Bogs and Outwash - Growing Uneven-Aged Douglas Fir in the Puget Sound Area

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 09:30 to 15:00

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Location: Cranberry Lake Forest Education and Research Center
51 E Tintagel Place, Shelton, Mason County, Washington

Come tour the Cranberry Lake Forest Education and Research Center. This 720-acre property is used for education and research of the natural environment. Active timber management helps support these goals.

Of the 720 acres, approximately 520 acres is upland forest, with the remaining 200 acres being comprised of lakes and streams, as well as unique wetland environments such as bogs and fens.

The management of the property is a mix of even-aged and uneven-aged management, with approximately 420 acres managed in the latter. Come see the challenges and successes of managing Douglas-fir using uneven-aged methods in this unique environment.

Hosted by Cranberry Lake Foundation foresters Guy Lusignan and Matt Provencher, (also a Forest Stewards Guild Professional Member).

Join the group afterwards for a social at the Spencer Lake Bar and Grill, 1180 East Pickering Road, Shelton, WA

Detailed agenda coming soon...but here is a sneak peek:

Our hosts will introduce the Foundation’s management across chronological series of thinnings – including one harvest that should be wrapping up just before our visit.

This will be a great opportunity to meet with other Guild members and discuss the impacts of drought on Douglas-fir, the implementation of intermediate thinnings, and how to respond to changes in climate. We will visit three field sites to view thinning projects and response over time:

1) a 2017 or 2018 logging site on the property,

2) a 2014 logging location on the property, and

3) a 2011 logging location on the property.

Participants will have time for self-guided tours in the immediate area (each location is roughly in the middle of the harvest unit), and then we will reconvene and have a guided discussion about each site. 

For more information about this event, please email Colleen Robinson.