2018 was a productive year for NNRG and the forests our members steward! We are so inspired by the landowners and managers in our community who worked to enhance habitat for threatened and endangered species, removed invasive species, planted a diverse array of native seedlings and shrubs, and pursued new markets for local wood products. Many thanks to this dedicated community of ecologically-minded forest owners, land managers and NNRG’s partners who steward biodiverse forests and contribute to the regional economy. Here are some highlights of our year:
- Hosted 7 workshops on ecologically-based forest management, fuels reduction, biochar creation, and managing timber harvests and engaged 192 participants.
- Launched Woodsearch, an online search tool to help wood buyers find the FSC-certified products they need.
- Conducted more than 69 site visits to forest landowners – including our FSC-certified members and beginning woodland owners.
- Completed 8 ecologically-based thinning projects across 272 acres.
- Oversaw 2 forest restoration projects involving inter-planting, pre-commercial thinning, and invasive species control to create more diverse forests with complex structure across 18 acres
- Wrote 13 management plans for small businesses, families, land trusts and conservation groups to help steward more than 1,235 acres of forest.
- Developed a guide on Biochar Production for Forestry, Farms, and Communities and conducted a Biochar Market Analysis for San Juan County and the Pacific Northwest.
- Created a Woody Biomass Calculator and accompanying Guidebook to help forest landowners measure woody biomass in their forests.
- Showcased the experiences of landowners who have harvested timber from their forests to improve diversity while also earning revenue.
Our FSC group certificate
- Our Forest Stewardship Council® group certificate represents 35% of FSC certified land in Oregon and Washington (191,770 acres)
- Our FSC group certificate members supplied more than 7,900,000 board feet of timber while adhering to FSC standards
- 15.9% of the volume sold as FSC certified
- 145 members, across more than 200,000 acres throughout Washington and Oregon.
- 114 family forests and small businesses who steward the headwaters of major rivers, protect and enhance habitat for endangered species, support local contractors, and improve forest health, productivity and biodiversity.
- 11 youth camps and education centers from the southern Oregon Cascades to the San Juan Islands
- 13 land trusts and conservation groups
- 7 public land managers
- Our members own woodlands that represent an incredible diversity of forest communities found in the Pacific Northwest. They span the temperate rainforests of the Hoh River valley to the ponderosa foothills of Leavenworth. They range from the coastal forests of Port Orford cedar and myrtlewood on the southern Oregon Coast, to the oak woodlands of the Willamette Valley and San Juan Islands, to groves of giant western red cedar tucked into the Willapa Hills and along the flanks of Mount Baker. And of course, all of our members grow Douglas-fir, the iconic signature species of our region.
- Our members produce a range of products: biochar, broom handles, cedar fence posts, cedar siding, cutting boards, dimensional lumber, essential oils, firewood, flooring, knife handles, meditation benches, tiny house kits as well as utility poles, saw logs, chip’n’saw, and pulp.