It was a bright unusually warm February day as we ascended high into the Oregon Coastal Mountains. Tools in the truck bed rattled on our way up the narrow gravel logging roads. Julie, the caretaker and guide, was familiarizing us with the various arteries and spurs along the route pointing out possible areas that would be suitable for a half-million honeybees.
A few months earlier EcoTrust and Bee Local agreed to collaborate on a unique project. We would use honeybee colonies to help encourage biodiversity in a post-logging environment. By placing several colonies of honeybees near recently logged areas within their privately owned woodlands located above the sleepy fishing town of Garibaldi Oregon we hope to encourage reforestation.
EcoTrust manages land on behalf of investors and forestland owners to enhance forest health and productivity, and to produce a diverse array of forest products and services including timber, biomass, carbon, and improved habitat and water quality.
After much planning, building an electric fence, getting stuck in the mud, stung, and working 24 hours straight the hives are installed. This will be the first in a series as we follow the progress of our bees.