Taint Normal – Spring in the Spring – In January?!

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What’s wrong with this picture?  It was taken on January 14th in our Mt. Richmond Forest.  If you look closely, you will see fresh green shoots of skunk cabbage rising up from under the 38 degree waters of a spring. This winter of 2015 is headed toward being one of the strangest ever – and […]

A Ghost No More – The Third Rule

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In our forests we are mindful of what we consider “ghost species”.  These are species that were part of these ecosystems in the recent past, but no longer are.  We wonder about a number of things with these missing pieces of the puzzle – including how the functions of the forests are different because of their […]

A Hopeful New Year

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In the world of forest stewardship, we continuously encounter events in the forest that run the gamut from encouraging and hopeful to discouraging and depressing; that just goes with the territory.  Because one ongoing battle (so much for zen!) is trying to keep our precious baby cedar seedlings from getting munched by the plentiful elk, […]

Confirmation, at Last

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After years of knowing that we share the forests with big cats, we finally have photo confirmation.  Gary Lerwick, one of the long time and reliable hunters in the Mt. Richmond Forest, has worked long and hard with his game cameras to “hunt” for images of who’s home in the forest.  He recently captured this […]

Divest – Invest, From Global to Local

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With the US and China recently signing a climate change agreement, it appears that positive steps are beginning to be taken, in spite of our counterproductive congress. Who knows what makes change happen, but we have watched with interest as the efforts to persuade investors to divest from fossil fuel related investments has morphed into a […]

The Fir is Flying

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How fortunate we are that our most common local tree, Douglas fir, provides such beautiful and terrific wood.   This past month, fir grown in the high quality stands in our Manning forest and milled and dried on Mt. Richmond has found “second lives” in some exciting, local projects. Our friends at Grand Central Bakery chose to creatively use our […]

An Island in a Sea

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Over the past few years we have realized that there is large scale clear cutting on the boundaries of all three of our forests.  With the economy rebounding, China having a large appetite for wood, and log prices up, our forests are increasingly becoming islands in a sea of cut over land.  With the connectivity […]

Let it Rain!

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We all know the satisfaction that comes with finally completing some task that you’ve been meaning and wanting to complete for some time.  This feeling was induced in the Hyla Woods team this morning as we snugged down the final pieces of roofing on the 12′ x 50′ lean to extension on the shed in our […]

Molly Interprets the Birds

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  The birds that live in and pass through the Hyla Woods forests have much to tell us about the changing health and condition of the forests – if we are paying attention. Our belief in this is the reason why we have worked hard over the past 15 years to understand what the birds […]

Our Best Year of Bird Research Yet

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A combination of key factors caused this to be our most effective and rewarding year of bird research since we began monitoring fifteen years ago.  Cooperative weather, excellent birding helpers, a smoothly running system for coordinating the counts – and – most importantly – the remarkable range of birds that live in and pass through […]