People work and tree work

Listen as we take a walk in the woods with Gilbert, a small woodland owner.

Gilbert, with walking stick talking about his woodland.

Gilbert says he manages his land for his family as well as the community that they have been a part of since 1864 when his father’s grandparents purchased a small parcel of land to begin farming. He looks not only at the trees that have grown on the property but also the value of involvement of family and many other people. Gilbert says, “Sustaining family forestland takes tree work but also people work.” He describes his experience learning from the land and helping future generations be able to have those experiences as well. His dedication to maintaining a sustainable forest that is productive in a way that keeps the forest healthy, but also that provides the plethora of other benefits that forests bring is very clear. He says, “I feel an obligation but I feel a great joy in being able to keep that idea [sustainable forest management] going. I manage in a way that not only keeps the forest productive and so we can pay all the expenses at the same time keeping the forests for visual, recreation, and any other kind of benefits like wildlife and fish.”

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17 thoughts on “People work and tree work”

  1. Thank you for listening to Woodland Stories!
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    1. he was very neat to hear and how he felt about the forest and land was plain that he loved it. since he had lives on it as a kid he had good memories about from then. so he had seenit grow and change a lot in his life time.

  2. I love hearing about how people preserve their land and pass it on to generations to come.
    Great job!!

    1. Kayla, he has such a rich family history it was amazing for us to hear and we are glad you enjoyed listening as well. Thank you for listening!

  3. Enjoyed your story, Gilbert. It’s good to let people know how much forest land owners care about their land.

    1. Thank you for your comment! There are many great stories to share, we are happy you enjoyed this one.

  4. These landowners and the knowledge they share are so important to our community! Together, we can make a difference in the education of our lands! Sharing this to my Facebook page, Step Into Knowing, located in Southern Oregon. Thank you for this ❤️

  5. What a great project. I loved hearing Gilbert’s story. Thank you for creating this medium for sharing woodland stories and perspectives- I’m definitely going to pass this podcast along to colleagues and friends.

  6. A great piece demonstrating what people together & family values can do to sustain our beautiful forests.

  7. This was a great story – He genuinely has so much love for his property and it’s a great example of how you can use your land for work and recreation. It sounds like an awesome spot!

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