IN THE PRESS
Polygon Financial 05 has sold 2,240-acres on Galbraith Mountain to Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC, founded by Rob Janicki, of Janicki Logging and Construction. The $8 million deal for the tree farm on the mountain located east of Bellingham has the support of the mountain biking community that has developed and maintained miles of trails there for decades.
“Galbraith Mountain is an integral part of the Bellingham community,” Janicki said. “We are proud to assume responsibility as its steward for the residents of, and visitors to, northwest Washington.”
KING TV’s Take 5 crew met up with Janicki Logging and Construction and got a little insight on one of the oldest industries in the Pacific Northwest and provides jobs to about 1,700 businesses.
In addition to being cost-effective, (cross-laminated timber) uses less wood than products traditionally used in construction and does not produce the carbon footprint of materials such as metal, said Rob Janicki, owner of Janicki Logging and Construction (in Skagit County).
Janicki said the main barrier to using CLT has been getting approval from city and county planning departments. He’s been hoping to use the material in some area projects, and said he hopes the (Timber Innovation) Act will make its use more common.
Janicki Logging’s focus is on creating and executing sustainable forest management plans while enhancing yields and income. This approach is especially important for small to medium sized independent tree farms and land trusts that have prioritized ensuring long term forest health over harvest.
While many logging companies and forest managers in Western Washington restrict recreational access, Janicki Logging works with user groups to allow access and avoid damaging trails.
Galbraith Tree Farm LLC, a Sedro-Woolley company that is managed by Janicki Logging and Construction, is selling recreational easements to property on Galbraith Mountain to the city of Bellingham and the Whatcom Land Trust — protecting about 2,200 acres, including 46 miles of biking trails.
About 20 people donned boots to traipse through a section of the Freeland forest’s 654 acres as part of a tour to see how the Whidbey Camano Land Trust manages the land. Led by Mike Janicki, owner of Janicki Logging & Construction which was brought in to “thin” the woods, the visitors asked about the practice of selecting trees for thinning, reflected on the property’s history and pondered its future.
The new Tigercat 1185 wheeled harvester drew a lot of attention. The machine has been recently purchased by Janicki Logging in Sedro-Woolley, WA – the first 1185 to be retailed in the US. Tigercat factory representative Kusiah McCullough presented Johnny and Peter Janicki with custom hardhats to commemorate the significant event.