Oak Restoration – A Major Milestone Reached

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We are fortunate in having remarkable oak stands in our Mt. Richmond Forest.  Conserving these oaks requires active management by us.  They are only there as a result of active human management over hundreds of years – in the form of native Americans regularly and deliberately burning the lands in order to keep competing trees, […]

Students Complete Yearlong Ecological Research

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The second graders of Catlin Gabel School helped us get started on a project that we’ve been keen to focus on for years.  Guided by their simple, central questions of “who’s home?” and “how do the organisms depend on one another?”, the students, supported by their courageous teachers and adult helpers, spent their 2013-14 school […]

Report #2 from Student Citizen Scientists

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Wyatt H’s Report:   On Feb 18, 2014 my yellow science class went on a field trip to Hyla Woods, in Oregon. We departed early at 8:00 AM. When we got there we went to our site (the farthest upstream) and started our testing. We did many tests like Dissolved oxygen, which is the oxygen […]

Student Citizen Scientists Share Their Findings

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We’ve been pleased to have several groups of students – ranging from 2nd graders to university students – doing serious investigations in the forests this year.   Below is the first of two reports presented by the 7th grade scientists from Catlin Gabel School.  We thank them for their good work and encourage you to learn […]

Troublingly Friendly

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Do you ever get the feeling that something is watching you – and then find out that you are right? On a late February day I was planting trees in the open meadow of the Timber Forest.  Driving the shovel’s blade in to the soil, something gave me pause as I reach into the bag […]

The Only Owl is a Lonely Owl

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On the evening of Saturday March 1st, eleven of us divided into two teams and set off into the dark forest to learn what our annual owl monitoring would tell us.  Hopes were raised by our having heard up to seven individual owls in three species during monitoring in past years.  Following each of two […]

A Most Hopeful Act

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This world is always in need of hope. In our forests there is one activity that we always look forward to.  Tree planting.  One reason for this is that it is one of the few activities we do that is welcomely quet and not overshadowed by some load equipment.  But the main reason we look […]

Hyla and Zena Team Up – Again

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Given our similar goals, values, and approaches, it should be no surprise that cooperation between Hyla Woods and Zena Forest Products is a common and welcome thing. Our most recent adventure was working together to supply wood for Kurt and Mary Koehler’s remarkable new home in the their forest in the Coast Range foothills west of Junction […]

Who’s Home?

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              At the risk of confirming that we have serious soft spots for the owls that call our (their?!) forests home, we want to report the results of our first evening of monitoring in this new year.  Though we knew that we were on the early end of the […]

Build Local Alliance Featured Projects

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In this write up Build Local Alliance Manager, Noe Penny, does an excellent job of highlighting the leadership in linking the worlds of farms, foods, forests, and wood recently taken by Portland’s own Food Front Cooperative Grocery.  We thank Noe, Food Front, and other project partners, and encourage you to check it out. http://www.buildlocalalliance.org/2014/01/food-front-cooperative-grocery/ If way […]