I had the opportunity to work up in the San Juans again for a few days last week. I met with about a half dozen forest owners, then hosted an afternoon seminar that focused on the barriers to economically viable forest management in the islands. Though the islands are certainly a unique community, they share a lot of similar challenges with other communities of small woodland owners throughout Washington. Long, and therefore expensive haul distances to log markets, diminishing number of logging contractors, increasing regulatory barriers, lack of information on silvicultural alternatives, etc. Arguably the biggest common barrier is decreasing
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