Our Approach

We are a 6th generation experimental family forest business in the Oregon coast range working towards a better model of forestry.


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In this section we share a range of resources and materials that may be of interest and value to our many partners: Hyla Woods Ecoassessment – The report is our first effort at summarizing as many aspects of the forests’ functions as possible. Monitoring Plan – Details of the Hyla Woods monitoring plan and an update […]


If you’re interested in connecting with Hyla Woods, there are a few good ways. Get in touch:  Peter Hayes- peter@hylawoods.com Ben Hayes – ben@springboardforestry.com   971-678-9466 Join our email list:  info coming soon. Find us on social media:  https://www.instagram.com/hyla_woods/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/hylawoods/ Visit with some of our friends:  Build Local Alliance (www.buildlocalalliance.org) Northwest Certified Forestry (www. nnrg.org/nw-certified-forestry) […]


One piece of the puzzle of making the growing of ecologically complex forests economically viable is finding, or developing, quality markets for all of the logs removed from the forest – including seven species and varied diameters and grades. As neighboring forests and the mills they supply become increasingly simplified (focused on small diameter fir […]

Our History

Our History With Forests – Our family’s life and wellbeing have been intertwined with forests since 1848 when our ancestor, Orrin Ingram, went to work as a teenager in the forests and steam sawmills of the Adirondack Mountains.  As family involvement with forests and sawmills grew and moved west – through Ontario, Wisconsin, and the Northwest – each […]


Hyla Woods is a family-owned business caring for three, working, experimental forests in the northern Oregon Coast Range. Using positive impact forestry methods, we aim to grow ecologically complex, economically viable, responsibly operated forests. Our wood is sold in both log form and as finished products, milled in the forest and dried in our solar dry […]

Updates From the Woods

Three Days in a Forest – YOUR forest!

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I can’t think of a place where the ratio between the number of people who talk and think about a place is so out of whack with the number who have actually set foot in the place.  The place is the Elliott State Forest in the Oregon Coast Range and, until recently, I was part […]

Forest Products – Reflections On

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We were seated in a circle of folding chairs as the summer’s setting sun dropped below the tree line.  Looking down, I was surprised by the amount of dust caking my worn boots.  Dust lingering from a long day in the nearby forest loading logs from recently thinned trees onto mill-bound trucks.  All of us […]

Fence Pulling – A “Four Legged” Rewilding Adventure

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The Hyla Woods team is fortunate to be working in partnership with the good folks at Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District to plan and carry out a challenging 60 acre restoration project in our Mt. Richmond Forest on land recently purchased from our neighbors. One part of the project is removing four legs of […]

Illuminated by Fire

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Now that most welcomed, cold rains have brought our fire season to an end, it seems constructive to reflect on some of the lessons reinforced by events in the past two months.  Though the fires are dwindling, the human suffering related to them is far from over; this is a time to focus on ways […]

BEE – ing

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Over the years, we’ve monitored a variety of things in our forests, from birds to amphibians and creek bugs to water temperatures. We’ve often talked about what else to add. Thanks to Molly’s work with native bees and Extension forester Amy Grotta’s encouragement to join her 2019 Oregon Bee Atlas monitoring outings at Matteson State […]

Timber Wars – How Helpful?

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Metaphors Matter – It’s Time for a Change:   There is so much that is right, good, and encouraging about the accord that was recently reached between representatives of the so called timber industry and conservation groups in Oregon, and there is one key element that is wrong.  I hope that we’ll all support the effort’s […]

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 […]