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Better managing your private forest

In 1993, Leslie Coulter and Bruce Santy bought 10 acres of woods and wetlands at the end of a dirt road near Cranberry Lake. They started building on the property two years later.

The couple, who moved to Mason County from King County, say they felt "overwhelmed" when it came to managing the land.

"Our forest is not here for making money," Coulter said. "It's here to create something that's healthy and happy.

"We wanted to be in the woods, but what can we do to not to screw things up?"

A few years ago, the couple called the state Department of Natural Resources for guidance. From a visiting fo...


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