I would say, as above, that what I am doing at this point is not really necessary. If my land was clear cut right now, it might feel more like it is. I don't think that foresters have any more idea than I do on what is best for land that has had such damage on multiple fronts, but is already in full swing of natural recovery from it, partially because this valley has western slope rainforest type regeneration potential. The sort of forest I have, because of the varied disturbance over time, is quite unique, particularly since I am at the transition between the rainforest biome and the boreal. I'm not saying that I know what I'm doing, but I'm not very confident that the forest community really knows what they are doing either. They are improving in their knowledge base, but the forest industry, in general, is focused, like agriculture, on volume production in the short term, rather than soil ecology building in the long term. My idea to diversify the stands, and add volume where it is lacking, resonates with the latter. When I mention what I am doing, they give me trees.
is the planting of the Doug Fir and Cedars sufficient to regenerate the land and the natural forest ecosystem balance? As in, all other plant species eventually naturalize without human intervention?
actually, this is new info for me.
I age them in sea salt and use it as a flavouring, or you can use them fresh to add a citrus note to salmon.
What are your main book resources for your knowledge, if you don't mind me asking? Or is it largely word of mouth with other folks interested in the same stuff?
Yeah the lone pine books are great, aren't they? The Plants of Coastal B.C. was pretty much my bible for a few years. I have a few others. I also have read most of Nancy Turners work. I am familiar with the boreal herbal, and it's on my wish list. I've never been to the Yukon. I would love to sometime but, for the most part, my project will keep me local for a while.
I'm mostly self taught leaning heavily on the Lone Pine guidebooks, but defiantly I learned a lot from many many people more knowledgeable than myself.
For The boreal forest I'm still learning the basics- I've only been up in the Yukon for 8 years. but there is a fantastic book by a local lady: Beverly Gray's 'The Boreal Herbal"
Yes. There are green alder (or some called it slide alder, or mountain alder). I'm very familiar and love the red alder that I grew up with. Mostly the alder here grows in disturbed areas. My roadside ditch has alder in it, mixed with willows, birches, and dogwoods. There are not a lot of alder in the forest here... YET :D I have hopes to get around to seeding some out and then transplanting them on the edges of deciduous/conifer transition zones, and throughout the conifer areas. I have seen red alder growing sporadically more like a shrub in the understory of big old growth stands on the coast, so I figure this green alder can probably tolerate going in the under story of my conifers here.
Roberto,Have you seen alder there?
My phone charger port has bought the farm, so to speak. I'm a phoneless and thus without the tool to take pics at the moment. I'm heading to the city sometime in a week or so, where I have a friend who is looking into finding someone who can replace the USB port in my phone while I'm in the land of service. I have a few major errands to take care of in the city, like getting a new foot on my prosthetic leg. My place is pretty remote from such services. I'll endeavor to get some photos of the forest and the trees that I planted, and maybe some video of it too. It's super crazy busy for growth in the forest in the summer here, and this year in particular since we have had consistent rain. I was hoping that my forester friend would be giving me some more excess trees (but this doesn't necessarily happen on every contract; it's actually really rare, and it's not supposed to happen), but the last big contract for their work fell through, so they are done planting for now and are brushing with gas powered saws now. He's hoping to get some fall planting contracts, so here's hoping.
so, Roberto, where are the pics? :)
I was huckleberry picking with friends on some recently made logging blocks in the local community forest, and noticed a lot of very young alder (perfect for transplanting) on the disturbed road side. :) I'll be getting me some of those, for sure. Interestingly, the forester that is in charge of the community forest will have to pay someone to brush these down with a machine as they grow fast and take over the road. I wonder if I can get him to pay me to remove them manually (with the ulterior motive of taking them home to transplant. ? I'll ask him. He's a pretty cool guy, who might see that as a good option.
Have you seen alder there?