Revisiting the Management Plan 

In the spring 2012 issue of Northwest Woodlands, Scott Hayes asks: “How old is your [forest management] plan?” He writes: “Whatever a person’s reason for owning forestland, writing and following a good management plan is worth it.” Hayes, the president of Oregon Small Woodlands Association, encourages woodland owners to revisit forestry plans, particularly when they are written many years ago and may need to be revised.

 

Book Review of David George Haskell's "The Forest Unseen" 

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature(Penguin Books) by David George Haskell

 

The premise of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature is simple enough, but only a naturalist like David George Haskell could write this beautiful book. Poetic and scientific, The Forest Unseen is extraordinary.

 

Even Though I Know They Are Coming 

 

 

Even Though I Know They Are Coming

--by Jois Child

 

the early leaves surprise me
blurring the spaces that yesterday
were winter clear.
Unfurling into the walking wild hunger of moose and deer,
such innocents,
they have no idea except to be
tender and green.

 

Forest Action Plans Are Helping Protect Woods in Your State 

As a woodland owner you are aware of the devastation your trees face from invasives, disease, and unplanned fire, among other threats. Eighty-one million acres of forests in the United States are at risk of devastation by insects and diseases. No woodland owner is safe from the threat of natural disasters, and connecting the next generation to your land is a struggle for many landowners.

Wildfire 101 

Depending on where you live in the United States, wildfires can be frequent natural disasters or rare events. What are wildfires? Knowing wildfire basics can help you identify and address potential risks around your home and property. All fires need three components: fuel, heat and oxygen. These three compose what is called the fire triangle. In forests, live and dead vegetation, including dry leaves, twigs, logs and grasses, are fuel. Heat sources such as sparks, campfires, trash burn barrels, or lightning strikes start fires. Oxygen is readily available and wind increases the flow of oxygen, dries fuels, and helps increase fire spread and intensity. Remove one side of the triangle and fire cannot occur.