Social Forestry Logistics
Advanced Permaculture Certificate Course
Wolf Gulch Ranch, Little Applegate
January 28-February 2, 2018


Required: Before coming to the course, please read the Tom Ward (Hazel) article, Social Forestry in the Shasta Bioregion.

Recommended: Before coming to the course, you can also read Wild Animals Tell Us and/or Seasonal Work, Festivals and Forestry in the Ecological Calendar.


Course starts Sunday day at 10:00 AM, and the week will end on Friday at 5:00 PM.  Meet at the first parking lot just up the drive of Wolf Gulch Farm, 7000 Little Applegate Road, Jacksonville, Oregon at milepost 8.  Driving time from Ashland is about 1 hour-15 minutes.  Students are welcome to arrive the previous evening.  Do not expect to have cell phone reception at Wolf Gulch.

Directions:  Use maps to locate your best route to Hwy 238 and/or Jacksonville (west of Medford).  Take 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (first business area).  Turn left (south) onto Applegate Rd.  Come a couple of miles to Little Applegate Rd., turn left (east).  Continue up Little Applegate past the end of the pavement about 2 miles.  Watch for the driveway for 7000 Little Applegate on your left, just next to milepost 8. Come about 300 ft. up the driveway and turn right into the parking area.


Bring your own food; we will create dinner from your food contributions. Everyone usually makes their own breakfast and lunch, but we may decide to cook warm food together at lunch as well.  There will be a camp kitchen with stove and wash-up area. Additional cook stoves could be useful. We encourage participants to show up Friday evening to set up camp. Bring a tent if you're camping, sleeping gear and a camp chair (or two).  It's nice to have one at the classroom and one at the kitchen. This is a campground with composting toilets. Solar shower available if the sun is shining (wouldn't count on it in January). Some indoor sleep spaces will be available in the event of very inclement weather. Definitely bring a hat, lots of layers, clothes for being out in rain and snow, and clothes for sitting in our semi-heated classroom.  Daypack suggested as we will be roaming far from camp.  There may be ticks this time of year.  Poison oak will require constant awareness (ours is not super potent to most folks). A hot cup can be helpful in staying warm throughout the day.  Hot water will be available for tea most of the time.  Limited water is available on-site.  Each person should bring at 3 gallons of drinking water. Exceptions made for people coming by public transit. See below for more info and checklist.

We hope that people will feel comfortable camping in the January weather as that will make it easiest  to stay focused and connected. Some other nearby accommodations may be available by prior arrangement.

PLEASE BRING TOOLS if you have them.    See below for the list of tools to bring.


Please purchase and bring the Pacific Coast Tree Finder; A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees, by Tom Watts. $5.95 on Amazon

Also highly recommended: Wild Edible Plants of Western North America, by Donald and Janice Kirk.  $8.95 on Amazon

While you're shopping, if you want to go to the next level, you might buy Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest, by Michael Moore.

CHECK LIST OF WHAT TO BRING:   * =  an item you must bring.  Others are somewhat optional as we can share.  Perhaps check with the people with whom you are carpooling to make sure you have provided from amongst your group.


* 3 gallons per person to drink and contribute to cooking and washing

* water bottle

Camping Gear: 

* Tent (sharing is good), tent footprint, 

* warm sleeping bag 

* sleeping pads

* flashlight


lantern  (it will be getting dark early and lanterns will be quite useful)

headlamp for doing tasks and walking in the dark

Daytime/Class Comfort:

* Rain-protected clipboard/notebook.  This can be rain resistant notebook, field notebook or a plastic bag over your notebook.

* Daypack or bag for carrying clothing, tools, while roaming far from camp

* Camp chair (hopefully 2) If you have space for two, you can have one in the classroom and one at the eating area.  A very portable stool would be handy.  

Tarp to sit on or hang for rain protection

Small thermos and/or insulated cup for tea

Solar shower bag

Bring only biodegradable soaps/shampoo.  Soap will be provided. Shower priority will be given to those who are sensitive to poison oak.

Sun screen

Clothing:  Temperatures at Wolf Gulch tend to the extremes.  Be prepared for very hot or very cold temperatures.  This time of year is very unpredictable and could be in the 50's or down to the 20's.  Layers are necessary with warm things for sitting in semi-heated conditions.

* Raingear.  Rain repellant but breathable work jacket.  We will be walking and working outside regardless of weather conditions.

* Long sleeve shirts and long pants for moving through brush; burr-proof clothes such as tight nylon (quick dry) work well

* Leather or fire resistant boots

* Warm gloves/mittens, fingerless gloves are useful

* Sun hat  (brimmed hat for strong horizontal sun)

heavy tight-weave canvas pants such as carports (for fire resistance and brush work)

hard hat

Wool cap and scarf

Food and cooking:

* Breakfast and lunch is your own food.  You can use our camp kitchen for preparation.  3 days during the course we will be away from camp at lunch.  Bring food you can carry in your backpack for lunch.

* Dinner: We will be providing a big pot of grain (rice, couscous or quinoa) each evening and making a stew and salad from whatever people bring.  Dairy and meats will be kept separate from the rest of the food, but are appreciated by many.  We will have pots for boiling water and some pans for frying/toasting.  

A note about meat:  We are a remote location with wildlife and limited cleaning facilities.  Please bring only meat with limited preparation need and/or leftover parts.  Bring your own stove and pans for frying meat.  Thanks.

Snacks to share are nice for tea time and after dinner.  Shared tea snacks are greatly appreciated.

* Food - 

     your own breakfast and lunch,

     tea & snack to share, 

     vegies and other contribution to dinner, 

     beverages and field snacks if desired

* Ice chest (sharing is good).  We may not need much in the way of ice, but it's good to keep food contained and out of reach to critters.  

* Dishes and utensils.  

Small pot if needed for breakfast or other personal cooking.

Small stove, optional



*Clip board with rain protection (plastic bag will work), as mentioned above

*Work gloves

*Pocket knife

*Pocket clippers/small pruner (Felco or equivalent)

Strongly recommended:

Folding pull saw (pruning)

Small binoculars

Hard hat or bicycle helmet

Sturdy multi-tool

Small binoculars

10X hand lens

Safety glasses

Small camera

If you have it, please bring:

Basketry knife (we recommend the Mora 120 woodcarving knife at our local Tool Merchants or Smoky Mountain Knifeworks)

Lopers (long handle)

Leather or fire resistant gloves

Fencing pliers (hammer type)

Heavy duty old fashioned beer can opener

Plant press or old phone book (large) for same purpose

Draw knife

Broad knife (woodsmanpal)

Japanese logging saw 13"-16" (not pruning)

PECIAL REQUESTS For imported materials (to show what we use from off site):

Empty, clean and large multi-layered paper bags, such as grain bags, for charcoal

Aluminum foil and/or cleaned foil pie plates for insulation on can based charcoal stoves 

Extra tall restaurant cans for charcoal stoves (longer burn time)

Recycled greenhouse plastic for temporary shelter repairs and withie wraps

Five gallon plastic buckets with lids

30 gallon steel drum for downdraft Sauna mass stove bump tank

Fire bricks for Sauna downdraft mass stove

Heavy duty (9, 8 or 6 gauge) steel wire for can stoves and kilns

!!we will not be using chainsaws or power equipment except perhaps portable drills and lights


Maximum of 15 students.  We can help arrange carpooling.