Forests

Native forests are as diverse as native rangelands or any other healthy ecosystem.

Like rangelands, forests produce oxygen, sequester carbon, provide wildlife habitat and play a role in the water cycle.

As a source of lumber and wood products such as paper, much of our forest land particularly through the southeast has been converted to a monoculture of softwood pines, managed under industrial systems. It has produced a glut of softwood and timber stands that are in declining health.

In national forests, the mixed timber stands tend to suffer from benign neglect. Bowing to pressure from outside groups with little understanding of nature’s processes, the forest managers “preserve” the forests by simply leaving them alone. Lack of thinning, a proliferation of undergrowth make them the forests prime targets for disease and uncontrolled fire.

Forests, like rangelands, benefit from managers who consider the big picture and manage for balance.

Latest articles

Read more about forests and forest management practices:

Using Goats to Open an Idaho Forest

At Pitchstone Waters near Yellowstone Park in Idaho, we use goats to clear brush, weeds, and stimulate grasses on forest floors. Sixth in a series.   Goats Grazing Idaho Forests from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.  

Soil-Carbon Cowboys

A new documentary series in 10 parts (paddocks) directed by Peter Byck …please watch soil-carbon cowboys first.       

Releasing Beavers in Idaho

Fifth in a series about reintroducing beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles Southwest of Yellowstone National Park.    

Controlling Weeds in Idaho

A Forb is a herbaceous, flowering plant other than grass. Unwanted forbs are generally dubbed “weeds.” Herbicides used for “weed” control almost always harm habitat and wildlife. On Pitchstone Waters, we manage our weeds unconventionally—to […]

On the Elk Trail: Episode 4 – “Spike”

Quoting the authors of this video, It’s migration season in Greater Yellowstone, and our trail cameras capture young male elk –  collectively nicknamed “Spike” – sparring and goofing off. These competitive behaviors prepare the spikes […]

Stewardship Agreement Will Funnel $20 million to Improve Utah’s Forests

Common sense forest management in Utah is discussed below.  

On the Elk Trail: Episode 2 – Elk Migration

In 2018, a biologist and a filmmaker used camera traps to film the entire fall migration of an elk herd in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of western Wyoming. During the project’s first week a snowstorm […]

Rancher Focuses On Keeping His Land Healthy

Plants and animals evolved together over many millions of years. In so doing, they grew to need each other. As a result, plants need animals as much as animals need plants. This is the basic […]

On the Elk Trail: Episode 1 – Camera Trapping

In 2018 a biologist and a filmmaker used camera traps to film the entire fall migration of an elk herd in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of western Wyoming.

Yellowstone Elk Migration Trail: Amazing Camera Trap Highlights

Happy New Year from Idaho! Here is an inspiring wildlife video to start 2020.   Like rivers, Yellowstone’s migration corridors have many tributaries. One of these passes through Pitchstone Waters Ranch. We see herds of […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #4

At Pitchstone Waters in Idaho, we spanned an entire valley with two artificial beaver dams. Doing this presented special problems. Fourth in a series. Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #4 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’

The eight dams discussed in the article below are artifacts of a well-intentioned, big-government mega-project that backfired. On the Columbia and Snake rivers, this mindset wiped out a 60-million fish salmon run. . This massive […]

World Record Deer Migration Visualized In 3D For The First Time

This deer passed close by Pitchstone Waters, which is 5-miles southwest of the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park in Idaho.   

Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds

We can disagree about the causes, extent or consequences of so-called global warming, and still acknowledge that great damage is being done to grasslands and forests by human impact. We can and should address the […]

All About Moose for Kids

The moose is the largest member of the deer family and one of the largest mammals in North America! With its distinctive antlers and unusual face, moose are easy to recognize! They live in northern […]

Colorado Wildfire Killed 80 Percent of River’s Fish Population

The forest agencies maintain their regulations curtailing grazing and logging help fisheries, habitat, wildlife and the public. As this article shows, the opposite is true. An unintended consequence of curtailing active management  is catastrophic wildfire. […]

The War On Nature

Quoting the authors below, “In reality, the problem is not herbicide resistant weeds; it is the perception that they are an enemy that must be destroyed at all costs. Military imagery – especially words like […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #3

Building artificial beaver ponds in an Idaho forest. This is the third in a series. Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #3 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Carbon Emissions Get a Fix on the Farm

“Regenerative agriculture offers inexpensive ways to address global warming.

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #2

On the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles from the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, we use goats instead of herbicides to control weeds and stimulate grasses in sagebrush meadows.   Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #2

Restoring an abandoned beaver meadow in an Idaho forest near Yellowstone Park. Second of a series.