Students Share Their Learnings and Findings

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This past winter, seventh grade students and faculty from Catlin Gabel school invested time, effort, skill and heart into the important work of helping us better understand the workings and condition of Hyla Woods’ Timber Forest.  Like all students who come to the forests, their work was organized around several simple, clear, and real questions.  […]

Legalized Gambling

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Though we are not enthusiastic about heading down to Reno or Las Vegas to test our luck, recent experiences remind us that there is plenty of gambling to be done without ever leaving the comfort of ones own forest.  Here’s a good, recent example. Over the past five years, we’ve worked in partnership with Pacific University’s Restoration Ecology Program and […]

Restoration Works… Sometimes

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It  would be good if we could pretend that we know what we’re doing, but the truth is that, more often than not, we don’t.  Since 1986, we have invested our time, effort, and treasure in a wide range of restoration efforts.  While all are informed by some degree of scientific information and analysis, all […]

A Video Adventure

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    We were surprised and honored when Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide producer, Vince Patton, approached us about the possibility of their program taking a look at our experiments in the forests.  They worked long, hard, and creatively to pull the piece together and it was aired this March.  We much appreciate their […]

Being Sensible

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Of the many pleasures of forest stewardship, using our good sense(s) rates high on the list.  Each forest and season has its own unique smells.  The feel of the winds change every day.  The taste of ripe berries or sautéed chanterelles, And let’s not forget the feeling of the rain trickling down your neck as […]

Solar Kiln Swings Into Gear

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With 3,000 board feet of Oregon white oak fully air dried and the sun each day rising higher in the sky, today we were pleased to wake up the kiln from its winter’s nap and apply the concentrated heat of the sun to the wood.  Within hours the temperature in the chamber rose to 150 deg. evaporating […]

Woods From the Woods – Inventory Highlights

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The array of Hyla Woods products is driven by what the forests provide, which means that we end up with a large range of products from the full suite of ten plus species that are part of the forests’ web.  Here are a few of the current highlights: – Specialty cedar paneling – 3/8″ x […]

Pecha Kucha Follow Up Resources

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Follow On Notes From Peter Hayes’ Pecha Kucha Presentation Feb. 12, 2015: First, the joke.  How about:  Q: What is the best definition of “perfect pitch”?  A: When the accordion is thrown into the dumpster and it lands right on the banjo.  (note – I am fully qualified to tell this type of cruel, discriminatory […]

Pam Wrestles With Loggers

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If this brings to mind images of Pam, the mighty mite, with braid flying, pummeling some hickory shirted, red suspendered, shagged panted, tobacco chewing, tin hat wearing brute in a mud pit on a log landing – you might want to think again.    Loggers – human You see, there are two types of loggers in […]

Battle Field Clues – Scarlet Ribbons

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Standing on a winter’s day in this cool forest, surrounded by 12″ fir trees, it is all too easy to forget that not long ago this was the scene of a heated battle.  The only clues are the shreds of faded marking tape emerging from the tree bark and fluttering from long dead limbs.          Pausing to […]