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Monthly Meeting, June 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Managing Forest Lands for Multiple Resources

Thursday June 1st, 2017 6:30 PMCentral Lincoln PUD

Matt Fehrenbacher, Trout Mountain Forestry

Matt Fehrenbacher, Trout Mountain Forestry

See the forest for more than the trees! Join us on June 1st for a presentation on management of Oregon’s coastal forests for multiple benefits.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Matt Fehrenbacher of Trout Mountain Forestry on June 1st, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The talk will be held at the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

Matt’s presentation will focus on managing forest lands for multiple resources and Trout Mountain Forestry's approach to forest management for various owners including family lands, municipalities and lands owned by conservation organizations.  Matt will discuss the vanEck Forest, a 7,200 acre private forest located in Lincoln county that is managed under a working forest conservation easement.  The easement establishes restoration and maintenance of native forest structure as the primary ecological goal while continuing to generate revenue for the landowner.  Alternative silvicultural approaches such as selective harvest, various thinning regimes, and harvesting to retain trees of variable sizes are being used to encourage complex forest structure while maintaining the capacity for productive commercial forest management.

A native of the rural Willamette Valley, Matt Fehrenbacher has spent the last 20 years in the woods of the Pacific Northwest managing private forests for a broad range of objectives. As a forest engineer and silviculturist for a large industrial timber company in northwest Oregon he implemented some of the earliest salmon habitat restoration projects crafted under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. During his ten years as Director of Stewardship at Pacific Forest Trust he was instrumental in development and management of the first forest carbon market project registered under California’s Climate Action Reserve.  He also directed the  stewardship and forest management activities on 20,000 acres of forest conservation lands. Since joining Trout Mountain Forestry in 2011, Matt maintains a client base which includes family forests, non-profit conservation organizations and municipalities. Matt lives in Corvallis with his wife and two daughters.

Come learn more about sustainable forest resource management on June 1st!