Workshop Resources

Forest Restoration Blog Post Articles

Restoring Arizona’s Forests Digital Restoration Guide

The Nature Conservancy is working to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration within the 2.4 million acre Four Forest Restoration Initiative. Implementation bottlenecks include the low value of small-diameter wood and associated biomass and the tentative social acceptance of large-scale treatments. The Digital Restoration Guide, an integration of existing and emerging technologies, addresses these bottlenecks by improving wood...

Soil Resource Management for Steep Slope Logging

Conserving soil characteristics such as integrity, function, and productivity are always important in logging operations, but soil management is particularly challenging during harvest activities on steeper slopes (>35%). Soil conservation is important for future forest productivity, conservation of hydrologic function, and prevention of erosion, especially on steep slopes and above fish-bearing streams. Specific examples of equipment operations damaging soil include...

Non-contact Tree Measurement for Harvesting

During this presentation, we reviewed how the use of two lost-cost cameras, opperators are able to measure individual tree location and diameter. This technology can be mounted on forest harvesting machines and used by operators to measure tree diameters remotely. Operators can carry out DxP treatments from within the cab of the machine improving both the safety and efficiency of...

Proactive Riparian Treatments and Clean Water Act Compliance

The number of fuels reduction and thinning projects that include riparian area environments is increasing across the Western United States, bringing new challenges to riparian area management. Many of these project treatments are needed to maintain riparian biodiversity and restore valued functions of riparian area environments, while protecting them from catastrophic wildfire, disease and insects. Restoration is needed largely in...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Forest Operations

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are expected to change the face of forestry as we know it. There are already significant advances in execution of various tasks that are either expensive or resource unfeasible, particularly in areas where access is difficult. This presentation focused on regeneration success, damage, soil compaction, and inventory. Download the Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Daily...

Soil Matters Improving Forest Landscape Planning and Management

Historically soil scientists mapped soil resources and prepared interpretations for resource managers. They were viewed as “the resource specialists” who could describe landscape capability and response to management. As the focus changed to assessments of soil disturbances resulting from forest management, the role of soil scientist became one of assessing past and predicting future impacts to soil quality at specific...

Alternative Contracting Methods and Implementation Strategies for Commercial Harvest

This presentation discussed the differences, advantages, and disadvantages between timber sale contracting methods such as traditional timber sale, IRTC, IRSC, and the 10-year stewardship. The differences, advantages, and disadvantages between Forest Service mark and using Designation by Prescription, and how these methods of tree selection fit in with the different contracting methods, was also discussed. Advantages of using alternative contracting...

Workshop Proceedings Document

Download the Workshop Proceedings document Summary A wide variety of innovative, efficient restoration practices being utilized on individual National Forests of central and eastern Oregon. The purpose of the Forest Restoration Implementation Efficiencies Workshop was to address the need for peer-to-peer learning opportunities between forest industry, contractors, collaborative groups, and Forest Service staff to utilize these new, innovative, efficient approaches,...