In many Pacific Northwest forests, previous managers have removed the very features that gave the forests their structural complexity, such as big trees, large snags, down logs, and multi-layered canopy, and then planted seedlings at dense spacing. These crowded, overstocked stands often have diminished tree growth, poor wildlife habitat, low understory diversity, and increased wildfire risk. These stands can be enhanced by thinning out suppressed trees to give the remaining trees the light and space they need to thrive, as well as activate understory diversity, increase habitat potential, improve fire resilience, and generate a modest return. Whether you’re interested in using a chainsaw to take out a few trees or complete a full-blown commercial thinning, these guidance documents can help you prepare for harvest, complete an informed harvest operation, and accelerate the forest’s return to improved ecological integrity after harvest.
- Practices to Steward a Beautiful Forest after Timber Harvest – this guide, intended for forest owners who are preparing to log or have just finished a timber harvest, focuses on planning for a successful harvest and taking advantage of the years after harvest to understand how the forest is responding and to proactively address common forest health concerns.
- How to Measure Woody Biomass in Your Forest – This guidebook provides landowners with a practical inventory system for estimating the volume of timber and woody biomass in their forest. By using these guidelines, landowners can more easily collect information to inform their forest management decisions.
- Woody Biomass Calculator – This calculator tool allows forest owners to convert basic tree measurements and forest data into estimates of timber and biomass volumes.
- OSU’s Small-scale Harvesting for Woodland Owners
- OSU’s Using Pre-commercial Thinning to Enhance Woodland Productivity – A guide and recommendations for conducting a pre-commercial thinning.
- Silviculture with Birds in Mind
- WSU’s Managing a Timber Sale
- WSU’s A Primer for Timber Harvesting
- Assessing Forest Resources, When to Harvest & Silvicultural Systems
- Financial Aspects of Timber Harvesting
- Introduction to Harvest Systems
- Silvicultural & Harvesting Strategies
- WSU’s Assessing Tree Health
- Backyard Forestry in Western Washington
- Silviculture for Washington Family Forests
- OSU’s Many Young Stands Too Crowded
- OSU’s Spacing Young Conifer Stands
- OSU’s Young Stand Thinning Strategies
- Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Pacific Northwest
- Working with a Consultant & Logger: Equipment Options
- Finding the Right Logger for Your Timber Harvest
- Optimizing Timber Values
- Optimizing Timber Values
- Video Series: Beginning Tree Felling
- Sample Contract
- OR & WA log prices
- Log Lines
- Managing a Timber Sale – Financial Aspects & Log Markets
- Timber Sale Checklist
- Timber Sale Checklist (Excel)
- Timber Sale Resource List
- Timber Sale Valuation Worksheet
Photo: Matt Freeman-Gleason