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

Check out the Cranberry Lake Foundation website if you'd like written directions to the property.

Please bring your own lunch and water and dress for the weather. Optional: bring your hard hat. Coffee and snacks will be available at the start.

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 forester 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. 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.

9:30 – 10 – Arrive at Cranberry Lake Forest Education and Research Center shelter (follow arrow signs from entrance)

10:00 – 10:20  – Guild Updates, Shane Hetzler

10:20 – 10:45 – Overview and history of the Cranberry Lake Foundation, Matt Provencher

10:45-11 – Go to boardwalk

11 – 11:45 – visit a forested bog and immediately recent harvest area. Discuss the current logging and also what forested bogs look like and their management challenges.

11:45 – 12:30  – Lunch at shelter

12:30 – 1:15 – Site 1 – 2017 Logging

1:15 – 2:00 – Site 2 – 2014 Logging

2:00 – 2:45 – Site 3 – 2011 Logging

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. 

2:45 – 3:00 – wrap up and close out, use porta potty if needed

3:00 – Travel to social at Spencer Lake Bar and Grill1180 East Pickering Road (about 15-20 minutes away)

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