Washington company known for oysters manages surrounding forest land on Olympic Peninsula

The family-operated Hama Hama Company has been managing forest land and harvesting timber on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington for generations. It is a region that is ideally suited for Douglas-fir and boasts abundant forest resources of the species, and the company has steadily replanted Doug-fir as part of its management practices.

The company began thinning its forests in the 1970s as part of its management practices. Initially felling was done by hand with chain saws and later contracted with another logger equipped with a feller buncher. Combined with a skidder, a loader, and a man on the ground at the landing to top the log, cut off the limbs and buck the stem, it was a low-cost — albeit low production — method of thinning.

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