It might seem odd to have a forestry page on a farm website. But the two often go hand in hand, in mutually compatible and beneficial ways. This section of the website is dedicated to exploring how small scale forestry can complement farm activities, management, and profitability.
Trees are a way of life in the Pacific Northwest. Our climate, our latitude and our geography resulted in miles of unbroken forest cover until only very recently. A far cry from single species commercial woodlots, our native forests naturally include dozens of hardwood and softwood species, as well as numerous understory plant species and countless animal species. The mix of dry forest floor, frequent streams and ponds have only increased the variety of species which this area can comfortably support.
While some property owners feel compelled to clear their entire property and use every last bit of area for crops or livestock, we plan to keep much of our forest cover intact. Furthermore, we have folded forestry practices into our operation so that our farm can make the best possible use of what we already have. As part of that planning process, we attended a set of Forest Stewardship classes hosted by several state agencies. Those classes taught us a great deal about woodlot management, soil and water quality within those woods, wildlife diversity and balancing ecosystem protection with economic viability. The end result of those classes was a written Forest Plan which we are still implementing.
As you have probably seen on other pages, we are in the process of rebuilding and expanding our farm website. So we have lots of work ahead of us in that regard.
Part of this new website will include a comprehensive section on forestry topics as they apply to our small farm. Topics include:
* Hardwoods management
* Softwoods management
* Surface water and ground water management
* Forest ecosystems and wildlife management
* Understory species and impacts on farm activities
* Forest Canopy Succession Planning
* Boreal Forest and Property History
* Forest Soils Preservation
* Small Forest Products
Forestry is as big a part of what we do here as any other topic in small farm management. We invite you to read through our materials, as we get those materials posted, to learn about how we balance forest management with other farm activities. We plan to create and maintain a thriving, healthy forest for the rest of our time on this property, and we look foreward to sharing information about those efforts.