pages about
today's forests

The Basic Bookshelf

50-year Harvest Statistics

Backlot Logging Equipment

Vulnerable Soils

Yellow Island Change

Productivity Maps


U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, topographical maps, land cover, lime kiln, Roche Harbor, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, logging, timber, Pig War, Northwest coast, Indians, soil survey, vulnerable soil, timber harvest, timber acreage, rain shadow, James Alden, logging winch, Department of Natural Resources, J. M. McCormick, sustainable

     fOREST iNFO is concerned with the forests of San Juan County, Washington. It strives to decipher their uncommon characteristics and stewardship requirements. It recognizes that our forests are uniquely constrained by the confluence of unusual geologic and climatic circumstances (as captured by the logo above). Through historical enquiries, it examines former forest conditions for clues to future limitations and potentialities and explores the role that human activities have had in redirecting the natural processes.

     fOREST iNFO reminds county residents that nearly all of their forests are privately owned in small holdings, which is unprecedented in the region. It urges forest landowners to adopt more enlightened connections with these overlooked and misunderstood forests, to assume management responsibilities themselves, and to curtail "take-the-best-and-leave-the-rest" logging practices. These slow-growing forests deserve better understanding and care.

     fOREST iNFO is produced as a private hobby and is offered as a public service. It derives no support from any organization, agency, or commercial enterprise. Content is determined by personal interest and the availability of relevant data.

Author: Tom Schroeder ­
forestry, summer drought, lumber, Pacific Northwest, windthrow, soil compaction, forest management, wolf tree, regeneration, cordwood, General Land Office, witness tree Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan County, Washington State, Douglas-fir forest, history, Joe Friday, coastal prairie, J. J. Gilbert

pages about
forest history

The Presettlement Forest

Lost & Found Prairie

Late 19th-Century Landcover

Bigfoot's Forest

Early Forest Composition

Impact of the Lime Industry