Forestry Overview

Big Creek Lumber's forest management objectives are influenced by philosophy and regulation.  At the founding of the company in 1946, we envisioned managing forest resources in a manner that was sustainable from both a business and environmental perspective.  Since we first began timber harvest operations over six decades ago, our company has been at the forefront of pioneering many progressive and protective forest management practices. 

Over the years, a number of these practices have been adopted as state regulation specific to timber harvest operations in Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  Included among these practices are selective harvesting, riparian setbacks, improved road surfacing to minimize erosion and run-off, and various treatment methods for logging slash.  Big Creek Lumber's commitment to practicing responsible forest management has garnered commendations from many organizations over the years, including the prestigious Francis H. Raymond Award "In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Forestry in California" from the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the "Private Sector Award for Outstanding Wildlife Conservation" from the California Department of Fish and Game.   We are also the first wood products company operating in a redwood forest to have company lands awarded Well Managed Forest Certification by the Forest Stewardship Council ®.

In addition to harvesting timber and managing our own forestlands, Big Creek Lumber's forestry department also offers a comprehensive package of forest management services to other private timberland owners.  Our Forestry staff is comprised of a diverse group of talented individuals with a wide range of experiences, who are dedicated to fulfilling Big Creek Lumber's long-term commitment to responsible forestry.

 

Janet McCrary Webb

President and Chief Forester, Registered Professional Forester #2347.

Received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Humboldt State University in 1983.  As a McCrary family member and Big Creek Lumber owner, Janet brings a wide perspective of the forest products industry to the department.

Bob Reynolds

Operations Forester, Registered Professional Forester #2636.

Received a degree in Forest Management from the College of the Redwoods.  Bob has over 35 years of forestry operations experience with Big Creek Lumber.

Harlan Tranmer

Staff Forester, Registered Professional Forester #2850

Received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from California Polytechnic State University in 2000 and spent several years working in the University’s forestlands in Santa Cruz County.  Harlan worked as a consulting forester in Sonoma County for 7 years prior to joining our team at Big Creek Lumber.

Dennis Webb

Staff Forester

Received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources from California Polytechnic State University in 2015. Dennis grew up in Davenport only a stone's throw from Big Creek Lumber's sawmill. Dennis comes to our forestry staff with experience from Big Creek Lumber's logging crew and his time spent cruising timber in the Sierra Nevada.

Kevin Hurt

Staff Forester

Received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources from California Polytechnic State University in 2016. Kevin brings his experience in selection forestry and forest ecology research.

Bob Berlage

Forestry Communications

Received a Bachelor of Arts from Utah State University 1973, PhD candidate, University of Utah.  Bob spent 21 years as a timber faller, including 10 years as head timber faller for Big Creek Lumber.  Bob has worked at Big Creek for over 30 years.

 

When you combine the forestry work history of our management, forestry department and logging crew, it adds up to several hundred years of experience, making our forestry department home to the greatest depth of forest management knowledge in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Big Creek Lumber, its owners and dedicated forestry staff actively participate in a wide range of organizations including the California Licensed Foresters Association, the Central Coast Forest Association, Forest Landowners of California, the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, the Santa Cruz County Fish and Game Commission, the California Farm Bureau Timber Advisory Committee and the Cal Poly School of Forestry and Natural Resources Advisory Committee.