Woods

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We were fortunate to have the 10th grade students and their teachers from the Seattle Waldorf School spend a week living, learning, and working in the Timber Forest in early October. Building on what they learned the previous year from working on Jubilee Farm, they were immersed in all aspects of the forest. Instead of […]