Who Knows Where the Wood Goes – And Comes From?

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By now our regular readers know the drill.  It goes something like this: An email alights in the Hyla Woods inbox asking whether we might be willing and able to provide wood for yet another off-the-beaten-track project. Against our better judgement we respond “perhaps – please tell us more about what you’re after….” The specific […]

Henry Needs Help!

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Helping Henry – My cousin, Henry, is a determined and thoughtful person. I was reminded of this recently when he asked me the same question several times a year spread over three years.  His is a good question and he, for good reason, kept asking it because I have yet to come up with an […]

State of the Creek Report 2019 – From Catlin Gabel School 7th Graders

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2019 State of the Creek Report Catlin Gabel Class of 2025  Summer ends, school begins, maple and alder leaves drop to the forest floor…and the seventh-grade science students from Catlin Gabel School head to Hyla Woods for their annual assessment of Lousignont Creek. For seven years and counting, these student-scientists have flexed their newfound field […]

State of Wonder – In a Time of Wondering

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This weekend over 100 of us gathered in our Timber Forest for the annual ritual of welcoming the Coho salmon home from their long and hard circuit of the Pacific and 1,000 foot, 100 mile climb up the Nehalem River.   It is uplifting to consider how those before us did the same thing on the […]

When the Wonderful World Comes to Us

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On the one hand, it is easy to imagine how the lives of Coast Range forest keepers (benign woodland creatures) could be closed in and provincial – focused on only our small world.  While there is potential for that, for the Hyla Woods crew we’re fortunate to be avoiding that pitfall. Just yesterday the wide […]

Pasture to Oak Woodland Ecosystem Restoration – The Adventure Continues –

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After investing twenty years and a few dollars and hours into ensuring that all oak in our Mt. Richmond Forest are free of the risk of being killed by over topping by light stealing fir, in 2016 we extended our stewardship of oak ecosystems to include working to reestablish oak ecosystems in a pasture from […]

Outrunning – Or Not?

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Converting more than a dozen of our forests’ oldest, largest, and most beautiful cedars from standing, newly dead ghosts into paneling for who knows whose home gives me time to reflect.  Here is some of what’s floated to the surface: We all know of individuals or communities that have successfully outrun a serious threat.  Perhaps […]

Around We Go – Again

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A big decision has recently made by the Hyla Woods team and our wonderful bird research partners. After cleaning up the mess created by the party held to celebrate 18 years of monitoring birds in a forests and completing a full 15 year cycle of monitoring, we faced the hard decision of “what now?”.  After […]

Onwards Through the Mystery

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It comes up often in our conversations –  “could climate change be playing a role in what we’re seeing here…..?” Whether it is dying trees, greater intensity of rain fall, abnormally long and hot dry spells, we wonder. The scientists within – and among – us point out that we can never fully know. On […]

Calling It Like It Is

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It all seemed so simple, logical, and clean – until it wasn’t.  When it came to directing the course of our sawmilling and processing operation we would, of course, take charge.  The decisions would be made by us – which of the forest’s twelve tree species to mill, what products we’d make from the wood, […]