Forest Thinnings and Hydrology: A Request for Input to Research Project

Washington State University Forestry Extension Specialist Andy Perleberg and University of Idaho Extension forester Chris Schnepf have been working with forest researcher Ryan Niemeyer on a study about relationships between hydrology and forest thinning in Inland Northwest forests. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project is a cooperative effort between many partners, including the Washington Farm Forestry Association, Colville Tribes, Yakama Nation, WSU, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Idaho, and, potentially, you.

Niemeyer is seeking small forest landowners to participate in a survey related to this project. Below is a link to a very short online form where you can submit your basic contact information for the forest thinning survey.

Ultimately, this work will help inform land managers about the effects of thinning treatments on forests in the inland west, and help us deal with ongoing issues related to drought, bugs, disease, and fire.

To participate, go to

If you know other forest owners whom you think might be interested in participating in this, feel free to pass this information along.

For more information about the project, go to