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 […]

The Last Log…..For Now

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In this world of forest stewardship there seems to be something about taking note of the “last   ____ of the season” or the first.  I was reminded of this on a recent hot afternoon as I slipped the steel cable of the choker around the last log of this summer’s logging project and prepared to […]

Hyla Woods meets Social Media

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Apparently the 21st century has brought with it all of these great technologies such as facebook, instagram, twitter, and tumblr. We’re still out in the woods trying to pull logs with an mid-century modern John Deer 450c crawler tractor. But between turns with the tractor, we’ve expanded our technological footprint! You can now find us […]

….and they will come?

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In the forest, as in the rest of life, we look for validation – don’t we?  But what does it look like?  What forms really matter to us? Early on the morning of June 9th, in the Mt. Richmond Forest, we heard a form of validation that we have been listening and hoping for for […]

From Argentina – With Love?

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Cheesy as it may sound, it is hard for me not to be uplifted by a trip to our forests – if I am paying attention.  Yesterday was no exception. Still groggy from vacating the sack at 3:15 AM, we were more or less awake as the deep blue of a clear dawn came on and […]