Forest Health for Property Owners

Shaw Island Forests: Management Options for Private Property Owners to Improve Health and Fire Resilience in a Changing Climate


Many forests on Shaw are overly dense and accumulating excessive dead and dying trees. This puts forests at increasing risk for forest fire, diminishes wildlife and biodiversity, and reduces opportunities for sustainable timber production. By applying principles of ecological forestry, at-risk forest stands can be thinned and in so doing improve their economic and ecological values.  Join Kirk Hanson, Director of Forestry for the Northwest Natural Resource Group, for a two hour public meeting and forest walk to discuss ecologically-based forest management options for Shaw Island.


Kirk will discuss forest history and ecology, and cover a range of management options that forest owners can use to improve the health and quality of their forests. Other topics will include: conservation funding programs to offset forest restoration costs, commercial timber sales, strategies for improving wildlife habitat, and converting forest slash to biochar.


Following a one-hour presentation, Kirk will lead a forest walk to illustrate forest growth dynamics and thinning options.


Date: June 2nd, 2019

Time: 1:00 – 3:00

Location: Shaw Community Center


For more information contact Stephanie Buffum




Stephanie Buffum, MPA, MURP

Executive Director

Friends of the San Juans

P.O. Box 1344 | Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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