So, You Own a Forest?

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  • March 11, 2016

Forests offer us inspiration and a connection to the land – one that renews us and often reminds us we have put in a day’s good work.

Owning a forest can be a source of beauty, relaxation, recreation, and income for you and your family. There are many simple things that you can do to make your forest a better place to visit, attract more wildlife, and contribute to its upkeep.


Join us and start your stewardship journey with guidance from regional specialists and fellow woodland owners.

Northwest Natural Resource Group and partners are offering educational resources and technical assistance. Workshops provide concrete skills such as tree and plant identification, information on the stages of forest development, tools for mapping forest resources, and considerations for local tax programs. Learn tried-and-true strategies for enhancing wildlife habitat and helping over-crowded stands, and the pros’ tips for managing timber sales. The goal of these classes is to empower you on your journey as you fulfill the ecological potential and economic value of your forest.

Woodlands can be managed on a regenerative cycle that allows for healthy ecosystem functions, wildlife habitat, a sustained yield of high-value forest products, and personal enjoyment. Our Pacific Northwest forests have the potential to be rich in diversity and need careful stewardship if they are to remain productive and ecologically resilient.

With funding assistance from the USDA NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, NNRG is providing a broad range of educational programs and technical assistance specifically to new and beginning forest owners in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington from 2015-2017.




For landowners who are just starting on the path of forest stewardship, we have collated a number of helpful presentations from our workshops, guides, handouts, links to specific information. We produced two handouts specifically for people who have recently purchased a forest:

  • Do-It-Yourself Ways to Steward a Healthy, Beautiful Forest – this guide focuses on simple things Northwest forest owners can do themselves to make their forest attract more wildlife, provide recreation, and contribute to its own upkeep.
  • Practices to Steward a Beautiful Forest after Timber Harvest – this guide, intended for forest owners who are preparing to log or have just finished a timber harvest, focuses on planning for a successful harvest and taking advantage of the years after harvest to understand how the forest is responding and to proactively address common forest health concern

Be sure to also check out our page of resources specifically for beginning forest owners:

Stewardship Resources




Forestry professionals from Northwest Natural Resource Group and partnering organizations will work with you to evaluate your forest management options and connect you to resources that can help you meet your goals. This FREE site visit to your forest can help you:

  • Improve forest health
  • Increase timber productivity
  • Enhance wildlife habitat
  • Reduce wildfire risk
  • Maintain stream health and roads
  • Find and apply for cost-share and technical assistance funding
  • And much more…

This is a free service for forest owners in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Site visits are voluntary and come with no obligation to implement the recommendations.

To request a FREE forest site visit contact:

Kirk Hanson, Director of Northwest Certified Forestry, NNRG at 360-316-9317,



Thinning Your Forest

Kirk Hanson with Northwest Natural Resource explores the differences between dense stands of stressed, suppressed trees and thinned stands that give trees and understory light and space to mature.

How to Build a Wildlife Habitat Pile

Kirk Hanson with Northwest Natural Resource Group takes you through each step to build a habitat pile in that forest critters will love!

I Know This Land

Paul Butler has thrown a lifelong love of forests into his stewardship. He tells us how his relationship with his woods has deepened over time and what actions he’s taking to nurture forest health and pass on this legacy.





You Bought a Forest, So Now What?

This workshop will introduce you to the natural history and ecology of western Washington and Oregon forests. We’ll share steps for starting to assess and manage your land, and information about land use taxation programs.

Ecological Forestry 101: Intro to Silviculture & Wildlife Habitat

This day-long class and field tour will introduce you to the principles of ecological forestry – learn about the stages of forest growth, harvest strategies to meet a variety of objectives, what wildlife need, and steps you can take to enhance wildlife habitat on your land.

Precision Tree Felling: SAWW Training Levels 1 & 2

This hands-on two-day training will introduce you to some of the world’s leading methods for safe, efficient, and precise tree felling.

Discovering Value in Your Forest

In this class you’ll tour local forests and learn about using – and marketing – plant materials for food and craft, small-scale milling, and how to selectively cultivate high-value forest products.

How to Manage a Timber Sale

This seminar will introduce you to the steps involved in setting up and managing a timber sale to yield the ecological and economic results you want from harvesting trees from your forest.

Many Shapes and Sizes: A Tour of “GOOD WOOD” Management and Products

A tour for forest lovers, local economy enthusiasts, conscious wood workers, DIY land managers, architects and builders of sustainable projects, those anywhere in between or just plain curious!



Funded for this project provided through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – a program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


We thank our project partners:

NNRG thanks our partners for their assistance in analysis, workshop series and curriculum development, landowner site visits and assistance with forest practices.

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