First Fish

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They’re back!   Addendum – Yesterday (Dec. 6), a week after spotting the first returning coho, we discovered that the fish apparently bring important escorts with them.  While walking the creek bank, I was surprised and pleased to scare up a large, mature Bald Eagle from a creekside sand bar.  With much effort, the big bird […]

This Dark, Soggy, Rotting, and Wonderful Time of Year

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There are may pleasures that come with working day in, day out in a wild forest.  High on the list is our visceral engagement with the forests’ many faces and ever changing seasons.  We enjoy keeping track of the interesting questions that people ask about the life in the forests.  One common question is: “what is […]

Who’s Telling? Where Does Truth Lie?

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We, as Oregonians, have good reason to stay well informed about the condition of the forests – public and private – in this remarkably forested state. But how do we best do that?  Do we base our understandings on the widely shared communications provided via TV, radio, e-mail, and Pandora, by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, […]

Looking Drought in the Eye

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Until this fall I’ve escaped living with the first hand consequences of drought.  Sure, I have had my share of hot, dry adventures where we hunted for a drink of water as dust swirled around, but never before have I watched the seasonal patterns of water on the land and said to myself “this is not […]

It’s Time – What Time?

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“How do they know?”   – Visitors come to the forest to enjoy watching and celebrating the return of spawning salmon to Lousignont Creek.  While taking it all in, common questions asked include: “How do the Coho know when it is time to leave the ocean and return upriver to spawn?” and “how do humans along the rivers know when to […]

The Forest Speaks?

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The strangest thing happened in the forest the other day. After a hard day of bucking, splitting and stacking, us members of the crew set down our tools of wood dismemberment, pulled off our gloves, wiped our sweaty brows, and stepped back to size up the results of our labors. And what did we see? […]

Beyond Certification

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Asking forest stewards to practice regenerative forestry without some form of certification is like asking the contractor to build a house without a tape measure.  However in the nearly thirty years since Hyla Woods first became certified under the Forest Stewardship Council program, the concrete benefits to our economic profitability have been elusive at best.  […]

An Inspiring Example

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record by starting out with “work in the forests in always inspiring……… (blah, blah, blah…)”, here is an story that we think is worth sharing.  All around this region, country, continent, and planet there are terrific working examples of people using their creativity and opportunities to care […]

All But the Squeal

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In our forests we believe that there is no such thing as waste.  In our milling operation we are on a quest to have every output of the process serve some useful purpose.  Though it is a destination that will forever elude us over the horizon, for the past ten years we’ve been pleased to […]

Stories of Note – A Sampler

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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 […]