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.
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.
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.
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.