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I bought some forest land near Poulsbo, Washington in 1989, before I met Susan and we started Forest Gems. This 8.6 acres of forest was purchaced and preserved through my woodworking and my customers from my Pike Place Market woodcrafting days. This is the house Susan and I built on it before Forest Gems made it necessary to move closer to Port Townsend. We don`t own this forest as much as it owns us. At the time I bought the property in Poulsbo, neighboring land was being purchased for a fraction of the timber value, clear cut and sold cheap. The profit was made from the timber. The land was a by product. A few neighboring properties were purchased with minimum down payments to elderly land owners and clear cut. The land was trashed and abandoned with the timber sold for a quick buck, without even a payment being made. There aren`t a lot of old trees left in the area.
There are old cedars that bear the scars of fires from the 1890s left on our property. They are some of the very few that survived the fires, and being tuned into cash throughout the following decades. Pileated Woodpeckers use the top of one as a sounding board to hammer on and make themselves known. They nest in and need the hollows of the old trees. They are rare, but often seen in these woods. Black bears are seen, and more often heard. The property is close to Scandanavian Poulsbo, so we named it Bruinhaven Forest. 2 owners of neighboring property have protected their forest as well, so Bruinhaven is part of a connected 20 acre island of old growth habitat very near a growing suburban area. It is surrounded by land that was clear cut 15 years ago. Does this forest matter? I don`t think anyone can really say with certainty. I just know how it feels to stand in the middle of that old forest.
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