Paige Fischer Thesis Defense Tuesday, September 30 2:00PM Peavy 272. Family Forest Owners’ Conceptions of Biodiversity in the Oak Ecotype of Western Oregon A. Paige Fischer and John C. Bliss 4/1/04 IUFRO Human Dimensions of Small Scale Forestry Symposium . Photo: Greenbelt Landtrust.
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Paige Fischer Thesis Defense
Tuesday, September 30 2:00PM Peavy 272
Family Forest Owners’
Conceptions of Biodiversity
in the Oak Ecotype of Western Oregon
A. Paige Fischer and John C. Bliss 4/1/04
IUFRO Human Dimensions of Small Scale Forestry Symposium
Photo: Greenbelt Landtrust
Family forest owner = individuals and families that own forest-zoned land without processing infrastructure
Forest biodiversity = diversity in species compositions, structural conditions and processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales (Franklin, 1998; Noss, 1993).
Lupinus sulphureus var. kincaidii
Columbia white-tailed deer Odocileus virginianus leucurus
Western gray squirrel
(Atterbury Consultants, Inc., 1992)
Western Muddy Creek Watershed (Hulse et al., 2000)
I look at it as a whole forest environment, not just the trees. I’m trying to maintain the diversity in plants that’s there now as we introduce trees.
- Mary Harten, owner of 300 acres
“I just want our kids to understand that the most fun in our life was when we actually got to do the logging and watch the regrowth and go out and plant the trees and go through that part of the cycle…
…Even to us, it was ‘oh boy, we’re going to cut all the trees down’, it’s really kind of a sad thing, you think ‘oh, the poor tree, it’s been living here all this time and you’re going to have all this mess,’ but that’s just for the first winter, and after that it’s green already and things start popping up and, the growth and life, it’s so apparent. It’s just the process of life.”
- Dan Garvey, owner of 20 acres
“Me, being small enough to work the edges in and tinker with it instead of having to go in and say ‘I’m going to clearcut this forty, I’m going to plant this forty.’ I can kind of play with it and adjust it as I go…
…It’s just more of a hands-on approach. Not a lot of people have the opportunity to come in and actually do the work. They may have the ground and they just send somebody in to do it. It’s totally different, doing it yourself on your own property.”
- Bud Parsons, owner of 600 acres
What is it about your forest that you get enjoyment from?
Diversity. That’s the big thing for me... I also like that it’s in the oak zone. We’ve both gotten enjoyment from that and we’ve selected for oaks…The more oak in the area, the more moss and lichens.
Do you have any special plants or animals that are unique to this area?
We have no owls. And even if we do, we don’t.
“Right now I don’t have a lot of comfort in the timber industry…The big people are kind of taking over and calling the shots…
…The hard decisions are the need for money, because you don’t want to cut the trees. You really hate to do that, I don’t care who you are, you like looking at the big old trees. You don’t want that tree to get so big that its no good anymore, but you don’t want to cut it unless you have to. But sometimes the old world dictates what you have to do.”
“I wonder if that isn’t why it’s harder for the general public to relate to forestry, because it’s a long-term type thing. You’re doing things that you won’t see the result of in your day and that’s awkward for people. They want to see something right now but that’s not the way it happens with trees….
“…If you haven’t seen it, you’ve heard it, you’ve heard your parents or grandparents describe what it was, or you’ve seen where they logged and now it’s a beautiful forest again.”