The Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative (HSC) is a multi-faceted research and education program focused primarily on the silviculture of red alder (Alnus rubra) and mixed stands of red alder and Douglas-fir (Pseutotsuga menzeisii).
The Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative (HSC) was first established in 1988 by a small (and visionary) group of public agencies and industries. The HSC has been providing information for foresters interested in hardwood management for over 20 years.
The HSC has the oldest and most extensive red alder growth database in existence. The study design includes thirty-six study installations from Coos Bay, Oregon to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The goal of the HSC research is simple, to improve the understanding, management, and production of red alder.
At A Glance
Red alder Growth and Yield Model! - After many years of development, the first-of-its-kind red alder plantation growth and yield model has been developed using the ORGANON architecture. In addition, a new user-friendly interface for this model has been created by the Center for Intensive-planted Silviculture (CIPS). Click here for the link to download the model and here for the link to download the model interface.
Hardwood Information Extravaganza! - The Washington Hardwoods Commission Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Western Hardwood International Convention and Exposition in Portland April 30- May 2, 2013 in Portland, OR. Click here for the entire program and online registration.
HSC 2012 Annual Report - a look at current HSC activities (pdf).
HSC 2012 Summer Meeting - Just held on July 17, 2012 in Wind River, WA. Highlights include a presentation on the analysis of the Red alder and Douglas-fir species mixtures and a tour of the 'old firebreak study'. Click here for the meeting minutes.
Red Alder Symposium -On March 23-25, 2005, the University of Washington hosted a symposium to examine the economic, ecological, and social values of red alder. This link allows viewing of all the presentations.
Symposium Proceedings - Still the most up-to-date and complete resource regarding red alder biology and management - Red alder: a state of knowledge.
HSC Brochure - a brief description of the HSC, its history, objectives, and study designs.