Author: Mark Lathrop

The Forest Products We Use Every Day

A forester is an agriculturalist, whose crop is slightly different than the cattle rancher, row crop farmer or the orchardist. With a 60 to 100 year crop rotation, foresters know that the work they do today, the trees they plant and the timber stand management decisions they make, will not be realized during their lifetime….

Fall Helicopter Cruise

It doesn’t happen very often, but yesterday I had the opportunity to go flying in the helicopter to take photos.  We had a multi purpose mission for the day.  One goal was to capture some Fall color scenic shots of our forest land to be used in an advertisement. Secondly we needed photos of clear…

A Sawmill is Reborn

In July 2011, the Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) sawmill in Sonora reopened after a 2 year closure. Difficult economic conditions and the inability to secure enough logs from nearby National Forest lands to keep it running, where the primary reasons for closure in 2009. After Sonora closed, logs from SPI’s neighboring forestland had to be…

Farm City Day – For Some…the Best Intro to Agriculture

Over the past 20 plus years I’ve had the pleasure to participate in Farm City Day or Farm Day in several local communities.  Watching anywhere from 400 to 900, 4th and 5th graders learn where food comes from and seeing their “light switch” being flipped on by agriculture experts, brings a smile to my face.   For many students, this is their…

Agchat Conference 2011

The opportunity to attend the Agchat Foundation’s Agvocacy Conference recently was an experience I won’t forget any time soon.  The Agchat Foundation was formed a couple of years ago as a mechanism to train farmers and ranchers in the use of social media (SM) to promote agriculture.  The 1 1/2 day Conference and training session…

Small Mammal Study “Forestry isn’t rocket science…it’s way more complicated”

Many have heard about the connection between spotted owls and forest management in the Pacific Northwest, but most have no idea of the scientific studies that take place in the forest before management decisions are made.      This spring and summer, a small mammal study took place in the forests of Northern California.   A…

Spotted Owl Banding – “Forestry Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complicated“

                When our Wildlife & Botany Program Manager, Tom Engstrom, asked if I wanted to go on a Spotted Owl banding trip to take pictures, my one word answer was: “Absolutely!”   So very early last Thursday morning, I left home for a place near Trinity Lake in…

Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT)

The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is week-long workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices. The program brings together natural resource specialists and teachers from rural and urban…

Klamath Alliance for Resources and Environment (KARE) Woods Tour

The Klamath Alliance for Resources and Environment (KARE) Woods Tours have taken place on National Forests and privately owned timberland in Siskiyou County since the late 1980′s.  The KARE Woods Tour was originally organized to take U.S. Congressional leaders out to the woods to see forest management and meet forestry professionals in person.  In recent…

Sierra Cascade Logging Conference In-Woods Education Day 2011

Each year, the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference (SCLC) conducts an “In-woods Education Day for students as part of its education outreach.  The forest management demonstration covers forestry related topics designed to showcase a variety of job possibilities in the industry.  The stations, structured into 8 different categories, each demonstrate a component of forest management varying…