Lincoln City open space logging update – Creating sustainable forestry in open space lands around town
As you can see, the Lincoln City City Council is trying their hand at sustainable forestry right in the middle of town in the Agnes Creek Open Space area. They contracted with an environmentally friendly logging company by the name of Trout Mountain Forestry that specializes in highly detailed logging where they use very advanced logging machinery to target specific trees and remove them to leave the rest of the forest some breathing room and thereby grow faster.
For the past few weeks, Trout Mountain has been logging with surgical precision, taking only very specific trees, de-limbing them, and then cutting them into predetermined lengths and then trucking them off to a local mill. Trout Mountain is making money through the sales of Sitka Spruce and Hemlock, along with the pulp, and the city gets a cut of it. In this case up to thirty thousand dollars. City Manager David Hawker said “It’s great to get the money, but that’s not the point. We want a healthy forest for people to walk through and enjoy – not a dank and dark compressed forest where too closely spaced competition makes it a very unhealthy place for trees and less than an optimum experience for open space visitors.”
Lincoln City Senior Planner Debra Martzhan says the logging has been going very well and it’s expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks. After that, new trails and pathways will be created through the partially logged 54 acres of the Agnes Creek Open Space area. Trails will link up with other community trails including Cascade Head, through the Villages, the Head to Bay Trail and beyond. Martzhan said certain areas of the upgraded Agnes Creek Open Space area will be ADA compliant, giving those with disabilities access in a more authentic and enjoyable way.
Martzhan says if timber prices hold for Sitka and Hemlock, there could be additional “tree thinning” operations at other open space sites around Lincoln city; above Bard Road down to where it’s even with SE 19th. Also open space in Canyon Park, Spyglass and behind Taft High School as well.
Sustainable forestry in an urban setting. Right here in Lincoln City!