The Skunk Forest Management Plan (FMP) is designed as a model for forest dependent communities to sustainably manage the forests that host them using practices which are economically viable. Restoring unhealthy forests by using the removed fuels and thinned trees to make high value wood products can pay for the costs of the restoration and create jobs for the local community. Examples include lumber for building materials, wood fiber and bio-char for a soil and worm castings industry, high value wood products lumber for the building trades, furniture mde on site, pre-fab cabins, hardwood flooring from suppressed firs and molding for building trades.
Business plans are needed to assure that restoration and maintenance practices are economically viable.
If several years of this management can prove the value of this approach, we plan future, on-site, forest-management workshops and research as a US base for Analog Forestry (www.analogforestry.org) training.
For the complete article, Temperate Zone Application of Analog Forestry please click summary . This article was published in the on-line publication IAFN*RIFA (International Analog Forestry Network).
Skunk Ranch’s extensive and detailed forest management plan is available by clicking this link.