Single Tree Selection Silviculture for Coastal Conifers

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:00 to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 12:00

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Dates: Thursday, May 10 at 12:00 to Friday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: In and around Eureka, California
Coordinators: Bill Wilkinson, Jared Gerstein, and Paul Harper

Join this field tour, discussion, and social time, all dedicated to Douglas fir, Tanoak, Redwood, and mixed conifer silviculture. 

Agenda:
Thursday, May 10
12:00 p.m.: Meet at intersection of Kneeland Road and Old Arcata Road. Also known as “3-Corners”, or “Freshwater Corners,”, and near Freshwater Elementary School. Carpool/caravan from there to our first stop.

Upon arrival - 2:30 p.m.: Visit the Almquist property in the Kneeland area to look at selection management in the Douglas fir/Tanoak forest type on a small, non-industrial property.  Issues to discuss at this site include control of tanoak sprouting, planting redwood at the edge of its range and conifer encroachment in oak woodlands.

Upon arrival - 5:30 p.m.: Next, tour the van Eck redwood forest in the community of Fieldbrook, about 5 miles from Arcata, to look at selection silviculture in an approximately 70-year old, mostly redwood forest. The van Eck redwood forest has been managed using single tree selection silviculture with 20-30% volume removal at each entry for the past 30 years. Issues to discuss at this stop include annual harvest of timber on a property under a conservation easement as well as a Forest Carbon Offset project.

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: Travel back to Freshwater Corners meeting place.

Pizza dinner provided, social, and beer available to purchase at the historic Eagle House, in Eureka, CA.

Friday, May 11
8:00 a.m.: Meet at intersection of Kneeland Road and Old Arcata Road. Also known as “3-Corners”, or “Freshwater Corners,”, and near Freshwater Elementary School. Carpool/caravan from there to our first stop.

Upon arrival - 12:00 p.m.: Tour a Humboldt Redwood Company tract in the Freshwater Creek Watershed to look at selection silviculture on lands owned by an industrial land owner. We will see an approximately 80-year-old, mostly redwood stand which has had a recent single tree selection harvest of approximately 50% of standing volume. Issues to discuss will include allocation of growing space, harvest intensity and minimization of residual stand damage. HSU silviculture professor Pascal Berrill will provide a presentation. 

Registration details:

Please register by May 5. $45/$25 for students. Includes dinner and social on May 10, breakfast refreshments and snacks on May 11 in the field, and all field presentations and tours.

Overnight lodging:

Accomodations are in high demand in the Eureka area for this event weekend. A discounted block of rooms has been held at the historic Eagle House/Inn at 2nd & C under the name "Forest Stewards Guild." Reserve your room by April 26 if you would like to stay there overnight by calling 707-444-3344. Lodging costs are on your own.

If you are interested in sponsoring this, or any other Guild Gathering in 2018, please contact us.