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HANSON FAMILY FOREST
Increasing forest health through young-stand thinning & seedling release
The Hanson Family Forest near Bucoda, WA is a 102-acre property that hosts a wide array of stand types ranging from newly established conifer plantations to young, naturally regenerated hardwood stands to 26-year-old Douglas-fir plantations. Two management challenges facing the forest owners include natural hardwood stands which are extremely dense and in a competitive exclusion phase, and newly established conifer plantations which are becoming overgrown with competing vegetation.
The two projects hosted by Hanson Family Forest attempted to address these management challenges. A dense stand dominated by red alder, bigleaf maple and cascara was pre-commercially thinned in three types of treatments; a young Douglas-fir/western redcedar plantation was treated to release it from competition with Himalayan blackberry; and a second young Douglas-fir plantation received treatments to release it from competition with bigleaf maple.
View the case study summary below, or click here for a PDF of the cast study.
View the case study summary below, or click here to view a PDF version of the case study.
Western Sustainable Agriculture and Education is supporting the research and training provided through this project with grant #OW19-350 – Seedling Release and Young-Stand Thinning as a Way to Increase Forest Health and Production