L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm


Tree Farm SignThe L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm started off as a generous donation to Humboldt State University from L. W Schatz on November 12, 1987. This was the largest gift in the school's history. The farm is administered by the Humboldt State University Forestry and Wildland Resources Department, and serves as a field experiment station for forestry researches, an outdoor classroom for educators, and a demonstration area for forestry extension professionals. Professors, students, private tree farmers and community members interested in specific, timberland-based projects will find a myriad of potential uses available to them at the Tree Farm.

Tree Farming

Experimentation and research concerning all aspects of tree growing, harvesting, and replacement is one of the major purposes of the Tree Farm. Hardwood research is especially encouraged. The L. W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm is certified by the American Tree Farm System.

Public Outreach

Research Station Facility Another priority of the Tree Farm is to encourage productive forest management on small privately-owned timberland by providing on site examples and educational outreach programs. Professional and community tours, meetings, seminars, conferences, and informal get-togethers are sponsored regularly by the Farm in order to disseminate information and query future research needs. In addition, the Tree Farm serves as a base for community service functions such as Scouting projects.

Student Education

Humboldt State University classes also take advantage of the "hands on" learning possibilities available at the Tree Farm in the form of field trips and special projects. In turn, many of the classes benefit from the Tree Farm. Graduate research opportunities abound and funding is sometimes available for specific projects.

Hardwood Utilization

In addition to tree cultivation, the Tree Farm is dedicated to promoting the economic development of non-industrial tree farming and the utilization of native California hardwoods. The Tree Farm is actively involved in demonstrating various creative uses for California hardwoods.

Forest Stewardship

Tree Farm

The L. W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm was one of the first to receive a forest stewardship grant from the California Forest Incentive Program. Administered in California through the California Department of Forestry, the Forest Stewardship Assistance Act of 1989 is a cost sharing federal program designed to encourage the environmental enhancement of non-industrial forestlands. The Tree Farm is using the grant to demonstrate the integration of forest management practices with wildlife habitat enhancement and natural area aesthetics around riparian areas at two ponds.