A key part of the Green Crow mission is that “…we seek long term business strategies while being environmentally sensitive stewards of our lands.”
Frederick S. Baker opens his classic 1950 textbook with this:
“Forestry is more than the utilization of such products as the wild and unmanaged forest may furnish, for it assumes that there is a skillful planning to assure a certain and continuous production and that “goods and services” will be precisely that – useful products and services necessary to our present-day economic life.” 1
The skillful planning referred to by Mr. Baker is also known as silviculture. Silviculture is very simply defined as the growing and cultivation of trees. However, the practice of silviculture is more complex. Silviculture requires knowledge of the nature of forests and forest trees; how they grow, reproduce, interact with other organisms, and how they respond to disease and other environmental influences.
Our core business is timber. We are tree farmers, planting over half a million trees every year. One of the most important long term strategies we maintain is our investment in silvicultural practices and research. We are long term land owners therefore we take on the responsibility and the opportunity to manage our timberlands for the best future returns. We understand that the ecologic health of our forests is linked positively to the economic returns for our investment partners.
Green Crow is actively involved in many cooperative research efforts including: the Stand Management Cooperative (SMC), the Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative (NWTIC), and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI).
1. Baker, F.S. (1950) Principles of Silviculture, McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc., New York, 414p