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, […]

New Years Day – Salmon Style

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The best part is that I perceived the event with something other than my eyes.  Just as folks in the upper Nehalem have for thousands of years before us, we’d been watching and waiting.  Would they return? If so, when?  With the creek’s flow at near record lows, our hopes we’re high.  While doing maintenance […]

PSU MBA Students Focus on Forest Issues

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The Hyla Woods Team is excited to see students from all ages and disciplines come to the forests to seek answers to questions that are important to them – and to us.  This fall it was our pleasure to work with students in Portland State University’s Masters in Business Administration program. Here is a taste […]

Catlin Gabel 7th Graders’ State of the Creek Report – 2018

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2018 Annual State of The Creek Report    –  Catlin Gabel 7th Grade Class Golden maple leaves wash downstream as Coho salmon climb against the current on their return to Lousignont Creek. One season ends and another begins. For the seventh-graders at Catlin Gabel School, this marks the end of another rewarding field season at Hyla […]