Women Owning Woodlands Network
The Art and Science of Forest Thinning: Making informed decisions regardingwhich and how many trees to remove in a forest thinning
April 13, 2013
9:00 am - 12:00pm, brown bag lunch following
Mahonia Land Trust Conservancy
20495 South Geiger Rd
Oregon City, OR
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Join us as we follow the Mahonia Land Trust through a thinning operation this year. We will hold three sessions: Thinning Decisions, Working with Forest Professionals, and After the Harvest.
The first step in any operation is setting clear goals and objectives. Many of us have stands that we think need to be thinned, whether it be to improve forest health, increase wildlife habitat, produce income, and create more growing space for remaining trees. How do you know how many trees are on your land in the first place? You can pay a professional to conduct a cruise, but you can get sufficient information to make good decisions by collecting a little information.
During this session, you will learn about the Mahonia Land Trust Conservancy, their goals, objectives and history. We will learn how to use several tools, including a diameter tape, increment borer, and clinometer. We will put in a couple plots in the stand that will be thinned, and look at current density. We will also incorporate landowner goals (wildlife, recreation, etc.). We will then “thin” the forest and see if we met our goals. We will utilize lunch time for follow up discussions.
Please dress for a day out in the woods. We will be walking on uneven ground and collecting data.