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Date(s) - 04/26/2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vernonia Springs


Oregon’s once magnificent and productive forests and related communities continue to be diminished by intertwined economic, cultural, and political factors. How and why did this happen and why does it continue? How are forward-looking owners, foresters, millers, designers, policy makers, advocates, and community members working together to develop and test new models of forestry and forest economics that regenerate forests and sustain people? As a fifth generation forest owner and Oregonian, Peter Hayes will share lessons he is learning from hands-on experimentation in applying lessons from the past and analysis of the present to the challenge of prospecting for positive pathways into the future.


Peter Hayes and his family own and care for working forests in the northern Oregon Coast.  Their restoration forestry business, Hyla Woods, experiments with models of forestry and grower-consumer partnership that lead to enriched forests and sustained people.  The Hyla Woods forests are in the Nehalem and Tualatin watersheds.  Since first settling on the Clatsop Plains in the 1840s, the family has been active in trying to shape a culture that is as wonderful as this landscape.  Peter’s recent involvements include serving on the Oregon Board of Forestry and leadership of the Build Local Alliance.