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Stories of Note – A Sampler

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Blog |

We’re fortunate to learn from the related work of other forest stewards – near and far.  Though the best way to learn is to walk and talk through the forests that others care for, there are also so many other ways to learn.  The internet, with its ability to share information in so many forms (video, text, audio……) provides an increasingly good resource for networking forest practitioners and learners all around the world. Here is just a sampling of three resources that fetched up in the e-mail in box just this week.  We pass them along in hopes that they might be of interest. 1) News of an interesting forest business in eastern Canada:  http://www.financialpost.com/m/search/blog.html?b=business.financialpost.com/2015/01/17/haliburton-forests-peter-schleifenbaum-is-a-modern-lumber-baron-but-hardly-typical/&q=Ontario%20forest%20management 2) Video about rebuilding complexity and ecological function in forests on Vancouver Island’s West Coast: http://clayoquot.org/about/films 3) And finally a recently released film about the decades of innovation in Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest: http://alanhonick.com/seeing-the-forest-2/   Made by a friend from another life, Alan Honick   For your viewing and reading...

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The Last Log…..For Now

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Blog |

In this world of forest stewardship there seems to be something about taking note of the “last   ____ of the season” or the first.  I was reminded of this on a recent hot afternoon as I slipped the steel cable of the choker around the last log of this summer’s logging project and prepared to skid it to the landing.  With this summer’s crazy hot and dry conditions, it is a relief to have the job complete, both because of the pleasure comes from having the sweat stop dripping into the eyes, and because with fire danger that is high and headed much higher, we breath more easily when the season’s logging is behind us.  The logs will soon be headed in three directions – some to Banks Lumber to become framing lumber, some to our mill be become paneling, flooring, and beams, and others for processing into firewood.  As always, the end of one task leads to the beginning of the next.  What’s next? These dog days of summer give us a chance to catch up on machinery maintenance, mixed with jumping in the creek to cool...

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