Fire Ecology and Active Management in San Juan Forests
Many forests in the San Juan Islands are comprised of extremely dense small diameter trees. These dense stands are at high risk for forest fire, have stagnant growth and low timber quality, and present very poor wildlife habitat. This workshop will go over the history of island forests, the risks and problems with leaving dense forests unmanaged, and different active management strategies to reduce wildfire risk, enhance forest biodiversity, improve wildlife habitat, and generate income.
Ecology and history of San Juan forests
Fire hazards of overstocked stands
Wildlife impacts of homogenous systems
Active management solutions
Cost mitigation options
Carson Sprenger | Rainshadow Consulting -- Carson has been working with forest owners in the San Juan Islands for over 18 years. He is an expert on local fire history and has conducted 8 years of research on ecological forestry.
Kai Hoffman-Krull | Forage Media -- Kai has a Masters degree in Literature from Yale University and has 8 years of experience in agriculture.
Kirk Hanson | Northwest Natural Resource Group -- Kirk owns a 100-acre forest in Southwest Washington, and has been working on behalf of small woodland owners for over 20 years.