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 […]

Learning About Plantations

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Visitors to our forests often ask why we work on growing forests that are multiple ages and many species.  “Wouldn’t it be easier and more profitable to just grow single age, single species plantations like nearly all of your neighbors do?”.   While we have many reasons for using the approaches we do – some […]

A Most Welcome Surprise

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I discovered something that was really uplifting and surprising yesterday. At day’s end I traveled back through the Mt. Richmond Forest with a sense of satisfaction – and fatigue – from having planted the last of the 2,200 seedlings that we’ve planted this winter. Pausing by the “Beaver Pond” wetland I reflected on how different […]

Taking the Long View

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Barak Obama’s forecast that the sun would rise on the day after the election verified, yet on November 9th as I looked east from the top of Mt. Richmond Forest over the folding ridges, valleys, wetlands, and hills of the Tualatin Valley toward the rising sun, I realized that while the familiar landscape looked unchanged […]

Catlin Gabel 7th Graders Share Their Results

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  (Editor’s Note – The Hyla Woods Team is thrilled to have an ongoing partnership with the 7th grade students and faculty from Catlin Gabel School in Portland.  Each year, with the excellent leadership of their teacher, Jesse Lowes, and other adults, the students do important and useful scientific investigations in the forests.  The report […]