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Hyla and Zena Team Up – Again

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Blog |

Given our similar goals, values, and approaches, it should be no surprise that cooperation between Hyla Woods and Zena Forest Products is a common and welcome thing. Our most recent adventure was working together to supply wood for Kurt and Mary Koehler’s remarkable new home in the their forest in the Coast Range foothills west of Junction City.  As the photos show, the home is an outstanding example of tasteful showcasing of local woods.  The extensive oak floors came from Zena Forest and Hyla Woods’ Mt. Richmond Forest.  Cedar paneling in the master bedroom came from a large, blown down Hyla Woods tree.  Thankfully, the house is built to be as long lived and resilient as the trees it is made from. Since both the Deumling family and the Hayes family put a high priority on making sure that customers are pleased with their choice to use our woods, it was encouraging to get this recent note from the Koehlers: “The wood is PERFECT and stunningly beautiful! I am so glad we were able to use it in our house. In addition, both of you were a pleasure to work with. Again, your wood is absolutely gorgeous and I am so grateful for the care you both took in producing...

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Who’s Home?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog |

              At the risk of confirming that we have serious soft spots for the owls that call our (their?!) forests home, we want to report the results of our first evening of monitoring in this new year.  Though we knew that we were on the early end of the season when owls begin mating and calling, we headed out into the frosty dark last night to listen for what we might hear.  Stars stood out amazingly sharply, accompanied by a sliver of the new moon as our boots swished through the ice crisped grass of the meadow.  At the sixth stop, when we called, hairs stood up on the back of my neck as a pair of saw whet owls returned our calls – sharp, clear and near.  When we chose to end our back and forth “conversation” and continued on through the deep dark along our monitoring route, that day and these times felt somehow different. To learn more about the saw whet owl, visit this site: http://owls-perch.blogspot.com/2012/11/owl-of-week-saw-whet-owl.html...

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Build Local Alliance Featured Projects

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog |

In this write up Build Local Alliance Manager, Noe Penny, does an excellent job of highlighting the leadership in linking the worlds of farms, foods, forests, and wood recently taken by Portland’s own Food Front Cooperative Grocery.  We thank Noe, Food Front, and other project partners, and encourage you to check it out. http://www.buildlocalalliance.org/2014/01/food-front-cooperative-grocery/ If way leads on to way, then what’s...

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