Forest management underway at the Lyre

Lyre Conservation Area. Photo by Roger Mosley.

Throughout the remainder of the summer, visitors of the Lyre Conservation Area may notice activity and/or hear noise from equipment and tools, such as chainsaws. As part of the Land Trust’s ongoing work to sustainably steward and restore the 280-acre conservation area, which includes shoreline, an estuary, kelp beds, meadow, wetlands, recovering timberland, and mature second growth forests, we recently contracted Peninsula Urban Forestry to conduct a 15-acre “accelerated succession” project within the conservation area.

Owner of the Sequim-based environmental firm John Bornsworth has 14 years of experience as a community forester, arborist, ecologist and environmental planner. John and his experienced team will be working to strategically thin and clear alder and shrubs surrounding cedars and Douglas firs planted in 2010. Proper management and removal of competitive species will help increase the overall health of the young evergreens.

Allowing us to stay within our available funding for the project provided via the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – a Natural Resources Conservation Service financial assistance program under the USDA – Peninsula Urban Forestry is offering their skills at a reduced cost. The support and flexibility of local businesses is at the foundation of our abilities to continue to work alongside the community to conserve and steward the beautiful and diverse North Olympic Peninsula. Peninsula Urban Forestry’s willingness to work with us on a manageable budget is a perfect example of that local support.

Please contact us at (360) 417-1815 x3 with questions and/or for more information.

Lyre Conservation Area. Photo by Patrick Downs.