Recreation wrapped in wood

In the last blog post, I didn’t get a good chance to wrap the story of recreation and forest management together as well as I should have.  I don’t believe that every acre should be managed and I don’t think every acre should be thinned.  Different management techniques that can and should be used to manage forests.  When it comes to our national forests in the United States, thinning is a great tool to use.  We desperately need to reduce the fuel loads in the forests.  We have too many trees.  I saw a report yesterday that the most recent tree tally of the United States came to 96.6 billion trees with a diameter of at least 5 inches.  That means trees outnumber people 300 to 1 in the US.  Continue reading “Recreation wrapped in wood”

Outdoor Recreation, Forest Management

For those of us in forest management, outdoor recreation and managing our forests go hand in hand.  I don’t know that it is seen the same way by outdoor recreation enthusiasts, but it should.  When you get down to the interests of both, the similarities are striking in my opinion.  People that work in forests/mountains/woods love nature.  They love the forest, and they want to see it used and protected.  I can’t think of an outdoor recreation enthusiast that doesn’t share those same interests.  Historically both groups haven’t been on the same page when it comes to forest management.  I think that needs to change and will soon.

Let me share with you a story.  A backcountry hiker and outdoor lover booked his vacation time.  His job as a relationship manager at a major bank gives him 4 weeks of paid vacation and this is his big summer trip.  This trip was scheduled for August 2016.  He’s meeting up with his brother, and they are taking his son on his first multiday backpacking adventure.  Continue reading “Outdoor Recreation, Forest Management”

Why do I blog?

Do you ever get that feeling that you have things to say, but it’s not getting to enough people?  That is what turned me on to blogging.  I enjoy speaking to large groups and sharing the stories of our family business, forest collaboration, forest restoration, cross laminated timber, legislation, and others, but something was missing.  Those settings are great, and it allows you to connect with people.  Unfortunately, every person in the audience whether it’s 30, 300, or 3,000 represents a number of other people with shared interests that aren’t in the room. Continue reading “Why do I blog?”

Tell the forest story

In a recent visit to EPCOT in Orlando Florida, I had the pleasure of watching “The American Adventure.”  It’s a look back at how the United States was formed and the influences that got us to where we are today.  Everything Disney is amazing and this show is no exception.  The show is an inspiring look back at the events and people that make America what it is.  One part caught my attention as it pertains to forests.  There was a scene where the two figures were Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir. Continue reading “Tell the forest story”