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9/17 - Logs to Lumber - Port Angeles, WA

When Sep 17, 2011
from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Where Port Angeles, WA
Contact Name Kirk Hanson
Contact Email
Contact Phone 360-316-9317
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A workshop and field tour on sustainable forestry, low-impact logging and small-scale lumber manufacturing.

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Many small woodland owners are interested in managing their forests for the production of logs and lumber.  Through long-term forest management planning, low impact timber harvesting methods and silvicultural strategies such as individual tree selection and variable density thinning, forest owners can manage timber stands that are increasingly ecologically diverse and can sustainably yield a diversity of timber products.

Forest owners also have many options for adding value to their own timber.  Through on-site portable milling or networking with local small mills and manufacturers, forest owners can capture more value from their timber than by simply selling to large industrial mills.

This seminar and part field tour will introduce forest owners to basic sustainable forest management strategies, low-impact logging techniques and the logistics of value-added manufacturing.  Seasoned professionals in the fields of small woodland management and wood manufacturing will cover a broad range of topics and help forest owners determine what steps they can do themselves and when they should hire out.

AM Session: Forestry & Logging @ Thomas Tree Farm

  • Sustainable silviculture 101

  • The basic biology of tree growth

  • Management goals for forest stand improvement - from habitat enhancement to merchantable timber production

  • Stand treatment options to enhance diversity, uneven-age structure and habitat complexity

  • Selecting trees for removal

  • Minimizing impacts to soil compaction and leave trees

  • Low impact thinning methods

  • Directional falling (demonstration)

  • Climbing-based snag creation and rigging for low impact extraction (demonstration)

  • Modern horse logging (demonstration of ground vs. arch skidding)

PM Session: Milling & Manufacturing @ Heritage Millworks

  • Niche markets & Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification

  • Value adding discussion/demo

  • Bucking for yield

  • How wood is measured from stump through finished product

  • Mill types and resulting rough sawn finishes

  • Portable milling (demonstration)

  • Lumber kiln drying

  • Machining processes for finished products

This seminar will provide useful information for all types of forest owners and managers including family forests, land trusts, non-profit conservation groups, and consulting foresters.

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