the Vaagen Approach

An important aspect of the Vaagen Approach toward sustainable forestry is optimal resource utilization. Our goal is to make the best use of as much of the harvested log as possible. For example, bark, chipped logs, and wood fiber are processed and utilized in the paper and landscaping industries. Our commitment to making the highest and best use of every log has led us to explore the world for new ideas and innovative processes and technologies to help minimize waste, increase productivity, and enhance the quality of our products.

Our goal is to make the best use of as much of the harvested log as possible.

At the turn of the century, we saw exponential growth in logging but also witnessed a need for proper utilization of trees and fiber. Our small log harvesting approach was born from seeing the industry’s waste. Taking what everyone else left behind, and adding value to it, is a reward like no other.

A to Z Project

Colville National Forest

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The Colville National Forest once stood tall and healthy. But like many of our western forests, years of old-growth harvesting and eliminating natural wildfire transformed it into a powder keg waiting to go up in flames. Join a group of foresters, ecologists and even a timber company who together find a new way to fund the vital restoration of our National Forests.

The Mill Creek A to Z Stewardship Project has successfully improved and promoted forest health while reducing the amount of wood fiber or forest fuels on thousands of acres in the Colville National Forest. The project enhanced miles of forest service roads for better access and recreation. We also identified healthy trees by marking them, so they remained untouched during logging operations and conducted fuel reduction treatments followed by masticating, grinding, and prescribed fire.

The restoration work was effective as it lessened the risk of a high-intensity wildfire by thinning out the forest and targeting smaller-diameter trees. Reducing forest fuels is critical to helping trees withstand light and medium intensity wildfires, assisting firefighters in combatting future forest fires, and better protecting the homes and infrastructure of those living near or within the forest from wildfire risk.

Today, the forests stand tall and strong because of this important work.. They are more resistant to disease and pests to enable them to continue to thrive for generations.