The Skinny On Timber Thinning At Galbraith Mountain

Next week Janicki Logging will begin work on thinning a 300-acre section of Galbraith Mountain to help improve the overall health of the forest.

While 300 acres might seem like a lot, in reality, the thinning operation will involve less than 15% of the entire tree farm. The undertaking is expected to collect about one-fourth of the timber in the area being thinned and to be completed around mid-May. During this time Janicki Logging will be coordinating closely with Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition to ensure the safety of users and to help keep the trails as intact as possible throughout the operation.

 

Map of Planned Timber Thinning Operations And Trails At Galbraith Tree Farm

 

Why Thin The Forest?

Thinning is the process of removing trees to reduce competition between individual trees and the ground organisms. Doing this provides the remaining trees with an appropriate amount of spacing to grow and flourish. Thinning has become a prescribed method of maintaining forests, and it has many benefits:

  • Removing Dead & Stressed Trees Reduces Opportunities For Diseases And Insects

  • Removing Potential Fuel Reduces Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfire Risk

  • More Light And Rainfall To Ground Increases Biodiversity Of Vegetation

  • Greater Biodiversity Supports More Wildlife

  • It's Good Business: Strong Healthy Trees = Greater Timber Value

When thinning occurs, the forest ecosystem is improved dramatically. Below is an image of a forest in need of thinning. There is hardly any foliage on the forest floor.

 
Understory vegetation before thinning harvest.

Understory vegetation before thinning harvest.

 

Now, the next image shows a forest six months after it has been thinned. As you can see, the vast majority of the trees are still standing, and the ground organisms are starting to come back.

 
Understory vegetation 6 months after thinning harvest.

Understory vegetation 6 months after thinning harvest.

 

Finally, here is an image of a forest 2 years after it has been thinned. The organisms on the ground are now thriving and the biodiversity has greatly increased.

 
Understory vegetation 2 years after thinning harvest.

Understory vegetation 2 years after thinning harvest.

 

Overall, we want to keep the mountain a healthy and enjoyable place to recreate, so thank you for working with us as we take the necessary steps to do so! If you have any concerns or questions feel free to comment below.

The RJ Group