I read with interest Tom Frederiksen’s column in The Vidette, dated January 23, 2014. You were commenting on the City of Montesano’s clear-cut at Lake Sylvia State Park. Let me introduce myself: I am a former resident of Grays Harbor, born and raised there. I took an interest in our forests at an early age and went into reforestation. I have been a contract reforestation contractor and consultant since 1964. I first started reforestation contracting with the City of Montesano in the winter of 1968. The city foresters have done a very fine job of managing the city timber resources; I had the pleasure of knowing all of them. The Montesano watershed has been an absolute CASH COW in the past and still is to this day.
I do know in 1968-69 we were planting 1-1 Douglas fir 2-year old transplants, purchased from Weyerhaeuser. They were called “super trees” which were grown to maximize the best growth characteristics for the specific seed zone and elevation for Grays Harbor. We planted 500 to 550 seedlings per acre under the direction of the then consulting forester, Dick Hanson, who was a consultant to the City of Montesano. We have continued to plant 21,000,000 seedlings on private forestland for small landowners. We always use 1-1 transplant seedlings IF they were available.
The immediate past city forester, Ron Schillinger, was very committed to aggressive forest managements and left the city forest in excellent condition. You are right in stating that Loren Hiner is an exceptional city employee. He should be allowed to make any decisions relative to management and economic timing of timber sales and tree planting as well as competing brush control. I do not have the slightest doubt Loren Hiner would choose 1-1 transplant seedlings. The timber sale’s high value easily pays for the larger tree seedlings. Loren was hired to protect the city resources.
This is my past experience and information regarding forest practices of the City of Montesano Watershed. And I know that under the management of Loren Hiner, who will do an excellent job, the trees will be replanted and carry on the legacy of the watershed.
R. David Pearsall, President
Olympic Forestry Co., Inc.