The Rediscovery Forest map
Explore the many corners of this dynamic demonstration forest. You will learn about reforestation, forest management, seed tree forests, growing Christmas trees and hardwood forest management through interpretive signage placed along easily accessible trails
1) Christmas tree showcase: The Pacific Northwest is a large supplier of Christmas trees. Discover which trees grow where. The showcase contains more than 12 common species, including Douglas-fir and noble fir.
2) Creating a forest: See how to seed a new forest and the effort it takes to keep it growing. The forests range from one to 15 years old and demonstrate forest regeneration techniques and processes.
3) Every tree the same age: This forested area features Douglas-fir trees of the same age and is called “evenaged.” Even-aged forest systems are used to maximize wood volume and value over a relatively short time period of about 50 years, called a “rotation.” This area is thinned to maintain tree vigor and health prior to a final harvest clearcut around 2028.
4) Teaming up with Mother Nature: This seed tree forest is an even-aged forest that is thinned but has a longer harvest rotation. At harvest, selected seed trees are left for regeneration.
5) Different ages and stages: This is an uneven-aged forest displaying a variety of tree ages, sizes and species. The area will not be clearcut but managed with thinnings that add to the diversity of the unit.
6) Unmanaged forest: Learn what the Rediscovery Forest would look like and how the trees and wildlife are affected when a forest is not managed.
7) Meadow for meandering: Wander through the Oregon white oak meadow and see firsthand the difference in the forest floor, sunlight and the succession of Douglas-fir to an oak forest.
8) Christmas tree plantation: Have you ever wondered how perfect Christmas trees get so symmetrical and full? Discover what it takes to grow Douglas-fir and Noble Fir Christmas trees. Watch for opportunities to take part in culturing these trees as they grow.
9) Oregon's hardwood forest: A variety of native hardwoods such as Oregon white oak and Oregon ash are growing in this unit. Learn the markets and uses for hardwoods in Oregon.
10) Poplar plantation: Can you imagine growing eight feet in one year? Find out how a poplar does just that in its first year and what products are made from hybrid trees.
11) Demonstration area: Watch for live demonstrations, classes and events..