It’s full “thin” ahead for the Spyglass Open Space area up above Taft High School. Like the Agnes Creek thinning project last year, the whole point is to make trees less dense, less competitive for soil nutrients and sunshine and to let some kind of forest floor vegetation take root.
A representative of Trout Mountain Forestry, who managed the Agnes Creek operation for the city, told the council they’ll pretty much do to Spyglass what they did to Agnes Creek – thin the herd of trees so those remaining can grow tall and fatter than the dominant flagpole variety that’s up there now. Besides allowing the trees to become more mature and stockier, it’ll open up the area more sunlight and encourage more diverse varieties of wildlife – both in the air and on the ground – especially when dead trees are allowed to partially cover the ground to enhance protection for wildlife. The trees that are harvested up front can also bring some cash to the city’s bank account while improving the quality of the city’s open space program.