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We have a consistent belief: Science is the best guide for shaping and determining our forest practices.
 
On a large swath of Olympic Peninsula state trust forest land, researchers will soon undertake a groundbreaking project to compare different land management strategies, including active management treatments. From the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT ANGELES — Researchers are preparing for a large-scale forest management experiment in the Olympic Experimental State Forest … 

The project, which likely will involve 20,000 to 30,000 acres over the next decade, is expected to begin in 2018 and be fully underway in 2019, [said Bernard Bormann, director of the Olympic Resource Center]. …

Bill Peach, Clallam County commissioner and vice chair of the Board of Natural Resources lauded the effort, saying it looks at more active forms of management.

“Tools such as thinning will be used to decrease the amount of time it takes for a young forest to become endangered species habitat,” he said.

“The study will gather information about the logs that are taken to market, and the health of the forest including the quality of the habitat.” …

The hope is to discover the best practices that benefit the economy, environment and local communities.

In addition to studying different outcomes from a variety of forest practices, another real issue facing forest managers – maintaining access to acreage – will be another focus of experimentation. 

“One of the biggest costs and limits to the amount of revenue that can come from a project is road costs,” [Bormann] said.
 
Among the ideas is exploring new ways to get temporary access to an area without building a road to current standards.
 
That would be done by installing mats of cross laminated timber as a road surface.
 
When crews are done harvesting, the mats could then be reused in other areas, he said.

We’re excited by the scope of this important research and look forward to learning about the findings in the years and decades ahead.


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When what you do makes a difference, that story needs to be shared. This past year, in large part due to the creative talents of our agency partners at Copacino+Fujikado, one important message of ours was shared with hundreds of thousands of commuters in King County and is now receiving extra recognition. 

Our eye-catching and provocative “10 of 10 Salmon Prefer Cool, Clean Water: Foresters Agree” billboard design is in the final running for a prestigious OBIE Award. The OBIEs – now in their 75th year – honor excellence in creative work, specifically in out-of-home (OOH) advertising.

It’s exciting to see our great message about clean water getting added attention and we would be proud to have you share this exciting news with your friends and colleagues on Facebook or Twitter.

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