Silvicultural Implementation

Little White Salmon River Oak Release, United States Department of Fish and Wildlife – 2012-2015

Implemented thinning prescriptions to release oaks on 70 acres within the 400-acre public ownership in the Columbia Gorge, Skamania County, Washington State. The property contains both mature Douglas-fir forests and oak and pine woodlands and is within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Work included use of harvester forwarder to cut and remove conifers, forward slash to landings grind and remove biomass, seed areas with native grass, create snags, and hand thin steep inaccessible slopes.

Glaze Snag Study, USDA Forest Service, Deschutes National Forest – 2014

Implemented a study within the Glaze Stewardship Are using different approaches to test efficacy of base versus crown girdling of ponderosa pine trees.

Meadowlark Oak Restoration Project, Friends of Mt. Pisgah and Bufford Park – 2012

Contracted to use harvester forwarder to conduct oak release treatments on the east side of Mt. Pisgah, in Lane County and to provide trucking services. Provided log marketing and tracking services.

Whychus Canyon Preserve Woodland Restoration, Deschutes Land Trust – 2012

Designed and implemented enhancement treatments to restore ponderosa pine/juniper and aspen woodlands and bunchgrass understory plant communities on this 450-acre property. Treatments involved hand falling and piling and burning juniper and construction of slash fences to protect aspen groves from browse.

Metolius Preserve Section 17 Commercial Thinning, Deschutes Land Trust – 2012

Designed and implemented a 80-acre commercial thinning in second growth ponderosa pine on a private ownership near Camp Sherman, Oregon. Project services included prescription development, tree marking and harvest layout, permitting, log marketing, logging contract supervision and administration. Mosaic thinning, a prescription designed to restore spatial heterogeneity, gaps and snags was implemented. This project was designed to study snag use preferences by white-headed woodpeckers (a focal management species) in partnership with the American Bird Conservancy and University of Oregon.

Canemah Bluff Natural Area Oak Release, Metro – 2012

Contracted to use log forwarder to move logs and slash to landings at Canemah Bluff Natural Area.

Kime Oak Release, Long Tom Watershed Council – 2011

Contracted to use log forwarder to move slash to landings at the Kime property in Land County.

Sogge Thinning and Habitat Enhancement Project, Long Tom Watershed Council – 2010

Managed a commercial thinning project of approximately 50 acres to restore oak woodlands, near Eugene, Oregon. Services included project design, permitting, log marketing, supervision of contract thinning contractors and project administration.

Bonnibel Forest Commercial Thin, Columbia Land Trust – 2008

Designed and completed a commercial thinning on 20 acres of mature Douglas-fir forest using a cut to length harvest system. Services included prescriptions, tree marking and boundary layout, permitting, and administration of logging and biomass processing contracts.

Wind Rim and Bonnibel Oak and Pine Restoration, Columbia Land Trust – 2008

Completed thinning and fuel reduction treatments at the Little White Salmon Biodiversity Preserve within the Columbia River Scenic Area. Subsequent treatments included prescribed burning, noxious weed treatments and seeding of native bunchgrasses and forbs.

Wild Iris Commercial Thinning and Habitat Enhancement, City of Eugene – 2007

Developed prescriptions, marked and contracted commercial thinning and biomass processing in parkland owned by the City of Eugene. Dense woodlands were thinned to recreate open woodland and savanna structure. Invasive shrubs were masticated and slash piles burned and seeded.

Seesil Oak Woodland Thinning and Habitat Enhancement, City of Eugene – 2007

Developed prescriptions, marked stands and contracted commercial thinning and biomass processing on this Bureau of Land Management ownership within the West Eugene Wetlands. The site contains some of the largest California black oak trees in the Willamette Valley. Dense
woodlands were thinned to recreate open woodland and savanna structure. Snags were created by topping, invasive shrubs were masticated, and native forbs and grasses were seeded.

Coburg/McKenzie Commercial Thin and Oak Release, The Nature Conservancy – 2007

Developed prescriptions, marked stands and contracted commercial thinning and biomass processing on the 1,200 acre Coburg Ridge Preserve, the largest privately owned nature sanctuary in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Ohmann Oak Restoration Project, Private Landowner – 2007

Implemented thinning project on a 32 acre ownership near Corvallis, Oregon. Treatments were designed to release oak from conifer encroachment while maintaining nesting habitat for western grey squirrels. Project services included silvicultural prescriptions, timber marking, log marketing, logging contract supervision, and slash treatment. A cut-to-length logging system including a harvester-processor and log forwarder was used.

Carnine Thinning Project, Private Landowner – 2006

Developed and implemented restorative prescriptions on 60-acres of Douglas-fir and Oregon white oak woodland near Eugene, Oregon. Prescriptions were developed with an emphasis on connecting habitat corridors, releasing oak and maintaining western grey squirrel core nesting habitat. Treatments were completed using a cut-to-length system employing a harvester and forwarder. Follow-up treatments included hand piling and burning of slash, herbicide control noxious weed, and native grass seeding of disturbed areas.

Drinkward Thinning and Fuel Reduction Project, Private Landowner – 2006

Thinned private landowner parcel in Camp Sherman, Oregon to reduce high fuel buildups in pine stands and reduce bark beetle mortality. Treatments were completed implementing a cutto-length system using a harvester and forwarder. Surface fuels were masticated with skid-steer to remove undesirable understory vegetation and other flammable fuels.

Metolius Preserve Fuel Reduction, Deschutes Land Trust – 2006

Developed prescriptions and managed 200-acre thinning contract in ponderosa pine stands to reduce high fuel buildups on the Metolius Preserve, in Jefferson County, Oregon.

Section 29/19 Commercial Thin, Deschutes Land Trust – 2005

Managed a 450-acre commercial thinning in second growth ponderosa pine stands to reduce forest fuels and accelerate reference era stand structure on the Metolius Preserve, a private ownership near Camp Sherman, Oregon. Treatments were completed using a harvester processor and log forwarder. Project services included prescription development, tree marking and harvest layout, permitting, log marketing, logging contract supervision and administration and mastication of activity fuels.

Reichman Commercial Thin, Private Landowner – 2005

Completed a variable density commercial thinning on 100 acres of conifer forest and woodlands near Eugene, Oregon using a cut-to-length system. Project services included prescription development, tree marking, permitting, log marketing, logging contract supervision, and herbicide application to control invasive weeds.

Dillacourt Thinning and Oak Restoration Project, BLM, Columbia Land Trust – 2004

Designed and implemented habitat enhancement prescriptions on 500 acres of oak savanna and woodland in the Klickitat River Canyon, an area that contains the largest concentration of these declining habitats in Washington State. Services included thinning stands to remove conifers and over-stocked oak, prescribed burning and native grass seeding to re-establish bunchgrass communities.

Rowena Fuels Reduction, Rowena Landowners & Oregon Department of Forestry – 2004

Rowena Wilds is a planned rural housing development that was designed around conservation covenants. The 200-acre community located at the eastern edge of the Columbia Gorge, southeast of Mosier, Oregon contains high-quality remnant pine and oak habitats that have been encroached with fir and oak regeneration. Forest restoration prescriptions were designed to reduce forest fuels and restore savanna habitats. Services included management planning, thinning and prescribed burning.

Powerline Commercial Thin, Confidential Client – 2004

Developed prescriptions and completed commercial thinning on 132 acres of young coastal spruce, hemlock, alder and Douglas-fir on a property south of Newport, Oregon. A cut-to-length harvester and forwarder was used.

King’s Slough Commercial Thin, Confidential Client – 2004

Managed a 250-acre harvest of young coastal spruce/hemlock/alder and Douglas-fir using variable density thinning. Project services included prescription development, tree marking, permitting, log marketing, and logging contract supervision.

Wapiti Timber Harvest, Confidential Client – 2002

Designed and implemented a 75- acre variable-retention regeneration timber harvest on private lands near Newport, Oregon.

Potter Forest Commercial Thinning, Private Landowner – 2001

A commercial thinning was designed and implemented on a 40-acre forest, near Corvallis, Oregon.

Berg Commercial Thinning – 2000

Designed and implemented thinning on a 40-acre small woodland harvest, northwest of Corvallis, Oregon. The harvest used free thinning and group selection methods and was completed using a skyline yarding system.

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