Social Forestry 2016


In late January I attended a week-long Social Forestry workshop with Siskiyou Permaculture at Wolf Gulch Farm in Southern Oregon. It was a rich course that covered so many aspects of learning to live in deeper relationship with our landscapes and in harmony with the seasons and natural cycles. Some of themes included ecological assessment, carbon sequestration, restoration forestry and crafts/forest products. It was inspiring and encouraging – a great way to start the spring season, with a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity to work with the land and so many people, my colleagues and clients, who are striving to reconnect with and repair the earth. Here are some photos from the week.

Read Tom Ward/Tomi Hazel’s Social Forestry article from The Permaculture Activist here. 


Cool, downhill burning: a prescribed burn on a field affected by invasive star thistle. After the burn we sowed native milkweed seeds on the hot ground.


Making charcoal.


Katie peeling a douglas fir to make a pole.


Peter showing Katelyn how to make a god’s eye to lash together the main structure of an egg basket out of the native dogwood, Cornus sericea ssp. sericea.


Heron weaving a basket.



Peter and Jesse with the frame saw.


Hazel and students on the road to Wolf Gulch Farm, where we assessed and thinned an overstocked stand of douglas fir, ponderosa pine and madrone.


Peter and his in-progress dogwood basket.


Hazel and Katie putting up a hurdle out of white oak and coppiced hazel to support the native dewberry growing at the edge of the woods.


Sketching around the fire in the evening is a nice way to end the day. Acorn woman and some of her consorts.




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