Forest Landscape Weekend

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  • February 7, 2015

Over a weekend of crisp winter sun twenty students, staff and locals worked hard tree pruning at Hooke. Each year we run a number of volunteer weekends that help to increase the diversity and value of our forest and this weekend we pruned a young stand of Sitka spruce & an older stand of Douglas fir. The pruning helps reduce side branching, decreasing the knottiness & defects of the eventual timber and ensure our timber will be of sufficient quality for architectural and structural uses. Just as significantly pruning allows more light to to the forest floor increasing the ecology and range of habitats below the tree canopy which, in turn, will also increase our soil health by adding organic content.