With all of the projects on the farm, we haven't been able to put as much attention into managing the forest that is part of the farmstead as we would like. This land was clearcut and replanted with straight, tight rows of Douglas Fir alternating with nursery rows of hazel. Some century or so later, the firs crowd each other, competing for resources and shading out the underbrush. As glorious as these trees are to behold, a close inspection reveals the stress borne by the community of plants. They are well past the age at which they were intended to be clearcut again. Our thoughts and plans are heading toward remediation. Selective thinning will probably be a part of the solution, but we couldn't imagine tearing the whole thing down. The woods are as much a part of the farmstead as the garden, orchard, and pastures.