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San Juan Forest Management Workshop

When Mar 02, 2013
from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Where Orcas Island, WA
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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Join Northwest Certified Forestry for the second workshop in our series for forest owners in the San Juans to address both the universal and unique challenges of managing island forests.


The morning seminar will provide an overview of the history and ecology of forests in the San Juans, as well as management options for the most common issues facing forest owners.


Topics include:

History (the last fifty years) of timber harvesting

Challenges moving logs to mainland markets

Forest management options

Pre-commercial thinning, commercial thinning, VDT, VRH, overstory thinning, patch cutting to promote even age stands

Long-term fire mitigation

Sustained yields


Commercial timber harvest

Skid trails & landings

Timber species & log grades

Timber markets

Logging costs

On-island milling/manufacturing options


The afternoon field tour will visit three forests with recent management activity. Participants will see first-hand, a forest that has been pre-commercially thinned, a commercial thin of a 70-year old stand, and an alder harvest patch converting to a conifer forest. The tour begins at 1:00 and will likely end around 5:00, folks can join for as long they have time.


DATE: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, Eastsound, WA 98245

COST: Free!

Registration: Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please register by either completing an on-line registration form ( or contacting Kirk Hanson.

MORE INFO: See the flier or contact Kirk Hanson: 360-316-9317, 



If you are interested in evaluating options for improving the economic and ecological potential of your forest, please contact Northwest Certified Forestry for a free site visit. A forester from NCF will spend up to two hours walking your forest with you and discussing both forest management options and financial and technical assistance programs available to you.

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