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
5.8 Special Forest Products
The use of special forest products is of particular interest to the landowner. This includes native plant germination, harvesting floral greens, cultivating and harvesting edible mushrooms, cutting boughs for holiday decorations, and using other plants for medicinals. The use is primarily for self-sufficiency and harvest for commercial purposes is minimal.
The main use of the forest, in terms of special forest products, is as a native plant nursery. The landowners prefer to utilize native seed stock in replanting efforts throughout the property. Species are culled from the forest and propagated in the greenhouses. This is a high priority for the landowner and it will be continued and increased.
Floral greens that have the potential for harvest include salal, Oregon grape, sword fern, and bracken fern. Special forest products with the potential for use as holiday greens include Western red cedar, Douglas fir, and Western hemlock. A variety of edible mushroom are found on the property and logs have been inoculated with spores to increase their prevalence (Image 002). Oregon grape, Devils club (Oplopanax horridus), and other species have been harvested and utilized for their medicinal properties (Image 018). Seeds have been, and continue to be, collected for native plant germination. Berries are collected for personal consumption during the summer months (Image 054).
Management Options and Recommendations
The current harvest level of special forest products are low and do not threaten the ecological composition of the forest. If the landowner desires, the harvest could be increased. The landowners practice of pruning the lower branches of conifers could coincide with the holiday season and could provide ample supplies for a cottage industry of wreath and bough making. If the harvest and cultivation of special forest products is performed with the current management objectives in mind there should be no ecological threats posed.
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