1. Cover Page
2. Table of Contents
5.1 Forest Health
5.3 Water Resource
5.6 Forest Grazing
5.7 Aesthetics and
5.8 Forest Products
6. 10-Year Plan
Forest Stewardship Plan
Acreage: The parcel contains approximately 150 acres, 100 of which are forested.
Location: The property is located in southeastern Grays Harbor County in the Chehalis River Basin. The closest town is Oakville, a historic logging community.
Access: The property has good access. Paved roads lead to the property and are well maintained. Access is possible from the north and south ends of the property.
Topography: The terrain rises from north to south, with the bottomlands utilized for agriculture. The rise in topography is short and steep with the rest of the parcel flat or gently sloping. The elevation at the highest point is approximately 500 feet. There are two streams in the forested area, both of which have good drainage.
Land use history: The land has been inhabited and managed since the early 1900s with the bottomlands consistently utilized for agriculture. The forest was has been partially clearcut on a regular basis throughout its history of ownership.
Current Conditions: The overstory in the western half of the forest was drastically reduced in the ice storm of 1996. Snags posing a threat to human safety have been downed. A significant amount of that wood was left on the forest floor while some was culled for firewood. Regeneration in the Westside unit is low.
The rest of the property consists of mixed conifer and hardwood overstory of a fairly small diameter (>20 inches) with occasional trees of larger girth. It is being managed for diversity, wildlife, and aesthetics, with present but minimal timber harvest at this time.
Surrounding land use: The adjacent lands, both in private and public ownership, have been managed for timber with traditional techniques, primarily clearcutting, replanting with Douglas fir, and precommertial thinning. This has left them uniform in stand structure and species composition, making Wild Thyme Farm forest an potential island for species dependent on later succesional forest characteristics and diversity.
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