The Last Call?

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Over the thirty plus years that our family has been connected to our current forests, we have listened and looked long and hard for Northern spotted owls. We know that at some time in the past they found suitable homes in these forests, but so far we have yet to encounter one.  But they nested […]

Our Focus on Outcomes – Some Tentative News

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As forest stewards we believe that intentions are nice, actions are good, but outcomes are what matter most.  Accordingly, we are always hungry for chances to assess outcomes. One of those chances came yesterday morning.  At 7:15 AM, not long after the near solstice sun came over the hill, we finished the last of three […]

Strangest Yet – The Day The Turtle Flew

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Over the years we have chalked up many strange events and mysterious phenomenon in the forests – but this week’s tops them all. The story is short and straightforward.  This Monday morning a member of the Hyla Woods team had just started a drive down from the 1,200′ top of Mt. Richmond when a remarkable […]

Flattening Both Curves – Covid 19 and Greenhouse Gases

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The Hyla Woods Team is continuing and ramping up our efforts to explore ways that we and our forests might make their greatest contribution to limiting and addressing the climate crisis. While we’re in the process of developing our updated plan of action, we started by working to better understand the larger, longer term context […]

A Remarkable and Exciting Success – (not ours :))

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It worked!  One of PhD candidate Hankyu Kim’s backpack wearing Hermit Wablers flew to Mexico and back bringing data to help answer the puzzle of where they over winter. Here’s the more complete story:  The heart of Hanku’s research is trying to expand knowledge about the ecology of Hermit Warblers, including answering the previously unanswered […]

Saved From Owls – by an Owl – Call?

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In the spirit of providing a little escapist diversion during these challenging times, here is a recounting of a recent, intense forest adventure and learning experience. Fair warning, dear readers, the risk and danger that we felt and describe may not be well founded, but there is no way to know. On the evening of […]

Uplift in the Time of the Virus

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Has the past week left you hungry for a little good news? If so, here’s some: These first hints of leafing out on this willow shoot are part of a larger, encouraging story. This uplifting window into spring (it has not been cancelled!) is thanks to work done in the winter of 2019 by students […]

Through the Eyes of Others

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Since 1986 the Hyla Woods team has been most fortunate to learn from visitors to the forests. Some come from close at hand while others come from afar – including Chile’, Indonesia, France, Slovakia, England, Germany, New Zealand……  There is much that we learn from all of them.  While we learn from from their descriptions […]

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 […]