Maintaining a Native Conifer Forest
Kristoferson Forest is now stewarded by the fourth generation of the Kristoferson family. Purchased in 1912 after the land had been logged for timber, the forest has re-grown and sustained the property over the years providing timber for the original buildings, including the log cabin and the barn.
We are committed to preserving the woodland and water resources, wetland areas, and wildlife habitats for future generations of family and the Camano Island community. We are members of the American Tree Farm System, a select community of forest landowners who demonstrate a strong stewardship ethic. Fewer than one in a hundred forestland owners are willing to meet the strict criteria necessary to qualify.
We harvested one of 10 stands that make up our forest. Replanting of Douglas Fir happened this spring, fostering a diverse wildlife habitat.
Part of a Larger Plan
We have developed a Forest Stewardship Plan in conjunction with Washington State University Extension and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The plan guides our present and future forest practices to promote enhanced woodland habitat, increased flora species diversity, and improved age differentiation in timber stands including areas set aside to return over time to old growth forest.