Discovering the Forest

 

Valley View Forest

Sun streaming through the trees at Valley View Forest

Forest ecosystems are characterized by fascinating relationships between wildlife, plants, trees, water, and air. Add human use and economies into the mix, and the dynamics at play become even more complex. Join us as we set out to explore these interconnections and ask, how does a community forest thrive for the good of all?

In Discovering the Forest, we will come together as a community to deepen our shared understanding of forests and what a community forest can be and to use that understanding to shape our vision of the amazing opportunity we have for community involvement at Valley View Forest and Chimacum Ridge Forest.

Read more about the four-part Winter Virtual Learning Series here >> 

 


Hands-on Work Parties
Starting Spring 2021

 

We spent the winter learning more about the forest. Now it’s time to get outside and put some of our learning to work! We’ve planned four hands-on work parties to prepare for the upcoming sustainable forest thinning at Valley View Forest.


Wildlife Tree Marking

April 13 and April 27
10 am – 1 pm
Valley View Forest in Chimacum

What makes for a great wildlife tree? Come learn! In preparation for our first forest health harvest at Valley View Forest, join us to help us identify and mark important trees that will be permanently preserved as unique habitat features for wildlife, plants, and fungi.

Space is limited at our in-person work parties. We’ll hold a lottery for the available spots. Let us know you’d like to participate by registering below.

Indicate your interest in wildlife tree marking here >>


Harvest Tree Marking

May 11 and May 25
10 am – 1 pm
Valley View Forest in Chimacum

Healthy trees need room to grow and a healthy forest needs space for new trees and other plants. Join us in selecting trees for a sustainable forest thinning harvest at Valley View Forest. We’ll be identifying and marking which trees will be harvested and turned into wood products to benefit the local economy, while also creating space for understory shrub species and a new generation of seedlings.

Space is limited at our in-person work parties. We’ll hold a lottery for the available spots. Let us know you’d like to participate by registering below.

Indicate your interest in harvest tree marking here >>

 


Virtual Learning Sessions
Starting Spring 2021

 

And just like before, we’ll also bring the learning home to you. During this three-part series, land managers and foresters will share about the harvest process and discuss the benefits these activities will have for Valley View Forest and our community.


Pre-Harvest Virtual Learning Session

Friday, June 11, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Topics covered: Wildlife tree, leave tree, and harvest tree selection and pre-harvest planning and site prep.

 

During Harvest Virtual Learning Session

Friday, June 25, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Topics covered: Harvest equipment, site safety, soil and vegetation considerations, landing site development, trucking, and customer considerations.

 

Post-Harvest Virtual Learning Session

October TBD

Topics covered: The local wood economy, forest recovery, and next steps.


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Trees at Valley View Forest

Valley View Forest in Chimacum, opened in October 2020, offers the perfect location to apply our learning. Read more and find directions here.

 


Winter 2020-2021 Virtual Learning Series Events

How do we know a forest is healthy?

November 2020
With Geoff Hammerson and Linda Dacon

How can we help forests be healthy?

December 2020
With Carrie Clendaniel and David Brownell

How can healthy forests help us?

January 2021
With Betsy Davis, Sean Koomen, Tim Lawson, and Maureen Walrath

What is our shared vision for a community forest on Chimacum Ridge?

February 2021
With David Moscowitz and Erik Kingfisher

 

Read more about the Winter Virtual Learning Series here >>