Researchers continue to develop better methods for tree survival and growth.Careful attention is given to growing trees from seed in nurseries like Webster Forest Nursery. At one to two years of age, these babies will be transplanted around the state and grow into new forests.
(On April 2, 2015), we gathered to plant this seedling to commemorate the planting of 100,000,000
seedlings on Simpson/Green Diamond land in Washington State.
We also salute the fact that it was 125 years ago this year that Sol Simpson gathered a bunch of men and oxen and horses and started a logging company that began operations in the little town of Matlock, Washington and is now managed by his descendants and covers nearly one million acres in the states of California, Oregon and Washington.
We have reforestation records dating back to 1943. It's interesting to note that in 1993 we celebrated the planting of our 50,000,000 seedling. Now, 22 years later we have planted an additional 50,000,000.
I began my career with Simpson nearly 38 years ago. I worked in the silviculture side of the company for the first 30 of those years. Seventeen of those 30 years were spent managing the reforestation efforts that led to the planting of many of those seedlings. This afternoon, as our Chairman Colin Mosley, Vice President Blayde Fry and Washington State Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck planted this seedling (under the tutelage of Area Forester Mark Wittenberg) I felt great pride in the part that I had in getting to this milestone.
Trees are a renewable resource. I'm starting to experience this first hand as some of those seedlings that I planted nearly four decades ago are being harvested now. These areas will be logged and then the foresters will come in afterwards and plant a new crop that will grow and replenish the cycle.
Onward to 200,000,000!
Growing trees need protection from other plants competing for space, water and light as well as protection from wildlife that would browse on them. Trained foresters use the best methods to ensure there will be trees for the future.