Managing young stands for climate resilience

When: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 4:00pm
Where: 

near Bucoda

What: 

Managing young stands for climate resilience

WHEN: June 11, 2024      4:00 - 8:30 pm

A tour of ecologically-based forest management practices aimed at improving climate resilience, wildlife habitat, and timber productivity.

Join Northwest Natural Resource Group's Director of Forestry, Kirk Hanson, on a tour of his family's forest near Bucoda, Washington, where he has been implementing a wide range of ecologically-based forest management practices aimed at improving climate resilience, wildlife habitat, and timber productivity.

Kirk has been managing his family’s forestlands for nearly 30 years. When his family acquired their Bucoda Forest in 2018, Kirk began a long-term process of restoring the property while testing forestry techniques along the way. The young mixed hardwood/conifer forest was rife with common issues many small woodland owners face: invasive species, both overstocked and understocked stands, diminished diversity and wildlife habitat, and limited potential for timber production.

Kirk will share his experience with forest restoration and working with various financial assistance programs to reduce the cost of improving the ecological and economic value of his land.

The tour will cover the following topics:

  • Pre-commercial thinning
  • Managing red alder
  • Managing Douglas-fir plantations
  • Tree planting and seedling maintenance
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Commercial thinning
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Invasive plant species
  • Forest mapping and monitoring
  • Climate adaptation strategies
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Labor and financial costs of forest restoration

Free, but please register here.  Attendance limited to 25.