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Sustainable Forest Management

September 11, 2014 (Thursday)


This tour explores sustainable forest management with the Collins Pine Company. We visit several sites on the Collins Almanor Forest land, discussing the company's history and forest management practices, as well as touring the sawmill and planing mill operations in Chester.  And this year, in light of the fact that California is in the throes of a serious drought, we look at the practices Collins uses for keeping their forests alive and well, along with getting some facts about this drought.

The Collins Company is a family-owned business with operations in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and in Chester, in Northern California. The timberlands managed in Plumas and Lassen Counties were acquired in 1902 and have been managed on an uneven-age, sustained yield basis from the beginning. In 1993, it was the first Collins forest to become certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC logo on a product provides consumers with an assurance that the wood they use comes from forests managed in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Collins practices selective logging, taking only those trees that are diseased or whose growth rate has slowed, while leaving the most vigorous. There are no clear cuts and no same-aged rows of trees on Collins land.

September 2012 Tour of Collins Pine
and their Sustainable Forests

Our tour to Collins Pine Sawmill was fantastic!  The sawmill was closed so we were able to go to places we weren't normally able to see.  The Planers' mill was open and operational and we got to see how planks were brought to finish product.  To see a short video of the graders, click here...

To watch logs being de-barked, click here...


We will meet at the Collins Pine Museum in Chester @ 9am (500 Main Street) for introductions, morning refreshments, and a short video..

Tour Itinerary (tentative)

8:30am Meet in Taylorsville at Sierra Institute offices
8:45am Leave for Chester-Collins Pine Museum
9:30am Meet at the Collins Pine Museum; morning refreshments, introductions, video and discussion by Terry Collins, Owner-Collins Pine Company.
Tour Collins Pine saw and planing mills
12:30am Lunch
1:15pm Drive to Forestry Sites and walk Park 40


Drive back to Collins Pine Museum
3:30pm Arrive back in Taylorsville.

What to Bring on This Tour

Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toes shoes; we will be walking in the mills. Bring a camera and a refillable water bottle.

THIS IS CONSIDERED A 'MODERATE' TOUR...there is a lot of walking on this tour not only at the mill site, but in the forest.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 18:26