Pam Wrestles With Loggers

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If this brings to mind images of Pam, the mighty mite, with braid flying, pummeling some hickory shirted, red suspendered, shagged panted, tobacco chewing, tin hat wearing brute in a mud pit on a log landing – you might want to think again.    Loggers – human You see, there are two types of loggers in […]

Battle Field Clues – Scarlet Ribbons

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Standing on a winter’s day in this cool forest, surrounded by 12″ fir trees, it is all too easy to forget that not long ago this was the scene of a heated battle.  The only clues are the shreds of faded marking tape emerging from the tree bark and fluttering from long dead limbs.          Pausing to […]

Taint Normal – Spring in the Spring – In January?!

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What’s wrong with this picture?  It was taken on January 14th in our Mt. Richmond Forest.  If you look closely, you will see fresh green shoots of skunk cabbage rising up from under the 38 degree waters of a spring. This winter of 2015 is headed toward being one of the strangest ever – and […]

A Ghost No More – The Third Rule

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In our forests we are mindful of what we consider “ghost species”.  These are species that were part of these ecosystems in the recent past, but no longer are.  We wonder about a number of things with these missing pieces of the puzzle – including how the functions of the forests are different because of their […]

A Hopeful New Year

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In the world of forest stewardship, we continuously encounter events in the forest that run the gamut from encouraging and hopeful to discouraging and depressing; that just goes with the territory.  Because one ongoing battle (so much for zen!) is trying to keep our precious baby cedar seedlings from getting munched by the plentiful elk, […]